Friday, July 8, 2016

Snorkeling with American Tourists in Manokwari

Mansinam island in Manokwari
Yesterday, I went snorkeling with two American tourists in North Coast and Dore bay of Manokwari. Before leaving for snorkeling sites, I went to the beach to see whether the sea was calm or not. Unfortunately, the wind was very strong. I had some discussion with a water-taxi driver who said that it would be too dangerous to go to parts of the islands in the bay that were directly exposed to the wind.
North Coast
So, I decided to change the destination of our snorkeling site to the north coast of Manokwari. After that I went to Swissbel hotel to meet Sachi and Riaz and explained the situation. They could understand my explanation and agreed to go snorkeling in the northern area of Manokwari whose waters were calm. We went there by three ojeks (motorcycle taxis) to the suburb of Manokwari were we enjoyed snorkeling for approximately one hour. After that we had lunch at the restaurant of Mansinam Beach Hotel.
Coral Reef and Fish in Manokwari
Visiting Mansinam
This time, the sea was calm and I felt that we could enjoy snorkeling inside the bay, i.e. in Mansinam island. Since the boat station was near the hotel, we went there on foot. There were some water taxis waiting for passengers at the station. It took around 10 minutes to reach Mansinam. Before going snorkeling, we visited the museum of the island which describes the situation of the indigenous people of Papua before the arrival of the missionary, during the missionary works and several decades after that. An old Papuan man who guided us in the museum was very enthusiastic in explaining every picture and articles in the museum. Most of the writings were written in Indonesian language. I must translate them into English so that Riaz and Sachi would be able to understand them. We spent around 30 minutes in the museum and after that continued our trip to the beach.
Reef Fish in Manokwari
We enjoyed snorkeling for around one and a half hours. We saw moorish idol, damselfish, butterfly fish, surgeon fish, pink anemonefish, orange-finned anemonefish, black urchin, sea star, boxfish, sweepers, pipefish, sea snake, and a big needlefish. The coral reef was very good in the island but more plastic wastes were found the area. Sachi and Riaz said that Manokwari was a beautiful town. We have to be proud of it and keep our environment clean.
In addition to snorkeling, we also went hiking in the first day of the tour to Table mountain. We entered the forest at 17.00 and began walking through the forest to the Japanese World War II memorial monument. After that we continued walking through the forest again until we reached the campus of Papua university. I did not see any birds in the forest because our goal was only walk. But I could hear the sound of a helmetted friarbird shouting in distant trees. During the walk we discussed about the Pacific war where the Imperial Japanese troops were fighting against the Dutch and the American in Manokwari. We reached the main road at around 18.30 and returned to Swissbel hotel by public transportation.
The next morning we still had a plan to enjoy snorkeling in remote place of the bay outside of the city but the weather was bad. It was raining most of the day. We could not go. Sachi asked for full body massage instead of going to the sea. On the fourth day of their stay in Manokwari, they left this town for Jayapura by airplane. |It was a nice experience of hiking and snorkeling with them.

If you are interested in taking a snorkeling tour and jungle tour in Manokwari, please, contact me by email to:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Watching Birds in Klasow Valley of Sorong Regency

Klasow is the name of a valley in Sorong regency of West Papua. It has been a favorite hiking and birdwatching site among visitors who are looking for an alternative destination after visiting Raja Ampat islands. Much of the valley is covered by dense tropical rainforest. As a guide, I organize and run tours for foreign tourists to the valley.
Based on my personal observation, I can say that there are a lot of species of birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and marsupial animals that make the forest in Klasow valley as their natural habitat. Some of them are listed below:
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus rotatus) from Klasow valley
Pink-spotted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus) in Klasow forest
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
  • Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
  • Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus)
  • Papuan hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
  • Cassowary
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
  • Large Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii)
  • Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus rotatus)
  • Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
  • Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)
  • Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
  • Black Lory (Chalcopsitta atra)
  • Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory)
  • Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi)
  • Beautiful Fruit-dove (Ptilinopuspulchellus)
  • Pink-spotted Fruite-dove (Ptilinopus perlatus)
  • Pinon's Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon)
  • Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis)
  • Golden Myna (Mino anais)
  • Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii)
  • Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea)
  • Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
  • Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud)
  • Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
  • Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx solitarius)
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro)
  • Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida)
  • Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)
  • Black Sunbird (Leptocoma aspasia)
  • Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)
  • Grey Crow (Corvus tristis)
  • Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) and etc.
Butterflies and other insects
Although I saw a lot of butterflies, I cannot easily identify them because I don't have a field guide book for butterflies and insects of New Guinea. Below are some butterflies that I can identify in Klasow valley based on information that I read from the internet and match it with my photographs.
The Great Eggfly Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina) in Klasow
  • Blue Mountain Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses)
  • Meadow Argus butterfly (Junonia villida)
  • Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe)
  • Blue Tiger Butterfly (Tirumala limniace)
  • The Great Eggfly Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
  • The Silky Owl (Taenaris catops)
  • New Guinea Clipper Butterfly (Parthenos tigrina); and etc.
  • Fruit bats
  • Wild Pigs
  • Deers
Marsupial Animals
  • Cuscus Possum
  • Wallaby
  • Bandicoot
  • Various kinds of snakes
  • Soa-soa lizards
  • Crocodiles (particularly in Klasow river)
  • Frogs
Booking: Please, contact me for a more customized itinerary and cost calculation by email to:
Cost of the Tour
On the average the cost of the rainforest hiking and birding tour is 6 million rupiahs per person for 3 days. For two people the cost is 9 million rupiahs for 3 days. The optimum cost can be reached when the participants are in the numbers of 4, 8, 12 or 16 people. Why? Because the maximum capacity of a 4WD car is four people.

How to get there? Easy

  • Fly from your country to Jakarta
  • Find a domestic flight such as by Garuda, Express or Sriwijaya to Sorong city
  • I will be happy to meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Klasow valley.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Snorkeling in Mansinam island of Manokwari city

Mansinam is a small island that is located near Manokwari city (the capital of Papua Barat province) in West Papua. It has been a famous destination among Christian pilgrims because it was the first place in New Guinea where Christianity was preached to the indigenous people. Every year on 5 February, thousands of people gather on the island to celebrate the event.
The tropical island of Mansinam is also surrounded by coral reef that hosts thousands of species of marine animals.
Early this month, I went snorkeling at the southern part of the island. I brought a Canon G1X with its housing to take pictures of the marine life. There were a lot of fish that I saw during my 2 hours snorkeling activity. Some of them were Striped Surgeon Fish, parrotfish, damselfish, convict surgeonfish, butterflyfish, Moorish Idol, Clark's anemone fish, several species of Christmas tree worms, and a lot more. There were blue sea stars and black urchins and sea cucumber too.
Here are some pictures that I made during the trip:

Cross Monument in Mansinam island
Marine Life in Mansinam Island
Underwater World of Mansinam Island
Clark's Anemonefish
Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Tour
As a tour guide, I can organize a Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Tour for anybody who is interested in taking a vacation in Manokwari. You can stay at the guesthouse in Mansinam island or at any hotels in Manokwari city.
I suggest that you come here in a group of at least 2 to 4 people. More is better because all of you can share the cost.

Where is Mansinam Island
Mansinam island is located in Dore bay near Manokwari city.  Mansinam island is located in Dore bay and is not far from the city.
Manokwari - the capital of Papua Barat province

Mansinam island Dore bay of Manokwari regency

How to get there?
  • It is easy to go to Mansinam island or Manokwari city (both are located very close to each other).
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta city
  • Take a domestic flight to Manokwari city
  • We will meet you at the airport and organize your trip to see coral reef in Mansinam island and other parts in Dore bay and the tropical rainforest in Arfak mountains.
For further information, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: