Monday, May 22, 2017

Adventure Tour in Raja Ampat

Adventure in Raja Ampat
I have just completed a five-day adventure tour in north-east region of Raja Ampat islands with three visitors from India. We went snorkeling at Isanak beach. We camped at the bank of Mamdifu river and explored the forest to watch birds such as the Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Pink-spotted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus).
Fish Lagoon in Raja Ampat
The coral reef at Isanak beach was very beautiful and was the natural habitat of a lot of species of fish including butterfly fish, grouper, moorish idol, stingray, and anemonefish. One the second day, we had barbecue at the beach of an empty island where we grilled at ate fresh fish that were caught by our local guides. Squids, grouper, butterflyfish and red snapper became our lunch that day. Our local guides caught them by fishing and shooting.
Visiting Villages and Meeting Local People
Local villagers were very friendly to us. During the adventure tour, we visited several coastal villages in Waigeo island and stayed in the houses of local people. They were happy to receive us. We had the opportunity to walk around the villages and to see how people live in their daily life. Most of the villagers were fishermen. They caught fish, lobster and sea cucumber and sold them in Sorong city.
Fish Lagoon
Boat that brought us to visit islands
One of the most important destinations in our tour was Laguna Ikan (meaning Fish Lagoon). There were a number of karst islets that formed a protected waters for fish and fishermen. The lagoon was very beautiful. I and the Indian tourists went hiking to the top of one of the islands in the lagoon to see and make pictures of its landscape.
Hiking and Birding
In addition to snorkeling, and doing village tours, we made several trips into the tropical rainforest of Waigeo island. We did this to watch birds. Some birds that I recognized were Mountain Peltop, Yellow-bellied Sunbird, and Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, and Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus). We did hiking and birdwatching trips early in the mornings and in late afternoons. We walked along the road that had just been constructed by local government to connect coastal villages in Waigeo. The road was still empty - no cars and motorcycles around. Most of the villagers use motorized boats to travel from one village to another.
Tidal Sandbar at sea in Raja Ampat
The north-east region of Raja Ampat has not been famous as tourist destination. There were no guesthouses or beach resorts in the area. Visitors have to stay in the villagers houses or built tents at white sandy beaches of empty islands or at the side of a river in the jungle.
Watching Red Bird of Paradise
We spent 1 night camping in the jungle to watch Red Bird of Paradise. The night when we were in the jungle, it rained a lot. We had to move to higher ground to avoid the rising water level from a flooding river. The next morning, we were able to see Red Bird of Paradise and other birds. We still did some birding in the village and were able to see starlings, sulphur crested cockatoos, yellow-bellied sunbird and kingfishers.
Booking
If you are interested in taking an adventure tour in Raja Ampat archipelago and you want me to guide you and organize the trip, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to my number +6281332245180.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Camping and Birding in Mesirrokow Forest of Manokwari

There is a good site in Manokwari for visitors who are interested in birding and hiking activities. Its name is Mesirrokow forest. I have organized a number of camping and birding tours in the area for visitors who want to explore the lowland forest of Manokwari to see such birds as Yellow-faced Myna, Little-ringed Plover, Eclectus Parrot, Variable Goshawk, Dollarbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, as well as Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail, Papuan Blyth's hornbill and a lot more.
The usual duration of the tour is 3 days/ 2 nights with the following itinerary:
Mesirrokow river forest in Manokwari
Day 1 
Arrive in Manokwari
Getting Surat Jalan (travel permit) from local police station
Buying food from local market
Transfer to the river forest of Mesirrokow in north-west region of Manokwari
Hiking along the banks of the river
Build tents at the bank of the river
Birding to see Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Brahminy Kite, Hornbill and etc.
Overnight stay in tents in the jungle

Mesirrokow river forest in Manokwari
Day 2
Hiking along the river to watch Little ringed Plover, Willie Wagtail, Rainbow lorikeet.
Visitors can also enjoy swimming and fishing. 
At night, we could try to find Large tail nightjar that usually lives in tall grass along both sides of the river.
Overnight stay in tents in the jungle

Day 3
We still have time to enjoy birdwatching to see Pygmy Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, We will dismantle our tents and walk back to the main road. Along the way, we could enjoy swimming or taking pictures of birds, beetles, butterflies, and wild flowers that we see along the river.
In the afternoon, we will go back to Manokwari city by car.

The trip can be extended to several more days of birding and camping in Arfak mountains or swimming and snorkeling in Dorey bay of Manokwari.
For booking the tour, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to my cell phone: +6281332245180.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Snorkeling Tour in Raja Ampat for May 2017

Isanak Beach
I will organize a snorkeling tour to north eastern region of Raja Ampat in May 2017 based on the following itinerary:
I will conduct a snorkeling and jungle tour in North-East region of Raja Ampat islands from 6 to 10 May 2017 with the following itinerary:
6 May 2017
Leaving Sorong city for Waim island by motorized boat - snorkeling
Continuing trip to Sopen village
Village Tour to see Papuan people in their daily life
Overnight stay
Front waters of Fish Lagoon
7 May 2017
Wake up early in the morning, going by motorized boat for Wararaf forest - hiking and watching Paradise birds,
Back to Sopen village - brunch
Snorkeling at Mamiaef island
Continue trip to Fish Lagoon - exploring the karst islets
Overnight stay in Yen Papir village
8 May 2017
Hiking and camping in the forest near Fish Lagoon
9 May 2017
Hiking and camping in the forest and wildlife watching
Coral Reef at Isanak Beach of
Raja Ampat archipelago
10 May 2017
Walking back to the beach
Transfer by boat to Yen Papir - wash
Going back to Sorong

Cost: 6 million rupiahs/ person
The cost includes transfortation by motorized boat between Sorong and north-east Raja Ampat islands, food, payment to local guides, and land owners, basic accommodation at the villager's house and in tents in the jungle.
The cost does not include: airfare, accommodation in a hotel in Sorong before and after the tour, travel insurance and other personal expenses.
Please, bring:
Your own snorkeling equipment, binoculars, flashlight, sun-block-lotion, clothing that is suitable for beach, and tropical weather.
Tourists who are interested in joining the trip can contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by sending text/ whatsapp message to +6281332245180

Please, consider the above itinerary as reference only, it can be adjusted depending on the weather condition.