Saturday, September 19, 2015

Snorkeling in the Northern Coast of Manokwari

I went snorkeling with a staff of Social Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia this morning. We went to Bakaro beach in the northern coast of Manokwari. The sea had some higher swells but it was relatively calm after we were 100 meters away from the beach. The visibility was very good and I was able to take some nice pictures of the coral reef and the fish.
Coral reef in Manokwari waters
The recommended months to enjoy snorkeling in the northern coast of Manokwari are from April, May and June to September. After that the sea will be too rough for snorkelers but will be more suitable for wave surfers in certain places.
Hard corals in Manokwari waters
My guest that morning was Alex. He went to the beach we left Manokwari city for Bakaro beach at approximately 07.30 and enjoyed snorkeling for around 2 hours. We did not scuba dive. So, it is safe to fly at the same day. But we have to observe our time during the snorkeling tour. I did not want him to be late because he had to return to the city to pack his things up and head to the airport at 13.00.
As a tour guide, I frequently have to check my timepiece to make sure that all activities whether they are in the water or in the jungle with program schedule. I need an affordable watch that is durable and accurate. My favorite one is Tissot 870/970. It has got elegant slim design with gold like coating but sturdy enough to withstand adverse weather condition. For daily activities in the city, I don't wear my Tissot watch. I prefer to see the time from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 watch feature. So, in normal days, I don't wear watch. Today there are numerous watches available on the internet which anybody can order. If you need a waterproof watch for snorkeling or diving activities, here are some of my recommendation:

As a tour guide, I usually provide rainforest as alternative activities for visitors who come in October, November until February and March.
I will guide tourists in Tambrauw mountains in October for a 3-day rainforest camping tour in the regency. So, if you also have a plan to visit West Papua for land tour, please, contact me by email to:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Camping Tour for Nature Lover in the Rainforest of Tambrauw Mountains

Our dome tents at the bank of Cuan river
Rainforest Camping Tour Package
Destination   : Lowland Rainforest in Tambrauw Regency in Cuan River
Availability   : All year round
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Prices : Please, email us to: for prices and customized trips.

Trip Report :
Last week I had a 4-day/3-night camping tour in the rainforest of Tambrauw regency and one over night stay in Sausapor town.
I guided a tourist from Luxembourg who wanted to see the bio-diversity of rainforest ecosystem. His name was Guilaumme. As a nature lover, he really enjoyed this trip. For him it was his first experience camping in the jungle. He could get the experience of living in the forest.
Suphur crested cockatoo in the jungle of Tambrauw mountains
The sounds of water flowing in the river, the singing of birds and insects, the swaying of branches and twigs blown by the wind were our natural music during the tour. There were several indigenous Papuan people from the nearby village who accompanied us. They were really helpful catching shrimp and fish in the river, picking vegetables in the garden and cooking food for us. 
We built 3 tents at the bank of Cuan river in the lowland forest of Tambrauw mountains. We swam in the crystal clear water of the river. We also did some hiking trips in the jungle. The land on both sides of the river was flat so, it was not difficult for us to walk in the jungle. 
Eupholus schoenherri beetle from the forest of Tambrauw mountains
Most of the land of Tambrauw regency was still covered by tropical rainforest which is the natural habitat of various species of animals and plants. During the camping tour, I saw a  lot of birds including sulphur crested cockatoo, Blyth's hornbill, friarbird, egrets, eagles, and pigeons. 
I also took some nice pictures of Eupholus schoenherri's beetle that I saw will walking in the forest. I saw it on the walking path. I thought it was dead so, I picked it up and put it on the leaf of a plant. Seconds later it started to walk slowly. The beetle had beautiful green and black banded colors.
approximate location of Cuan river as a recommended destination of
nature lovers who want to stay in tropical rainforest
Cuan river is located near Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency. Visitors who want to visit it need to fly from their country to Jakarta city and then to Sorong city. The trip to the river can be done by a chartered 4WD car.

Where is Sausapor and How to there?
If you look at the map, Sausapor is located in the northern coast of West Papua between Sorong city and Manokwari city.

  • To get there, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia. 
  • And then you need to continue your trip by taking a domestic flight from Jakarta to Sorong city. 
  • After that you can go to Cuan river or Sausapor town by 4WD car.

If you are a nature lover who is interested in taking a camping vacation in the jungle of Tambrauw regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Snorkeling in Sausapor of West Papua

reef fish in Tambrauw regency
Sausapor is a small town in the northern coast of West Papua. It can be reached by car or by passenger boat from Sorong town. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of snorkeling in the waters of Sausapor. The coral reef in this area is still in very good condition. I saw various species of damselfish, surgeon fish, and nudibranch. I used an underwater camera to shoot them. Here are some of them.
To encourage town dwellers of Sausapor to preserve their coral reef, I and some of the eco-tourism enthusiasts are now promoting it on the internet as snorkeling destination.
Coral reef in Sausapor town
In early August 2015, I successfully brought one tourist from Luxembourg to enjoy snorkeling in Sausapor waters. Although the number of foreign tourists is still small, I strongly believe that this will increase in the coming months.
Eco-tourism will only be successful if local people support the program. The main goal is to provide jobs to local people and at the same time preserve the rainforest and marine environment. It will take some time before the regency can be seen as a major tourist attraction in West Papua but with a hard works, this can be realized.

Snorkeling picture from the waters of Sausapor town in West Papua
Where is Sausapor?
Look at the following map. Sausapor is a small town approximately 6 hours by passenger boat or 4 hours by 4WD car from Sorong city. It is the temporary capital of Tambrauw regency. The real capital of Tambrauw is Fef but it is being built at the moment. So, it is not finished yet.
If Raja Ampat is famous for its marine tourism, Tambrauw regency with its huge areas of mountains, rivers, valleys, and tropical rainforest has got a lot of potentials to be developed as an important destination for rainforest tourism.
Map of the location of Tambrauw regency in West Papua
Activities in rainforest tourism may include camping, trekking or hiking, mountain climbing, swimming in the river, white-water-rafting, insect and butterfly-watching, birdwatching, wildlife and forest tour as well as cultural interaction with local people. There are still other activities that are related to rainforest and the indigenous people.
Visitors who are interested in traveling to Sausapor can combine their snorkeling trip in several coral reef areas of the regency with rainforest trekking, camping and wildlife watching tour in at least 4 days/ 3 nights program.
Please, contact me by email to: if you are interested in going to Sausapor town or Tambrauw regency as a whole.

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