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.
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:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free Diving with Manta in Raja Ampat

I went to Raja Ampat several months ago with some Czech tourists. We enjoyed snorkeling in several coral reef sites of the islands including Friwen, West Mansuar, Cape Kri, Fam islands, Sand Bank and Manta Point. It was a nice trip and I really enjoyed the beauty of the coral reef.
There is one place in the open sea called Manta Point. Here, Manta fish come regularly to clean their bodies. While gliding or "flying around" the point, small fish eat tiny marine organisms that attach on the wings and bodies of manta. When they have been cleaned, Manta will leave the place for the ocean again. With cleaner wings, manta can swim faster in the sea.
Manta point or cleaning station has been a famous tourist attraction particularly for scuba divers and free divers. People who enjoy snorkeling can watch the manta too.
Freediving with Manta in Raja Ampat archipelago
I have just created a vector illustration about the fish. If you are interested, you can order it as  printed material on many products in my Redbubble store: Freediving with Manta.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Snorkeling in the coral reef of Manokwari

Manokwari is the capital of West Papua province. The city is located in Dorey bay of New Guinea island. There are plenty of coral reef sites in Manokwari waters whereas in the south and along the northern coast of the city, tropical rainforest cover most of the landscape. Every year, visitors from around the world come to see the beauty of its marine environment and wildlife in tropical rainforest.
Coral Reef Environment in Manokwari Waters
Snorkeling Tour
As a tourist guide, I can organize a snorkeling tour for you and your friend inside the Dore bay of Manokwari. We will see convict surgeonfish, striped surgeonfish, damselfish, anemonefish, parrotfish, moorish idol, butterflyfish, boxfish, urchin that live in the coral reed of Manokwari.
Don't forget to bring your snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins) if you want to see our marine environment. Your snorkeling experience will be enhanced if you also bring underwater camera which will can capture the images of those beautiful fishes and corals.

Rainforest Trekking and Camping
To further explore the beauty and bio-diversity of Papua's nature, I can bring you to the jungle where you will be able to see such birds as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Blyth' hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and even the Lesser Birds of Paradise.
Spanish tourists were trekking in the jungle of Arfak mountains - Manokwari
How to get there?
It is easy to reach Manokwari city,

  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • After that, take a domestic flight (regularly served by Garuda, Sriwijaya, and Express Air) to Manokwari. I will be happy to meet you and organize your trip from this city.

Typical Itinerary
Day 1
Arrive in Manokwari
City Tour or Jungle Walk
Day 2
Snorkeling inside Dore bay Mansinam
A visit to Mansinam village and museum
Day 3
Snorkeling in Raimuti
Snorkeling in Anggresi
Day 4
Jungle walk in lowland forest of Dopi river or
Jungle walk in Warmarway forest of Arfak mountains
Day 5
Transfer to airport

Prices: 5 million rupiahs/ person
For customized itinerary, the cost of the tour will depend on how many days you want to spend in Manokwari and the number of participants.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email: if you are interested in taking this snorkeling tour and rainforest tour. I can prepare a customized itinerary and cost calculation.