Monday, December 12, 2016

Birdwatching Tours in Sorong Lowland Forest

Dwarf Kingfisher
Transit Point
Sorong is a fast growing city in the west of New Guinea island. It is an important transit point for visitors who want to go diving, snorkeling and sightseeing in Raja Ampat islands. They will fly to Sorong and stay for at least one day in the city to buy food and other logistical needs before continuing their trip to the islands. After their tours in Raja Ampat, they will go back to Sorong city again and spend one night before flying back to their respective countries.

Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
Interest in Land Tour
There are visitors who still want to see more about West Papua, not only its beautiful tropical islands. They want to meet and interact with Papuan people who live in the mainland of New Guinea in their daily life and at the same time see nature. I have received emails from visitors who want to extend their stay in Sorong for a few more days and take land tour into the interior region of West Papua.
Klasow valley in the east of Sorong regency

Birding in Klasow Valley
There is a birdwatching site in the lowland forest in the east of Sorong. Its name is Klasow valley. I have organized numerous birdwatching and rainforest hiking tours in the valley. On the average, visitors who take the tours stay there for 3 to 4 days to see birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus rotatus), Large Fig Parrot (Micropsitta desmarestii), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), and etc.
In addition to birds, there are also other animals that make the forest of Klasow valley as their natural habitat. Some of them include beautiful butterflies such as The Silky Owl (Taenaris catops), Blue Mountains Swallow Tail (Papilio ulysses), The Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe), The Meadow Argus (Junonia villida).
Visitors can see butterfly that drink the nectar from flowers that are planted by villagers in their village or also from wild flowers in the forest. As a matter of fact, butterflies are everywhere in the jungle.

Itinerary for Klasow Valley
Day 1
Arriving in Sorong city
Transfer by 4WD car to Klasow valley
Birding in the clearing area of a jungle village near Klabolo stream

Day 2
Hiking and Birding
Night walk to find wallaby

Day 3
Hiking and Birding
Transfer to Sorong city
End of the tour

The duration of the birding and hiking tour can be extended to 4 or even 6 days to explore the forest in deeper area such as to Klaglass forest.

Participants: Visitors can go there as single person, as a couple or as a group. Travelling as a group.

What to bring
Spotting scope
Camera with telephoto lens such as Nikon P900

Dolphins Lagoon in Raja Ampat
Rainforest and Snorkeling Tours in Raja Ampat
If you want to include Raja Ampat in your trip, you could enjoy jungle tour in Yenbekaki and snorkeling trips in Yenandau, Mamiaef island and the surrounding islands, and in the Dolphins Lagoon.
Day 1 Going by boat to Yenbekaki in the north east of Raja Ampat
Day 2 Rainforest and wildlife watching tour in Warebar river
Day 3 Snorkeling in Yenandau beach and Mamiaef
Day 4 Snorkeling in the sandbanks in near Mamiaef island
Day 5 Snorkeling and sightseeing in Dolphins Lagoon
Day 6 Transfer to Sorong city

Don't forget to bring your underwater camera and snorkeling gear.
White sandy beach in Yenandau region of Waigeo
If you plan to go to Sorong or want to take a rainforest tour in the mainland of West Papua after or before your snorkeling and sightseeing trip in Raja Ampat, please, contact me by using the contact form at the top right area of this blog or by email to: or send message to my whatsapp number +6281332245180. I will be happy to organize the trip and guide you to Klasow valley.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Snorkeling Tour in Mansinam island of Manokwari

Manokwari is a nice recommended destination for tourists who want to enjoy snorkeling in affordable price.
White sand beach in Mansinam island
As a tour guide I frequently organize snorkeling tours for visitors who want to see coral reef and marine fish in Manokwari. There are a lot of snorkeling sites that can be seen by tourists. One of them is Mansinam island. Coral reef extends from reef-flat to drop off in the southern coast of the island. The length of the coral reef is approximately 2 kilometers. It is a nice spot for snorkeling.
Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam island

There is a guesthouse at the back of the island with 28 bedrooms. The guesthouse is only a stone's throw away from the beach. So, visitors will need less then 1 minute to walk to the beach.
Standard Rate:
Overnight stay 550,000 rupiahs per night

Marine Bio-diversity
The coral reef reef of Mansinam island is the natural habitat of a lot of species of fish including striped surgeonfish, convict surgeonfish, parrotfish, moorish idol, damselfish, boxfish, butterflyfish, pink anemonefish, pipefish, and grouper. There are also Christmas tree worm, sea-cucumber, blue seastar, sea urchin, and various kinds of sea-shells that can be found at the beach of Mansinam.
At the beach, visitors could see crabs running on the sand and birds such as kingfisher, frigatebird, and starlings flying in the sky or perching on the branch of a tree.
Coconut, baringtonia asiatica, catappa and beach hibiscus cover the island.
Coral reef and tropical fish of Mansinam
Other Ecotourism Activities
In addition to swimming, snorkeling and free diving, visitors who stay in Mansinam island can also enjoy hiking in the jungle of the island, butterfly watching, jogging, and village walk.
As a tourist guide, I can organize snorkeling trips from Mansinam island to other coral reef areas in Manokwari waters. I also offer hiking tour in the jungle for visitors who want to see the ecosystem of tropical rainforest. During the rainforest tour, visitors will be able to see birds, butterflies and swim in a river.

How to get there?
It is relatively easy to come here.
Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
Fly from Jakarta to Manokwari city (the capital of Papua Barat province)
I will be happy to meet you at the airport and organoze your transfer to Mansinam island

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or send text message to my cell phone +6281332245180

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Traveling along the Coast of Tambrauw Regency

I have just completed a trip in Tambrauw regency where I guided 5 Dutch tourists. We traveled by a small passenger-cargo ship KM Kasuari Pasifik 3. We left Manokwari at night and arrived in Sausapor town two days later. While in Tambrauw, we enjoyed snorkeling, and had walking tour around the small town to see its natural beauty. 

We also spent one night waiting for mother turtles to lay eggs at Wawei beach but we did not see any of them. However, we saw green frog, large beach crab and snake. I already told the tourists that what we were doing was trying to watch turtles in nature and not in a zoo. So, the probability to see turtles was 0% to 100%.

Visitors can go fishing, meet Papuan people in their daily life, swim or enjoy snorkeling at the beach or walk around one of those villages and go back to the ship for their next adventure. Ticket price is 50,000 rupiahs (approximately 3 Euros) per person. It takes 3 days for the ship to sail from Manokwari to Sorong.
PELNI Ship KM Kasuari Pasifik 3 carries passengers and cargoes along the north coast of West Papua particularly in Tambrauw regency. It visits Manokwari, Saukorem, Imbuan, Waibem, Wau, Warmandi, Saubeba, Kwor, Opmare, Werur, Sausapor and Sorong. It anchors for 2 to 3 hours at every village. During that period, villagers come to the ship by their motorized boats. They bring coconuts, bananas, cassava, taro, and deer, goats, pigs and other agricultural produce which will be sold in Sorong or Manokwari city. Tourists can go to the beach by the same boats and return to the ship again before she leaves for another village. MV Kasuari Pasifik III sails between Sorong and Manokwari four times a month.
Since the ticket price is so cheap, tourists will have extra money to buy fruits, food and souvenirs at the villages that they visit. By doing this, visitors have directly supported the economic livelihood of local Papuan people. 
On the average, the ship carries approximately 100 passengers on every trip. Every passenger gets a bed to sleep. However, during school holiday season, and Christmas time, the number of passengers it carries is between 200 to 250 people. Visitors, upon advanced arrangement by a tourist guide, can rent rooms that are used by ship crews. The cost is 700,000 rupiahs (approx. 48 Euros) per room for the whole trip. The capacity of the room is 2 to 4 people depending on the number of bags which they carry. 
Don't forget to bring snorkeling set, or fishing gear, and action camera such as go pro or underwater camera if you want to have an adventure trip in Tambrauw.
If you are interested in traveling along the coast of Tambrauw regency and need me as your private guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: