Sunday, May 10, 2015

Watching Leatherback Turtle in Tambrauw regency of West Papua

Leatherback turtle
Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)  is one of the largest turtles in the world. This endangered animal is facing extinction due to continuous hunting for its eggs, suffocation from drifting plastic bag that it considers as jelly fish and other natural predators in its early age.
To raise awareness about the importance of protecting turtles, local community leaders, supported by Department of Maritime and Fishery Affairs and local government officials of Tambrauw regency will conduct Traditional Ritual for Calling Leatherback Turtles on 25 June 2015. The festival is open to everybody who is interested in watching the landing of leatherback turtles at Pasir Panjang beach to lay their eggs.
Batu Kapal beach near Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency
How to get there?
  • First fly from your country to Jakarta city.
  • After getting Visa On Arrival, continue your trip to Sorong city by flying with Garuda, or Sriwijaya Air, or Express Air
  • When you have arrived in Sorong city, continue your trip to Sausapor town by passenger boats KMSunlia and KMAve Maria (ticket price is 100,000 to 150,000 rupiahs for economy class rupiahs or approximately 8 to 12 US dollars per person). The boat leaves Sorong city (from Pelabuhan Rakyat) for Sausapor town on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
  • Make sure that you arrive in Sausapor town before 25 June 2015 so that you will get free transport to Pasir Panjang beach during the festival. 
  • Accommodation is free (just go to the office of WWF and meet Anis Sundoi)
Leatherback turtles land on Pasir Panjang beach of Tambrauw regency from Mei to August so, you can still go there to see the turtles during those months. But you will have to pay for a chartered motorized boat to the beach.
Tambrauw regency has got a lot of tourist attraction. Some of them are wave surfing, trekking, and birdwatching.
If you are interested in visiting Tambrauw regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or cell phone: 006281332245180

Friday, May 8, 2015

Trekking and Watching Tree Kangaroo in Arfak Mountains

I went trekking to Mupi Gunung village of Arfak mountains last week. It was a hamlet located deep in the jungle with a population of only three families. It took around 10 hours walk to reach Mupi Gunung. Because the population in the village is only less than 10 people, the surrounding environment is still in pristine condition.
Watching Tree Kangaroo

Tree Kangaroo in the jungle of Arfak mountains near Mupi Gunung hamlet
At an elevation of 1,000 meters above sea level, Mupi Gunung is an ideal site for tourists who are interested in watching tree kangaroo. So far there are two species that have been photographed by the tourists but the villagers said there are three species in the jungle. To take picture of the kangaroo, visitors need to bring D-SLR camera with telephoto lenses or bridge camera with super telephoto capabilities such as Nikon P600, Nikon P900 or Canon SX60hs.

Wild Life
Tree kangaroo is not the only animal that lives in the jungle around Mupi Gunung. There are other animals too including Cassowary bird, cuscus possum, various species of birds of paradise and wild pigs.

If you are interested in visiting Mupi Gunung or exploring other parts of West Papua, please, contact me by email to: or send text message to my cell phone: 006281332245180.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Koroway Tribe in South Papua

I have just completed my trip in southern region of Papua. I visited the indigenous people of Koroway tribe who live in the wetland rainforest.
Here I was sitting in the tree house of Koroway tribe
The people of Korowai or Koroway build their traditional houses on high poles and in high trees. Those who still live in the jungle wear traditional costume (very minimum clothing or almost naked). They hunt wild animals such as boars, kangaroo, casowary bird, cuscus and soa-soa using bows and arrows, and spears as their traditional weapon. They also like to catch fish in the river using sharp pointed arrow or fish traps.
a Koroway man and his children
Most of their dwellings are located near a river and sago trees. They processed the lith of sago to make flour. It is their main staple food.
The traditional tree house of Koroway that was constructed in high trees
The indigenous people of Koroway tribe is consired to be the only human being who still live in trees. The trip to Koroway is suitable for nature lovers, naturists or anyone who wants to know how to survive in the jungle.
some girls of Koroway with their grandmother

Visitors from all corners of the world go to Koroway land to see their tree houses or experience their traditional lifestyle.
If you are interested in visiting Koroway tribe and need me to escort you, please contact me by email to: If you visit the Koroway tribe, you can learn how to survive in the jungle with the Koroway way such as how to make fire, how to find sago worms and cook them,  how to use bow and arrow to shoot a target, how to make catch fish and how to expel mosquito while sleeping naked in the jungle.

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