Friday, August 26, 2011

Passenger ship at Manokwari harbor

Passenger ship MV Nggapulu had just arrived at Manokwari harbor of Dore bay when I shot it with my telephoto digital camera - a Nikon Coolpix P500 from Rendani area which was on the opposite site of the bay. This ship is operated by PELNI Lines - a state owned passenger liner in Indonesia. It was built by Jos L. Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Germany in 2001. According to the official website of PELNI lines, the passenger ship is able to carry 2130 passengers. However, in reality the number of people who travel with such ship is usually higher than the allowed figure.
PELNI, as the largest passenger ship liner in Indonesia, has tens of modern vessels like this that transport millions of people and goods to coastal towns and cities throughout the archipelago. Although, the motor vessels are fast, they are not cruise ships at all. As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia needs more ships to support its transportation and economic development.
In addition to being the port of call for PELNI passenger ships, the Dorey bay is often visited by sailing yachts that come from various corners of the world. There are 2 islands in front of the Dorey. They are Mansinam and Lemon. They protect the bay from big waves. Because Manokwari is close to Arfak mountains, tourists like to fly to this city before going to the mountains to watch birds of paradise and the bower bird. The coastal areas of Manokwari have beautiful coral reef that are good destinations for those who like snorkeling and swimming.  by Charles Roring
Also read: Passenger ship in Indonesia

Monday, August 22, 2011

Snorkeling along the shore off Arfak mountains

After my first snorkeling trip along the shore off the foot of Arfak mountains, I conclude that I will write more articles about the coral reefs there to raise awareness among citizens in Manokwari that they still have pristine marine park. To reach the snorkeling location, we need to go by boat from Arfai to Angresi beach. It takes around 30 minutes. If the weather is good, and the sea is calm, we can easily see various species of corals such as table coral, brain coral and staghorn coral and tropical fish at the depths between 1 to 5 meters below the sea level.
When I was snorkeling with 2 Dutch tourists on 17 August 2011, I brought my new waterproof camera. It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3. With this digital camera, I was able to shoot a lot of nice photographs of corals and the fish although the visibility was not really good. It was raining one day earlier.

The above snorkeling pictures provide strong evidence that Arfak mountains are not only tourist destination for hiking, birding or butterfly watching but also snorkeling. The coral reefs at the foot of Arfak mountains are not as famous as the ones in Kri island of Raja Ampat or in Manado Tua island of Bunaken marine park of North Sulawesi but they are still in pristine condition. They are worth snorkeling and scuba diving. However, there is no diving center in Manokwari. So, the easiest way to explore the beauty of the underwater world of Arfak waters is by snorkeling. Please, bring your own snorkeling gear.
The waters off the coast of Arfak mountains still have world class coral reef. Snorkeling in these waters does not cost you an arm and a leg. So, if you plan to take a snorkeling trip that is affordable for you, then my recommendation will be the Manokwari bay. Don't forget to contact me, via email charlesroring@gmail.com or peace4wp@gmail.com, so that I will be able to arrange the trip for you. by Charles Roring

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Snorkeling in the coral reef off the shore of Arfak mountains

The marine environment along the shores of Arfak mountains is still covered with pristine coral reef. It is a nice location for snorkeling and scuba diving. In my previous articles, when I talked about Arfak mountains, the main topics will be birdwatching, the magnificent birds of paradise, the vogelkop bower bird or the protection of tropical rainforest of New Guinea. In today's post, I will be writing about the beauty of the underwater world of the waters of Arfak mountains. On 17 August 2011, I, accompanied by Kosal Welerubun (as boat driver) and his beautiful daughter Anastasia (as boat navigator), guided 2 Dutch tourists to the Angresi beach of Arfak mountains. We went there by an outrigger wooden boat. It took around 30 minutes to reach the coral reef. When we arrived there we had a small tour along the shore to find a good location for snorkeling. I would say that all of the corals in this area are still in their beautiful shapes. Angresi is quite far from Manokwari harbor which is always busy with cargo and passenger ships. I didn't see plastic wastes drifting on the surface of the sea water. I didn't see any broken corals caused by human activities either. The coral reef of Angresi consists of various species of hard and soft corals. Some of them are table corals, brain corals and staghorn corals.

It was the first time I used my underwater camera for taking pictures of the tropical fish and the reef. I was very happy with the results. I think I would write more articles about the marine environment of the coastal area of Arfak mountains to promote it as snorkeling destination in Manokwari. When I was snorkeling, I was able to shoot some reef fish using my underwater camera. Some of them are surgeonfish, lined bristletooth and damsel fish.

After around 1 hour snorkeling over the pristine corals, suddenly I was called by Mr. Welerubun. He said that he saw some dolphins. I immediately swam to him and climbed the boat again. The dolphins were swimming away from us leaving the Dorey bay to the open sea. I took my digital camera and aimed it at them. I zoomed up the picture and pressed the shutter button. I could still make some pictures of the dolphins. For me watching the dolphins that day was a nice bonus in addition to snorkeling at this new site. I think will bring more tourists here in the coming months.
If you are interested in visiting Manokwari and snorkeling in this Dorey bay, please contact me via email: charlesroring@gmail.com or peace4wp@gmail.com
Also read:
Snorkeling in Tropical Island of Manem
For article written in Indonesian language, you can read it in detik.com website at the following address: travel.detik.com/read/2011/11/12/170818/1766176/1025/snorkeling-di-terumbu-karang-arfai-manokwari

Monday, August 1, 2011

Homeport of Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas

Most of the cruise ships that are owned and operated by the Royal Caribbean International make Miami as their home port. However, for Oasis of the Seas, Port Everglades is her home. The cruise ship whose gross tonnage is 220,000 ton and the number of staterooms is 2700 needs larger port with more service areas to accommodate thousands of her guests (approx. 5400 passengers in double occupancy rooms). Oasis of the Seas will stay at Terminal 18 of Port Everglades. To accommodate the largest cruise ship in the world, authorities of the port expanded the terminal's interior space from 67,500 square feet to 240,000 square feet. With that expansion, passengers will only need around 15 minutes to embark.


Port Everglades is located within 2 miles from Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport. Strategically it is within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania beach, Florida. As US hub for international trading, Port Everglades is a busy container port in Florida.
Beside the Oasis cruise ship, the second Oasis-class ship that makes Port Everglades as her home port is the Allure of the Seas. Both of them are operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL)