Sunday, March 31, 2013

Snorkeling over the Coral Reef of Abasi beach

Coral reef in the waters of Abasi beach is still in good condition and is the natural habitat of various species of tropical fish. As a swimming, snorkeling and surfing destination, Abasi beach is often visited by city dwellers especially during holidays. To protect the marine environment, I and the youth in Abasi village try to make a documentation about what exists under the surface of the sea. We have done this since three days ago using a new underwater camera Canon Powershot G1X. With this camera, we are able to take a lot of pictures of anything that we can see in the water. I ask one of the youths to handle the task of taking pictures. His name is Henoch Marien. He is a fast learner. With little explanation from me on how to use the camera, he can make high quality underwater photographs.

I wore a pair of TUSA snorkeling mask. Its color is yellow with soft strap used to attach the mask on my eyes. TUSA is a Japanese company that manufactures various sporting goods particularly for snorkelers and scuba divers, including dive watches, scooter, lights, boots, and buoyancy control jacket. I like the mask because it is small and fit onto my face. Snorkeling is simpler than scuba diving. Anyone can enjoy snorkeling. We can provide lifejackets for tourists who want to enjoy snorkeling but cannot swim. 
Tourists who are interested in snorkeling or scuba diving in Abasi beach should bring their own gears. There are no diving center at Abasi beach at the moment. We hope that we will be able to open one in the future.  
Where is Abasi beach and How to get there?
It is not difficult to come here. Just fly from your country to Jakarta - the capital of the Republic of Indonesia. Then, take a domestic flight to Manokwari city. Abasi beach is a 30-minute ride from the airport. Before you come to Manokwari, please contact us by email to peace4wp@gmail.com.