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 Ceremony 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 Jen Womom beach to lay their eggs. Local government of Tambrauw regency will provide MV. Ave Maria (a passanger ship) as free transportation from Sausapor town to Jen Womom beach for anybody who wants to attend the traditional ceremony.
For locations of Jen Womom beach and Sausapor town, please, study the following map:
Sausapor is the capital of Tambrauw regency. Jen Womom or also called Jamursbamedi beach is the location where the annual ceremony for the calling of leatherback turtle is conducted
Sausapor town in the map of Indonesia is located between Sorong city and Manokwari city (the capital of West Papua province)

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
  • Make sure that you arrive in Sorong city around 20 to 23 June so that you can go by passenger ship or 4wd car to Sausapor town. Go to Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor 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 staff of the office Ronny Tethool or 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: peace4wp@gmail.com or cell phone: 006281332245180