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: peace4wp@gmail.com.