Sunday, March 12, 2017

Snorkeling and Nature Walk in Mansinam Island of Manokwari

Mansinam island
Mansinam is a small island near Manokwari city. Everyday it is visited by Christian pilgrims who want to see historical sites of European missionaries who introduced Gospel for the first time to the indigenous Papuan people on 5 February 1855.
Mansinam island is surrounded by coral reef particularly in its southern coast. It is a good site for visitors who want to enjoy snorkeling to see such fish as parrotfish, moorish idol, butterflyfish, sea star, sea cucumber, damselfish, turtle, and a lot more.

Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam island
Doreri Guesthouse
There is a guesthouse located in the south of the island. Its name is Doreri Guesthouse and it can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Rates
500,000 rupiahs per room per night for 2 people (breakfast)
700,000 rupiahs per room per night for 2 people (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel, fins, and underwater camera.

Coral reef in Manokwari
Scuba Diving
In addition to snorkeling, upon special request, the staff of Doreri Guesthouse can arrange a diving trip for visitors who are interested in seeing shipwrecks and coral reef environment both in the island and other areas of Manokwari waters.

Nature Walk
Besides enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving in Manokwari, visitors can also do jogging, nature walk and birdwatching or butterfly watching around Mansinam island. Birds such as willie wagtail, pigeon, kingfisher, frigatebird and various other seabirds can be seen early in the morning.
Government has built a wide concrete track for visitors. The concrete path passes through tropical rainforest that still covers most of the island. The best time to enjoy nature walk is early in the morning when birds are still active. Butterflies usually come out of the forest to find nectar from wild flowers that grow on both sides of the concrete road.
I highly suggest that visitors who want to do nature walk be accompanied by the staff of Doreri Guesthouse.

Visitors who want to enjoy snorkeling and nature walk around the tropical island of Mansinam should stay at least 3 days/ 2 nights to see the coral reef, the forest environment, the villages, and the historical Christians sites of the island.

Booking
If you are interested in visiting and staying in Mansinam island, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com