Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tour to Uninhabited Islands of Raja Ampat

Uninhabited island in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is one of the richest islands in the world in terms of their marine bio-diversity. Pristine tropical rainforest and beautiful coral reef cover the tropical archipelago and its surrounding coastal areas. As a tourist guide, I offer adventure tours to nature lovers who are interested in snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing as well as hiking, camping and birdwatching in Raja Ampat. My tour routes will lead participants to uninhabited islands and tropical rainforest where visitors can enjoy nature in its fullest.
Itinerary
Uninhabited Island in Raja Ampat
Destination: Raja Ampat islands
Activities: Multi-sport (swimming, snorkeling, camping, birdwatching, village tour, jungle tour, fishing)
Cost: depending on the number of visitors
Booking: Please, contact Charles Roring by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com whatsapp: +6281332245180
Day 1
We shall start our tour by leaving Sorong city by a motorized wooden boat that is operated by local people. Our first destination will be northeast region of Raja Ampat. We will put our bags and logistical supplies at a village and then continue our trip to Isanak beach. We will enjoy snorkeling to see parrotfish, moorish idol, butterflyfish, anemonefish, grouper, and lionfish. After snorkeling, we will walk inside the forest of the island to see its unique plants, flowers, butterflies, lizards and birds. We will return to the village before dark. We could explore the village to see how people live in their daily life. After dinner we will spend one night in a villager's house.

Day 2
Raja Ampat Archipelago Tour
We will continue our previous snorkeling tour to see the underwater marine environment on the other side of the island, we will go back to the village. After lunch, we will continue our adventure by going into the jungle of Mamdifu river to see its rainforest ecosystem. Using binoculars, we shall watch birds such Pink-Spotted Fruit Dove, Kingfisher, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Red Bird of Paradise and other tropical birds that live in the forest. We could spend one night camping in the jungle.

Day 3
Early in the morning, we will wake up and go hiking to watch Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). Male paradise birds like to dance in the mornings and in the afternoons to attract their female counterparts for mating. Paradise birds, together with other birds, play important roles in supporting rainforest ecosystem. They spread the seeds of fruits that they eat throughout the forest.
After watching birds of paradise, we shall return to the village for taking a shower and a little rest. We will continue our trip to another small island where we will enjoy snorkeling, sunbathing or catching and grilling fish at its white sandy beach. Overnight stay in the island

Day 4
We will leave the island for a sand bank that is located in the middle of the sea to take pictures of its beautiful scenery, swim or do some birdwatching. After that we will go to Fish Lagoon whose waters are protected by numerous karst islets. We will stop in another coastal village for lunch. Before dark, we will explore the village life.

Day 5
Early in the morning we will return to the Fish Lagoon and climb one of its islands. After taking pictures of its beautiful scenery, we shall leave Raja Ampat for Sorong city again.

Optional: Upon special request with additional cost, we can extend our tour  for several more days in the island. Or we could continue our trip by taking rainforest tour in Klasow valley.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Raja Ampat Adventure Tour

a village in Waigeo island
Raja Ampat islands are located in the western waters of West Papua. The archipelago has become the most recommended destination for visitors who want to see the wealth of marine and forest bio-diversity of the tropical environment.
As a tourist guide, I organize tours to the islands for visitors who want to enjoy snorkeling and free-diving over its pristine coral reef as well as birding and wildlife watching in its rainforest.
Snorkeling
Coral Reef in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat has got the best coral reef with the highest marine biodiversity in the world. Visitors who go there can enjoy snorkeling and freediving to see turtles, parrotfish, butterflyfish, grouper and surgeonfish, anemonefish, parrotfish, wrass, lionfish, manta and wobbegong sharks.
Birdwatching
There are a lot of birds that live in the forest of Raja Ampat. Some of them that have attracted the attention of birdwatchers include Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Raja Shelduck, Island Kingfisher, Wilson Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) and Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) and a lot more.
Village Tour
Tern
In addition to exploring the coral reef and the tropical rainforest, I also organize trips to some coastal villages where tourists could see how local people live in their daily life.
Empowerment of Local People
For the whole duration of the Adventure Tour in Raja Ampat, we will be fully served by villagers. We will stay at their houses, our food will be cooked by them. We will also explore the sea and the forest with them.
We cannot provide luxurious boat and hotels but we will do our best to serve our customers hoping that local people will get the economic benefits of ecotourism and at the same time preserve the rainforest and marine environment.
What to bring
There are some equipment which visitors need to bring if they want to take this Raja Ampat Adventure Tour
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins) 
  • Life jacket
  • Flashlight/ torch
  • Binoculars/ Spotting scope (for birdwatchers)

Booking
For customized itinerary and cost of the tour, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Birding and Riverwalk Tour in Manokwari Lowland

Birding Tour in Manokwari
As an important destination of birdwatching in West Papua, Manokwari has got several sites for birdwatching. One of them is Mesirrokow forest. It is a lowland area in the west of the regency and suitable for tourists who want to see tropical jungle and watch such birds as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Hornbill, Rainbow Lorikeet, Dollarbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Variable Goshawk, Willie Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, Eclectus Parrot, and a lot more.
Birding in Mesirrokow forest is relatively easy because most of the activities will be done along the riverside. As visitors walk along the banks, they will be able to watch birds that sit on the branches of big trees or fly over the rivers.
Camping
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
I provide tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils, for tourists who want to take the birding and riverwalk tour with me. We will stay in several different campsites during the trip. The longer we stay, the deeper will be the forest that we are going to explore. 
Birding Optics
Birdwatching tourists usually bring binoculars, spotting scope, and telephoto camera such as Nikon Coolpix P900 or Canon SX60HS. Professional photographers usually bring D-SLR camera with telephoto lens and tripod that are heavy. As a tourist guide, I provide a pair of binoculars for visitors who want to see birds in the jungle if they do not have such devices.
What to bring
Most of our activities will be carried out along the river. Here are some articles that visitors should bring or wear: water shoes, flash light/ torch, bathing suit if you want to swim in the river, anti insect-mosquito lotion, sunscreen lotion, clothing that is suitable for tropical weather.
Flights to Manokwari
Birdwatching in Manokwari
Domestic Airlines that fly to Manokwari from Jakarta include Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air and Batik Air and Nam Air.
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta or Denpasar in Indonesia
  • After that fly to Manokwari city 
  • I will meet you at the airport or hotel in Manokwari and organize your trip into the jungle. 
Field Guide Book
Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler is the most recommended book for visitors who want to go birding in West Papua.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp message to +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking this tour.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Birding in Sorong Regency

Male Lesser Birds of Paradise
Sorong regency has got a nice birding site that is located in Klasow valley. The tropical rainforest that exists in the region is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds such as Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Golden Myna, Large Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Moustached Treeswift, Helmetted Friarbird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Northern Cassowary and a lot more.
Visitors usually spend between 3 to 5 days in the jungle of Sorong regency to see these unique New Guinea birds that live in lowland forest of the island. Tourists who go to the valley can stay in a wooden house that was constructed by local people.
As a tourist guide, I organize birding tours for visitors who come from various countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and other countries from North America.
Birding Gear
To go birding in Klasow valley, visitors need to bring binoculars and if possible, a good spotting scope with at least 20-60×60 magnification. Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler is a highly recommended field guide book for tourists who want to watch birds in the valley and other places in this region.
Two Different Administrations
New Guinea as the largest tropical island in the world, administratively is devided into 2 territories. The first one is Papua New Guinea - which is an independent state and second one is West Papua - which as the territory of the Republic of Indonesia. There are two provinces in West Papua, i.e. Papua Province with Jayapura as its capital and Papua Barat with Manokwari as its capital.
How to reach Klasow valley in Sorong regency

  • First, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia), Bali (tourist hub in Indonesia)
  • After that you could choose a domestic airline such as Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, Xpress Air, Lion Air, Nam Air or Batik Air to fly to Sorong city
  • I could meet you at Domine Eduard Osok (DEO) airport of Sorong city and organize your trip to Klasow valley.
Alternative flight route:
You could fly from your country to Singapore. After that you could use Silk Air to fly to Manado city in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia and then continue your trip by Wings Air to Sorong city.
Itinerary
Day 1 Arriving in Sorong city, buying food supply from local market, transfer by 4wd car to Klasow valley in Sorong regency, birding and wildlife watching
Day 2 Birding and wildlife watching
Day 3 Birding and Wildlife watching
Day 4 Birding and Wildlife Watching, return to Sorong city

If you still want to continue your birding trip in other areas of West Papua, I could organize your birding tours to Raja Ampat and Manokwari or even to Numfor island

Booking
Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by sending whatsapp text message to: +6281332245180



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Birding and Wildlife Watching Tour in Lowland Rainforest of Manokwari

Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Lowland Rainforest of Manokwari
There is a beautiful birding site in northwest area of Manokwari regency. The lowland tropical rainforest that covers the region is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds including Willie Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, Little Egret, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Dollarbird, Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Papuan Blyth's Hornbill, Moluccan King Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Great Cuckoo Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Brahminy Kite, Rainbow Bee-eater and a lot more.
I have organized numerous birding and wildlife watching tours to this forest for visitors who come from Europe, Australia, North America and China.
Birding Along the River
Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
The easiest way to enjoy birding in this lowland area is by walking along the banks of the river. The ground is mostly flat and suitable for women or birdwatchers who want an easy birding walk.
On the average, the birding tour lasts between 3 to 5 days.
The longer the number of days we stay in the jungle, the deeper will be our walk into the forest.
It is not only birds that visitors can see in the lowland forest of Manokwari but also other animals such as butterflies, beetles, cicada, freshwater fish. Fruitbats like to eat breadfruits whose trees grow along both sides of the river.
Birding Gear
Blyth's hornbill
Visitors are highly recommended to bring their own binoculars 10x42 or 12x50 mm and spotting scope 20-60x60. A field guide book such as "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler will needed to identify birds that we see in trees.  Taking pictures of birds are highly encouraged. A bridge camera Canon SX60 HS or Nikon Coolpix P900 is an affordable choice for taking pictures of birds in distant trees.
Camping
Campsite 1 Manokwari lowland forest
As a tourist guide, I provide camping gear, cooking and eating utensils for visitors who are interested in taking this birding tour. So, they don't need to carry these heavy things in their luggage. We may stay in only one campsite during the whole time of the tour but mostly we move our tents deeper into the jungle every day and return to main road in the last day of the tour. Local villagers will work as porters and cooks. Because, this tour is conducted in the jungle, the food that we eat will be the simple ones.