Saturday, August 12, 2017

Raja Ampat Snorkeling and Hiking Tour

Landscape/ Seascape View of Kabui bay in Raja Ampat
I offer tours for visitors who are interested in snorkeling and hiking in Raja Ampat. The recommended destination is Waigeo and some uninhabited small islands in the archipelago.
Snorkeling
There are a lot of coral reef sites which visitors can see to enjoy snorkeling. Fish that can be seen include parrotfish, damselfish, moorish idol, lionfish, grouper, marquesan parrotfish, wrasses, puffers, and a lot more. There are also turtles, sea urchin, sea cucumber, stingray and manta that we may see while exploring the marine life of Raja Ampat.
Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel, and fins as well as underwater camera with extra batteries if you want to explore the wealth of the marine bio-diversity of Raja Ampat.

Hiking, Camping and Bird/ Wildlife Watching
In addition to swimming and snorkeling, I also include rainforest tours in the itinerary. Visitors who join the trip to Raja Ampat will be able to explore the tropical rainforest of the tropical islands to see Red Bird of Paradise, Wilson Bird of Paradise, Sacred Kingfisher, Beach Kingfisher, Lowland Peltop, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot and a lot of other birds that live in the forest. A good pair of binoculars, and a field guide book: "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler should be brought by visitors to enhance their birding and wildlife watching experience.

Destinations:
Walking on the sandbank in the middle of the sea
Short Trip - southern part of Waigeo and Kabui bay
Day 1 Transfer from Sorong city to Waisai bay ferry boat, transfer to guesthouse located at the beach - swimming and snorkeling
Day 2 Hiking and birding in the morning, snorkeling in the afternoon in Kabui bay
Day 3 Snorkeling in Friwen wall and snorkeling in the front waters of the guesthouse
Day 4 Check out of the guesthouse, transfer to ferry harbor of Waisai, return to Sorong

Long Trip - east of Waigeo
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) in Waigeo island
Day 1 Transfer by long wooden boat from Sorong to eastern area of Waigeo island - snorkeling and short walk inside the forest of uninhabited island
Day 2 Exploring Mamdifu forest to watch Red Bird of Paradise and Blyth's hornbill, Pink-spotted fruit dove. Hiking in the forest at the back of the village
Day 3 Continue trip to Pasir Timbul/ sand bank in the middle of the sea, snorkeling at an uninhabited island
Day 4 A tour in fish lagoon, snorkeling, hiking and birdwatching
Day 5 Return to Sorong by long wooden boat.
This trip can be extended into several more days depending on the request of the tour participants.

Cost: ... for customized itinerary and prices, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com