Butterflies in Susnguakti Forest

Last week, I guided 2 French tourists to Susnguakti forest. They were Geoffry and Jessica. We spent 4 days/ 3 nights exploring the forest to see birds of paradise, cuscus possum, reptiles and insects. 
Adventure tur in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari
Cruiser Butterfly
I saw some butterflies such as The Silky Owl, Cruiser, Blue Mountain Swallowtail and some other species which I could not identify. I saw them along the path to a rose apple tree and near the clearing area of our basecamp. The butterfly came out in the mornings when the sunlight was bright. They landed on leaves to take a rest, or collect nectar of flowers and also collect the salty sweat from our exposed hands, shoulders or feet. 
Taenaris catops butterfly
The Silky Owl Butterfly (Taenaris catops)
Entomology trip to Arfak mountains
Mating butterfly
There were two small butterflies that were mating. I saw them mating while flying in the air. When they landed on a leave, I immediately approached them and took some pictures. They continued flying again while still mating. Insects are abundant in the forest of Susnguakti. I could see spider, moth, stick insect and also water insect.
Birdwatching
During our stay in the jungle of Susnguakti forest, we were able to watch King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Fairy Lorikeet, Eclectus Parrot, Spangled Drongo, Hooded Butcherbird, Superb Fruit Dove, and Rufous-bellied Kookaburra. 
We also did 3 night walks and were able to see cuscus possum. The tropical rainforest of Susnguakti was a nice place for watching wild animals. 

Coral Reef in Mansinam Island

Marine life in coral reef
Marine Life in Mansinam island
I went to Mansinam island this afternoon to do a field survey over its coral reef. The island was located across from Manokwari city. We did the survey at Sera Oser beach on the east coast of the island. I was with a friend of mine - Matias. I did the survey by snorkeling and freediving over the coral reef. My friend did not freedive, he only did the snorkeling. To take photographs, I brought my camera - Fujifilm XQ2 that had been put inside its waterproof case.

Snorkeling Sites Near Waigeo Island of Raja Ampat

coral reef and tropical fish of mioskon island
Marine Life in Mioskon island of Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat islands are very important destination for marine tourism. People go there to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and even scuba diving. There are hundreds of coral reef sites in this archipelago which tourists can visit to enjoy snorkeling. The followings are the snorkeling sites that I recommend:

Kabui Bay of Raja Ampat

Kabui is the name of a bay between Waigeo and Gam islands in Raja Ampat. I often organize tours to the bay for visitors who like sightseeing, snorkeling, bird and wildlife watching. The duration of the tour is usually 3 to 4 days. I and the tourists whom I guide stay in a simple guesthouse run by local villagers or in a comfortable beach resort.
The view of Kabui bay as seen from Yengkawe homestay  wikipedia.org misool salawati batanta waigeo  stayrajaampat
Kabui bay in Raja Ampat
The tour to the bay will be conducted by a speed boat or by a motorized wooden boat. We usually visit karst, and then on the way back to the guesthouse we stop at several small islands to enjoy snorkeling and birding. Because the waters inside Kabui bay are protected by islands, the sea is mostly calm except between July and September.