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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Coral Reef in the Waters of Manokwari

Manokwari is the capital of Papua Barat province in Indonesia. It is a coastal city in West Papua. Because it is located near the equator, its beaches have got coral reef. I like swimming and snorkeling over this coral reef and take pictures of the marine life that can be seen there.

Coral reef in the waters of Manokwari
Coral Reef in the waters of Manokwari

The ones that are far from the city are in very good condition teeming with fish, clams, and other marine animals. I usually do some freediving to a depth of 2 to 10 meters to take pictures of them. At these depths, sunlight can still reach the surface of the coral reef. 

marine life in coral reef of west papua
Reef fish at Bakaro Beach of Manokwari

I use Nikon AW300 and Fujifilm XQ2 with its watercase to take underwater pictures and videos of the marine life. They are good enough for fish and reef identification works. 

Because I am a tourist guide, I like to organize tours for visitors who like snorkeling. But it is not limited to Manokwari city and its surroundings. I also go to Tambrauw mountains, Sorong regency and Raja Ampat islands. Most of my tours last for around 2 weeks combining snorkeling, sightseeing along the coastal area as well as hiking, birdwatching and wildlife watching in tropical rainforest of West Papua. In general, I guide between 2 to 4 tourists. There are also solo traveling tourist whom I guide. 

Sra oseri beach in Manokwari
Sra-Oseri beach in Mansinam island

White sand beach in Manokwari
Bakaro beach in Manokwari

The tours to the beaches, and mountains of West Papua allow participant to see the biodiversity of plants and animals in coral reef and in the forest. They play a great role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem and greatly support our life.

To visit Manokwari, visitors need to fly from their country to Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia. After that they can continue their trip by domestic airlines such as Garuda, Batik, Lion and Sriwijaya Air. The planes will land on Rendani airport of Manokwari which is only around 20 minutes from city center. 

If you are interested in taking a holiday to Manokwari in 2021 with health protocol under new normal, you can contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. I will be happy to prepare a customized itinerary for you.

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