Tuesday, April 27, 2021
|Wonderful Raja Ampat|
Here are some photos that I made in Warduwer beach of Waigeo island in Raja Ampat.
|Freediving Picture from Raja Ampat|
|Freediving Picture from Raja Ampat archipelago|
|Raja Ampat Underwater|
|Abundant Reef-fish in the waters of |
Warduwer beach of Raja Ampat
Warduwer Beach - This beach is located in the southern region of Waigeo island. Its reef flat are is quite wide and suitable for anyone who wants to enjoy snorkeling for the first time. Here visitors can see various kinds of damselfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, yellow-tailed blue devil (Chrysiptera cynea). More experienced snorkelers can go to drop off reef of the beach. It is a nice place because the reef slope is a great site to see parrotfish, barracuda, batfish, trevally, tasselled wobbegong, scorpionfish, anemonefish and a lot more.
Yenbuba Strait - This the place where sea current is sometimes strong. Visitors need to make sure that they are accompanied by experienced snorkeling guide. A lot of species of big and small fish can be seen here.
There are still a lot of other snorkeling sites that I want to describe in this post but I will do it later when I update this post.
I am very happy tonight because I am able to watch supermoon at the frontyard of my house. Last month, I did moon watching but the weather was not so clear. It was raining. This month, which is tonight, the weather is very clear.
|Supermoon above Manokwari city at night from 27 to 28 April 2021|
Some of my friends, Yansen Saragih and his brother, Matias Rumbruren, came to watch the Super full moon. After that they enjoyed fried banana, hot tea, coffee, and instant noodle soup at the nearby Pasar Kaget (meaning: Surprised Market).
The moon watching activity lasted for a few hours and was finished at around 23.30.
Well, I plan to conduct moon watching again tomorrow night at the same place. And it will be open for anyone who passes by.
The moon watching gear will still be the same:
- Kinglux 20-60×60mm spotting scope
- Visionking Binoculars 10×42 mm
- And for photographic device, I will use Canon 200D with Tamron telephoto lens.
- Well, I will still use the camera of my cellphone to take picture of the moon watching scene.
Monday, April 26, 2021
|Marine Life in the coral reef of Warduwer beach, Waigeo island|
|Karst islets in Raja Ampat|
|Humphead Wrasse moving away from me.|
My recent trip was to southern part of Waigeo. I guided several tourists in the forest to see various species of birds such as Sacred Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Beach Kingfisher, Radjah Shelduck, Torressian Crow, Lemon-bellied White-Eye, Willie Wagtail, White-breasted Woodswallow. After guiding them in the morning, I continued my adventure by doing solo freediving at the drop off reef in front of Raja Ampat Dive Resort.
|Moorish Idol and Damselfish|
In the shallow water, I saw more reef fish but the visibility was so poor. So, I made fewer pictures. There were Christmas tree worms too.
|Drop-reef in southern Waigeo island|
The best months for snorkeling in Raja Ampat are October, Nov, Des, Jan, Feb, March, April, May and June. During July, August, and September, strong wind blows from the south. It was not a favorable season to see underwater marine life.
|A Beach Resort in Raja Ampat|
- Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
- Fly to Sorong city
- I will meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and organize your trip to Raja Ampat.
- Adventure Tour in the Islands of Raja Ampat
- Where is Raja Ampat
- 7 Snorkeling Spots in Raja Ampat
|Marine Life in Manokwari|
The duration of the tour can be as short as 1 day to as long as 2 weeks.
Freediving is a fun but dangerous sport. So, I don't like competition about who can go deeper. Enjoy the fun and the beauty of marine life but don't put yourself into big trouble.
Basics of freediving
- Every person has his or her own limit in holding his or her own breath.
- Practice holding your breath, first above the water while you sit at the beach or at home.
- You could also practice holding your breath while walking or swimming/ snorkeling.
- Do horizontal freediving and gradually improve your length of swimming (in feet or meters)
- Gradually do freediving in vertical or gradient way.
- Try to be as relax as possible when you are freediving
- When you feel relax and safe, you can go down deeper and hold your breath longer.
- Respect marine life, do not cause any damages in the coral reef.
|Birding Tour in Manokwari|
|Sulphur Crested Cockatoo|
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|
- 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.
|Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat|
|Coral reef in Mioskon|
|Snorkeling site in Yenbuba|
Underwater camera is also needed especially for those who want to take pictures or make videos of the fish and coral reef that they see while snorkeling or freediving. I use Nikon 130 and Fujifilm XQ2 with waterproof casing. In the past, I used Brica B Pro 5 Alpha Edition.
|Coral reef in southern coast of Waigeo|
|Coral reef in North-east region of Waigeo|
There are tens of homestays and beach resorts which visitors can choose while traveling in Raja Ampat. The famous ones such as Papua Explorers Dive Resort, Kri Eco Resort, Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort have got their own websites which visitors can read before flying to Indonesia. There are also hotels and lodges inside Waisai town (the capital of Raja Ampat regency). However, most snorkeling visitors prefer to stay in beach resorts and coastal homestays so that they can easily have access to the beaches or house reefs.
- Raja Ampat Snorkeling Review
- Snorkeling Video from Raja Ampat
- Raja Ampat Guided Snorkeling Tours
- Raja Ampat Snorkeling and Birding Tour
Global warming and marine polution has triggered massive coral bleaching in various coral reef sites in Great Barrier Reef and Okinawa. Fortunately, Raja Ampat reefs are still in very good condition. It is still the richest marine environment in the world.
|Striped and Convict Surgeonfish|
When I guide tourists on a snorkeling tour in Raja Ampat, I always try to take pictures of the fish and other marine creatures that I see. Back at home when I am not busy, I create sketches of these sea animals. I mostly draw them using pencil on paper and added colors using my Derwent watercolour pencils. After that I redraw them digitally using a stylus on my Samsung Galaxy Tab A. I choose Autodesk sketchbook as drawing app. The artworks are later uploaded into my nature art shop in Redbubble. Anyone can see and order the artworks at this link: Reef Fish Art
Snorkeling Vacation in Raja Ampat
I offer snorkeling tours for anyone who is interested in taking a vacation in Raja Ampat. The duration of the tour can be as short as 3 days to as long as 1 or 2 weeks. During the tour, we could enjoy snorkeling at Warduwer beach, Mioskon, Friwen, Kabui bay, and even Piaynemo islands.
Tour participants need to bring snorkeling mask, snorkel pipe, and swim fins (flippers). Underwater world of Raja Ampat is very beautiful so, I highly suggest that participants bring camera such as the Nikon W300, or GoPro. After snorkeling, we can try to identify the fish that we photograph. Snorkeling participants who are interested in art can also make drawings of the fish and color them using watercolours.
In addition to snorkeling, I can organize hiking tour to the forest for tour participants to watch paradise birds and other tropical birds of Raja Ampat such as Red Bird of Paradise, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Blyth's Hornbill, Yellow-faced Myna, Hooded Butcherbird, Eclectus Parrot and Palm Cockatoo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and etc. Tourists who want to enjoy snorkeling need to bring binoculars for the purpose.
I cannot give the price of the tour because it will depend on the number of participants and the duration of the tour. In general the cost is 5,000,000 rupiahs per person for 3 days/ 2 nights for accommodation, food, and transportation between Sorong airport and the guesthouse in Raja Ampat.
The cost does not include airfare, charterred boat tour for snorkeling trips to remote islands in Raja Ampat.
If you are interested, please, contact me by email to: email@example.com or by sending text message to my cell phone: +6281332245180. Sending text by whatsapp to that number is also possible.
Also read: Snorkeling at Raflow Resort of Raja Ampat
In general coral reef of this archipelago is still in very good condition. Raja Ampat has not suffered from massive bleaching on its corals like what happened in Okinawa and Great Barrier Reef. The regency is very far from big industrial cities of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya or Makassar. So, coral reef is still healthy and the density of marine life is very high.
|Coral Reef and Fish in Warduwer beach of Waigeo island|
The best months to explore the north-east reef of Waigeo island is from June to November. The sea is relatively calm.
Entering the month of December, strong north-east Wind from the Pacific brings in big waves on to the beach. From December to May the weather in North-east coast of Waigeo is in high waves. In the contrary, the central and southern region of Raja Ampat islands are relatively in more favorable weather. The sea is quite calm and is good for snorkeling, sightseeing, and even bird and wildlife watching.
|White sandy beach in southern region of Waigeo island|
Because Raja Ampat islands are close to Sorong city and Waisai town, the floating plastic and metal wastes can reach the beaches and the reefs on daily basis. This has to be stopped through education. Massive campaigns to city dwellers and coastal islanders about the importance of not throwing plastics and other domestic and industrial wastes into the sea have become important priorities.
|Underwater picture of Coral Reef in|
If you are interested in visiting Raja Ampat and want me (Charles Roring) to be your guide, please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
- Raja Ampat Snorkeling Adventure
- Raja Ampat Snorkeling and Birding Tour
|Karst inside Kabui bay of Raja Ampat|
Birdwatching activity can be done using binoculars, and spotting scope.
|North coast of Wageo|
You could visit places in Raja Ampat that are not directly exposed to sea current and waves that come from south-east or south-west directions. So, doing land tours in Waigeo, Salawati or Batanta will be ok. However, transport vehicles are not always available especially for big boats that go to Salawati and Batanta. Regular passenger ferry go to Misool, and Waigeo. There are also ships that go to Kofiau. Coastal villages in northern region of Waigeo have got calm waters in July, August and September. It is a suitable place for swimming, fishing, and wildlife watching in the forest.
The spread of Covid-19 around the world is still going on. If the threat of this virus has been curbed or stopped, and tourism activities can be continued again, anyone will be allowed to visit Indonesia.
If you are interested in traveling to West Papua province, and want me to organize your tour and accompany you, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: email@example.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180
- Raja Ampat Birds
- Snorkeling and Watching Birds of Paradise in Raja Ampat
- Raja Ampat beach
Sunday, April 25, 2021
The tropical island of Mansinam is also surrounded by coral reef that hosts thousands of species of marine animals.
|Marine Life in Mansinam Island|
Here are some pictures that I made during the trip:
|Cross Monument in Mansinam island|
|Underwater World of Mansinam Island|
As a tour guide, I can organize a Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Tour for anybody who is interested in taking a vacation in Manokwari and other parts of West Papua province.
I suggest that you come here in a group of at least 2 to 4 people. More is better because all of you can share the cost. I can organize such trip for a solo traveler too.
Where is Mansinam Island
Mansinam island is located in Dore bay near Manokwari city. It is only a ten-minute ride by water taxi.
|Manokwari - the capital of Papua Barat province|
|Mansinam island Dore bay of Manokwari regency|
How to get there?
- It is easy to go to Mansinam island or Manokwari city (both are located very close to each other).
- Fly from your country to Jakarta city
- Take a domestic flight to Manokwari city. Garuda, Sriwijaya, Batik, Nam Air, and Wings Air (member of Lion Air group)
- We will meet you at the airport and organize your trip to see coral reef in Mansinam island and other parts in Dore bay and the tropical rainforest in Arfak mountains.
Raja Ampat guided snorkeling tour
Snorkeling Pictures from Raja Ampat
Snorkeling at the beach of Raja Ampat Paradise Resort
More than half of the island is still covered by green forest that is the habitat of birds, butterflies and reptiles. The coastal areas of Mansinam, especially its southern and northeast regions, are good for swimming, snorkeling and other water sports activities. I have guided tourists to this tropical island numerous times. We went there to see its villagers, hiked to the top of Mansinam to see Jesus statue, and also went to the beach to see its coral reef.
In the book The Malay Archipelago, Alfred Russel Wallace wrote that he landed on this island and met three German missionaries, Ottow, his wife and Geissler who had been there since 5 February 1855. They were preaching Gospel. Wallace did his research on flora, fauna and natural history of Netherlands New Guinea at that time.
Tourists are highly recommended to bring their own masks, snorkels and fins.
How to go to Mansinam island
- Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
- After that fly from Jakarta to Manokwari - the capital of Papua Barat province. Domestic airlines such as Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, and Batik Air offer regular flights to this city.
- I can meet you at the airport or hotel where you stay and organize your tour to the island.
In addition to visiting Mansinam island, I also offer hiking, and sightseeing tour to forests and remote places in West Papua for tourists who like to see birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, and visit villages to meet local people in their daily activities. Birdwatching can also be arranged if tourists bring their own binoculars.
Please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or whatapp: +6281332245180, if you plan to visit Mansinam island or explore other places in West Papua.
I turned on my camera and carefully aimed it at the bird. The weather was hot that day. The sun was above my head and its light made the surrounding trees looked brighter. I pressed the shutter button once. Seconds later, the bird flew away. In the previous day, I saw a couple Brahminy Kite in north-east region of Waisai town. I also made a picture of them.
Raja Ampat is beautiful both above and underwater. I and the visitors whom I guided enjoyed snorkeling in several places of the regency. I brought Nikon W300. It was an underwater camera. So, I had the opportunity of taking pictures of coral reef and tropical fish that I saw during our snorkeling sessions. It was a nice adventure. They wanted to visit Raja Ampat again in the future.
|Coral Reef and Fish in Raja Ampat|
- Raja Ampat Birds
- Birding and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat Karst
There are unique vegetation in the coastal area of Mansinam. There are kersen (also called Singapore cherry) trees, cattapa, pandanus and beach hibiscus. In addition to snorkeling and freediving, visitors can explore the island by hiking to its highest point where there is the statue of Jesus. German missionaries Carl Wilhelm Ottow, his wife Wilhelmine Auguste Ottow, and J.G. Geissler for the first time began introducing Christianity to the indigenous Papuan people on 5 February 1855. That's why Mansinam is called the island of civilization. Every year, on that date, thousands of people from all corners of the world gather on the island to celebrate the event. They also conduct cultural street parade on the streets of Manokwari city the next day.
Other Tourist Attractions in Manokwari
|King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)|
As a tour guide, I organize tours to several different places in West Papua such as eastern region in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat, Klabolo forest of Sorong regency, Tambrauw mountains, and Susnguakti forest of Manokwari. The activities are multi-sports. They involve hiking, riverwalk, birding, swimming, snorkeling and freediving.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +81332245180 or by email to: email@example.com to book your adventure tours in Manokwari or other parts of West Papua.
|White Sandy Beach in Mansinam island|
To enjoy snorkeling, visitors must bring their own mask and flippers so that they could enjoy the view of the coral reef. Tropical fish such as damselfish, grouper, surgeonfish, and butterflyfish can be seen from shallow to deeper waters. I highly recommend that visitors bring an underwater camera such as the Gopro one to take pictures of the marine life. I like to take pictures of the fish too. First, I used a small action camera, a Brica B-Pro5 Alpha Editon but later I used a Fujifilm XQ2 with its waterproof case to get better quality photographs.
|Coral reef and fish in Mansinam island|
There are also several coastal areas in Manokwari. I also like to visit those places when I organize snorkeling tours with tourists.
In addition to guiding tourists on sightseeing and snorkeling trip to Mansinam, I often organize tour to the jungle in lower montane forest of Arfak mountains, especially in Susnguakti forest. There is a base-camp in the jungle for visitors to stay for an average of 3 days. While in the tropical rainforest, visitors will be able to go hiking in the mornings, in the afternoons and in the evening to watch birds of paradise, and other tropical birds. For night walk, the main target is to watch cuscus possum.
|A beach in Mansinam Island|
For sightseeing, Mansinam still has got good forest especially on its southeastern region.
If you are interested in visiting Manokwari and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Snorkeling tours in Raja Ampat islands
Snorkeling and Birding in Raja Ampat
Tourist Attractions in Mansinam Island
Snorkeling in Mansinam Island
Traveling to Mansinam
My favorite sites are Mansinam, North Coast of Manokwari, and South Coast of Manokwari. While swimming over the reef, I and the visitors could see parrotfish, butterflyfish, lionfish, moorish idol, anemonefish, boxfish, wrasse, surgeonfish, grouper and a lot more.
Because Manokwari city is located inside Dore bay, the snorkeling activity can be done almost all year round.
|Snorkeling Pictures from Manokwari|
Manokwari is the capital of West Papua province in the Republic of Indonesia. It can easily be reached by plane from major cities in Indonesia. If you want to come here, you need to take an international flight from your country to Jakarta (the capital of the Republic of Indonesia). After that you one choose one of the airlines in this country that provide regular flights to Manokwari such as Sriwijaya, Batik Air and Lion/ Wings Air.
For avid snorkelers, I highly suggest that they bring their own device such as mask, snorkel, and fins. Bringing a good underwater camera is highly recommended. A small one like Olympus Tough TG-5, or Nikon W300 will give significantly enhance your snorkeling experience.
In addition to snorkeling, I also offer a trip to the forest where visitors can enjoy hiking, bird and wildlife watching.
If you are interested in visiting Manokwari and want me (Charles Roring) to be your guide, please, contact me by email to: email@example.com or you could also send text message to my number: +6281332245180.