Saturday, April 30, 2022

Coloured Pencil Drawing of Whaleshark and Dolphins

Here are some pictures of fish that I created using coloured pencils and vector drawing software - Inkscape. The first one is whaleshark and a swimmer, the second drawing was manta and the third one is dophin. The sea has always been my source of art inspiration. The following drawings are now available as frame art prints in redbubble. Readers can see more artworks at this shop: Art Drawing Inspired by the Sea.

swimming with whaleshark
Swimming with Whaleshark
manta fish from Raja Ampat
Coloured pencil drawing of manta and a swimmer 

coloured pencil drawing of dolphin fish
Dolphins at sea

I used to guide tourists on snorkeling and sightseeing tour in Raja Ampat islands. We used speedboats to remote places where the coral reefs are in pristine condition. Some times at the middle of the sea, we saw dophins swimming on the surfice. They could also be seen when we stood on a jetty of bungalow while looking at the beautiful blue sea. 

beautiful view of Kabui bay
An Australian visitor was taking pictures of the Kabui bay from a hill  in Waigeo island

In addition to the above drawings, I also drew various other fish both manually using watercolour pencils and digitally using Autodesk sketchbook application. They can be seen at the following slideshow:

There is a site near Arborek island where manta likes to gather. I and a number of visitors from Europe visited it early in the morning.  We swam on the surface while looking at the bottom of around  15 meters where mantas were swimming around. It was their cleaning station. 

I hope that these artworks can raise our awareness about the importance of preserving our beautiful environment. 

Please, have a look at my other artworks:


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Snorkeling at Abasi Beach of Manokwari

Abasi is beach in the suburb of Manokwari city. It is a great place for swimming and snorkeling. Its coral reef is the natural habitat of anemonefish, striped surgeonfish, damselfish, moorish idol, parrotfish, wrasse, and a lot more. Abasi beach can be reached by taking ojek (motorcycle taxi) from Manokwari city for around 25 to 30 minutes. There are houses along both sides of the street.

snorkeling holiday in Indonesia
Marine life in coral reef of Abasi beach

Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel and swim fins) if they want to enjoy snorkeling at Abasi beach. Bringing an underwater camera will also enhance the snorkeling experience of visitors. 

snorkeling site in West Papua
Abasi Beach in the suburb of Manokwari city

Accommodation - Visitors can stay in one pf the many hotels in Manokwari city and go by ojek (motorcycle taxi) or stay in the villagers houses at Abasi beach. The latter option will significantly bring economic benefits to local people. 

Abasi is also a great beach for wave surfing especially from October to April when the waves are big. Visitors need to bring their own surfboards. Little boys and girls learn surfing using simple handmade wooden boards which they get from their village. 

Snorkeling at Abasi beach of Manokwari
Anemonefish in the coral reef of Manokwari

Internet connection - Most parts of Manokwari city is covered by mobile phone network with 4G internet service provided by Telkomsel of Indonesia. Visitors can buy voucher reload for their mobile phone at ATM machines or from shops in the city. 

Flights to Manokwari

Manokwari as tourist destination can easily be reached by planes from big cities in Indonesia. Sriwijaya, Batik Air and Lion Air have regular daily flights to Manokwari from such cities as Denpasar, Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Manado, Sorong and Jayapura.

flight route to Manokwari city
Flight route to Manokwari city

Other tourist attractions in Manokwari

In addition to snorkeling at Abasi beach, visitors who travel to Manokwari can go hiking and wildlife watching in Arfak mountains to see Vogelkop Bowerbird, Western Parotia and Magnificent Birds of Paradise.

Magnificent Bird of Paradise in the forest of Manokwari

If you are interested in visiting Manokwari and want me to arrange your trip, you could contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Tourist Attractions Around Wasior Town of Cendrawasih Bay National Park

Wasior is a small town in Cendrawasih Bay. It is the economic hub of Wondama regency. There are a lot of attactions around Wasior which visitors can see if they want to take their holiday there. Some of them are described below.

traveling to wondama bay in west papua
Tourist attractions around Wasior town
Rowi Stream - This is a fast moving stream that flows from Wondiboy Nature Reserve to the sea. It is located near the local government office of Wondama regency. Visiting this place, visitors can enjoy hiking along the sides of the stream and see the green trees of the rainforest. Picnics can be done in this stream too. The water here is cool.
Rowi stream in Wondama bay of West Papua
Rowi stream in Rasiei area of Wondama 

There is an unused road that crosses this stream. It is a good site for birdwatching and insect watching. Birds such as Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, Black Sunbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, Grey Crow, Coconut Lorikeet are common in this forest.

butterflies in wasior town
Butterflies in Wasior town
Flowers and Butterflies - The frontyards of local government buildings in Rasiei area (locally called: kompleks perkantoran pemda Wondama) are decorated with various kinds of flowers plants. They attract butterflies such as the Silky Owl Butterfy, Cruiser Butterfly, and New Guinea birdwing butterfly. More butterflies can also be seen in Perumahan Pemda (housing area of local government employees). There, visitors can see different colours of hibiscus and other tropical  flowers grown by home owners in their frontyards. Because the flower gardens of these housing and building areas are located at the foot of Wondiboy mountains, they are often visited by insects especially butterflies.
Orchid garden at Ketapang Lima beach
Orchid garden in Wondama
Still on the discussion about flowers, visitors can go to Karumatiri homestay located next to Ketapang Lima Beach. Visitors could see orchid garden at the backyard. The owner of the garden can provide a short tour for visitors  to see the orchids and explain how to grow them. 
Beach and Coral Reef
The coastal region of Wondama Bay has got a number of coral reef areas that are beautiful. Visitors can enjoy swimming and snorkeling there. 
snorkeling in coral reef of Wondama bay of Wasior town
Tropical Beach and Coral Reef in Wasior

Snorkeling can be done at Ketapang Lima Beach, Sobey Beach and its sand bank, Wandamui beach, the northern area of Rowor beach, and Cape Duairi of Aisandami village.  As a matter of fact there are hundreds of coral reef sites in Wondama regency that are within the national park of Cendrawasih Bay. 
Mangrove Forest and Sago Trees in Ramiki Village
Anyone who is interested in seeing the ecosystem of Mangrove forest can go to Ramiki village. It is a fifteen-minute ride from Wasior town. The best time to visit the forest is during the low tide. This can be checked using an Android based application such as Nautide. 
tourist attraction in Wasior
Mangrove forest in Ramiki village of Wondama bay during low tide

Visitors can meet local guide Eky Sawaki at Ramiki village to ask for guiding service to the mangrove forest and to a lot of other interesting places around Wondama.
traveling to Cendrawasih bay
Mangrove forest
Visitors can stay in homestays that belong to the villagers and enjoy balobe (night time spearfishing) with local villagers. They can also see how local people extract sago starch from sago tree using simple tools. The starch can be baked or cooked in various kinds of menu. A freshly baked sago is often consumed in the mornings and in the evenings with tea or coffee milk.
baked sago starch
Baked Sago from Wasior town of Wondama regency

Kowi Viewpoint
The Wondiboy mountains behind Wasior town are great destination for hikers and mountain climbers. There are several view points which offer beautiful views of Wondama bay with its blue sea. This viewpoint is located above Kabuou village. Visitors can go to the village by ojek (motorcycle taxi) to meet the villagers who can guide them to Kowi viewpoint. Before starting the rainforest tour, visitors can buy water, biscuits and other food materials at small kiosks in the village or in Wasior town.
hiking in Wondiboy mountains of West Papua
Kowi Viewpoint in Wasior
The forest in this viewpoint is the natural habitat of a lot of species of plants and animals. Tropical birds that can be seen in the mornings include Blyth's Hornbill, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Black-capped Lory, Hooded Butcherbird, Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove and a lot more. Possum, bandicoot, cicada, butterflies, beetles, and soa-soa monitor lizard can also be found in this tropical forest. 
To reach this viewpoint visitors need to endure a 2 hour hiking up steep slopes. Camping can be carried out in coordination with local guides. The most recommended camping site is near water stream at one of the ravines of this mountain range. 
Culinary
Wondama is a maritime regency. This is clearly reflected by the kinds of food that people eat. While most of the people in Indonesia eat rice, chicken, tempe and tahu, the main ingredients of food which people of Wondama eat consist of taro, sago, fish, shrimp, seashell, squid. Papeda is congee made from sagoo starch. It is the staple food of people in coastal region of West Papua. Fish soup is added to papeda. For vegetables, green leaves such as kangkung (water spinach), ganemo, paku (fern), and flower of papaya are the common ingredients that visitors will find when buying food at eating houses, and food stalls in town. 
local food of papuan people
Typical ingredients of local food
Food materials from the surrounding rainforest are often included in the daily menu of local people, they include wild boar and deer meat for protein and bamboo shoots as vegetables.
Where to stay and Where to eat
As a small town, Wasior does not have big hotels like what people will see in cities around the world. There are small hotels, lodges, and inns which visitors can choose while spending their holiday in Wasior. 
There are a lot of eating houses and food stalls in Wasior town. A list of accommodation, restaurants, eating houses and shops in Wasior town can be seen at this link: wondamatourism.com

How to get to Wasior town
It is easy to reach the town. International visitors need to fly from their country to Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar or Manado. From these cities of Indonesia, they can fly to Manokwari (the capital of Papua Barat province). Regular daily flights between Manokwari and those cities are served by Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air and Lion Air. 
There are hotels in Manokwari city for visitors who want to take a break for one or two days before their next trip to Wasior. The capital of Wondama regency is Rasiei. It is an integral part of Wasior town. 
Arriving in Manokwari, visitors can continue their trip to Wasior by a small passenger aircraft - Cessna Caravan 208 - operated by Susi Air. Tickets can be bought at the airport of Manokwari. The capacity of the aircraft is 10 people.
flight and sea route to Wasior town (Rasiei) of Wondama
Flight route to Wasior (Rasiei) in Wondama Bay regency
There are also passenger ships that go to Wasior town. KM. Express Bahari 9E and KM. Margareth, KMP Napan Wainami sail between Manokwari and Wasior several times a week. 
Motor vessel KM. Margareth sails between Anggrem harbor of Manokwari and Port of Wasior based on the following schedule:
  • Thursday: Manokwari - Wasior
  • Friday: Wasior - Manokwari
  • Sunday: Manokwari - Wasior
  • Monday: Wasior - Manokwari
The passenger vessel leaves at 17:00 local time and arrives early in the morning at around 06:00. The ticket price is 160,000 rupiahs per person. Beds are available on decks. For those who want to get more privacy, they can pay for a room with 2 beds at additional cost 500,000 rupiahs/ room. Payment of the tickets and the rooms can be done directly in the boat. 
This is written by Charles Roring

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