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.

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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. 

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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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