Thursday, May 4, 2023

Tours of Snorkeling and Wildlife Watching in Raja Ampat

Recently I often go to Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia to guide tourists who want to enjoy snorkeling in coral reef and wildlife watching in the forest. The destination that I like to visit is Waigeo island and its surroundings. 
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Coral Reef Snorkeling Tour in Raja Ampat

Wildlife Watching Tours
There are several important places that I often visit with my clients. Some of them include: the rainforest of Southern Waigeo, the islands of Mioskon, Merpati, Urai and even to Piaynemo islands. Tropical birds, monitor lizards, snake, cucus, beetles and butterflies, crabs, are animals that we often see during the trips.
To enhance the wildlife watching experience my clients, I bring a pair of 10×50 binoculars that is mounted on a tripod. I often use green light laser pointer to accurately locate birds and other wild animals that perch branches or twigs of trees in the forest. 
The usual times to watch tropical birds are from 06:00 to 09:30 in the mornings and from 15:00 to 18:30 in late afternoons. 
For watching Red Birds of Paradise (also called Cendrawasih Merah) and Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cendrawasih Wilson), we usually leave for the forest at 05:00. 
birding in Waigeo island
Wildlife Watching Tour in Raja Ampat

I use my old camera Fujifilm HS50EXR to take pictures of the birds and wild animals that I see during the rainforest tours. In my recent trip with 9 American visitors, I took pictures of birds such as Papuan Frogmouth, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher and Eclectus Parrot.
The wildlife watching tour is conducted by boat to Urai island and the beaches in Kabui bay. The wildlife watching tour by boat can be combined with snorkeling tour. 
Snorkeling Tour
Raja Ampat islands have got a lot of spots for snorkeling. Some of them include Mioskon island, Friwen Wall, Arborek, Yenbuba and Sawondarek. I use Fujifilm XQ2 with its underwater housing to take pictures of the marine life. Anemonefish, grouper, trevally, moorish idol, sweetlips are some of the many reef fishes that we can see in the waters of Raja Ampat. 
Duration of Tour and Its Extention in Mainland of West Papua
The duration of Wildlife Watching and Snorkeling Tour in Raja Ampat can be as short as 3 days/ 2 nights to as long as 7 days/6 nights. 
The snorkeling and wildlife watching tour in Raja Ampat islands can be added with an extended tour in Tambrauw regency or in Sorong regency. 
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Snorkeling, sightseeing and wildlife watching tour in Raja Ampat

Entry Point
Sorong city is the entry point for visitors who want to travel to Raja Ampat. There are regular daily flights from Jakarta or Denpasar Bali as well as Manado city of Indonesia.
If you plan to take tours of rainforest wildlife watching and coral reef snorkeling in Raja Ampat, please, and want me to organize your tour and guide you, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

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