Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Visiting Koroway Tribe

by Charles Roring
Early this month, I made an exploratory trip to the land of Koroway tribe in South Papua. I went there because I heard that this tribe builds houses in high trees. I took nearly two weeks to do the trip. I was really happy to see the river scenery where the indigenous Papuan people rowing their boats while standing. The southern region of Papua is flat land. Most of the land consists of swamps, rivers and dense tropical rainforest.

I had the chance to visit several dusuns of Koroway tribe and met the indigenous people who live in their traditional wooden houses deep in the jungle.
In order to survive, they build their houses on high poles so that mosquitoes will not reach them, they hunt wild pigs, catch fish in the river, and extract flour from sago trees and work in their farmland. They are very simple people but I see that they are happy with their modest lifestyle. They wear traditional clothing that is very minimum or almost naked. Forest is their home, their playground and their fortress. They know their forest very well and could tell when the right time to hunt for pigs or cut sago trees.

I stayed in their traditional houses for several nights and had the chance to eat grilled pork, and sago worm. The taste of sago worm is delicious. Every visitor should try it.


I met with Daud, their village head and talked to him several times. He said that Koroway tribe in his village is open to tourists. He hopes that eco-tourism can bring positive impact to his people. They can generate some income to buy salt, farming and cooking tools. So, if you are interested in visiting Koroway tribe, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mansinam Island

by Charles Roring
Mansinam is a small island that is located in Dorey bay of Manokwari city. The island is considered as The Island of Civilization by The Indigenous Papuan people. Christianity was introduced for the first time to the Papuan people on 5 February 1855 by three German evangelists C.W. Ottow and his wife, and Geissler. At that time, the indigenous people were involved in tribal wars. The evangelists and their successors built schools, health clinics, and churches that have now become GKI (Gereja Kristen Injili di Tanah Papua). One of the largest Christian denominations in West Papua. They were able to stop tribal wars, slavery.
White Sandy Beach of Mansinam Island
Every year, on 5 February, pilgrims visit Manokwari city and Mansinam island to celebrate the landing of the missionaries as the date when the indigenous Papuan people began to embrace modern civilization.
Tourism Activities
In addition to visiting Cross Monuments, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving at the island. Coral reef area is only a stone throw away from the Doreri Guesthouse The government build concrete road that circles the island.  It is suitable for visitors who are interested in nature walk or birdwatching walk particularly on the south-eastern region of the island.

Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
Coral reef is the tropical rainforest of the ocean. It is the natural habitat of thousands of species of fish. Mansinam island has got several sites that are suitable for snorkelers and scuba divers. The recommended snorkeling site is the coastal area near Doreri guesthouse. Visitors could see various species of fish including damsel fish, grouper, butterfly fish, jack fish, that live in the coral reef of the island.
Accommodation in Mansinam Island
Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam Island
Rates
Overnight stay 500,000 rupiahs/ room/ night for 2 people
Motorized boat rent 500,000 rupiahs/ day
Bicycle rent 75,000 rupiahs/ bike/ day
Motorcycle rent 100,000 rupiahs per day
Snorkeling mask 50,000 rupiahs per day
Scuba Diving 800,000 rupiahs per day

This Doreri Guesthouse is located in the south east area of Mansinam island. It is run by Salomina Rumadas. To book a room in the hotel, please send text message to: +6281284333345.

In addition to tourism activities in the island, we could also organize trekking and birding tours in Arfak mountains for visitors who want to see biodiversity of tropical rainforest.
For further information about traveling to Mansinam island, Manokwari and its surrounding areas, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Birding in Sorong regency of West Papua

There is a birding site in Sorong regency. Its name is Klasow valley. I visited it two weeks ago. The valley is located in the east of Sorong city and can be reached by 4WD Pick up truck. I was accompanied by Nico Nauw (trip coordinator), and several Papuan villagers such as Kostan Magablo and Luxen.
We stayed for one night at a basecamp that was built by villagers in the middle of the jungle.
Birdwatching
During my birding trip in Sorong regency, I was able to hear and watch Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda), Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), several species of pigeons and kingfishers, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Goliath Cockatoo, Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata) and bats.
It was a nice trip and I highly recommend it for anybody who is interested in birdwatching, Papuan wildlife and rainforest ecosystem.
Greater Bird of Paradise in the rainforest of Klasow valley of Sorong regency
Prices in Rupiahs 
(approximately, the exchange rate is 1 US Dollars = Rp. 12,000)
Car rent from Sorong city to Klasow valley Rp. 1,500,000 (
Trip coordinator (Nico Nauw) Rp. 150,000 per day
2 local guides: 2 ×  Rp. 100,000 = Rp. 200,000 per day
Overnight stay in the camp Rp. 50,000 per person per night
Contribution to land owner Rp. 50,000 per tourist
As a simple calculation, a visitor will spend around Rp. 3,700,000 or approximately 310 US dollars for 3 days/ 2 nights birdwatching or rainforest hiking trip in Klasow valley.

If you are interested in birdwatching in Klasow valley of Sorong regency, you could contact Nico Nauw +6282399985681 by sending text message. You could also contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to peace4wp@gmail.com

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Birds of New Guinea

The newest edition of Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt, Bruce M. Beehler, Anderton, Szabolcs Kokay has been released Princeton Field Guides.
Birdwatchers and nature lovers who plan to visit West Papua and Papua New Guinea can now order this book from Amazon.




I hope that more visitors will be interested taking birding tour in this island.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Beach Walk and Birdwatching at Amban Beach of Manokwari

Last week, I accompanied some of my friends who went surfing at Amban beach of Manokwari. We rode motorcycles to the beach. The surf spot was around 500 meters from where we parked our motorcycles. So, we had to walk for around 7 to 10 minutes to reach it. The view of the beach was beautiful. Some villagers were seen walking along the beach.
The swells were not too big when we arrived but still strong enough for beginning surfers at that time.I took some pictures of the scenery and also the surfers at sea. They were members of Abasi Surfing and some pilots from Susi Air.
Amban beach is a nice place for birdwatchers particularly for those who like doing beach walk and taking pictures of such sea birds as tern, frigate, swallow, and kingfishers. While I was sitting on the gray sand of the beach, I saw a bird flying over the sea towards a tree some one hundred meters from me. It perched on a branch of the tree. I immediately shot the bird several times using Nikon Coolpix P600. This camera was donated by SDSP Foundation to me and my friends for the pupose of promoting eco-tourism in Manokwari. We hope that this camera will be able to help us increase the intensity of our promotional works.
Back at home, I copied the picture of the bird into my laptop for editing works. I used Adobe Photoshop to resize, brighten it. Then I added some text caption on the picture. It was quite difficult to identify the bird. Finally, I came close to a conclusion that it was PERHAPS a Black Noddy (Anous minutus).

If you are interested in visiting Amban beach, you have to bring abottle of a STRONG anti insect repellent lotion. For further info about travelling in Manokwari, Sorong and other areas in West Papua, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com.

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