Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mansinam Island

by Charles Roring
Mansinam is a small island that is located in Dorey bay near 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.
Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam Island
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.
For further information about traveling to Mansinam island, Manokwari and its surrounding areas, please, contact me by email to:

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.
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

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:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swedish Girls in Manokwari

Last Sunday (12 Oct. 2014) I was called by two Swedish girls who had just arrived in Manokwari by Sriwijaya Air. They were Catarina and Cait. They wanted to meet me to ask for information about tourist attractions in Papua. From our conversations that afternoon, I suggested that they go to Raja Ampat. They said that their plan was to go to Asmat. I made a few phone calls to my friends in Jayapura and Mapi regency to get more info about flights to Asmat.
Catarina and Cait - two Swedish girls were tasting red fruit paste in Manokwari
While waiting for their detailed information, I brought them to West Papua Art and Culture Festival in Valeria area. It was the final day of the festival. Fortunately there were still some stands open for visitors.
Most of the participants of the festival were happy to receive these Swedish girls. They showed them how the tradional Papuan cloth was made. There were several stands that exhibit Papuan food. Catarina and Cait were given the opportunity to taste some of the foods.
When they were offered to taste the red fruite paste, I quickly turned my smartphone camera on and took some pictures of them. The women who served these Swedish visitors explained that the paste was good for their skin because it contains a lot of vitamins and other nutrients that were good for human health.
The tour to the festival was only as short trip but Catarina and Cait looked happy about it. The next day, they continued their trip to Sorong and then to Raja Ampat. Perhaps, they would fly to Asmat after spending one week holiday in Raja Ampat. I hope that they will return to West Papua again to explore the Arfak mountains or enjoy snorkeling in Bitsyari bay of Kaimana where they will be able to see whaleshark. Written by Charles Roring/ E-mail:



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