Sunday, May 8, 2016

Arfak Mountains this morning

This is the picture of Arfak mountains that I took with my tablet this morning. The mountains have been a famous destination for visitors who are interested in trekking and birdwatching. As a tourist guide, I can arrange your trip to Mupi Gunung where you will be able to see pristine tropical rainforest and some unique animals such as Tree Kangaroo, Magnificent Birds of Paradise, or giant birdwing butterflies.
Arfak mountains in Dore bay of Manokwari city

Mansinam island

The mountains are across from Mansinam island which is a nice spot for snorkeling and freediving. There is coral reef area that is the natural habitat of various species of fish including parrotfish, damselfish, striped surgeonfish, convict surgeonfish, anemonefish and trevally.
There are a lot of coral reef area that are suitable for snorkeling. Visitors need to bring their own mask, snorkel and fins if they want to explore them.

If you plan to visit Arfak Mountains to see tree kangaroo, or enjoy snorkeling over many coral reef areas in Mansinam island and other parts of Manokwari waters, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Snorkeling in Dorey bay of Manokwari

I went snorkeling or freediving this afternoon. The weather was very nice with clear sky and hot. Unfortunately, the visibility underwater was not so good. I brought an underwater camera with me. It was Canon G1X inside a waterproof case.
I took some pictures of sea stars, and a lot of tropical fish that I saw at the depths between 5 to 10 meters. I also saw anemonefish, parrotfish, moorish idol, and a lot of other fish which I haven't identified.
Here are some of the pictures:
Marine Environment (Coral Reef and Tropical Fish) in the bay of Manokwari

Sea Star in the bay of Manokwari
If you are planning to visit Manokwari, and need me as your snorkeling guide at sea or trekking guide in the jungle, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Monday, April 4, 2016

Manokwari City Tour and Snorkeling Tour

Manokwari - the Capital of West Papua Province
Manokwari is a city that is located in Dorey bay. It is the administration center of West Papua province. The city has been famous among recreational divers as the gate to Cendrawasih bay and among birdwatchers as the gate to Arfak Mountains and Tambrauw Mountains.

Nostalgic City Tour
I have just completed a tour for two Ducth tourists in Manokwari. My guests this time were Mr Janssen and his wife. We had a day tour inside the city where we visited several buildings that were used by Dutch government until 1962. The territory of West Papua was a Dutch colony. Its name was Nederlands Nieuw Guinea. Every year. Manokwari is visited by Dutch tourists who come to see their old houses or friends or enjoy snorkeling and wildlife watching.
Manokwari city
Now West Papua is under the administration of the Republic of Indonesia. During the city tour we visited hotel Arfak, Governor office and woodmill and passed by shipyard of Manokwari. We also went to Sarinah (Brunnenweg) and Kampung Ambon Atas and SD Padma 1 (formerly called St. Vincentius), and Church Elim in Kwawi area of Manokwari.
Snorkeling Tour
On the second day, I guided them to Mansinam island where we enjoyed snorkeling for a few hours. During the snorkeling tour, we saw parrotfish, moorish idol, anemonefish, surgeonfish, and a lot more. In the middle of the day, we continued our trip to see Cross Monument and Museum which explains the history of the early development of Christianity in Mansinam island, Manokwari and the whole region of West Papua.
We also had a walk through the village and drank fresh coconut juice. Mr. and Mrs. Janssen were really happy with the tour.
If you are interested in visiting Manokwari to explore its city, its forest and coral reef.

Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon)
Birding Tour
The tropical rainforests in Arfak mountains and along the northern coast of Manokwari is the natural habitat of various species of birds. A lot of birdwatchers have visited Manokwari to see the colorful birds that make our forest as therir natural habitat.
From my personal birding experience in lowland forest along Dopi river, I saw such birds as Gray Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, Blyth's hornbill, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Dollarbird, Western Crowned Pigeon, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Vulturine Parrot, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Pygmy Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Beautiful Fruit Dove and a lot more.

Rainforest Tour
In addition to birds, the lowland tropical rainforest of Manokwari is the habitat of cuscus possum, soa-soa lizard, wallaby, deer, and wild pigs. To fully experience jungle tour and wildlife watching, I usually stay with tourists for several days in the jungle. Because there are no hotels, we use dome tents and built our camps near a river. Visitors who want to go to Manokwari need to know this so that they will be more prepared for the jungle tour.

Anemonefish in the waters of Manokwari city
Typical Itinerary
Day 1
Arrive in Manokwari
City Tour or Jungle Walk
Day 2
Snorkeling inside Dore bay Mansinam
A visit to Mansinam village and museum
Day 3
Snorkeling in Raimuti
Snorkeling in Anggresi
Day 4
Jungle walk in lowland forest of Dopi river or
Jungle walk in Warmarway forest of Arfak mountains
Day 5
Transfer to airport

Prices: 5 million rupiahs/ person (at least 2 participants)
For customized itinerary, the cost of the tour will depend on how many days you want to spend in Manokwari and the number of participants.

How to get there?

  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Fly from Jakarta to Manokwari by domestic airline such as Garuda, Xpress Air, or Sriwijaya Air
  • I will be happy to meet you in this city and organize your tour.


Please, book now
If you plan to visit Manokwari, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

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