Thursday, January 11, 2018

Camping in Rainforest of Arfak Mountains

In my previous post about Rainforest Tour near Manokwari City, I mentioned Susnguakti Forest. It is a tropical rainforest in lower montane area of Arfak range. It has been a recommended site for visitors who like hiking, camping, and wildlife watching.
We have prepared camping site with shelter that can be used by visitors who want to stay for a few nights in the forest. We provide tents, mattrasses, pillows, cooking and eating utensils for visitors who want to explore the wealth of biodivesity of tropical rainforest in the region.
Tents that we provide for tourists
There are birds, butterflies, lizard, and a lot of unique plants that live in Susnguakti forest. At night, fireflies, and moth like to visit our basecamp. Various kinds of sounds from insects, birds and frogs make our nights in the jungle full of natural music. In the mornings, we can hear the sounds of male birds of paradise that call their female birds from nearby trees.
King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
Visitors usually spend 3 days/ 2 nights in hiking and camping in Arfak mountains and additional 1 day snorkeling and swimming in Manokwari coastal area.

Rainforest near Manokwari City of West Papua

Cendrawasih bay as seen from Susnguakti Forest
Manokwari has become a must see destination among visitors who want to explore the bio-diversity of tropical rainforest. There is a forest area in the eastern region of Arfak mountains that I am now developing as tourist destination. Its name is Susnguakti forest. It is categorized as lower montane forest and is the natural habitat of soa-soa lizard, wild pigs, cuscus possum, butterflies, grasshopper, spiders and birds such as Common Paradise Kingfisher, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Hooded Butcherbird and a lot more.
Lesser Birds of Paradise
Susnguakti Forest is located in the south of Manokwari regency, just one hour ride from the city. Simple accommodation for visitors has been built for tourists. Basecamp, mattrasses, cooking and eating utensils are available. However, because this ecotour activities are consentrated in the forest, all of the facilities that visitors use are still in basic condition. Staying in the jungle is not the same as staying in the hotel of a city.
This rainforest tour is suitable for tourists who want to watch paradise birds, and other animals that live in the forest as well as the unique vegetation that we see in tropical jungle.
To watch cuscus possum, visitors need to do night walk in the jungle accompanied by a local guide. He will immitate the sound of female cuscus to attract the male one. Cuscus possums usually comes out of their hiding places to find food and mating.
Cuscus Possum in Susnguakti Forest of Arfak Mountains

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Coastal Birds of Raja Ampat

Eastern Osprey at the beach of Waigeo island
When I go birding in Sorong, Manokwari and Tambrauw regencies, most of the birds that I see are the ones that live in tropical rainforest. The case is different if I do birding walk along the beach of Waigeo, Kri and Mansuar islands of Raja Ampat archipelago.
There I see sea birds. Some of them include Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah), Beach Kingfisher (Todiramphus saurophagus), Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica), Eatern Osprey (Pandion cristatus), Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii).
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
When visiting Raja Ampat, I like to enjoy snorkeling too. There are a lot of beautiful corals and tropical reef fish that I can see such as butterflyfish, moorish idol, anemonefish, surgeonfish, and even black-tip reefshark.
As a matter of fact, birds and fish are not the only animals that we can see in Raja Ampat. There are also butterflies, beetles, lizards and sometimes snakes that we can find among the coastal vegetation.
Piaynemo islets in Raja Ampat
The coral reef of Raja Ampat is very rich of marine life. It is the natural habitat of thousands of species of creatures such as fish, urchin, sea star, mollusc, and mammals. That's why it is not surprising to see that there are a lot of seabirds living in these islands.
If you plan to go birding in Raja Ampat, besides putting your super zoom camera, binoculars and spotting scope into your bag, don't forget to also put  mask, snorkel, and fins into it.
Also read:
Birding in Raja Ampat
Birding in Raja Ampat of West Papua
Rainforest Tours in Raja Ampat
Birdwatching and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

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