Thursday, May 21, 2015

Turtle Calling Ritual in Tambrauw Regency

Leatherback turtle landed at Jen Womom beach of Tambrauw regency in West Papua to lay eggs
Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)  is the largest turtle species in the whole sea world. This marine animal is facing extinction due to continuous hunting for its eggs by human, choking from drifting plastic bag that it considers as jelly fish and other natural predators (soa-soa lizard and wild pigs), sharks in its early age.
To raise awareness about the importance of protecting turtles, local community leaders with the support of volunteers from WWF, Dept. of Maritime and Fishery Affairs and local government authorities of Tambrauw regency will conduct The Traditional Ritual for the Calling of Leatherback Turtles  on 25 June 2015. The traditional ritual is open to everybody who is interested in watching the turtles at Jen Womom beach lay their eggs.

Batu Kapal beach near Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency
How to get there?
  • First fly from your country to Jakarta city.
  • After getting Visa On Arrival, continue your trip to Sorong city by flying with Garuda, or Sriwijaya Air, or Express Air
  • When you have arrived in Sorong city, continue your trip to Sausapor town by passenger boats KMSunlia and KMAve Maria (ticket price is 100,000 to 150,000 rupiahs for economy class rupiahs or approximately 8 to 12 US dollars per person). The boat leaves Sorong city (from Pelabuhan Rakyat) for Sausapor town on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Sausapor town is located in the northern coast of the bird's head region of West Papua.
  • Make sure that you arrive in Sausapor town before 25 June 2015 so that you will get free transport to Jen Womom beach during the festival. 
  • Accommodation is free (just go to the office of WWF in Sausapor town and meet Ronny Tethool and say that you get the info from Charles Roring's blog on the internet).
Batu Kapal beach near Sausapor town during sunset time
Leatherback and other turtles species land along the beach of Tambrauw regency from May to December so, you can still go there to see the turtles during those months.
Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem
Tambrauw regency has got a lot of places that are potential to be developed for tourism. Some of them are numerous world class surf spots, pristine rainforest ecosystem, wreckages left by US troops after World War II.
Birdwatching in Viem
Viem is a local term for a site located deep in the jungle of Tambrauw mountains where warm salty water comes out of the ground. Every morning and before sunset, various species of birds land on the ground to drink until they get drunk. Birds are not the only animals that can be seen in the Viem. When I visited several Viems in Aiwatar hill of District Senopi, I saw a lot of deers, kangaroo and wild cows in the vicinity. I highly recommend the site for all avid birdwatchers who want to see the wealth of New Guinea's avifauna
If you are interested in visiting Tambrauw regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or cell phone: 006281332245180

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Recommended Trekking and Birding Sites in Arfak Mountains

Arfak range is located in the south of Manokwari city. It has been a famous destination for naturalist who wants to see the beauty of Papua's nature.
I often receive emails from tourists and researchers who want to go to Arfak mountains of Manokwari. They ask for a good trekking and birding site. From my personal experience, I highly recommend such villages as Mupi Gunung, Warmarway, and Kwau. These villages have got large rainforest areas that are suitable for anybody who is interested in exploring the biodiversity of Arfak range.
Birds of Paradise
There are tens of species of birds of paradise that visitors can see in the jungle. Some of them are western parotia, lesser birds of paradise, black sickle bill, king birds of paradise, and the magnificent birds of paradise.
Tropical birds
In addition to paradise birds, other species that can be watched include sulphur crested cockatoo, pasquet parrots, pinon imperial pigeon, blyth's hornbill, pygmy parrots, vogelkop bowerbirds and flame bowerbirds.
Marsupial Animals
West Papua and Australia are the natural habitat of various species of marsupial animals. Some that visitors can see in Arfak mountains are tree kangaroo, cuscus, and bandicoot.
Recommended Trekking Site in Bird's head region
There are several locations of trekking sites in Vogelkop or bird's head region. Some of them are as follows:

  • Aiwatar hill of District Senopi in Tambrauw mountains (whic is also the best birdwatching site I have ever seen in my life); 
  • Rainforest of Warmarway village in the eastern region of Arfak mountains,
  • Klasow valley in Sorong regency (where you can see wallaby, cuscus, birds of paradise)
  • Mupi Gunung hamlet whose trails are very steep and are only suitable for visitors who are physically fit.

Preparations
Visitors need to make certain preparations prior to their trip to Arfak range. Here are some of them:
- Bring only clothes you really need. These include some T-shirts, long trousers, underwear, running shoes or trekking boots.
- Bring mosquito net, and some insect repellent lotion.
- Extra batteries, telephoto lens for your photographic activities.
- Buy food in Manokwari city.
If you want to visit it and need my guiding service, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com


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

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