Friday, April 16, 2010

Snorkeling in Manokwari

After writing several articles about snorkeling in Manokwari, some people begin to contact me saying that they are interested in visiting this city and snorkeling around the islands both in the Dorey bay and along the northern coast of Papua island.  Snorkeling in Papua is the easiest way to enjoy or I prefer to say to appreciate the natural beauty of the underwater world and the coral reefs that are thriving around some small islands in Manokwari. You do not need such equipment as air tank, octopus, bcd, and weights. All you need is a snorkeling mask, and fins.
I have been escorting tourists snorkeling around the Dorey bay of Manokwari city especially to sites where the coral reefs are still in good condition. In tropical waters such as Manokwari and its surrounding islands, the perfect time to do the snorkeling is during the low tide period. Colorful corals and ornamental fish can easily be spotted in the depths between 0-3 meters.
If you want to take pictures or shoot underwater videos, don't forget to bring digital photo or video camera that is protected by water tight casing. When the weather is clear, you will be able to have bright pictures with corals and fish in one shooting. Don't forget that corals are animals. They may look like water plants but they are animals. Small fish live among the corals which give them better protection against their predators.
When snorkeling in Papua especially in the Dorey bay of Manokwari, you should follow general conducts of green snorkeling. Don't tease the marine animals by catching them. Try to stay afloat while swimming over the corals and avoid standing on them. Corals look strong but they are very fragile. When you stand on them, they will break. Broken corals will die. That's what we all do not want to happen. Healthy coral reef will have more beautiful fish and other marine animals live in them. 
There are a number of losmen (small hotel) in Manokwari. Their rates range from 15-25 US dollars/ room/ night.
As a tourist guide, I provide tour packages to tourists who want to appreciate the beauty of the tropical rainforest and the coral reef of Papua. If you are interested in spending your next holiday time in the tropical city of Manokwari, you can contact me Charles Roring via email: lroring@yahoo.com. I will be happy to arrange to tour and guide you to beautiful places in Papua.

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