Saturday, June 26, 2010

Traveling around Lake Kabori and Maruni Beach of Manokwari

Yesterday (25  June 2010) I went to Lake Kabori and Maruni beach with a friend of mine Paul Gasper. We visited the lake as part of my survey to assess whether the site is still potential to be a tourist attraction or not. It is not far from Manokwari - the capital of West Papua province in the Republic of Indonesia. It takes around 25 minutes ride from the city to reach Lake Kabori and Maruni beach. I have known this lake since I was a child. But I have never swum in the lake because people say that there are crocodiles in there. When we arrived at the bank of the lake near a bridge where water flows through it to the sea, it was in low tide. The water level near the edge of the lake was less than 50 centimeters.

Without fearing the existence of crocodiles, I jumped onto the sandy bank of the lake and walked slowly across the water to a small sand dune in the middle of the lake. It is quite save traveling around Lake Kabori, exploring the flora and fauna that inhabit the lake and its surrounding.
While I and Paul were walking around the sand dune in the middle of the lake, we saw a boat rowed by some Papuan mothers and their children. They were catching fish. I asked Paul to call them. They heard our call and turned their boat. We had to walked deeper into the water to be able to talk with with. The hard soil gradually changed to muddy ground in the higher water level. We waited for them to row their boat closer to us. When the distance was close enough for us to communicate, I greeted the mothers and the children. We asked whether there were still crocodiles in this lake and whether we could hire their boats to bring tourists around the lake. The mothers said that the local people had killed all the crocodiles so we would not be able to see any. With more housings are being constructed along the lake, animals that live in the lake are now intensively hunted for their meat. They also said that tourists can hire the boats to paddle around the lake. 
 Besides Lake Kabori and Maruni beach, there are other interesting places around the city of Manokwari worthy of visiting. They are Mansinam, Lemon and Raimuti islands. All of them are located in the Dorey bay. Around these islands, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving. Don't forget to bring your digital photo or video camera to take pictures or to film the natural scenery of the lake and the beach. Bringing binoculars is recommended if you really want to watch birds or other unique orchids in the branches of tropical trees. Hiking and bird watching are also possible if you bring your binoculars. 
 If you are an adventurous person, I can arrange special packages for you. Some of them are as follows
Traveling to Mokwam
Traveling to Wasior
Traveling to islands in Cendrawasih (Geelvink) Bay National Park
Traveling to Anggi
Traveling to Senopi
As a travel writer and tourist guide, I recommend that you contact me at least one month prior to your trip to Papua for better arrangement of your trip. For more information, please contact me via email: lroring@yahoo.com
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