Saturday, September 11, 2010

Manokwari City Tour

Traveling around the city of Manokwari can be fun and fascinating if you know some interesting places that you'd like to visit. To give you an idea of how I conduct a the tour package, I will give you some explanations about that here in this post. Depending on the hotel or guesthouse where you stay, I will pick you up with a rented car there and bring you around the city. The first place that we will go is Tanjung PKN or now BLK. During the Dutch time, a state owned timber or sawmill company operated in the cape. Now it is the used for various activities from workshops for civil servants to forestry vocational school. It is not far from Indonesian naval base which was a ship repairing facility during the Dutch time. I bring you to this cape not to see the activities in that area but to see the city of Manokwari from this coastal Sanggeng region. The kota region from Kampung Ambon until Fanindi can be seen from this PKN cape. Also, we can see the Mansinam and Lemon islands in the Dorey bay with some boats mooring in the shallow waters.
After taking some pictures of Manokwari city from the Tanjung PKN (Perusahaan Kayu Negara) beach, we will continue our tour to the street junction of wosi below the regent's office. We will stop at around 100 meters from the junction and then walk to the middle of the junction where we can clearly see the statue of a Papuan couple welcoming us. Behind this Welcome to Manokwari statue is the sentence Welcome to Gospel City Manokwari.  Actually this has to be the first place which we should visit to begin our tour around the city but because of its location that is far from most of the hotels in the downtown, I have decided to put it as destination number 2. Apparently, the welcome to Manokwari statue is meant to greet people who have just arrived in the city from Rendani airport. Then we will continue our trip to Swapen Hill. This time we are able to see much of the coastal area of Manokwari city and the Dorey bay. There is another place that is higher than Swapen hill. Its name is Sowi Gunung. City dwellers like to shorten its name to Sogun hill. Well, I really like standing on the Sogun Hill and enjoy the beautiful view of this city. Read my other article Manokwari city as seen from Sogun hill.
Be sure to bring sunglasses if you start at around 2 or 3 p.m. The weather of this coastal city is quite hot particularly during dry season. We will be in the area for around five to seven minutes before continuing our trip to Amban. If the tour is a long trip, I will ask the driver to take us to Susweni, Bakaro and Pasir Putih beach but if the package that you choose is a short one, then I will ask the driver to decend along the Manggoapi slope and stop for a while there to see the magnificent view of Arfak Mountains. 
From my personal experience, the scenery of Arfak Mountains is clear a few hours after a heavy rain. If it rains in the morning, usually we will be able to see the clear blue Arfak mountains that same day.
The driver will bring us to an area near Borarsi Football Field where we will be able to see traditional wooden boats parking along the Anggrem harbor. I know that the Sunda Kelapa harbor has been a famous tourist destination in Jakarta and I do believe that I can promote Anggrem with its wooden boats as another tour destination in this city too.
We will be here for longer time because there are two artists in the region, first Mr. Nico Asaribab - a carving artist and second Mr. Bert Suruan, a drawing artist. You can buy some souvernirs here. Try to bargain if you feel that the price which they ask is expensive.
Not far from Anggrem is the residences of Mrs. Ester Kereway and Mr. Awom. They live on Merdeka street near Suri bakery a breadstore that is now more focusing on providing photocopy service to its customers. Mrs. Kereways makes beautiful earings and other souvenirs made of seashells while Mr. Awom makes beautiful wooden carvings.
According to my personal experience, if we start our city tour at 4 p.m., we will be at these artists' house at around 7 p.m. This trip is not finish here. We still have to go up to the slope of Komplex Missi where we can see some Papuan artists living behind the buildings of SMP Katolik Manokwari at the foot of the Table Mountain. We will meet an experienced oil painting artist, Mr. Lucky Kaikatui and a multi talented artist Paul Warere. Paul also works as a partime local guide for tourists who want to go hiking and caving in the Table Mountain. Another women artist in the vicinity is Mrs. Marice Fonataba who makes woven clothes and other artworks from pandanus leaves and seashells.
When we have accomplished this trip, I will bring you to Cinnamon cafetaria in Orchid supermarket where you will have your dinner there. If you choose to have dinner at your own hotel then I will bring you back straight away.
Well, don't forget to bring your digital camera when you go around this city. Photographs about the city and the people as well as the natural scenery that you shoot along the way will be a nice memory for you when you have returned home. by Charles Roring

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