We spent 5 days in Raja Ampat snorkeling in Yenbuba strait, Karst islets of Kabui bay, drop off reef of Cape Friwen, Batu Lima (Five Rocks), West Mansuar, and Sawondarek. We also visited Pianemo (Fam islands) to see its beautiful landscape from the top of one of its Karst islets.
Raja Ampat has been famous for its wealth of marine life. Biologists reported that Raja Ampat archipelago has got the highest count of reef fish species in the world. With more than 1427 species of tropical reef fish, 553 hard corals and 42 Mantis Shrimps, Raja Ampat is a must see destination for all marine lovers.
|Scenery of Karst islets in Raja Ampat - photo by Charles Roring|
Here is a typical itinerary that I offer to my customers:
Leaving Sorong city for Raja Ampat islands
We will stay at one of the homestays in the regency
Snorkeling in Yenbuba strait
Traveling to Kabui karst islets (snorkeling) and a visit to its passage.
Snorkeling in Batu Lima or Friwen
A visit to sand bank across from Kri island
Traveling to Pianemo to see its beautiful scenery on top of one of its karst islets
Snorkeling in Arborek
Snorkeling in West Mansuar
Snorkeling in Sawondarek
Leaving Raja Ampat for Sorong
Please, consider the above itinerary as a reference only. It can be changed during the trip depending on weather condition.
Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling mask and fins if you want to enjoy snorkeling. A good camera for taking pictures of reef fish is also recommended.
Your snorkeling trip in Raja Ampat can be combined with land tour where you will be able to go trekking and wildlife watching in the rainforest of mainland West Papua. On the average, the duration of the rainforest tour is 3 to 5 days. While walking in the jungle, visitors will be able to see such birds as Blyth's hornbill, sulphur crested cockatoo, and various species of pigeons.
|Trekking in the rainforest of Tambrauw Regency|
There are not any hotels in the jungle. So, visitors will stay in tents that we will prepare for them.
|Camping in the jungle of Tambrauw Forest|
The following itinerary should be seen as reference only. The places or activities in the jungle may be adjusted to weather condition and physical fitness of the visitors.
Pick up at hotel,
Buying food at local traditional market and supermarket
Leaving Sorong by 4 WD car for Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency
Camping at the bank of Syuan river
Wake up early in the morning to go trekking to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise
Dismantle tents and walk up stream deeper into the jungle
Overnight stay in the outdoor tents in the jungle.
Morning walk upstream deeper into the jungle to see the rainforest ecosystem
Return to camp and lunch
Relax in the river, swimming or walking around the jungle
Overnight stay in outdoor tents
Walking back to the main road
Transfer to Sorong city
|The Great Egglfy Butterfly in the forest of Klasow Valley - West Papua|