Monday, April 24, 2017

Snorkeling and Jungle Tour in Raja Ampat Islands

Waim Island of Raja Ampat
I will conduct a snorkeling and jungle tour in North-East region of Raja Ampat islands from 6 to 10 May 2017 with the following itinerary:
6 May 2017
Leaving Sorong city for Waim island by motorized boat. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach the island. Our destination is Isanak beach where we will enjoy snorkeling to explore the wealth of marine bio-diversity of Raja Ampat that is the natural habitat of a lot species of tropical fish including trevally, striped surgeonfish and etc.
Continuing trip to Sopen village
Village Tour to see Papuan people in their daily life
Overnight stay
7 May 2017
Wake up early in the morning, We will go by motorized boat to Warafar forest - We will go hiking and watching Paradise birds,
Back to Sopen village - brunch
Snorkeling at Mamiaef island
Continue trip to Fish Lagoon - exploring the karst islets
Overnight stay in Yen Papir village
Isanak beach in Raja Ampat
8 May 2017
Hiking and camping in the forest near Fish Lagoon
9 May 2017
Hiking and camping in the forest and wildlife watching
10 May 2017
Walking back to the beach
Transfer by boat to Yen Papir - wash
Going back to Sorong

Cost: 6 million rupiahs/ person
Fish Lagoon
The cost includes transfortation by motorized boat between Sorong and north-east Raja Ampat islands, food, payment to local guides, and land owners, basic accommodation at the villager's house and in tents in the jungle.
The cost does not include: airfare, accommodation in a hotel in Sorong before and after the tour, travel insurance and other personal expenses.
Please, bring:
Your own snorkeling equipment, binoculars, flashlight, sun-block-lotion, clothing that is suitable for beach, and tropical weather.
Tourists who are interested in joining the trip can contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by sending text/ whatsapp message to +6281332245180

Riverwalk Camping and Birding Tour in Manokwari

Lowland Forest of Manokwari
Most birdwatchers who go to Manokwari choose Arfak mountains as their destination. But Manokwari also has got lowland forest that is good for visitors who want to relax and swim in the river and also do birwatching. The name of the forest is Mesirrokow. It is located in northwest region and can be reached by car or motorcycle. Visitors still need to walk into the jungle for approximately 2 hours to reach Mesirrokow forest. The river forest area is the natural habitat of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Rufous bellied Kookaburra, Large-tailed Nightjar, Willie Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, Yellow Faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Golden Myna (Mino anais), and a lot more
In addition to birds, other animals that live in this lowland forest area is soa-soa lizard, deer, wild pig, and snakes, and colorful butterflies.

Large-tailed nightjar
Riverwalk and Birding Tour
The best way to see the beautiful scenery of the river is by walking along its sides and its water. High green trees grow on both sides of the river providing homes to various kinds of animals. There are trees that provide fruits for the birds and marsupial animals and there are shrub plants that provide sweet nectar for butterflies, and birds from their flowers.
Because the river is wide, visitors will be able to watch birds that fly over or sit on the branches. To enhance birding experience, we will bring a pair of binoculars 10x42, 20-60x60 spotting scope and laser pointer during the trip.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. At night, we could do night walk to find Large-tailed Nightjar.
Birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Papuan Hornbill, and Pinon Imperial Pigeon can easily be seen while they fly or sit on the branches of trees.

Fishing and Swimming
Visitors are allowed to do fishing. There are fresh water fish and also seawater fish that enters the river.  Freshly caught fish is delicious if we fried it. The river in Mesirrokow forest is also a nice place for swimming. Visitors can enjoy swimming or sunbathing. Don't forget to apply insect repellent lotion on your skin and also sunblock lotion.

Our tents at the bank of the river
Camping
On the average, the duration of the birding tour is 3 days/ 2nights to 4 days/ 3 nights. We will build tents at the side of the river to see the beautiful scenery and then dismantle them as we move deeper into the jungle. Visitors can swim or enjoy fishing.

Booking
Please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180

Monday, April 10, 2017

Rainforest Tours in Raja Ampat

Tropical Rainforest in north-east Waigeo island of Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is the name of a regency in the western tip of the Province of Papua Barat in the Republic of Indonesia. There are 4 big islands (Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool) and hundreds of small islands in the region. Most of them are covered by tropical rainforest and mangrove forest which are the natural habitat of hundreds of birds, reptiles, insects, marsupials and mammals.
As a tour guide, I offer hiking tours to the forest of Raja Ampat particularly in Waigeo island.

Tropical Rainforest of Waigeo Island
During the tour, visitors will be able to watch birds, see tropical trees and shrubs as well as taking pictures of butterflies and wild flowers.
There are 2 rainforest areas in eastern region of Raja Ampat islands that I am now promoting as tourist destinations. The first is Wararaf forest (located in the northeast tip of Waigeo island) and the second is near The Fish Lagoon. Terminalia tree, rattan, strangler fig tree, iron-wood tree, and palm tree are some of the species of tropical plants which visitors can see while exploring the forest of Waigeo island. Coastal forest of north-east Raja Ampat is mostly covered by mangrove trees, cattapa trees, palm and coconut trees. I also saw some orchid flowers while climbing a cape in the Fish Lagoon.
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
Birding
During my previous trips to the forest and coastal areas, I watched Red Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), Western Black-capped Lory, Radjah Shelduck, Tern, Pacific Swallow, Plover, Willie Wagtail, Eclectus Parrot, Frigatebird, Kingfisher and a lot more.
To take pictures of birds and sceneries, I used a bridge camera Nikon P500 but later I changed it with Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR.
I also brought a pair of 10x 42 Visionking binoculars.
Exploring the Forest of Fish Lagoon
While in Fish Lagoon, I was able to explore deeper area of the forest by walking through a new road that was being constructed by local government. Local villagers do not have cars or motorcycles. When they want to travel to the coastal villages, they use their motorized boats. Thats why the road was empty. There were some bulldozer, trucks and pick-up cars that belonged to the construction company at that time but they did not work.

Queen Orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum)
Rainforest Tour
The average duration of rainforest tour in Waigeo is 3 to 4 days, depending on how long visitors want to explore the forest. We could stay in the villager's house and do day hiking every day or we bring tents and camp inside the forest during the whole trip.

Things to Bring:
Visitors who are interested in taking rainforest tour with me in the jungle of Waigeo should bring the following things:

  • Anti mosquito/ insect lotion
  • Clothing that is suitable for tropical climate.
  • Snorkeling mask and bathing suit if they want to enjoy snorkeling at the beach.
  • A waterproof camera for taking pictures underwater
  • A digital camera with telephoto lens if they want to take pictures of wildlife in the jungle
  • A good pair of binoculars or spotting scope

Booking
If you want me to organize and guide you during your rainforest tour in Waigeo island, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to peace4wp@gmail.com or text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180. I could prepare a customized itinerary and cost for you.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Snorkeling Vacation in Raja Ampat Archipelago

As a tour guide, I offer snorkeling tour package for visitors who want to spend their vacation in Raja Ampat archipelago. There are a lot of coral reef sites which tourists can visit to see such tropical fish as groupers, butterflyfish, moorish idols, anemonefish, parrotfish and etc.
Unconventional Destination
Fish Lagoon in Raja Ampat islands of West Papua
There are unconventional tourist destinations in Raja Ampat where most tourists hardly ever know. One of them is Fish Lagoon. It is located in the north-east region of Raja Ampat archipelago. There are karst islets near the main Waigeo island that form protected waters for various species of tropical fish and coral reef to thrive. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling in this area as well as other small islands in the same region. My favorite sites are Isanak beach, and DPL reefs.
Anemonefish in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is located in a huge zone that is called Coral Triangle. Raja Ampat is also famous because it has got the highest marine bio-diversity in the world. To enjoy snorkeling, don't forget to bring snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel pipe and fins. A water resistant/ underwater camera is also good for taking pictures of fish and coral reef. Avoid standing on table corals. If you cannot swim, I will provide life-jacket so that you could still see the beauty of the underwater world of Raja Ampat.
In addition to swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing, visitors who join the tour can also participate in hiking tour in the jungle in the north area of the lagoon. The hills in the lagoon are covered by tropical rainforest that is the natural habitat of colorful flowers and butterflies and a large varieties of song birds.
Hiking and Birdwatching
After snorkeling in Fish Lagoon, visitors can continue their trip into the nearby forest where they can enjoy hiking and birdwatching. Birds such as Papuan hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), kingfishers and a lot of coastal birds. To enhance your birding experience, don't forget to bring a good pair of binoculars. For birding activity, I usually bring my roof prism 10x42 binoculars from Visionking and a 20-60x60 spotting scope.
Visitors who like taking pictures of birds could bring their camera with telephoto capability.
Meeting the Villagers
During the tour, we will also visit some coastal villages and see the Papuan people in their daily life. We may also stay with them. Most of the villagers catch fish and other marine products such as lobster, sea shell and sea-cucumber. They don't use modern scuba diving equipment. They only do free-diving. They sell their catch to Sorong city.
Duration of the Tour
On the average, the duration of the snorkeling vacation in north-east region of Raja Ampat is 3 days/ 2 nights and can be extended into 4 or even 6 days.
Cost
I highly suggest that visitors who want to participate in this trip should be a group of 4 to 6 people to share the cost.
Booking
If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text / whatsapp message to my smartphone: +6281332245180.


Birdwatching and Snorkeling Tour in Raja Ampat

I went to Raja Ampat islands last week where I enjoyed birdwatching to see red paradise birds and snorkeling to see tropical fish. I also had a short tour in the forest of the island and then continued my trip to Sopen village.
Watching Red Paradise Birds
The next day I woke up early in the morning and left the village for Wararaf forest in the north east area of Waigeo island by boat. We entered a river and then continued our trip on foot to the birding ground of Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). I was an amazing trip, I was able to see several male and female paradise birds in a high tree. To watch them I used a pair of Visionking 10x42 binoculars. The lek of the paradise birds was approximately one hour walk from the place where our boat landed and the path was flat with some small river crossings.


Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
River entrance to Wararaf forest


While watching for the Red Bird of Paradise, I could also hear the sounds of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and Papuan Blyth's hornbill. We watched the birds for around 1.5 hours and then returned to the boat again. It was a great experience. On the way back to Sopen, I saw some sea birds including several Radjah Shelduck that I saw at the beach. While waiting for lunch, I saw some Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) and hawks flying over the village.

Visiting Fish Lagoon and Hiking in The Jungle of Waigeo
After lunch, I continued my trip to Fish Lagoon that was similar to Piaynemo or Wayag islands. Small karst islets covered with green tropical trees form a protected waters for fish and coral reef to thrive. The landscape was so beautiful. I also had a hiking trip through the jungle near the lagoon where I saw more birds such as Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Western Black Capped Lory and Butcherbird. Local government was constructing a road that connects coastal villages.

Most of the villagers in north-east region of Raja Ampat still use motorized boats to travel from one village to another. They do not have motorcycles or cars. So, when I was walking along the road I could only see trucks and bulldozer that belong to the road construction company. At the time there were no activities from the company. So, the forest was quiet. Only the sound of birds that I could hear.
Fish Lagoon in Raja Ampat
Snorkeling Experience
Raja Ampat archipelago was one of the best marine environment with the highest marine bio-diversity in the world. I enjoyed snorkeling in several coral reef areas of the islands. White sandy beach with colorful coral reef and tropical fish were the typical scenery of Raja Ampat. I enjoyed snorkeling at Isanak beach, and DPL reef and Mamiaef island. They were so beautiful,  fantastic! After spending one night walking at a small wooden house near a beach, I left Raja Ampat for Sorong city again.
White Sandy Beach in Raja Ampat
The eastern region of Raja Ampat has not been developed into a tourist destination. So, we would not see beach hotels or guesthouses in the villages where we visit. Visitors who are interested in visiting the region could stay in the villagers houses.

East Raja Ampat Tour Package
As a tour guide, I offer a tour package for visitors who are interested in swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, taking island tours in Fish Lagoon as well as hiking and birdwatching in tropical jungle. In other words, we will explore the coral reef and rainforest of Raja Ampat to see its wildlife. Because there is no regular ferry service, we need to go there by motorized wooden boat.
Coral Reef at Isanak Beach of Raja Ampat


Booking
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to my smartphone: +6281332245180 for customized


Monday, March 27, 2017

Tropical Birding Tour in Sorong Forest

Large Fig parrot
Sorong regency is an important gate for tourists who want to go to Raja Ampat. But this city is also an important hub for visitors who are interested in birdwatching. There is a huge forest area relatively near Sorong city approximately 1.5 hour ride to the east. Its name is Klasow valley. Hundreds of species of birds live in the tropical rainforest including Cassowary, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Lowland Peltop, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Magnificen Riflebird, Moustached Tree Swift and a lot more.

Western Crowned Pigeon in Klasow Valley of Sorong regency
Guided Birding
I have organized birding tours to this forest for more than 3 years and I see that the number of visitors is increasing every year. Birdwatchers can enjoy birding for 3 to 4 days exploring the bio-diversity of the forest. Guided birding tours to Klasow valley can be done for visitors who plan to watch tropical birds and other animals such as butterflies, wallaby (a kind of kangaroo but has got smaller body), deer, snake, and wild pigs.

Paradise Birds
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) is the vocal point of birding in this valley. But there are also other species that occur in Klasow valley including King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird and Twelve-wired Birds of Paradise.
To watch these birds, we need to wake up early in the morning to find it.

The Great Eggfly Butterfly
Butterflies
There are a lot of species of butterflies from the small ones such as Meadow Argus butterflies to the bigger ones such as Ornitopthera priamus and Blue Mountain Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses) and New Guinea clipper. Visitors can watch them easily by having tea or coffee from the verandah of the garden house or walking around the clearing area of the jungle village.

Klasow valley in Sorong regency of West Papua
Watching Wallaby
I mention about wallaby. To watch this little kangaroo, we need to do night walk. The easiest way is to walk along the path that connects the jungle village of Klabolo stream and the main road.

What you need to bring
In general, most birdwatchers know what they need to bring. Here are some of the equipment that visitors need:
  • Binoculars - usually roof prism with magnification 10 x 42 mm.
  • Spotting scope with a good tripod (if you have)
  • Reference book Birds of New Guinea, written by Thane K. Pratt, Bruce Beehler, and friends
  • Flashlight/ head torch
  • Laser Pointer
How to get there:
Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
There are regular daily flights served by such airlines as Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya Air, Nam Air between Sorong and Jakarta.
When you have arrived in Sorong city, I could meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and organize your birding trip to Klasow valley.

Booking:
For customized itinerary and cost, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by sending whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tropical Birding Tour in West Papua

Pinon Imperial Pigeon
As a tour guide, I have organized numerous tropical birding tours in West Papua for birdwatchers. Visitors can be a solo traveling birdwatcher or even a big group of avid birders who want to see such birds as dwarf kingfisher, large tailed nightjar, sulphur crested cockatoo or even cassowary bird.

Birding Destinations
  • Numfor Island - It is located between Manokwari city and Biak island. Visitors can reach the island by plane or ferry boat. The vocal point of Numfor is Numfor Paradise Kingfisher.
  • Manokwari lowland forest
  • Manokwari lower montane forest
  • Manokwari middle elevation montane forest - This is one of the most popular destinations in West Papua. Mount Soyti of Arfak range is a recommended site. Here, visitors can watch Magnificent Birds of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus), Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata), Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis innornatus)
  • Sorong lowland forest in Klasow valley
  • Raja Ampat lowland and lower montane forest in Waigeo island
  • Ases valley of Tambrauw mountains (suitable for a group of tourists of at least 2 to 3 people).
I recommend that visitors go to Manokwari middle elevation montane forest, Sorong' Klasow valley and Raja Ampat's Waigeo island to cover the vocal points of birds in the region. It will be cheaper to go as a group of at least 3 people in order to share the cost.
However, if there is a solo traveling birdwatcher who is interested in watching birds with me as a guide, I will be ok with that as long as the minimum cost is covered.
Booking:
For customized itinerary and cost, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180



Watching Eclectus roratus bird in Sorong Forest of West Papua

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) - female
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) is one of the tropical birds which visitors can watch in the jungle of Klasow valley. The male has got green and red colors whereas the female - red and blue. This parrot, as well as other birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo; Palm Cockatoo; Black capped Lory; Rainbow Lorikeet, lives in the lowland forest of the valley approximately 1.5 hours ride plus 1.5 hours walk from Sorong city.
A lot of birdwatchers from Europe, Australia, North America and Asia have visited the valley to watch tropical birds. They came as solo traveling lady or as a group of nature lovers who want to see not only birds but also the beauty of tropical rainforest.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. They can be watched using a good pair of binoculars and spotting scope. Large fig parrot, (Micropsitta desmarestii) usually fly in groups and sit on the branches of fruiting trees. Pinon Imperial Pigeon is more solitary but sometimes fly as a couple or in a big formation of more than ten birds. There are also red cheek parrot and a lot of lorikeets in Klasow valley.

Butterflies and Flowers
Villagers grow flowers around their houses and along the paths that connect their village and the mainroad or the nearby rivers. These flower plants attract butterflies such as the cruiser, the silky owl, the blue mountain swallowtail and the New Guine clipper butterflies.

Wildlife Watching Devices
I highly recommend that visitors who want to watch birds and other wild animals in Klasow valley of Sorong regency to bring such equipment as:
  • Roof Prism Binoculars 10 x 42
  • Birds of New Guinea fieldguide book written by Thane K Pratt and Bruce Beehler.
  • Digital camera with telephoto lens
In addition to birds, visitors who take birding trip to Klasow valley may also see colorful butterflies and wild flowers, dogs, cassowary bird, soa-soa lizard, wild pigs, deer and snake.

Location of Klasow Valley in the Map
To give an idea of the the Klasow valley is, please, see the following map. Klasow valley is located in the east of Sorong city and can be reached only by 4WD car.

Booking
If you are interested in birding in Klasow valley, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Rainforest Tour in Mesirrokow River of Manokwari

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Manokwari
I guided two French tourists, Guillaume and Jessica last weekend. We went hiking, camping and birdwatching along the banks of Mesirrokow river in the northwest region of Manokwari. The river-forest environment was the natural habitat of birds, insects, marsupial and mammals that are endemic to New Guinea.
To watch them, we need to walk along the banks and through the shallow water area of the river. I brought 2 pairs of binoculars and my old Fujifilm HS50EXR.
Eupholus schoenherri beetle
During the 3-day/ 2-night rainforest tour, we saw such birds as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Papuan Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Grey Goshawk (Accipiter Novaehollandiae), Willie Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Western Black-capped Lory, Rainbow Lorikeet, Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) and a lot more.
We also saw beautiful butterflies such as New Guinea Clipper, Blue Mountain Swallowtail, the Silky Owl Butterfly, and other butterflies which I could not identify. There was one beettle called Eupholus schoenherri sitting on a leave. Its colors were so beautiful. I made some pictures of this unique insect. There were also flowers which I don't know its species name.
If you are interested in visiting Manokwari and exploring the bio-diversity of its rainforest, please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Monday, March 6, 2017

Butterfly Watching in Arfak Mountains of Manokwari

Cruiser Butterfly in Arfak mountains
Manokwari
I guided two Swiss tourists on a hiking and camping tour in Arfak mountains two weeks ago. We stayed for 4 days/ 3 nights exploring the bio-diversity of the tropical jungle to see butterflies, dragon lizard, snake, and birds. We also had night walks to find cuscus possum and glowing mushrooms.
When the weather good, we could see a lot of colorful butterflies flying around our basecamp. I took the opportunity to take some pictures of them. There were Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe), Blue Mountain Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses), and butterflies from the genus of Tirumala and Ornithoptera.
Red Abdomen Dragonfly
There were also dragon flies which I saw sitting on the green leaves or young twigs near our tents. My old Fujifilm HS 50EXR is powerful enough to take pictures of red-abdomen dragonfly. I don't have field-guide books of butterflies, dragonflies and beetles of New Guinea. Without such books, it will be very difficult to determine the species of the insects whose photographs I present in this blog.
In addition to insects, visitors can also see soa-soa lizards, cuscus possum and birds of paradise. Binoculars, spotting scope and super telephoto camera are needed to see and take pictures of them.
Arfak range is a very good destination for visitors who are interested in watching butterflies, dragonflies and beetles. Another site in Manokwari that I highly recommend for watching insects is Mansinam island.
If you plan to visit Manokwari to see its butterflies, dragonflies and beetles, and need a guide, you could book a  jungle tour from me by sending email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Riverwalk and Camping Tour in Manokwari Forest

I have organized numerous riverwalk and camping tours in the forest of Manokwari for several years now. During the tours, visitors will be able to see the beautiful scenery of tropical rainforest, watch lowland tropical birds such as Papuan hornbills, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Yellow-faced Myna, Palm Cockatoo, Nightjar, Papuan Flowerpecker and a lot more.
In addition to birdwatching, while walking along the banks of the river or swimming in the fresh water river, visitors will be able to see colorful butterflies such as New Guinea Clipper, Cruiser butterfly, Blue Mountain Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly from the genus of Ornithoptera.
In addition to freshwater fish, birds, butterflies and large green trees, visitors can also see tropical flowers such as Eichornia, Small Passion Flowers and New Guinea Tulip (Spathodea campanulata) and terrestrial orchids.

As a tour guide, I provide tents, cooking and eating gear, lighting equipment, binoculars and spotting scope that are needed during the tour.
Visitors are suggested to wear water shoes and apply anti insect lotion if they want to participate in the tour.

Destination Manokwari
If you want to visit this forest, you need to fly to Manokwari city. First, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta. After that you can take domestic flight to Manokwari city. There are regular daily flight services provided by such airlines as Garuda, Sriwijaya, and Xpress Air.
Manokwari is a historical town. It was the first site in the whole New Guinea where Christianity was first introduced by European missionaries to the indigenous Papuan people in the nearby Mansinam island on 5 February 1855. It was also an important destination for British scientist Alfred Russel Wallace in 1858 when he conducted research on natural history.
Manokwari was the headquarters for Imperial Japanese Army in late 1943 and 1944 when they were fighting against US allied forces during Pacific War. The Japanese deployed 50,000 troops led by Lieutenant Fusataro Teshima from 2nd Army. We could still see old World War II bomb shelters in some parts of the city.

Booking
If you are interested in taking this riverwalk and camping tour in Manokwari, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180 for customized itinerary and cost.



Watching Cockatoo in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

There is a forest area in Manokwari that is the natural habitat of several species of cockatoos. Its name is Mesirrokow located in the west of the city. It is a nice place for nature lovers who want to spend several days hiking, camping and wildlife watching in the river-forest area. From my previous riverwalk and camping tour in the region, I saw Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). The whole body of this bird was white with yellow crest on top of its head. In the mornings and in the afternoon, cockatoos gathered in small groups and sat on the branches of tall trees near our tents. They made loud screeching sounds that filled the atmosphere of the surrounding forest while they were sitting or flying among the green trees.
In addition to those white cockatoos, I also saw Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus rotatus), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Western Black-capped Lory and Rainbow Lorikeet.
Large Papuan hornbill can be seen flying in the sky both in the mornings and in the afternoon.
Cockatoos are not the only birds that live in the forest of Mesirrokow. There are other birds too such as nightjar, pigeons, flowerpecker, butcherbird, and hawk. 
Visitors who want to watch birds in Mesirrokow river-forest need to bring a good pair of binoculars, and/ or spotting scope. They are very important for watching birds or other wild animals without having too close to them. 
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo eats fruits such as papaya, and bananas. In certain areas, abundant population of cockatoos may create problems among farmers. These beautiful birds may be considered as pest because they often attack fruit crops that are planted by local farmers.
As a tour guide, I offer rainforest hiking and camping tour to this jungle. Participants of the tour do not need to bring tents, and sleeping bags or cooking and eating equipment. I can provide them all including two binoculars and 1 spotting scope for watching birds and other wild animals.
Participants of the tour are advised to wear water shoes, and apply anti-insect lotion on their exposed skin.
If you are interested in watching cockatoos and other lowland birds in Manokwari, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to +6281332245180.

Hiking and Birdwatching in Mesirrokow river-forest of Manokwari

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Watching Nightjar in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

I have just returned from lowland forest of Manokwari. I guided two British tourists for 3 days/ 2 nights on a hiking and camping trip to watch cockatoo, hornbill, nightjar, plover, eclectus parrot and brahminy kite. We also saw beautiful scenery of the jungle and enjoyed swimming in the river.
Here is a picture of some Sulphur Crested Cockatoes (Cacatua galerita) which we saw near our camping site. Local people called the birds: kakatua putih (white cockatoo) or burung yakop. Birds were active in the mornings and in early evening. To watch them, we used binoculars, and spotting scope. I used my old Fujifilm HS50EXR to make some photographs of these cockatoo and some other birds.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) in lowland forest of Manokwari
At night, we had a short walk to find nightjar. We found some of them. I took several pictures of one of the nightjars. Christina, a British girl who was one of the participants of the rainforest tour, also took some pictures of the bird. We used Birds of New Guinea field guide book to try to determine the species of the nightjar. Unfortunately, we could not confirm its species name.
The eyes of this nightjar bird were glowing red when they reflected light from our torches.
Nightjar in lowland forest of Manokwari
While walking along the banks of the river, we saw some wild flowers such as these blue-yellow terrestrial flowers (which I guessed as a kind of orchid) and yellow eichornia.
Terrestrial blue-yellow flowers
Are you planning to visit Manokwari? You could contact me by email to peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp +6281332245180 for rainforest tours and cost information.




Monday, February 20, 2017

New Hiking and Birding Destination in Manokwari - Mesirrokow River

I have been promoting a new tourist destination in Manokwari for 2 weeks now. Its name is Mesirrokow river-forest located in the northwest region of the city, approximately 1 hour drive.
Mesirrokow river is a great place for hiking, sightseeing, birdwatching, swimming and camping. In other words it is a paradise for nature lovers. There is a huge forest area that has not been explored by foreign visitors.
Watching Birds
When I guided two Swiss visitors, I saw a lot of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus) flying in the sky or perching on the branches of green trees. A good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope will be useful when visiting the river-forest of Mesirrokow.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari
Camping
I spent 3 days/ 2 nights exploring the river. I used 3 dome tents and a large plastic tarpauline sheet to cover us from heavy rain and strong wind.
Taking Pictures
To take pictures of birds, the scenery of the river and wild flowers, I used my old Fujifilm HS50EXR. The followings are some of the pictures that I made during the trip.
Camping at the bank of Mesirrokow river
Yellow Love Petal Flower in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari
Book your river tour in Manokwari
I offer hiking, camping and birdwatching tour for nature lovers who want to enjoy adventure in Mesirrokow river. If you are interested, please, contact me by email: peace4wp@gmail.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bird Pictures from the Forest of Mesirrokow River

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari
Mesirrokow river located in the north-west area of Manokwari regency is a recommended site for watching lowland birds. I spent 3 days hiking and camping with 2 Swiss tourists several days ago. During the riverwalk, we saw a lot of birds including Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western Black Capped Lory, Little Ringed Plover, Willie Wagtail, Nightjar, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, and Papuan Hornbill.
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in Manokwari forest

Photographing Birds
I used my old digital camera Fujifilm HS50EXR. The camera could take some nice pictures of birds that were perching on the branches of trees or flying in the sky. Today there are bridge cameras that have longer reach but most of them are not fast enough to focus on moving subjects. For this reason, I choose this Fujifilm HS50EXR.
Papuan Blyth's hornbill in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari
The pictures that I created my not be the best pictures for publishing industry but it is good enough for anybody to identify the species of the animals. I mostly use the photographs in my blog and social media page as promotional posts for people who are interested in taking wildlife birding tools.
In addition to birds, I also saw butterflies, bettles, fireflies, flowers, fish, lizards, and wonderful scenery of Mesirrokow river.

Birding Device
I use two binoculars for birdwatching, one for me and another one for my guests. Most often, visitors bring their own binoculars.
If you plan to visit Mesirrokow river for birdwatching, I highly recommend that you also bring a spotting scope + tripod and adapter for smart-phone or camera. It will be a great device for watching birds and other animals.

How to visit Mesirrokow river
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • Fly to Manokwari city (there are daily flights provided by such airlines as Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya.
  • I could meet you at the airport or hotel where you stay and organize your trip to the river.
Hiking Sightseeing and Birdwatching in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari
Booking a Birding Tour
Suppose that you plan to visit West Papua for birdwatching, don't forget to contact me by e-mail: peace4wp@gmail.com for booking a birding tour in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari regency.

After hiking, camping and birding in  Mesirrokow  river, you could continue your holiday by Taking a Snorkeling Holiday in Mansinam Island

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