Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rainforest Flowers in Manokwari Highland and Lowland

Manokwari is an interesting regency in West Papua that is worth exploring. Its area is still covered by tropical rainforest that is the natural habitat of a lot of species of flower plants. Visitors can come to Manokwari to see wild flowers that grow in coastal area, along the rivers and in highland region, particularly in Arfak mountains.
Lowland and Coastal Flowers
In lowland area, we can see various colors of hibiscus, bougainvillea, arboreal and terrestrial orchids, water hychinth, Glory Vine (Faradaya splendida), Morning Glory, Scarlett Jade Vine (also known as New Guinea creeper), Africa Tulip (Spathodea), Morning Glory and varous other species of flowers that I cannot identify.
Highland Flowers
There are tropical rainforest flowers that can be seen in montane and cloud forest. Some of them include rhododendron konori, and terrestrial orchid flowers.
The best time to see flowers
From my personal experience, the best time to see flowers is at the end of dry season and when we are about to enter rainy season. At that time, we can see a lot of plants with colorful flowes. However, because most of the tropical rainforest has got dark green leaves, green colors still dominate the landscape view of the mountain, hill and lowland forest.

How to get to Manokwari
It is easy to come here, first, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
After that, fly to Manokwari city. There several airlines that provide regular flight to Manolwari such as Garuda, Sriwijaya, Xpress Air, NAM Air.

Glory Vine

Additional Activities

In addition to seeing flowers, visitors can enjoy hiking and camping in the forest to watch butterflies, birds, and other wild animals as well as enjoy snorkeling in coral reef area of Manokwari.

Extending Your Tour
I could also organize additional tour for you to Raja Ampat where you could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and birdwatching in the region. The length of the tour is 3 to 5 days. During the marine tour, visitors will be able to see coral reef, various species of tropical fish such as anemonefish, butterflyfish, grouper, moorish idol, parrotfish, wrass, lionfish, boxfish. Sometimes we can also see turtles, sea star and even stingray.
Don't forget to bring snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel, and fins. A good waterproof underwater camera will be needed for taking pictures of the marine life of Raja Ampat.
Interested in snorkeling and birding with me?
I can be your guide and accompany you to explore rainforest and coral reef in this regency, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com. Or you could send text whatsapp message to: +628133224510.
Uninhabited island in Raja Ampat

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