Friday, January 18, 2019

Snorkeling in the Drop-off Reef of Manokwari

I often go the beach to guide tourists who like snorkeling and recreational free-diving. The sites that we visit are north coast, and south coast of Manokwari city. There are coral reefs in this regency that are suitable for snorkelers.
An Italian and Indonesia snorkelers in Manokwari waters
Begining snorkelers usually swim over the reef flat area. The more adventurous ones choose drop-off reef as their snorkeling and free-diving site. Snorkelers have got more freedom to move in deeper waters. I could provide life-jacket for snorkelers who want to see marine life in drop-off area of the coral reef. Fish that can be seen in deeper water include parrotfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, moorish idol, grouper, anemonefish, wrasse, and convict surgeonfish. In my recent snorkeling tour to north coast reef with Italian and Indonesian tourists, I saw Striped Surgeonfish, Three-spot Dascyllus, Yellow-tailed Blue Devil and Striped-Surgeonfish.
In addition to seeing fish, we could also see sea cucumber, urchin, sea star, and sometimes turtles in the sea.
Visitors who take the snorkeling tour with me can borrow my snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) but I suggest that they bring their own that is suitable and fit on their face and feet. Bringing a good underwater camera such as Nikon W300 will greatly enhance the snorkeling experience.
Green Coral Reef in Manokwari waters
As the capital of Papua Barat province, Manokwari can easily be reached by tourists. After taking international flight to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, visitors can take a domestic flight to Manokwari provided by such airlines as Garuda, Sriwijaya, Nam Air, and Batik Air.
Coral reef in the north coast of Manokwari
When we take snorkeling tour, we must avoid several important things such as: not standing on the coral, not provoking marine animals.
If you plan to travel to Manokwari and want me to organize your snorkeling tour in the regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Snorkeling Tour with Clownfish in Manokwari

by Charles Roring
I often guide tourists in Manokwari on snorkeling tours to many of its coral reef sites. Our main target was to see beautiful tropical fish and colorful reef. One of the fish which snorkelers like to see is clownfish. There are various species of them. Some that I have seen include Pink Anemonefish, Spinecheek Anemonefish, and Clark's Anemonefish, Red and Black Anemonefish, and False Clown Anemonefish. They could bee seen at depths of 1.5 to 10 or even 15 meters.
There is a big colony Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus) in the north-east coast of Manokwari. It is not far from the beach. Beginning snorkelers who are not confident of swimming over coral reef can wear lifejacket that I provide for the tour.
Red and Black Anemonefish
I see several colonies of Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) in the southern coast of Manokwari. The coral reef where they thrive is not at the beach of the mainland. It is like a shoal at sea.  There are a lot of species of fish that can be seen in this shoal. Some of them include spotfin lionfish, boxfish, butterflyfish, grouper, moorish idol, and Triggerfish.
Pink Anemonefish
Another species of fish that I see in deeper water is Spinecheek Anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus). The fish lives at a depth of around 10 meters below the surface. I have to make extra effort to take picture of this fish.
Clown fish: Spinecheek Anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus)
Spinecheek Anemonefish
Snorkeling Tour
I offer snorkeling tours for tourists who want to see the beauty of marine life in Manokwari city. Visitors can stay in one of the many hotels in the city and do day trip to coral reef sites. I have got some snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins) which tourists could use but I highly recommend that snorkelers bring their own equipment that are perfectly fit on their face and feet.
Traveling by boat in Manokwari
How to get there
Visitors need to take international flight from their country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia). After that they can continue their flight to Manokwari city by Boeing 737,  Airbus 320, or Bombardier CRJ 1000 operated by such airlines as Garuda, Sriwijaya, Nam and Batik. Tickets can be bought at traveloka.com

Booking
If you are interested in taking a snorkeling trip (combined with some hiking and sightseeing tour) in Manokwari and want me to organize your tour, you could send text to my whatsapp: +6281332245180. Or you could send email to: +6281332245180

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