After writing several articles about snorkeling tour in Manokwari, some people begin to contact me saying that they are interested in visiting this city and snorkeling around the islands both in the Dorey bay and along the northern coast of Papua island. Snorkeling in Papua is the easiest way to enjoy or I prefer to say to appreciate the natural beauty of the underwater world and the coral reefs that are thriving around some small islands in Manokwari. You do not need such equipment as air tank, octopus, bcd, and weights. All you need is a snorkeling mask, snorkel and fins.
I have been escorting tourists snorkeling around the Dorey bay of Manokwari city especially to sites where the coral reefs are still in good condition. In tropical waters such as Manokwari and its surrounding islands, the perfect time to do the snorkeling is in the mornings and near sunset time when the sea is calm and the sun is bright. Colorful corals and ornamental fish can easily be spotted in the depths between 1 - 3 meters.
If you want to take pictures or shoot underwater videos, don't forget to bring digital photo or video camera that is protected by watertight casing. When the weather is clear, you will be able to have bright pictures with corals and fish in one shooting. Don't forget that corals are animals. They may look like rocks and water plants but they are animals. Small fish live among the corals which give them better protection against their predators.
|Damselfish in Manokwari|
|Coral Reef in Dore bay of Manokwari|
When snorkeling in Papua especially in the Dorey bay of Manokwari, you should follow general conducts of green snorkeling. Don't tease the marine animals by catching them. Try to stay afloat while swimming over the corals and avoid standing on them. Corals look strong but they are very fragile. When you stand on them, they will break. Broken corals will die. That's what we all do not want to happen. Healthy coral reef will have more beautiful fish and other marine animals live in them.
How to go to ManokwariIt is easy to come here. First, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia). Second, you could continue your flight to Manokwari city by such airlines as Garuda, Batik Air, or Sriwijaya Air. I could meet you at the airport and organize your trip.
There are hotels in Manokwari which you could choose to stay. As a tourist guide, I offer snorkeling tours to tourists who want to appreciate the beauty of the coral reef and marine life of West Papua especially around Manokwari city