Friday, March 11, 2016

Birdwatching and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

As a tour guide, I organize snorkeling and rainforest tours both in the mainland New Guinea (particularly West Papua's Sorong, Tambrauw and Manokwari regencies) and Raja Ampat.
I could organize snorkeling and hiking tours in the northern part of Raja Ampat such as to Yenbekaki village, Warebar river, Yenanday, Mamiaef island and Dolphins lagoon.  These places, due to its remote location, are hardly ever visited by tourists.
I could also organize tours to the conventional destination in Raja Ampat such as to Kri, Mansuar, Arborek, Gam, Kabui bayand Pianemo islands
Kabui bay - Raja Ampat
From my recent trip in Raja Ampat, I was able to watch tropical birds that usually live in the coastal area. I went there especially for snorkeling and sightseeing. But I also enjoyed some birdwatching activity there. I accompanied some Czech tourists for several days traveling across the sea to coral reef areas in Mansuar island, Arborek, Kabui bay, and Fam islands. Coral reef looked like colorful flowers. 
When we were at the Passage (a very narrow strait that separates Gam island and Waigeo island), we saw some Blyth's hornbill birds flying above our speedboat.
Marine Life in Yenbuba Strait
The underwater world of Raja Ampat was very beautiful. I saw a lot of fish while snorkeling in the regency. Some of them were Red Slender Anthias, Snappers, Damselfishes, Anemonefishes, Striped Surgeonfish, Spadefish, Convict Surgeonfish, Blacktip Reef Shark, Barracuda, Scads, Groupers, Parrotfishes and Wrasses, and still a lot more fishes that I could not identify one by one. 
Pacific Swallow from Kri island
During the trip in Raja Ampat, we stayed at a homestay in Kri island. It was a small beautiful island in Raja Ampat with abundant marine life including sea birds. In my previous trip to the island, I was able to take a picture of a Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica). Before sunset, frigate birds were gliding in the air in large formation and in the morning, a couple of White-headed Shelducks (Tadorna Radjah) were walking slowly at the beach. They were not afraid of visitors who were sitting at the jetty to enjoy their hot tea and coffee.
White-headed Shelduck
As a tourist guide, I offer a 5-day/ 4-night snorkeling and birdwatching tour in Raja Ampat islands. When taking the tour you will enjoy snorkeling in world class snorkeling spots of Raja Ampat, including Batu Lima (Five Rocks), Friwen, Karst islets of Kabui bay, Cape Kri, Sawondarek, Northern West Mansuar, Southern West Mansuar, Arborek, Manta Point, Post of Pianemo, and a lot more.

Rainforest Tour
Most of my clients request an extension of land tour in the mainland of West Papua. The average duration of the land tour is 3 days/ 2 nights. During the tour, visitors will go hiking in the rainforest of Klasow valley to see tropical vegetation such as flower plants, big trees. The forest is the natural habitat of various species of birds such as Golden Myna (Mino anais), Yellow Faced Myna, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink Spotted Fruit Dove, Moustached Treeswift, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow-billed Kingfisher.
Camping in the rainforest
A longer trip into the jungle of West Papua can also be arranged. I have arranged camping and trekking trips for foreign tourists to tropical rainforest of Tambrauw mountains where visitors are able to see terrestrial orchid flowers, grey crow and cockatoo birds, swallow tail blue mountain butterfly and swim at clear fresh water of Syuan river.
If you are interested in traveling to Raja Ampat and wants me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: for prices and customized itinerary.