Saturday, July 13, 2024

Birding in Malagufuk with 5 British Birdwatchers

I am now in Malagufuk village organizing a 5 day- 4 night birdwatching tour with 5 British visitors and their tour organizer. We have been spending 4 days exploring  rainforest to watch a lot of species of birds. Tomorrow, we will be our last day in this village. 

Western-crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)
Western-crowned Pigeon

So far, we have seen birds such as:

  • Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
  • Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher
  • Common Paradise Kingfisher
  • Blue-Black Kingfisher
  • Large Fig Parrot
  • Eclectus Parrot
  • Moluccan King Parrot
  • Red-cheeked Parrot
  • Coconut Lorikeet
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Palm Cockatoo
  • Black Lory
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Frilled Monarch
  • Black-sided Robin
  • Black-browed Triller
  • Mimic Meliphaga
  • Tawny Straightbill
  • Papuan Frogmouth
  • Marbled Frogmouth
  • Papuan Boobook
  • Papuan Nightjar
  • Rufous Owl
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon
  • Zoe Imperial Pigeon
  • Western-crowned Pigeon
  • Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon
  • Orange-bellied Fruit Dove
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove
  • Great Cuckoo Dove
  • Brown Cuckoo Dove
  • Papuan Babbler
  • Blue Jewel Babbler
  • Hooded Butcherbird
  • Black Butcherbird
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise
  • King Bird of Paradise
  • Magnificent Riflebird
  • Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise
  • Glossy-mantled Manucode
  • White-bellied Cuckooshrike
  • Boyer's Cuckooshrike
  • Papuan Black Cicadabird
  • Yellow-faced Myna
  • Golden Myna
  • Hemeted Friarbird
  • Brown Oriole
  • Yellow-bellied Longbill
  • Spotted Honeyeater
  • Tawny-breasted Honeyeater
  • Frilled Monarch
  • Hooded Pitta
  • Papuan Pitta
  • Channel-billed Cuckoo
  • White-crowned Cuckoo
  • Ivory-billed Cuckoo
  • Spangled Drongo
  • Oriental Dollarbird
  • Moustached Treeswift
  • Glossy Swiftlet
  • Olive-crowned Flowerpecker
  • Sahul Sunbird
  • Black Sunbird
  • Gray-headed Goshawk
  • and etc.

There are more targets that we haven't seen although we have heard some of their sounds. They include Pheasant Pigeon, Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon, White-crowned Cuckoo, Lowland Peltop, Trumpet Manucode, and Wallace Owlet Nightjar.

I have guided tourists to Malagufuk for years since 2014. I introduced birding for the first time to villagers when the whole community in birding industry had not known the existence of the village. There were no boardwalk, guesthouses, toilets, and 4G internet connection. Now, more facilities have allowed visitors to enjoy more comfortable birding experience. I hope other villages in West Papua could adopt more enviromentally friendly development so that they could preserve their tropical rainforest and coral reef. 

We experience rain everyday, the path is very muddy. All of us have to wear rubber boots. 

I bring my 10×50 binoculars, portabe loudspeaker, laser pointer, and spotting scope. I don't use them. All of my clients are experienced birdwatchers. They bring their own equipment.

After this, I will guide a small group of birders from Spain to Klabili village and Sausapor town in Tambrauw Mountains. And then I will visit the highland of Minahasa in North Sulawesi Province of the Republic of Indonesia. This trip report is written by Charles Roring.


FARM TOUR IN MINAHASA HIGHLAND

Minahasa is a regency in North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. It has got fertile land both in the coastal and mountainous region. Local villagers grow such crops such as vanilla, clove, rice, corn, papaya, banana, rambutan, durian, spring onion, chilli, tomato and etc. 

The agricultural produce such as carrots, cabbage, palm sugar, eggs, pork and fish are sold in towns and cities in North Sulawesi as well as other parts in eastern region of Indonesia.

agricultural crops which local farmers grow
Agricultural Crops in Minahasa highland

During the tour, participants could also visit traditional market to see the agricultural produce and various kinds of products such as smoked bluefin tuna, fresh tilapia fish, fruits and vegetables and etc which the Minahasan people buy and sell.

traditional market in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa
Agricultural produce in a traditional market in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa regency, Indonesia

If you are interested in taking farm tour in Minahasa highland and want me to organize your trip, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Birding at the Outskirts of Sorong City and Raja Ampat

Sorong city in Southwest Papua Province of Indonesia has been the destination for visitors who want to spend their holiday in Raja Ampat. As a matter of fact, Sorong itself has got a number of tourist attractions both inside and outside of the city. 

For nature lovers, walking tour, sightseeing, birdwatching and butterfywatching are good tourism attractions that can be done at the outskirt of Sorong city. There are a number of forest areas that are good for walking tour and wildlife watching. Some of them are listed below:

Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Blyth's Hornbill

  • Sorong's Ridge Forest is approximately 1-hour drive from the city. It is the habitat of such birds as Blyth's Hornbill, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Hooded Butcherbird, Lesser Black Coucal, Greater Black (Ivory-billed) Coucal, Pacific Baza, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Mimic Meliphaga, and etc. Some times, Lesser Birds of Paradise fly over the road where the birdwatchers walk through. The best time to enjoy birding at this place is early in the mornings. 
  • Another natural place that is good for walking, sightseeing and birding is Love Hill. The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism built a long boardwalk for visitors to enjoy sightseeing in this forest. Visitors could enjoy walking tour in this forest and at the same time watch birds and butterflies. Birds that can be watched include Yellow-faced Myna, Black Sunbird, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Golden Myna, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Helmeted Friarbird, Brown Oriole, White-throated Needletail, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Metalic Starlling and etc.
Beautiful Fruit Dove
Beautiful Fruit Dove
  • Mangrove forest is located closer to Sorong city. It is a good place for visitors who only have little time for birding. There visitors could watch White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Helmeted Friarbird, Shining Flycatcher, Sahul Sunbird, Sacred Kingfisher, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove and Rainbow Bee-eater, Brown Oriole, White-breasted Woodswallow, Orange-breasted Fig Parrot and etc. Visitors need to apply insect repellent lotion on their skin before walking inside the mangrove forest of Sorong city.
sightseeing and birdwatching
Sorong city tour
The Buddhist temple in Sorong city is also worth visiting. It is located on a hill that allows visitors to see the coastal land and seascape of Sorong. The trees in the surrounding area of the temple is the habitat of Yellow-vented Bulbul, Willie Wagtail, Eurasian Treesparrow, Torresian Crow, Olive-backed Sunbird and etc. Another attraction is the The Cathedral Church of Christ the King whose design follows the  bower of the Vogelkop Bowerbird. 
Other tourist attractions at the outskirts of Sorong city. For visitors who want to see farmland areas, Aimas should be in the list of places to visit. Farmers in Aimas grow corn, rice, vegetables and fruits. 

RAJA AMPAT BIRDS
More birds could be watched in Waigeo island. Along the coastal forest, visitors could watch Eclectus Parrot, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Blyth's Hornbill, Olive-crowned Flowerpecker, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Moustached Treeswift, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Brown Oriole, Helmeted Friarbird, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Palm Cockatoo and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
More interesting birds could be found in deeper forest such as Wilson's Bird of Paradise, Brown-headed Crow and Papuan Pitta. 
If you need a guide to accompany you to explore the natural places of Sorong city to enjoy walking tour, sightseeing, birdwatching and butterfly watching, please, contact me Charles Roring by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 


BIRDWATCHING IN MINAHASA HIGHLAND

Minahasa is a regency in North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. Its highland is a good destination for visitors who love birdwatching. Visitors can explore the forest, agricultural land and paddy fields on foot.

Mountain White-eye Zosterops japonica
Warbling White-eye

Birding Walk in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa Highland

Subdistrict town of Sonder in Minahasa highland has got a number of birding sites that are suitable for visitors. While walking to enjoy the natural beauty of Subdistrict Sonder, visitors could watch various species of birds such as Sooty-headed Bulbul, Sahul Sunbird, Brown-throated Sunbird, Gray-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, Pale Blue Monarch, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker, Sulawesi Cuckoo-dove, Slender-billed Crow, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Sulawesi Hanging Parrot, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, Sulawesi Myzomela, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Warbling White-eye, Black-crowned White-eye, Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker, Crimson Sunbird, Black-faced Munia, Chestnut Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia, White-faced Cuckoo Dove, Barred Rail, White-browed Crake, Collared Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Zebra Dove, Black-naped Oriole, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Finch-billed Myna, and etc.

Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyiornis omissus)
Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher

Birdwatchers usually bring their own binoculars and a camera with telephoto lens. Bringing a spotting scope on a tripod will enhance the birding experience but it is not a must. Birdwatchers can enjoy easy birding while walking along the roadsides of Subdistrict Sonder. 

Sooty headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster
Sooty-headed Bulbul

Farmland Tour

Birding walk through the roads in farmland areas will allow visitors to watch birds and see various kinds of agricultural crops which local farmers grow. There are rice, corn, peanut, banana, spinach, cabbage, tomato, chilli, kangkung, aubergine, vanilla, coconut, clove and nutmet. The farmers also run poultry, pig and fish farming. They sell their produce to towns and cities in North Sulawesi and in Central and Eastern Indonesia such as Tomohon, Tondano, Kawangkoan, Langowan, Bitung, Manado, Ternate, Ambon, Sorong, Manokwari, Biak and Jayapura. 

birds in rice field of Minahasa
Birds in paddy field of Minahasa: Barred Rail, Purple Heron, Cattle Egret, Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Minahasa highland has got beautiful landscape, visitors who travel to the region can see the magnificent view of Mount Mahawu, Lake Linow, Pine Forest of Lahendong, the agricultural land of Sonder, flowers and waterfall in Tincep. These places are also good for walking and birding tours. For instance, in Lake Linow, we could see Cattle Egret, Barn Swallow, and Sunda Teal and in the Pine Forest, we could watch the Gray-rumped Treeswift, Collared Kingfisher and Purple Needletail. 

flight route to Manado city
Flight route to Manado city

land route Manado Tomohon and Sonder in Minahasa
Land route from Manado city to Tomohon and Sonder in Minahasa Highland

It is easy to reach Minahasa. The main gate to Minahasa highland is Manado city. Visitors need to fly to one of the major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, and Makassar. After that, they can continue their trip to Manado by plane served by Indonesian airlines such as Garuda, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air, and  TransNusa.

International visitors can fly from Singapore to Manado by Scoot Air, and from Guangzhou to Manado city by China Southern Airlines.

The trip to Minahasa highland can be done by car with destinations: Tomohon town and Subdistrict town of Sonder.

For accommodation, there are hotels, guesthouses and homestays in Tomohon.

If you want a guide to organize your tour in Minahasa highland, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 


Saturday, June 29, 2024

Collared Kingfisher

Here is the picture of Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) that I saw in the highland of Minahasa. 

The bird eats grasshopper, spider, lizard, frog, earthworm, small snake, snail, small fish and etc. In Subdistrict Sonder, the bird could be seen in forest edge, dry agricultural land, water streams and paddy fields. Collared Kingfisher is a solitary bird. It likes to sit motionless on a bare branch of a tree observing its prey. 

Collared Kingfisher in Tomohon town
Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher in North Sulawesi
Collared Kingfisher in Minahasa Highland

Most farmers like and protect the bird because it is a natural predator for pests in agricultural crops. 

Subdistrict town of Sonder in Minahasa Highland
Subdistrict town of Sonder is surrounded by forest, dry agricultural land and paddy fields.

Farmers in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa regency of North Sulawesi Province grow rice, corn, banana, papaya, tomato, chilli, cabbage, carrot, kangkung, chilli, rambutan, duku, kidney bean,vanilla, clove, coconut. They also run pig, poultry and fish farming. They sell their produce to local traditional market and to big towns and cities in the region. 

agricultural produce
Some of the agricultural produce from Subdistrict town of Sonder

Farmers in Minahasa regency are the main supplier of agricultural produce to towns and cities in central and eastern region of Indonesia including Manado, Bitung, Tomohon, Tondano, Langowan, Sonder, Balikpapan, Ternate, Ambon, Sorong, Manokwari and Jayapura. 

Birding Walk in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa Highland

In addition to Collared Kingfisher, there are other birds which visitors could watch when traveling around Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa regency of Indonesia. They include Sulawesi Myzomela, Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker, Warbling White-eye, Black-crowned White-eye, White-rumped Triller, Pale Blue Monarch, Sulawesi Cuckoo Dove, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Crimson Sunbird, Gray-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, Eurasian Treesparrow,  Sooty-headed Bulbul, Sulawesi Hanging Parrot, Slender-billed Crow, Sulawesi Cuckoo-dove, Zebra Dove, Finch-billed Myna, Barred Rail, White-eyed Drongo, Sulawesi Drongo, Purple Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Gray-rumped Treeswift, Sunda Teal, Purple Needletail, White-nest Swiftlet, Glossy Swiftlet, Black-naped Oriole, White-browed Crake, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, and etc. 

birds of Minahasa
Black-naped Oriole, Sulawesi Cuckol-dove, Pale Blue Monarch, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa highland while walking through the villages, dry agricultural land, paddy fields and forest. At the same time, visitors could enjoy watching most of the birds that are mentioned above.

Bird of Sonder Minahasa
Black-crowned White-eye in Tounelet Slope of Subdistrict Sonder, Minahasa regency, Indonesia

Where is Minahasa Highland and How to get there?

Minahasa is a regency in North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. The entry point is Manado city. Visitors need to fly from their country to some of the major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, and Makassar. There are domestic flights between these cities and Manado city served by Batik Air, Lion Air, TransNusa, Garuda and Citilink. There are also direct flights between Guangzhou and Manado city served by China Southern Airlines; and between Singapore and Manado city served by Scoot Air. 

Flight to Manado city of Indonesia
Flight route to Manado city in Indonesia

traveling by car to Tomohon and Sonder
Land route to Subdistrict Sonder from Manado city and Tomohon

Accommodation

Most visitors who go to Minahasa highland stay in hotels in Tomohon town. However, accommodation in homestays in Subdistrict town of Sonder could be arranged.

Booking

If you are interested in visiting Subdistrict town of Sonder in Minahasa highland for sightseeing its natural landscape and villages as well as birding in its forests, farmlands and paddy fields, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Birding in Minahasa

Minahasa is a region in the Province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is a good destination for visitors who like birding. There are a lot of species of birds which tourists can watch in the mountains, agricultural lands, paddy fields, and lowland areas. 

bird of Sulawesi
Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher
Aethopyga siparaja Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird

The high elevation forests in Mount Mahawu and Sonder of Minahasa is the habitat of birds such as Crimson Sunbird, Sulawesi Myzomela, Turquoise Flycatcher, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Warbling Flycatcher, Black-faced Munia, Superb Fruit Dove, White-faced Cuckoo-dove, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker, Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, Sulawesi Drongo, Eye-browed Thrush, Sulawesi Leafwarbler, and etc. The best time to watch these birds are early in the mornings and in late afternoons.

Mount Mahawu is a volcano. Visitors could go up the stairs along its slope to reach its crater. From the top of Mount Mahawu, visitors could see the beautiful landscape of Minahasa land. 

Mount Mahawu of North Sulawesi
The Crater of Mount Mahawu

More birds could be found in agricultural lands around Subdistrict town of Sonder including Sooty-headed Bulbul, Sulawesi Cuckoo-dove, Zebra Dove, Black-naped Oriole, Pale Blue Monarch, Brown-throated Sunbird, Sahul Sunbird, Finch-billed Myna, Sulawesi Hanging Parrot, Slender-billed Crow, Brush Cuckoo, Gray-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, and etc.

Sulawesi birds
Hair-crested (White-eyed) Drongo, Warbling White-eye, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Collared Kingfisher

In the paddy field areas of Subdistrict Sonder, visitors could watch Collared Kingfisher, White-breasted Woodswallow, White-browed Crake, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Chestnut Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, and etc. Water birds play important role in agricultural environment. Cattle Egret, for example, eat a lot of insects. This helps farmers to eliminate pests from their food crops such as rice, corn and vegetabe plants.

Cattle Egret in Talikuran rice field
Cattle egret in newly plowed paddy field on Subdistrict Sonder

The farmland of Subdistrict Sonder is worth visiting. Visitors could enjoy walking tours to see various kinds of crop plants that farmers grow. There are clove, rice, corn, banana, papaya, kangkung, tomato, chilli, aubergine, and etc. The villagers also run pig, poultry and fish farming. 

farmland in Minahasa highland
Some of the agricultural commodities in Minahasa highland: rice, banana, clove, aubergine and vanilla

Where is Minahasa and How to get there? 

Minahasa is a regency in the Province of North Sulawesi of Indonesia. The capital of the province is Manado city. Visitors need to fly from their countries to one of the major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar and Makassar. After that, the trip to Manado city can be carried out by one of the Indonesian airlines such as Garuda, Citilink, Batik Air, Lion Air, or TransNusa.

Flight route to Manado
Flight routes to Manado city
land route from Manado city to Tomohon and Sonder
Land route between Manado city and Tomohon town or Subdistrict Sonder in Minahasa highland
Arriving in Manado city, visitors could continue their trip by car to Tomohon town or subdistrict town of Sonder. 

Accommodation

There are hotels, resorts and homestays in Tomohon town. 

The tour guide for Birding Minahasa is located in Subdistrict Sonder.

If you are interested in taking a birdwatching tour in Minahasa and want me to organize your trip, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 

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BIRDING IN THE FORESTS OF SAUSAPOR, KLABILI, GAUKSUAK AND WAIGEO IN SOUTHWEST PAPUA PROVINCE

The Province of Southwest Papua is a great destination for visitors who love birding. A lot of tourists travel to Raja Ampat to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. As a matter of fact, there are also visitors who go there to enjoy birding and wildlife watching. Here are some of the birding destinations whose entry point is Sorong city:
Hooded Pitta, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Papuan Frogmouth, Frilled Monarch
Birding in Tambrauw regency
  • Sausapor - this is a small district town located in the northern coast of Tambrauw regency. It is a 4-hour car ride from Sorong city. Visitors who go there can watch Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Slender-billed Cuckoo-dove, Oriental Dollarbird, Blyth's Hornbill, Rainbow Bee-eater and a lot more. For accommodation, visitors can stay at Sansapore Beach Resort. Please, cek more info about the resort at this link: https://www.sansaporepacificpark.com/p/sansapore-pacific-park-beach-resort.html?m=1
Because Sausapor is a coastal town, visitors can enjoy watching sea birds too such as Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-naped Tern, Sacred Kingfisher, Oriental Pratincole, and etc.
  • Klabili village is located between Sausapor and Sorong city. A lot of birds could be watched there including Hooded Pitta, Papuan Pitta (formerly called Red-bellied Pitta), Western-crowned Pigeon, Papuan Frogmouth, Marbled Frogmouth, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, and etc. 
Eurystomus orientalis
Oriental Dollarbird
  • Gauksuak - It takes around 1 hour by motorized vehicle from Sorong city to Gauksuak forest. The Gauksuak beach is the place for watching Pacific Swallow, Black-naped Tern, Little-crested Tern, Pacific Reef Heron, Common Sandpiper and etc. The hill forest of Gauksuak is the habitat of Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Red-cheeked Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and etc.
Blyth's Hornbill
Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)

Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)
Helmeted Friarbird

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Snorkeling in Raja Ampat, Sausapor, Birding and Farmland Tour in Minahasa Highland

Raja Ampat has been famous around the world as the destination for snorkeling. Visitors who go there can enjoy snorkeling to see various species of marine animals and plants. There are anemonefish, parrotfish, wrasse, sea cucumber, christmas tree worm, blue sea star, and etc.

Visitors who want to enjoy snorkeling need to bring their own equipment such as glass mask, snorkel (breathing tube), swim fins and underwater camera (optional). Most dive resorts provide diving and snorkeling equipment. 

The recommended months to enjoy snorkeling in Raja Ampat are October, November, January, February, March, April, May, and June. 

In July, August and September, the sea of Raja Ampat are in wave season. The visibility will not be in good condition. Snorkeling in Raja Ampat in July, August and September is not recommended. Traveling to Raja Ampat during these months is still ok if the activity of visitors is focused on wildlife watching tour to see birds and butterflies in the forest such as Rainbow Lorikeet, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Red-cheeked Parrot, 

Alternative Locations

Visitors who plan to enjoy snorkeling in Indonesia during July, August and September can go to Sausapor. It is a coastal town located in Tambrauw regency. The entry city is Sorong. 

reef fish in Tambrauw regency
Marine Life in the waters of Sausapor

There is a good place to stay. Its name is Sansapore Pacific Park Beach Resort. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling and rainforest tour during their stay for a few days in Sausapor. The coral reef of Sausapor is the habitat of various species of marine creatures including surgeonfish, parrotfish, anemonefish, butterflyfish, and etc. In July, August and September, the sea of Sausapor is calm. 

The rainforest of Sausapor is also a good site for wildlife watching tour. There are birds such as Hooded Butcherbird, Helmetted Friarbird, Blyth's Hornbill, Black-capped Lory and etc.


NORTH SULAWESI

There is also alternative destination for snorkeling which is the province of North Sulawesi. The islands of Bunaken, Siladen, and Manado Tua as well as Lembeh Strait. The entry point is Manado city. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling and even scuba diving there. The marine animals are relatively the same as Raja Ampat. In Bunaken and Lembeh Strait, there are red anemonefish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, moorish idol and etc. There are also homestays, beach resorts which visitors can choose to stay. 

Manado city
Manado city - the capital of North Sulawesi Province

Farmland Tour in Minahasa highland

For visitors who are interested in land tours, the highly recommended destination is the Minahasa highland. The entry point is Manado city. The District town of Sonder has got mountain forest, agricultural land, paddy fields, villages with flower gardens which tourists can see while doing the walking tours.

Subdistrict Sonder
Subdistrict Sonder with its forest, farmland and villages

The high elevation forest of Sonder is the habitat of various species of birds such as Warbling White-eye, Crimson Sunbird, Sulawesi Cuckoo-dove, White-faced Cuckoo-dove, Sulawesi Drongo, Black-faced Munia, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Gray Wagtail, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker, and etc.

Birding Indonesia
Black-naped Oriole, Sulawesi Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia albicapilla), Pale Blue Monarch, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker

There are butterflies such as Blanchard's Ghost, Blanchard's Wood Nymph, Common Birdwing, The Clipper and etc.

Idea blanchardii butterfly
Blanchard's Ghost Butterfly in the forest of Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa

The small forest in Tounelet slope and the agricultural land around Sonder are the habitat of a lot of species of birds including Sooty-headed Bulbul, Sahul Sunbird, Brown-throated Sunbird, Gray-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, Slender-billed Crow, White-eyed Drongo, Pale Blue Monarch, Black-naped Oriole, Sulawesi Hanging Parrot, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Cinnamon Bittern, White-browed Crake, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, White-breasted Woodswallow, Collared Kingfisher, Finch-billed Myna, Zebra Dove. 

birds in the farmland of Minahasa highland
Purple Heron, Collared Kingfisher, Brown-throated Sunbird, White-eyed Drongo, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Finch-billed Myna

Most of the villagers in the highland of Minahasa are farmers. They grow rice, corn, sweet potatoes, cassava, banana, papaya, durian, rambutan, tomato, aubergine, spring onion, peanut, kidney bean, vanilla, clove and etc. They also make palm sugar from the sap of aren tree. They run pig farms, poultry farms, and fish ponds filled with tilapia and carp. Becuase Minahasa highland is a reach agricultural area, we can see various kinds of foods cakes. There are a lot of eating houses in Tomohon, Sonder, Kawangkoan, Toundano and Langowan. Visitors have plenty of choices for food and snacks.

agricultural crop plants in Minahasa of North Sulawesi
Some agricultural crops in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa highland - Corn, vanilla, clove, rice and papaya

Walking tour is the recommended way to explore villages, farmland and forest in Subdistrict Sonder.

For accommodation, there are hotels, and homestays in Tomohon town, Sonder town and Toundano town, Langowan town which tourists can choose to stay during their holiday in Minahasa highland. Booking.com and traveloka.com provide more info.

Flights

Visitors who want to enjoy holiday in Minahasa high need to fly to Manado city. There are daily flights between Manado and major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makasar, Balikpapan, Sorong served by Garuda, Citilink, TransNusa, Batik Air, and Lion Air. 

traveling to Manado city
Flights route between major cities of Indonesia and Manado
Map of Minahasa
Land route from Manado city to Tomohon and Sonder

There are also international direct flights between Singapore and Manado city served by Scoot Air, and between Guangzhou and Manado city served by China Southern Airlines.

Booking

If you are interested in taking a holiday to the destinations that I describe above and want a guide to organize your tour, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 

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