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.
Anemonefish in Manokwari
Finding Nemo
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.
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.
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

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