Sunday, May 15, 2022

Wildlife Watching Tour in Tambrauw Regency of Indonesia

Tambrauw is one of the regencies in West Papua province of the Republic of Indonesia. It is a very important destination for visitors who are interested in wildlife. Certain coastal areas of Tambrauw have been famous as the nesting grounds for such turtles as Leatherback, Olive-ridley, Green and Hawksbill. Visitors can watch during egg laying season from April to September. Its forest is also that habitat of deer, wild boar, bats, wallaby, frogs, turtles, monitor lizard, possum, and etc.

wildlife watchingnin Tambrauw regency of West Papua
Wildlifewatching Tour in Tambrauw regency
At the beach, there is coral reef that is teeming with various species of fish including anemonefish, butterflyfish, lionfish, grouper, parrotfish, wrasse, blenny, boxfish, filefish, jacks, and etc. Visitors who are interested in snorkeling at this beach need to bring their own snorkeling device such as mask, fins and snorkel.
Reef fish, sea star and corals at Sausapor beach
Marine Life in Tambrauw regency

Birdwatching

Birds of West Papua
Birding in the forest of Tambrauw
The rainforest along the shore of Tambrauw is the natural habitat of a lot of birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles. There are birds of paradise such as:

  • Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
  • Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
  • King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
  • Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus)
  • Glossy-mantled Manucode (Manucodia ater)
  • Crinkle-collared Manucode
  • Trumpet Manucode. 
For visitors who are interested in birding, the lowland and hill forest of Tambrauw are the combined habitat of sea birds and forest birds. They include:
  • Northern Cassowary
  • Dwarf Cassowary
  • Bltyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
  • Lesser Frigatebird 
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
  • Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
  • Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophyris)
  • Pacific Swallow
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Northern Fantail
  • Black-thicket Fantail
  • Moustached Treeswift
  • Frilled Monarch
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Rufuous-bellied Kookaburra
  • Common Paradise Kingfisher
  • Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
  • Hook-billed Kingfisher
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Shovel-billed Kookaburra
  • Grey Crow
  • Torresian Crow
  • Blue Jewel Babbler
  • Papuan Babbler
  • Hooded Pitta
  • Red-bellied Pitta
  • Barred Rail
  • Brown Cuckoo Dove
  • Great Cuckoo-Dove
  • Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon
  • Western-crowned Pigeon
  • Pheasant Pigeon
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Papuan-spangled Drongo
  • Golden Monarch
  • Boyer's Cuckooshrike
  • Golden Cuckooshrike
  • White-bellied Cuckooshrike
  • Papuan Cicadabird
  • Stout-billed Cuckooshrike
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Palm Cockatoo
  • Moluccan King Parrot
  • Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
  • Eclectus Parrot
  • Red-cheeked Parrot
  • Large Fig Parrot
  • Double-eyed Fig Parrot
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Black Lory
  • Fairy Lorikeet
  • Red-flanked Lorikeet
  • Coconut Lorikeet
  • Olive-crowned Flowerpecker
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Black Sunbird
  • Yellow-bellied Longbill
  • Tawny Straightbill
  • Mimic Meliphaga
  • Puff-backed Meliphaga
  • Red Myzomela
  • Papuan Black Myzomela
  • Ruby-throated Myzomela
  • Papuan Nightjar
  • Large-tailed Nightjar
  • Rufous Owl
  • White-eared Catbird
  • Olive Flycatcher
  • Black-chinned Robin
  • Black-sided Robin
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill
  • Black-winged Monarch
  • Black Berrypecker
  • Hooded Butcherbird
  • Black Butcherbird
  • Rusty Pitohui
  • and a lot more.

Visitors need binoculars, spotting scope and birding cameras such as Canon SX70HS, Nikon P1000 to watch and take pictures of the birds. 

insect watching in Indonesia
Insects in West Papua

Beetles, butterflies, dragonflies and various kinds of insects can be seen in Weyos beach of Tambrauw regency too. Some butterflies which tour participants can see include:

  • Common Green Butterfly (Ornithoptera priamus)
  • Cruiser butterfly (Vindula arsinoe)
  • Blue Mountain Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio ulysses)
  • Silky Owl Butterfly (Taenaris catops), and etc.

How to get there?

  • First, you need to travel from your country by plane. Jakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar can be your destination. 
  • From these cities, there are flights to Sorong city. I can meet you at the airport and organize your trip to the beach of Tambrauw

I suggest that visitors go in small group of 2 to 4 or even 6 participants to share the cost. Because this forest is located in remote are, the supporting facility is very basic. There is no luxurious hotels. Your accommodation will be a simple shelter. Bringing dome tents and rolling mattrass will allow you to reach more remote areas of Tambrauw. The best time to travel to this beach is between April and October. The tour to this beach is only suitable for anyone who likes adventure in remote beaches and islands where there are not many tourists around. So, this tour is for nature lovers. 

wildlife watching in West Papua
The beach and forest in Tambrauw regency

The duration of the tour is usually between 5 to 7 days.

Where is Tambrauw?
Location of Tambrauw regency
Booking

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp: +6281332245180 or by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com for more info. 


Friday, April 15, 2022

Wildlife Watching Tour to West Papua

West Papua province of Indonesia is a beautiful destination for visitors who are interested in seeing the ecosystem of coral reef and rainforest. There is a beach in this region where visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling as well as wildlife watching. Its name is Weyos beach. A lot of animals and plants can be seen here. 

wildlife watching tour in Tambrauw
Wildlife Watching Tour in West Papua

Between April and September, visitors can walk a long the beach to find turtles that land on it to lay eggs. Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green turtles usually lay their eggs at this beach. They are protected by government. Visitors who stay at this beach can watch birds, reptiles and mammals in this coastal forest. Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise and Magnificent Riflebird, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Yellow-faced Myna, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Black-capped Lory, as well as Brahminy Kite, Western-crowned Pigeon could be watched in this area.

birds in the forest of Tambrauw mountains
Tropical birds in the forest of Tambrauw
The exploration of the forest of Weyos beach can also be carried out at night to see deer, monitor lizard, snake, and cuscus possum and wallaby. 

To do the wildlife watching, visitors need binoculars, camera and head torch or flash light. Because this forest is located far from cities, logistical preparation will be needed before carrying out this trip. This includes preparation of boat, tents, sleeping bag, and purchase of food in the city.

Visitor who want to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at Weyos beach can bring snorkeling device (mask, snorkel, and swim fins) and a good underwater camera like Nikon W-300, or Olympus TG-6.

tropical fish in Tambrauw beach
Marine Life in the North Coast of West Papua

Flight Route

To visit Weyos beach, international visitors need to fly from their country to Jakarta or Denpasar or Surabaya or Manado. These are cities in Indonesia. 

After that the flight can be continued to Sorong city by domestic airlines such as Garuda, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air or Lion Air. 

flight route to Sorong city
Flight route to Sorong city

From Sorong city, the trip to Weyos beach and be continued by 4wd car and then by boat. If the trip from Sorong city is conducted early in the morning, visitors will arrive at Weyos beach in late afternoon. 

I suggest that visitors traveling in a group of at least three to four peoplenor even six to share the cost. However, a solo traveler is welcomed if he or she can cover the cost of the trip to this secluded beach.

secluded beach in West Papua
Weyos - a secluded Beach in West Papua

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Birding in Klasow valley's Forest of Sorong Regency

Sorong city is the main gate for visitors who are traveling to Raja Ampat islands. Most airlines in Indonesia have got scheduled flights to this city. They will land at Domine Eduard Osok airport and then continue their trip to Waisai by ferry boat. In Raja Ampat, they will enjoy various kinds of activities related to marine tourism. 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

For visitors who are interested in wildlife, Klasow valley will be an interesting destination. There is a village in the valley that has become a good base for visitors who like to watch tropical birds. Its name is Klatomok village

Birding site in West Papua province of Indonesia
Klatomok Village

birdwatcher in Klasow valley
A visitor in Klatomok village of Klasow valley

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

It is a village that is located on the side of a road that runs through the valley. This small village is surrounded by tropical forest that is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds including Western-crowned Pigeon, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, Black Butcherbird, Northern Cassowary, Forest Bittern, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise, and etc. 

Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
Magnificent Riflebird

The wildlifewatching activity can be carried out not only during the day time but also at night time. The night walk in the jungle is usually conducted after dinner. Animals that visitors may find include wallaby, possum, birds that sleep on the lower branches of trees, bandicoot, snake, Papua forest dragon, deer, and etc. Visitors will need to bring torch or flash light for this night time activity.

King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
King Bird of Paradise

Accommodation and Food

Visitors who go to Klatomok village in Klasow valley to enjoy birdwatching and wildlife watching can stay in the houses of the villagers whose picture is shown above. It is a basic accommodation with room and toilet. 

Before traveling to this village, food and drink materials such as bread, eggs, coffee, milk, cheese, tea, sugar can be bought from supermarket in Sorong city. 

The usual duratin of the birding tour is 3 to 4 days, it can be continued to Tambrauw mountains, Arfak mountains, Wondama Bay or even to Raja Ampat islands. 

Contact

If you are interested in taking a wildlife watching/ birdwatching trip in West Papua (particularly Sorong regency, Tambrauw regency, Manokwari - Arfak mountains, Wondama bay) and want a guide to organize your trip and accompany you during the tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 



Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tourist Attractions in Numfor Island

Numfor is a beautiful island in Cendrawasih bay of West Papua. It is surrounded by coral reef that is the natural habitat of hundreds of species of marine plants and animals. Numfor is a good destination for visitors who like swimming, snorkeling and fishing. 

Dutch visitors in Amberimasi village
Dutch visitors at Amberimasi beach of Numfor island

Mangrove trees grow in tidal area of the island. They become shelter for small fish that are being chased by their bigger predator. Mangrove seedlings are planted by villagers to protect their villages from big waves. These newly formed mangrove forests increase fish population in the island. 

numfor island
Numfor island

Various species of sea birds can be seen in Numfor. They include White-bellied Sea Eagle, Eastern Osprey, Common Tern, Frigatebird, Pacific Swallow, Little Egret, Little Pied Cormorant, Beach Kingfisher, and a lot more. In the forest, typical birds of New Guinea such as Blyth's Hornbill, Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, and Sacred kingfisher. Willie Wagtail and Torresian Crow are common in the island. Numfor Paradise Kingfisher can easily be found in the island. Most of the land is flat. So, it is easy to enjoy birdwatching in the island. 

Most of the villages in Numfor island are located along its coast. Visitors can travel to the island by ferry boat from Manokwari city to a harbor in Saribi village of the island. Villagers can also go by small passenger plane of Susi Air from Manokwari to Numfor island to enjoy their holiday there. There are two flights every week on Thursday and Saturday. The ticket price is around 319,000 rupiahs per person. Ticket can be bought at the airport.

During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Forces built their military base in the island. However, they were defeated by the Allied Forces. Visitors could still see some old broken weapons and helmets of the Japanese and American forces in Numfor. Some villagers keep them for house decoration. 

Where to go and where to stay

Amberimasi village is the recommended place for visitors. It is located in a bay in the east of Numfor island. There is an islet in front of it making the sea calm all year round inside the bay. Its name is Numpuri. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the bay. During low tide, visitors could walk to Numpuri. The nearby Warido village is also a good place to visit. Visitors can stay in the houses that belong to the villagers. 

Yemburwo village, located in the north of the island, is also an interesting place to go. Small passenger aircraft operated by Susi Air lands at an airstrip in this village. Regular flights between Numfor and Manokwari city are available several times a week.  

Cessna caravan 208 Susi Air
Cessna Caravan 208 Susi Air

Visitors can go by passenger ferry that goest between Manokwari and Numfor. It takes around five hours to reach the island. 

Visitors can stay at small inns in this village. There are groups who can perform some traditional dances for visitors.

Flight Route to Numfor
Flight Route to Numfor island
If you are interested in taking a holiday in Numfor and need a guide, please, contact Matias Rumbruren by whatsapp to: +62 812-4464-1370.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Watching Birds of Paradise in the Forest of Arfak Mountains

A lot of visitors travel to Indonesia every year to watch birds. One of their destination is Arfak mountains. The higher elevation area of the mountains is the natural habitat of Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata), Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes magnificus), Vogelkop Superb Bird of Paradise, Black Sicklebill, Long-tailed Paradigala (Paradigalla carunculata) and a lot more. Most of these birds have got display grounds in the slopes of Arfak mountains. 

Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata)
Western Parotia

To reach the birding site, we need to wake up early in the morning, usually at 04.00 and make preparation. After wearing hiking shoes, bringing binoculars and camera, we will start walking to the birding sites. For Western Parotia, the walk can be as long as 30 minutes. For Magnificent Bird of Paradise, it can be as long as 1 hour. 

We will sit inside a hut that has been prepared by villagers for visitors. The male bird of paradise usually comes to his dancing or display site in the morning at around 06:00. It can be earlier than that time. To increase the chance of seeing the paradise bird, local villager put A Red Pandanus Fruit to attract birds. Female birds of paradise like to come and eat the fruits. Their existence will attract male birds to come too. Because the fruit is put on a wooden stick that is closer to the observation hut, visitors will be able to take pictures of the birds using a D-SLR camera with telephoto lens.

tropical birding in Arfak mountains
Birding in Manokwari

In addition to paradise birds, visitors can watch other tropical birds in the forest of Arfak mountains as well including Western-smoky Honeyeater, Black-breasted Boatbill, Friendly Fantail, Vogelkop Melidectes, Green-backed Robin, Blue Grey Robin, and a lot more.

To enjoy birding in Arfak mountains, visitors need to fly to Manokwari city. Regulars daily flights between Manokwari and other major cities in Indonesia are served by Sriwijaya, Batik and Lion Air. 

The weather in higher elevation forest of Arfak mountains is cool at night. Visitors need to bring some warm clothing. 

An organized birdwatching tour in Arfak mountains usually lasts for 4 days/ 3 nights. It can be combined with birding trip to lower montane forest for another 4 day tour. There, birdwatchers can watch Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise and Magnificent Riflebird. The accommodation in lower montane area is very basic. Visitors will need to stay in a simple basecamp. This will be a guided tour too. by Charles Roring Whatsapp: +6281332245180. 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Birdwatching in Manokwari of Indonesia

Indonesia has been opened again for foreign visitors who are interested in traveling to this archipelago to see the beauty of its nature, the richness of its biodiversity and the uniqueness of its culture. For visitors who are interested in bird watching, and wildlife watching, Manokwari regency is now open for visitors too. 

Spanish visitors in Susnguakti forest
Spanish visitors in Arfak range

Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari

Some places in higher montane forest have got guesthouses. There, visitors can enjoy hiking up the steep slopes of Arfak range to watch Western Parotia, Vogelkop Bowerbird, Magnificent Bird of Paradise and a lot more. 

Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) in Susnguakti forest of West Papua
Lesser Birds of Paradise

In lower montane forest, very basic facility in the form of basecamp is available for visitors who want to watch Lesser Bird of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise and Magnificent Riflebird. 

Lowland forest of Manokwari is the natural habitat of hundreds of species of birds including Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Variable Goshawk, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Willie Wagtail, Blyth's Hornbill, Brahminy Kite, Little-ringed Plover, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Rainbow-bee Eater, and etc.

Large-tailed Nightjar could be seen at night especially if we go birding along the sides of a river.

Visitors need to bring binoculars, camera with telephoto lens. A field guide book, Birds of New Guinea will be needed to identify other birds that visitors will see during their trip in the jungle. 

Day Trip is usually provided for visitors who don't have much time in Manokwari. However the short trip limits the number of wildlife that we could find in the forest.

white orchid
White Orchid

Cuscus in the forest of West Papua
Possum in the forest of Manokwari

Visitors will need to stay for at least 2 to 3 days in a homestay in the mountains in order to have higher chance of watching birds of paradise. 

Rainforest in West Papua is an interesting ecosystem, it is the habitat of various kinds of plants and animals. There are flowers and butterflies.  by Charles Roring (Whatsapp: +6281332245180).

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Bird watching in Sorong regency's Forest of Indonesia

Sorong is a city in West Papua province of Indonesia. It is also a regency that has got beautiful tropical forest. Tourists who go to Raja Ampat for snorkeling or scuba diving will need to fly to Sorong. 

There is a village in the east of Sorong city that is a highly recommended destination for birdwatching and wildlife watching. Its name is Klatomok village. It can be reached by 4WD car for 2 hours. 

Large Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii)
Large Fig Parrot

There, visitors can walk along the sides of the road, go hiking up the slopes or explore the forest of Klasouw calley to watch such birds as Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher Western-crowned Pigeon, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Black Lory, Coconut Lorikeet, Blyth's Hornbill, Blue and Black Kingfisher, Shining Flycatcher, Boyer's Cuckooshrike, Lowland Peltop, Red-bellied Pitta (now also called Papuan Pitta), Hooded Pitta, Hooded Butcherbird, Black Butcherbird,  Northern Cassowary, and a lot more. 

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

There are also King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, and a few other species of birds of paradise which visitors can see if they explore the forest of Klatomok village thoroughly. 

Location of Klatomok village in Sorong regency of Indonesia
Location of Klatomok village in Sorong regency of West Papua

Actually, Klatomok village is not only attractive for bird watchers but also nature lovers. They can see various kinds of plants, and animals. There are insects, mammals, reptiles in the forest. Visitors can join local villagers who go to the forest to cut a sago tree for extracting its flour or do night walk to find wallaby, bats, possum and deer.

Mothers can show how to make sleeping matrass and bags using pandanus leaves or other natural fiber.

There are flights that connect Sorong and big cities in Indonesia including Manado, Ambon Makassar, Denpasar and Jakarta. They are served by Garuda, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Batik Air. 

rainforest tour in Indonesia
A homestay in Klatomok village of Sorong regency

Accommodation

Visitors can stay in homestays that are owned by villagers. It is a basic accommodation, so the price is affordable. Buying foods and drinks in Sorong city prior to the trip is highly recommended. But villagers can also enjoy local food such as sweet potatoes, bananas, and vegetables prepared by the villagers. 

After spending time in Klatomok village, visitors can go back to Sorong city to continue their trip to Raja Ampat or taking a trip to Fef town located in Tambrauw mountains for another rainforest tour in West Papua. 

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Birdwatching in Indonesia

Indonesia has got thousands of big and small islands between Asia and Australia. These islands attract the attention of naturalists, biologists and birdwatchers to come and study the flora and fauna of this country. According to field guide book Birds of Indonesia by James Eaton, et al., there are 1,417 species of birds in Indonesia (not including New Guinea).  

birdwatching in Indonesia
Common Paradise Kingfisher

For birds in New Guinea region, readers can study them by reading such field guide books as Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler, et al.; and Birds of New Guinea (including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville) by Phil Gregory who said that there are 943 species of birds that are known to occur in New Guinea. 

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus(
A Female Eclectus Parrot in her nest in West Papua's forest

With this abundant species of birds, Indonesia has now become the most important destination for birding visitors. From all the islands in this archipelago, I highly recommend 2 destinations, i.e. Sulawesi and West Papua. Sulawesi island is located in the transitional zone between the continents of Australia and Asia. The endemicity of birds in Sulawesi is the highest in Indonesia. For West Papua, the main attractions for visitors will be its Birds of Paradise. 

Although most of the islands in Indonesia have got birds that are different from New Guinea, for the islands such as Halmahera and Seram that are closer to West Papua province, they share some species with New Guinea. Some of them include Eclectus Parrot, Beach Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Great Cuckoo Dove, Blyth's Hornbill, and the migratory ones such as - Rainbow Bee-eater and Common Dollarbird. 

I personally have visited some birding sites in Sulawesi islands such as Ramang-Ramang, Karaenta, Lore Lindu, Tangkoko, Mount Mahawu, Mount Ambang, and Tambun. Islands further to the east, i.e. Ternate and Halmahera are also good destinations for birding. 

Inter-insular Trading and Introduced Bird Species

Inter-insular trading in Indonesia allows ships to carry people and goods between the islands. Birds are originally from Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Malayan peninsula such as White-rumped Shama and Spotted Dove have now reached cities in West Papua. Some birds escape to the nearby forest. Black-capped Lory, Coconut Lorikeet from West Papua have also reached Sulawesi and Java. However, they will not survive innthe forest because much of the forests in Java have been badly damaged. The introduced birds from West Papua may not be able to compete with local birds in Java in finding food inside the ever shrinking forest of the island. 

Birding 

Birding in West Papua is more challenging than birding in other islands of Indonesia. The birding sites in West Papua are often located in remote forest far from cities. Most often, birdwatchers need to use 4WD pick-up cars to reach them. Birdwatchers do not have a lot of choices for accommodation either. That's why, on the average, the cost of birding tours in West Papua is higher than in other islands of Indonesia. 

Despite high cost,  birdwatchers still fly to West Papua because they really want to watch birds of paradise.  by Charles Roring


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Monday, January 10, 2022

Bird Watching in West Papua During Pandemic

There have been small number of tourists who travel to West Papua during pandemic. They enjoy birdwatching in the forest and snorkeling at sea. Arfak mountains are important birding destination in Indonesia because their forest is the natural habitat of a lot of endemic avifauna including Western Parotia, Vogelkop Bowerbird, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Black Sicklebill, Long-tailed Paradigala and Vogelkop Superbird of Paradise. 
Endemic birds from Arfak mountains, photo by Charles Roring
Endemic Birds of West Papua

Other birding sites that are also worth visiting including Teluk Wondama regency, Fef Town in Tambrauw regency, Klatomok village in Sorong regency and Waigeo island in Raja Ampat. 
Visitors who enjoy birding activities in West Papua often have to endure long walk in dense forest, hiking up steep slopes or walking along muddy path whose surrounding bush is infested with mosquitoes leeches. That's why I suggest that visitor bring insect repellent lotion and wear clothing that can protect their exposed skin from mosquito and leech bites. Because of long walk in the jungle, visitors may experience muscle stress in legs and backs. From my personal experience, I apply oil and give massage to sooth and relieve tension in the muscles. Taking a shower or splash bath with hot water will also help relieve the muscle stress. 
Drinking ion water, and eating salty instant noodle soup can resupply our body with liquid, minerals, and nutrients after a long hiking trip in the forest.
European visitors were taking rainforest tour in Manokwari
Domestic birdwatchers who come from other provinces need to undergo PCR tests and vaccines (I hope that when the pandemic has been over, it will not be needed anymore) in order to be allowed into West Papua. 
Regular daily flight services between Manokwari (the capital of West Papua province) and major cities in Indonesia are provided by Lion Air, Batik Air, and Sriwijaya Air. 
International visitors who want to travel to Indonesia need to read the entry procedure from the official website of Indonesian immigration office at this address: imigrasi.go.id. Visitors must also follow strict health protocol during their trip to Indonesia. Because most of the birdwatching trip is conducted in remote forest, visitors will not interact with crowded people such as public areas in cities. 
After spending time in the forest to watch birds and other wild animals, visitors could enjoy swimming at the beach. There are a lot of coral reef sites in West Papua. Important marine protected areas include islands in Teluk Wondama Bay, and Raja Ampat. 
Swimming at the beach is considered as a good way to neutralize the itches on the skin of visitors caused by insect bites. 
Visitors need to bring their own mask, snorkel and swim fins. 
marine tour in Waigeo island
Some European visitors were enjoying snorkeling
These snorkeling device will allow them to see beautiful marine life at the beach.  This was written by Charles Roring.

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Lesser Birds of Parase (Paradisaea minor)
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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Wildlife Watching Tour in Wondama Regency

Wondama is a beautiful regency in West Papua province of Indonesia. It is a destination for visitors who like to explore the tropical rainforest that is the habitat of colorful birds, reptiles, mammals, and unique insects as well as the coral reef that is teeming with abundant marine life.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

The islands of Wondama regency are surrounded by pristine coral reef. To enjoy swimming and snorkeling there, visitors need to bring their own snorkeling device such as mask, snorkel and swim fins. Striped-surgeonfish, Moorish Idol, Butterflyfish and Anemonefish are some of the many fishes which visitors can see while snorkeling over the coral reef. 

After traveling around the beautiful tropical islands, visitors can go hiking in the forest of just a little outside Wasior town and its surroundings to see Blyth's Hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-cheeked Parrot, and a lot more. There are cuscus possum, monitor lizard and deer in the forest of Wondama. Visitors need binoculars, spotting scope and camera with telephoto lens such as Nikon P1000 to take pictures of these animals.

To reach Wasior town, visitor can fly to either Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya or Manado city in Indonesia. After that, they could continue their trip to Manokwari city. Airlines such as Sriwijaya, Batik Air and Lion Air provide regular domestic flight services from the above cities to Manokwari. From Manokwari, visitors could go to Wasior town by passenger boat MV Margareth or by small passenger aircraft - the Cessna Caravan operated by Susi Air. 

flight route to Manokwari city and to Wasior
Flight route to Wondama

At the moment, visitors who want to enter Indonesia need to undergo strict health protocol and procedures in order to visit Wondama. 

I hope that the situation will be improved in the future so that more visitors could travel to West Papua again. 


Please, support this blog by buying some merchandise that I offer in my redbubble shop in the form of drawings and vector illustration printed on such products as sticker, mug, t-shirt, skirt, bag, and etc.

Blyth's Hornbill - the symbol of eternal love


Male Lesser Birds of Paradise print in Redbubble shop
Digital Drawing of a male Lesser Birds of Paradise


Merchandise

Please, support this blog by buying art drawings and illustrations of wild animals and plants in the form of prints on various products as follows:

Sketchbook Drawing of Reef Fish

Sketchbook Drawing of Reef Fish
Moorish Idol Fish (Zanclus cornutus)

Watercolour Sketch of Bird

Watercolour Sketch of Bird
Fruit Dove from Tropical Rainforest

Colored Pencil Drawing

Colored Pencil Drawing
Swimmer and Manta (Art Print on Canvas)

Drawing with watercolour pencils

Drawing with watercolour pencils
A Couple of Dolphins at Sea

Vector Art Drawing in Inkscape

Vector Art Drawing in Inkscape
Swimming with Whaleshark

Vector art illustration in Inkscape

Vector art illustration in Inkscape
Baby leatherback turtle was reaching for the sea

Digital Art of Tropical Flower

Digital Art of Tropical Flower
Vector Art of Rain Lily Flower

Drawing of Paradise Bird

Drawing of Paradise Bird
Lesser Birds of Paradise art print on classic T-shirt

Digital Drawing in Autodesk Sketchbook

Digital Drawing in Autodesk Sketchbook
A Couple of Red Bird of Paradise