Thursday, April 6, 2017

Snorkeling and Birdwatching in Raja Ampat

Entering Fish Lagoon in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is a famous destination in the world for visitors who like to see coral reef and tropical fish. It is a regency that is located in West Papua. Thousands of tourists visit the archipelago every year to enjoy snorkeling, see its beautiful landscape and explore its tropical rainforest.
There are hundreds of tropical island in Raja Ampat but only less than 15 percent that are regularly visited by tourists. There are still a lot of islands that haven't been visited by tourists.
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
Last week, I went to East Raja Ampat region. I enjoyed snorkeling at Isanak beach, I walked around Sopen village, and watched Red Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) in Wararaf forest, I saw a lot of fish and beautiful coral reef at DPL beaches. I also visited Fish Lagoon that look like Piaynemo or Wayag and had the opportunity of exploring the nearby forest in the lagoon.
As a tour guide, I offer this trip to tourists who are interested in visiting islands in Raja Ampat that are located outside the mainstream tourist destinations.
Here is a typical tour plan for a 4 days/ 3 nights trip:
Terrestrial Orchid
Day 1
Leaving Sorong city for Isanak beach, snorkeling
Exploring the Waim island
Visiting Sopen village
Day 2
Wake up early in the morning
Go by boat to Wararaf forest to watch birds of paradise
Back to Sopen village, lunch
Leave the village for DPL beaches, snorkeling
Continue trip to fish lagoon, exploring the karst islets,
Continue trip to Yen Papir, exploring the village
Snorkeling at Yensner jetty
Day 3
Hiking and birding  in the forest near fish lagoon
Day 4
Last visit to fish lagoon
Leave Raja Ampat for Sorong city again

If you are interested in visiting Raja Ampat, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or by whatssapp/ text message to: +6281332245180 for customized itinerary and prices.

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