Monday, April 3, 2017

Snorkeling Tour in East Raja Ampat

Insou-Duwer (fish lagoon) waters
Raja Ampat is a famous destination for marine tourism. Most visitors go there to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, birdwatching and sightseeing. They mostly go to Kri, Mansuar, Gam, Kabui bay, Pianemo and Wayag. These are the mainstream destination in Raja Ampat islands.

Unconventional Destination
As a touris guide, I want to offer you and adventure trip to places that are new or almost unknown to tourists because they are not mentioned in major tourism publications such as Lonely Planet or Trip Advisor. The destination that I offer is the eastern region of Raja Ampat archipelago. Here, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, hiking in the rainforest to see a large varieties of tropical trees and other plants as well as watching birds, and butterflies, exploring karts islets in Insou-Duwer (Fish Lagoon) waters, visiting coastal villages and staying with islanders in their homes.

Rainforest in Insou-Duwer Lagoon
Day 1
Leave Sorong city for Sopen village in east Raja Ampat islands
Snorkeling at Isanak beach and land tour in Waim island. This trip is suitable for naturists or any visitors who like to explore uninhabited islands in Raja Ampat.

Day 2
We will wake up early in the morning and leave Sopen village for Wararaf forest where we will go hiking and birding. Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, and Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra).
After watching the jungle tour, we will go back to Sopen village to have lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue our trip to enjoy snorkeling at DPL coral reef and Mamiaef island

Isanak beach in east Raja Ampat region
Day 3
Exploring Karst islets of Insou-Duwer (fish lagoon) waters. This lagoon is relatively similar to the one in Pianemo.

Day 4
Hiking and Birding in the Forest of Waigeo island near the Fish Lagoon

Day 5
Visiting Yen-Papir village and Yensner village.

Day 6
Snorkeling at Yensner jetty
Return to Sorong

Coral reef near Isanak beach of Waim island
Cost of the tour
The cost of traveling to east Raja Ampat islands is quite expensive for single traveler. So, I suggest that visitors who are interested in taking this tour to be in a group of 2 to 4 people to share the cost. I could also prepare a customized itinerary for visitors who need private tour.
However, if you are only a single traveler who wants me to accompany you to Raja Ampat islands, I could organize a trip for you to places that are more affordable.

Sopen village
Things to Bring
  • Because, this is a combined marine tour and jungle tour, I suggest that you brings clothing that are suitable for vacation at tropical beaches and islands. 
  • Also bring binoculars if you want to watch birds and other wild animals in the jungle.
  • Snorkeling gear and underwater camera are recommended if you want to see the marine environment and take pictures of the coral reef and fish.
  • Some tourists bring blow pillow and mosquito net.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or send text/ whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180

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