Thursday, August 31, 2017

Raja Ampat Beach

Most of the beaches in Raja Ampat are white sand. That's why a lot of visitors like to go there. There are hundreds of big and small islands in the archipelago that are surrounded by coral reef. They are the main source of this white sand. Parrotfish bite the corals and release them into the water as fine white sand. Water current and waves bring them onto the beaches.
Big waves often brake the corals into smaller chunks and deliver them on to the beach. Waves that land on the beaches will continually grind the broken corals into sand. This is the process of how white sand is made naturally in most tropical islands not.
If you are interested in visiting Raja Ampat, to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and land tour, please, contact me by email to: or text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Raja Ampat Island Tour

Raja Ampat Boat Tour
I provide tours to islands in Raja Ampat for visitors who want to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hiking and birding. There are hundreds of islands in the regency with pristine coral reef and rainforest. The coral reef of Raja Ampat is the natural habitat of thousands of marine creatures. There are parrotfish, anemonefish, boxfish, butterflyfish, moorish idol, grouper and even manta and turtles that live in the waters of the archipelago.
Colorful birds also live in the jungle of Waigeo island including Wilson Bird of Paradise, Red Bird of Paradise, Pink-spotted Fruit-dove, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and Beach-stoned Curlew can be seen in the forest.
To explore the white sandy beaches and forests in a lot of islands of Raja Ampat, we will need speed boat. The cost will be expensive for 1 tourist. The number of participants of this island tour should be at least 4 to 8 people. They can share all the costs that are related this tour.
For more information, please, contact Charles Roring by email to: or by text to my whatsapp: +6281332245180

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Raja Ampat Snorkeling Tours

Snorkeling tour in Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia
Marine Life in Raja Ampat Waters

Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

The tropical islands of Raja Ampat have been considered as the epicenter of marine bio-diversity. It is a must see destination for visitors who want to see pristine marine life, healthy coral reef with thousands of species of fish and other sea creatures. As a tourist guide, I offer snorkeling and freediving tours for nature lovers who are interested in visiting Raja Ampat. Participant can be a single traveler or a group of visitors consisting of 2 to 8 participants or even more.
Snorkeling adventure tour in Raja Ampat islands
Sightseeing Tour in Fish Lagoon of Raja Ampat
There are a lot of coral reef sites which we could explore to see parrotfish, surgeonfish, anemonefish, grouper, boxfish, barracuda, turtles and a lot more. Visitors who join my snorkeling tours will be able to visit some uninhabited islands in the region.

Jungle Adventure in Raja Ampat island

In addition to snorkeling, we will also explore tropical rainforest of Waigeo island to see its butterflies, wild flowers and birds such as Palm Cockatoo, Hook Billed Kingfisher, Pink-Spotted Fruit Dove, Papuan Blyth's Hornbill, Yellow-Billed Kingfisher, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, and etc.
To enjoy birding, a good pair of binoculars manufactured by Leica, Swarovski EL 8.5×42, or Nikon Monarch 5 10×42 is highly recommended. However, there are some Chinese made binoculars such as the 10×42 and the 10×26 Visionking binoculars that affordable but produce sharp images for birdwatchers. Personally, I take pictures of birds and other wild animals using an old Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR camera.

Getting to Raja Ampat

  • Take an international flight to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Continue your trip by flying to Sorong city
  • I could meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Raja Ampat

The cost of traveling to Raja Ampat is expensive so, I highly recommend that visitors go in a group of 4 to 6 people or more.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) for detailed itinerary and prices to my email: or send whatsapp text message to: +6281332245180
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Snorkeling and Freediving in Raja Ampat

Coral Reef and Fish in Raja Ampat waters
There are a lot of coral reef sites in Raja Ampat islands. They are the natural habitat of various species of fish such as butterflyfish, angelfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, moorish idol, damselfish particularly the anemonefish, snappers, jacks, anthias, groupers, parrotfish, wrass, cardinalfish, puffers, scorpionfish and a lot more.
Two of the easiest and cheapest ways of seeing them are by snorkeling and freediving. Snorkelers usually see the marine life from sea surface whereas freedivers go down into a depth of 2 to 10 meters or even more to see the fish and underwater environment like what scuba divers do.
As a tourist guide, I could organize snorkeling and scuba diving trip for visitors who are interested in exploring the marine bio-diversity of Raja Ampat islands. Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling/ freediving gears such as mask, snorkel, fins, and weights.
I could guide single traveling visitor or a group of visitors consisting 2 to 8 people on a trip to the islands. We will enjoy snorkeling, see beautiful panorama of the islands and go hiking in the forest to watch paradise birds, butterflies and unique plants of tropical rainforest.
Fish Lagoon in Raja Ampat
How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta city - the capital of Indonesia
Continue your trip by taking a flight served by such airlines as: Garuda, Sriwijaya, Xpress or Batik Air to Sorong city.
I can meet you at the airport or a hotel in Sorong and organize your tour to Raja Ampat islands.
We could stay in the village, or built tents in the jungle or at the beach. If you are interested, please, contact me by email to: or send text message to my whatsapp +6281332245180

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Raja Ampat Snorkeling Birdwatching Sightseeing Tour

Landscape View of Fam Karst Islets
I offer tour to Raja Ampat for visitors who are interested in snorkeling, hiking and birdwatching as well as sightseeing. This tour lasts for 5 to 12 days and is suitable for anybody who wants to see the natural beauty of the archipelago both underwater and above the water.
Coral Reef in Raja Ampat
For enjoying snorkeling in Raja Ampat, don't forget to bring mask, snorkel, fins. A waterproof underwater camera is also needed for taking pictures of the marine life. There are a lot of snorkeling spots in Raja Ampat both in the northern, central and southern islands. The marine biodiversity of the island is the highest in the world with more than 1,000 species of fish that has been identified by marine scientists. The fish which visitors can see during the snorkeling trip includes anemonefish, damselfish, striped surgeonfish, lionfish, manta, and black tip shark. There are also dolphins, whales, turtles, and seahorse which visitors can see while enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving in Raja Ampat.
During the tour, we will explore uninhabited islands in Raja Ampat to see its coral reef and animals that live on it.
Hiking, Birding and Wildlife Watching
Giant Tiger Orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum)
Raja Ampat is also a nice site for visitors who are interested in exploring tropical rainforest that covers the forest to see its wild animals such as birds, cuscus possum, wild orchids, butterflies, soa-soa lizard and etc. The tour into the jungle will include camping trip to increase the chance for visitors to see more wild animals.
The easiest way to reach the inland area of the island is by walking through cleared land that was made by government as preparation for road construction to connect villages in the island. Birds such as Moustached Treeswift, Rainbow Lorikeet, Rainbow Bee-eater, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Red Bird of Paradise, Blyth's hornbill can be seen in the forest.
For camping in the jungle, we will provide tents, cooking, and eating utensils so that visitors do not have to being heavy things from their home country. A good pair of binoculars such as a Visionking 10x42 is a very affordable choice. For field guide book, I highly recommend Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler.
If you are interested in taking snorkeling and wildlife watching tour in Raja Ampat, and want me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or send text message by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Raja Ampat Snorkeling and Hiking Tour

Landscape/ Seascape View of Kabui bay in Raja Ampat
I offer tours for visitors who are interested in snorkeling and hiking in Raja Ampat. The recommended destination is Waigeo and some uninhabited small islands in the archipelago.
There are a lot of coral reef sites which visitors can see to enjoy snorkeling. Fish that can be seen include parrotfish, damselfish, moorish idol, lionfish, grouper, marquesan parrotfish, wrasses, puffers, and a lot more. There are also turtles, sea urchin, sea cucumber, stingray and manta that we may see while exploring the marine life of Raja Ampat.
Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel, and fins as well as underwater camera with extra batteries if you want to explore the wealth of the marine bio-diversity of Raja Ampat.

Hiking, Camping and Bird/ Wildlife Watching
In addition to swimming and snorkeling, I also include rainforest tours in the itinerary. Visitors who join the trip to Raja Ampat will be able to explore the tropical rainforest of the tropical islands to see Red Bird of Paradise, Wilson Bird of Paradise, Sacred Kingfisher, Beach Kingfisher, Lowland Peltop, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot and a lot of other birds that live in the forest. A good pair of binoculars, and a field guide book: "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler should be brought by visitors to enhance their birding and wildlife watching experience.

Walking on the sandbank in the middle of the sea
Short Trip - southern part of Waigeo and Kabui bay
Day 1 Transfer from Sorong city to Waisai bay ferry boat, transfer to guesthouse located at the beach - swimming and snorkeling
Day 2 Hiking and birding in the morning, snorkeling in the afternoon in Kabui bay
Day 3 Snorkeling in Friwen wall and snorkeling in the front waters of the guesthouse
Day 4 Check out of the guesthouse, transfer to ferry harbor of Waisai, return to Sorong

Long Trip - east of Waigeo
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) in Waigeo island
Day 1 Transfer by long wooden boat from Sorong to eastern area of Waigeo island - snorkeling and short walk inside the forest of uninhabited island
Day 2 Exploring Mamdifu forest to watch Red Bird of Paradise and Blyth's hornbill, Pink-spotted fruit dove. Hiking in the forest at the back of the village
Day 3 Continue trip to Pasir Timbul/ sand bank in the middle of the sea, snorkeling at an uninhabited island
Day 4 A tour in fish lagoon, snorkeling, hiking and birdwatching
Day 5 Return to Sorong by long wooden boat.
This trip can be extended into several more days depending on the request of the tour participants.

Cost: ... for customized itinerary and prices, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Raja Ampat Snorkeling Adventure

Simple Guesthouse in Raja Ampat
The coral reef environment in Raja Ampat islands have been considered as the richest in the world for its marine bio-diversity. As a tour guide, I offer snorkeling tour to visitor who is interested in seeing various species of fish and marine creatures of the archipelago.
The cheapest way to experience snorkeling in the area is by staying at one of the many simple guesthouses that are located at the beach. These guesthouses are not luxurious but quite comfortable for visitors who want to spend a few days to one full week or even more time of their holiday in the islands.
I organize snorkeling tours to visitors who come in a group of 4 to 8 tourists. I can also accompany solo traveling tourist as birdwatching and snorkeling buddy in for multiple days of staying in Raja Ampat to see the beauty of tropical fish such as the Moorish Idol, Butterflyfish, Striped Surgeonfish, Anemonefish, Damselfish, Grouper, Parrotfish, and etc.

Raja Ampat holiday tour
Things to bring:
Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling gear such as masks, snorkel, fins, bathing suit/ swimming suit, flashlight/ torch, sunblock, anti-insect lotion, underwater camera.
For birdwatchers, binoculars, spotting scope and field guide book: "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler.

Cost: it depends on the number of visitor(s), duration of the holiday and places that visitor(s) want to see.
How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta city or Denpasar city
After that continue your trip by flying to Sorong city of Indonesia.
I could meet you at the airport or at a hotel in Sorong where you stay and accompany you to Raja Ampat

Please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180
Red Bird of Paradise in Raja Ampat - photo: Charles Roring

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Birding Tour in Sorong Regency of West Papua

Rainbow bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater
Sorong regency is a nice destination for birdwatching especially for birds that live in lowland forest such as Golden Myna, Helmetted Friarbird, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Red-cheeked Parrot and King Bird of Paradise. As a tour guide, I could organize rainforest birding and wildlife watching tour for visitors who want to explore the biodiversity of the lowland forest of West Papua.
Day 1
I will meet you in a hotel or airport of Sorong city. After that we will go by 4wd car to a nearby market to buy food and other supplies for the tour. When everything is ready, we will go directly to Klasow valley. It takes approximately 1 .5 hours ride to reach the valley. The trip to our guesthouse located in the middle of the jungle can be carried out on foot for another 1.5 hours. Along the way, we can hear the sound of Eclectus Parrot, Black Butcherbird, Hooded Butcherbird, Pinon Imperial Pigeon or even the Magnificent Riflebird, and a lot of other birds that make the forest of Klasow valley as their natural habitat.
When we arrive in the guesthouse, we can take a rest and enjoy birding from the verandah. After that, we can watch birds in clearing area of the surrounding forest to watch Dollarbird, Moustached Treeswift, Yellow Faced Myna and etc.
A male Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisea minor)
Day 2
We will wake up early in the morning at 04.30 to have tea or coffee and some bread or biscuits. After making preparation for a long forest walk, we shall leave our guesthouse for the the birding ground of the Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). We will watch the bird until 09.00. When we walk back to the guesthouse, we will be able to watch Spangled Drongo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, or Yellow-billed Kingfisher that are active in the morning.
Wild Northern Cassowary often comes out of the jungle to visit our guesthouse in search of fruits such as banana or papaya.
After lunch, we can continue our birding trip the eastern area of the forest to find such birds as Black Lory, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Western Crowned Pigeon and Beautiful Fruit Dove.
At night, we could do night walk to watch wallaby or other birds that sleep in the lower branches of trees.
Day 3
Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher
This morning, we will enjoy easy birding to find King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius). Other birds such as Variable Goshawk, Large Fig Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet are active in the nearby forest.
After lunch, we can explore the hill forest behind our guesthouse to watch such birds, butterflies, unique flower plants, lianas and big trees.

Day 4
We will slowly walk back to mainroad and return to Sorong city by a chartered 4WD car.

Cost: ... rupiahs
Cost includes: transportation by 4wd car between Sorong and Klasow valley food, payment to local guides, land owner, cook.
Cost does not include: accommodation in hotel and food in Sorong before and after the tour in Klasow valley, travel insurance and other personal expenses.

Golden Myna (Mino anais) in Klasow valley of Malagufuk village
A Couple of Golden Myna
Booking: Please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180
Please bring:
  • Binoculars
  • Field guide book Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler.
  • Flashlight/ torch
  • Watershoes and flipflop
  • Clothing that is suitable for tropical climate
  • Anti-insect/ mosquito lotion

Extended Tour
You could extend your tour in West Papua by taking snorkeling tour in Raja Ampat where you could swim over pristine coral reef to see colorful coral reef and beautiful fish as well as wonderful marine landscape.