Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Snorkeling Raja Ampat

Easy to Reach Snorkeling Site with Comfortable Accommodation

There is a very nice snorkeling site in Waigeo island. Its name is Warduwer beach. It is around 20 minutes ride from the fast ferry harbor of Waisai. The beach is the location of Raja Ampat Flow (RAFLOW) Resort. There are 15 bungalows and 5 standard rooms that are being prepared as accommodation for visitors to sleep comfortably while enjoying their holiday swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling over pristine coral reef environment.
Coral reef at Warduwer beach
Marine Life at Warduwer Beach of Raja Ampat
Good house reef of Raja Ampat Flow Resort
Snorkeling Photo from Warduwer beach of Waigeo island
There are a lot of fish that make the house reef of RAFLOW Resort as their natural habitat. Some of them include parrotfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, hawkfish, anemonefish and a lot more.

Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

Snorkeling tour in Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia with tourist guide Charles Roring
Marine Life in Raja Ampat
There are a lot of fish that we could see in the shores of Raja Ampat. Some of them include butterflyfishes, surgeonfishes, Damselfishes (pink anemonefish, clark's anemonefish, clown anemonefish), snappers, emperors, jacks, barracuda, sharks, dolphins, slender schoolers, groupers, hawkfishes, sweetlips, parrotfish, wrasses, cardinalfish, gobies, and etc. There are also sea stars, sea cucumbers,turtles, christmas tree worm, nudibranch, and a lot of other marine animals that we could see in the water.
Because coral reef is a very fragile environment, visitors are advised to avoid standing on it. To take a rest on the water, visitors can ask for lifejackets. Or visitors can swim to shallow water and stand on the sand.

Transportation and accommodation

snorkeling and island hopping tour in Raja Ampat with Charles Roring as your guide
Adventure Tour in Raja Ampat
We may go to Raja Ampat by ferry boat but we will tour around its islands by motorized boats that belong to local people. There are guesthouses in certain islands that are frequently visited by tourists. But if we go to remote areas in northeast Waigeo, or South West Raja Ampat, such guesthouses do not exist. We will stay in homestays of the villagers or in tents in uninhabited islands. Tents and other camping equipment such as cooking and eating utensils will be provided by us. So, tourists do not need to carry heavy bags along the way from their country to Raja Ampat.

Taking Pictures
Tourists who want to take this snorkeling adventure tour is highly recommended to bring underwater camera, or any digital camera that is housed in waterproof casing. Make sure that the watertightness of the case has been tested before bringing the camera into the water. I use an action camera Brica B-Pro5 Alpha Edition. It is not the best but at least it is useful for me when I want to take pictures for my trip reports that I usually write in this blog.
For rainforest tour, the camera that is needed to take pictures of birds, butterflies or other animals in high trees is the one that has got telephoto lens or super zoom capability such as the Canon SX60 HS, Nikon Coolpix P900.

Rainforest Bird and Wildlife Tour in Raja Ampat

The snorkeling tour to tropical islands of Raja Ampat will include some hiking and birding trips in the rainforest. We will do hiking and birding in the forest to find Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Red Bird of Paradise, and a lot of other coastal and woodland birds.

What to bring
Here are some items that visitors need to bring for adventure tours in Raja Ampat:
  • Snorkeling gear: mask, snorkel, fins. 
  • Underwater camera for taking pictures of fish and coral reef
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Anti-insect lotion
  • Personal medicines
  • Biscuits, sweets and other snacks and mineral water
  • Towel
  • Watershoes
  • Binoculars for rainforest birding and wildlife tour.
Flights
To reach Raja Ampat, first, you need to fly to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia). After that, you could take a domestic flight to Sorong city. Garuda, Sriwijaya, Batik Air and Nam Air, as well as Lion Air provide regular flights between Jakarta and Sorong.

Booking
To share the cost, I highly suggest that visitors take this tour in a group of 3 to 4 people or more. However, I can also organize private tour for single traveler or a couple. To book your snorkeling, birding and wildlife watching tour with me (Charles Roring), please, your e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180

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