Friday, May 25, 2018

Raja Ampat is the Best Snorkeling Destination

snorkeling adventure with Charles Roring
Tropical Fish in RajaAmpat
Raja Ampat is one of the best destinations in the world for marine tourism. It has got the highest number of fish species and very beautiful scenery.  As a tourist guide, I organize snorkeling tours for domestic and international visitors who want to see the beautiful underwater world of the islands. The duration of the tours is usually 5 to 7 days covering big and small islands in western region of Waigeo, Kabui bay, Pianemo, Wayag, Arborek, Mansuar and Kri. The tour can also be customized to a separate destination such as East Waigeo. There, visitors can enjoy adventure swimming, snorkeling and wildlife watching tour in some uninhabited islands and Waigeo's rainforest.
Coral reef in this regency is the natural habitat of a lot of marine creatures such as butterfly fish, moorish idol, grouper, clownfish, boxfish, damselfish, batfish, trevally, striped surgeonfish, and convict surgeonfish, lionfish. There are also sea turtle, sea star, sea cucumber.
Snorkeling Gear
Brica BPro5 underwater picture
Snorkeling and Freediving
Visitors need to bring mask, snorkel and fins if they want to take snorkeling tours in Raja Ampat. An underwater camera is also needed for taking pictures of marine life and landscape of the archipelago. I personally use Brica Bpro5 alpha edition. It is an action camera that is suitable for those who like adventure both at sea, over coral reef and on land. However, its quality is not as good as other underwater cameras such as Nikon Coolpix W300.

Jungle Tour
In addition to snorkeling and island hopping tour, I always combine the tour in Raja Ampat with hiking and bird/ wildlife watching tour in the forest of Sorong regency or Waigeo island. For Waigeo, the main targets of watching are Red Bird of Paradise, Hooded Butcherbird, and Eclectus Parrot. For Sorong ridge forest, the birds that visitors can watch include Rainbow Bee-eater, Oriental Dollarbird, Yellow-faced Myna and a lot of other birds. I highly recommend that visitors bring their binoculars.
Where is Raja Ampat
It is a group of islands that is located in the west of New Guinea. The capital of the regency is Waisai.  It has been a favorite tourist destination for snorkeling, freediving, and birding.
How to get there?
There are international flights that can bring you to Jakarta city or Denpasar city of Indonesia. Domestic flights to Sorong city are served by such airlines as Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, Nam Air, and Batik Air.

If you are interested in taking a snorkeling and adventure tour in Raja Ampat, and want me as your private guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180.
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Raja Ampat Snorkeling

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