Monday, March 4, 2019

Wawiyai Viewpoint in Raja Ampat

There is a place in Raja Ampat which tourists can visit to see the beautiful panoramic view of karst islets. Its name is Wawiyai. It is relatively a new viewpoint that was opened in late 2018. Two other viewpoints that have been famous in the same region are Wayag and Piaynemo. Last week, I went to Wawiyai with four tourists from Australia, Germany and France. We climbed its steep stairs and slopes to see the surrounding landscape.
Wawiyai Karst
When we were at the top of Wawiyai karst, we could see a lot of small islets that were surrounded by the greenish-blue sea. The weather was sunny and hot. Some birds were flying and hopping among the branches of small trees in the lower slopes of the karst. They were Olive-backed Sunbird. From a distant, I heard the call of a Beach Kingfisher. I tried to find where it was. Suddenly I saw it flying across the sea and landed on the branch of a small tree at a big limestone karst across from us. It was far from us. I immediately lengthened the legs of my tripod and then aimed the scope to the bird. After adjusting its scale of magnification, position, and sharpness, I could see the kingfisher through the spotting scope. Everyone got the opportunity to see the bird.
Taking pictures of the Beach Kingfisher was impossible because I did not bring my camera. Actually, my camera could not reach it. My spotting scope could reach it but it still looked so small in the scope. I used to take picture of this beautiful bird during my previous trip.
Todiramphus saurophagus
Beach Kingfisher

Wawiyai Karst in Raja Ampat
Suddenly, the weather changed. More clouds formed in the sky. We decided to walk down the slope and returned to the jetty at the foot of the limestone karst. As soon as we arrived the rain started to fall. We stayed at the shelter for a while. We bought some coconuts and drank their water. It was very delicious.
When the rain stopped, we got into our boat and returned to our guesthouse.
This trip to Wawiyai viewpoint is part of a 3-day/ 2-night hiking, birding, snorkeling and sightseeing tour to Raja Ampat.
If you are interested in visiting Wawiyai karst and explore the natural beauty of Raja Ampat and want me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring)
by e-mail.com : peace4wp@gmail.com
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