Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sightseeing Tour in Raja Ampat Karst

In my recent trip to Raja Ampat, I organized sightseeing tours to two karst islets in Kabui bay area. The first one was called Wawiyai View Point whereas the second one was Kabui Gate. Exploring these karsts, we went through the big rock islets by a small motorized boat. The water in the Gate Karst was shallow. Some parts of the beach were covered by white sand. We stopped for a while there to enjoy the beautiful scenery and did some birdwatching.
Waigeo, Kabui bay, Gam, Arborek, Dampier Strait
I brought a pair of Visionking 10×42 binoculars and a Kinglux 20-60×60 spotting scope. They significantly enhanced the birding experience of 4 tour participants who came from Germany, France, and Australia.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Brahminy Kite

Birdwatching is an interesting activity which I offer to tourists when I organize an adventure tour to Raja Ampat. To enhance the birding experience, I bring my binoculars - Visionking 10×42 mm and spotting scope - Kinglux 20-60×60. Waigeo, and Gam islands are two important sites for birdwatching. There are a lot of species of coastal birds that visitors can watch. One of them is Brahminy Kite.
Brahminy Kite
From my recent trip to the archipelago, I saw the bird in the southern region of Waigeo island. It was sitting on the branch of a big tree around 40 meters away from me. I was at Warduwer beach at that time. Slowly I walked towards the bird. Because the bird had known my presence, I decided to stop walking.
I turned on my camera and carefully aimed it at the bird. The weather was hot that day. The sun was above my head and its light made the surrounding trees looked brighter. I pressed the shutter button once. Seconds later, the bird flew away. In the previous day, I saw a couple Brahminy Kite in north-east region of Waisai town. I also made a picture of them.
Brahminy Kite
Actually, there were a lot of birds that I saw during the trip such as White-bellied Sea Eagle, Torresian Crow, Singing Starling, Moluccan Starling, Lesser-crested Tern, Eclectus Parrot, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Spangled Drongo, Red-cheeked Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Puff-backed Meliphaga, Palm Cockatoo, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Stephan's Emerald Dove, Beach Kingfisher, and a lot more.
Raja Ampat is beautiful both above and underwater. I and the visitors whom I guided enjoyed snorkeling in several places of the regency. I brought Nikon W300. It was an underwater camera. So, I had the opportunity of taking pictures of coral reef and tropical fish that I saw during our snorkeling sessions. It was a nice adventure. They wanted to visit Raja Ampat again in the future.
Coral Reef and Fish in Raja Ampat
If you are interested in taking an adventure tour to Raja Ampat and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Also read:
Raja Ampat Birds
Birding and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat Karst