Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Snorkeling Tour by Boat in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat has got a lot of coral reef sites. They can be explored by motorized boat. The cheapest way to see the beauty of the coral reef is by taking snorkeling tour. The southern part of Waigeo is the first place where visitors usually go. Warduwer beach, Saporkren beach and Yengkawe beach are important coral reef sites in this area. 

Marine Tourism Destination in Indonesia. Vacation trip to enjoy snorkeling in Waigeo islands
Natural Tourism Attractions in Raja Ampat
At the entrance of Kabui Bay, there are Greater Urai and Lesser Urai islands. They have got beautiful reef too. Gam island has got a lot of coral reef sites which are suitable for snorkeling visitors. There are homestays that are run by local villagers.  The nearby Friwen and Mioskon island are famous snorkeling and diving sites.  
anemonefish of waigeo island
Anemonefish at Yengkawe house-reef
Crossing the Dampier strait, visitors will be able to enjoy snorkeling along Cape Kri which is one of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat. The opposite end of the Kri island is Yenbuba strait. There, the current is quite strong especially during the transition period from low to high tide or its reverse. A lot of marine creatures can be seen here from the tiny anemonefish to the big black tip reefshark.

Mansuar, which is greater than Kri, has got a lot of coral reef sites. Near Arborek island, there is a place called Manta Point. Arborek's jetty is the place for snorkeling too. After that, the adventure to the west will be to Piaynemo islets whose karst is very beautiful if seen from its viewpoint. 

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Raja Ampat Attraction
Usually visitors go back to Waigeo by entering the 'passage.' It is a narrow strait that separates Waigeo and Gam island. The next day, visitors can continue their exploration of the seascape of Raja Ampat by going to Wayag. There, the marine environment is still in pristine condition. 
Flying to Raja Ampat
It is easy to travel to Raja Ampat. Visitors need to take an international flight from their country to one of the cities in Indonesia, i.e. Jakarta, Denpasar Bali, Surabaya, Makassar. There are regular daily flights that are provided by Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, Batik Air and Lion Air to Sorong city which is the main gate to Raja Ampat.
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Raja Ampat is a regency in Indonesia
From Sorong city, you could continue your trip to Raja Ampat by ferry. There are daily ferry schedule to Waisai town of Waigeo. This route is suitable for visitors who like to go to Saporkren, Gam island, Arborek, Piaynemo, and Wayag. 
Visitors who want to go to Misool island should check the ferry schedule at Pelabuhan Rakyat (meaning People's Harbor). Ferry does not go there every day.
Traveling to Raja Ampat - the recommended destination for snorkeling lovers
Flight Route to Sorong city from major cities in Indonesia
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Monday, June 13, 2022

Before Crossing to Raja Ampat, Here are Things that You can do in Sorong

Sorong city is your main gate to Raja Ampat. Most tourists, after landing at the airport, immediately cross the sea by ferry boat to Waisai town of Raja Ampat to enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

Actually there are a lot of tourism activities which they can do in Sorong city. First, they can visit mangrove forest to watch birds that like to perch in the trees especially in the mornings and late afternoons. Some of them include Olive-backed Sunbird, Hooded Butcherbird, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, Moustached Treeswift, Little Egret, or even the rare Blue-Black Kingfisher. 

Mangrove forest
Mangrove Forest in Sorong

Unique epiphyte plants that attach themselves to mangrove trees include orchid, and myrmecodia plants which local people belief as medicinal herbs that are able to cure various kinds of illnesses. There are also mangrove trees in Yeflio village. It is the place where visitors can visit to do night spearfishing, or visit islands in the vicinity of Yeflio and enjoy snorkeling. 

Another place that is also interesting to visit is Arar island. There is a village in the island with the same name. Visitors can enjoy camping at the beach or do island hopping in Arar and its nearby islands. You could also enjoy snorkeling or do night fishing especially during low tide. Local people call night spearfishing: balobe. There is a camping ground near Arar island. Visitors can visit the place and enjoy the beauty of the sea and the surrounding islands. 

Papua ethnic house
Tourist attractions in Aimas town - Eating houses that sell various kinds of Indonesian cuisines, farmlands and Papuan ethnic house

Aimas town 

Aimas town is the capital of Sorong regency. It is a recommended destination for visitors who are interested in culinary tourism. There are a lot of eating houses in the town that sell various kinds of Indonesian cuisines. There is a place called Papuan Ethnic House which displays some traditional houses from selected Papuan tribes.