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. 

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