Monday, August 14, 2017

Rainforest Tour in Manokwari Arfak range

I offer a 3-day rainforest hiking and camping tour in Mount Mabowi of Arfak range to visitors/ nature lovers who are interested in watching birds, butterflies, fireflies, cuscus possum and various kinds of insects. The tour is organized in the following itinerary:
Day 1
We will leave Manokwari city for the coastal area of Arfak mountains by a public transport vehicle. It takes approximately one hour for the car to reach our destination. We will walk up steep slopes of Mount Mabowi to reach our basecamp that is built by a small river. Butterflies, New Guinea orb web spider, birds can be seen in the surrounding areas of the basecamp. At night, we could do jungle walk to find nocturnal animal such as cuscus possum. Food will be prepared in the campsite. Oveenight stay in the jungle.
Day 2
We will wake up early in the morning at 05.00. After drinking some coffee or tea and have biscuits, we will start walking to the birding ground of Lesser Birds of Paradise. Male lesser birds of paradise dance and show their beautiful feather to attract their female counterparts for mating. We will watch them until 09.00. We will walk back to our basecamp and have lunch there. We will move to higher elevation area where we will spend the night in the second basecamp. We could do another night walk to find nocturnal birds such as Marbled Frogmouth and Papuan Frogmouth. We could also see fire-flies, various kinds of moth, and glowing mushroom.
Day 3
Cuscus Possum
The next morning, we could walk to around to find Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher or even Magnificent Riflebird. Sometimes, Papuan Blyth's hornbill, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo or even Dwarf Cassowary bird walking around the jungle.

How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta city
Continue your trip by taking an airline such as Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya, or Batik to fly to Manokwari city. I will meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Mount Mabowi of  Arfak mountains

Please, contact me by email to: or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Birding and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

Red Bird of Paradise in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat
I have just completed my trip in Raja Ampat islands of West Papua. It is a world class destination for visitors who are interested in scuba diving, snorkeling and sightseeing. The coral reef environment of Raja Ampat is the natural habitat of more than one thousand species of fish. Parrotfish, convict surgeonfish, striped surgeonfish, sweetlips, butterflyfish, pink anemone fish, lionfish, walking shark, and manta are some of them.
Wooden Guesthouse for Snorkeling Visitors
As a matter of fact, Raja Ampat is also a nice place for birdwatching. There are two species of Birds of Paradise in Raja Ampat, i.e. Wilson Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) and Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). These paradise birds are sexually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. Male paradise birds perform courtship dance to attract females. A female paradise bird will select one whose performance and feather is beautiful for mating.
Male Red Bird of Paradise
Male Paradise Birds have got more than one sexual partners. We may see them as womanisers just because they involve in numerous casual sex encounters with females. But they do this to survive. The rainforest which is their natural habitat is being cut and they have also been hunted by human for centuries.
There are also other birds that we can see in the jungle such as Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina), Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus), Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah), Pacific Swallow, Azure Kingfisher, Willie Wagtail, and etc.
Snorkeling and Birding Buddy
As a tour guide I offer birding and snorkeling trip for anyone who is interested in visiting Raja Ampat and wants me to be a snorkeling or birdwatching buddy. I can accompany solo traveling visitor or organize tours for a group of visitors consisting of 3 to 8 people or even more.
Extending Your Trip
We can extend your birding tour to other parts of West Papua such as Klasow valley of Sorong regency and Arfak mountains of Manokwari where you could explore tropical rainforest of New Guinea island in search of Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise and Northern Cassowary.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: whatsapp: +6281332245180
Palm Cockatoo in Raja Ampat

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Riverwalk Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest

There are a lot of big and small rivers in Manokwari which tourists can explore to see exotic tropical plants and animals of West Papua's rainforest. One of them is Mesirrokow river-forest located in the west of Manokwari city. As a tourist guide, I have organized a number of riverwalk birding and wildlife tours for visitors who come from France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and several other European and North American countries.
Visitors who take this riverwalk tour can stay in tents in the jungle of Mesirrokow for several days to watch birds, butterflies and other wild animals, see the beautiful landscape of the tropical rainforest,  unique and beautiful flowers, swim in the river.
Riverwalk Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest
Birdwatchers who want to go there should bring binoculars, spotting scope, and digital camera with telephoto lens as well as field guide birdwatching book "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler. Birds that live in the lowland of Manokwari play important roles in the ecosystem of the forest. They eat fruits and disperse seeds to every corner of the forest. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Papuan Hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western Crowned Pigeon, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Yellow capped Pymy Parrot, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, and etc.
Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Wild Animals
It is not only birds that live in the forest but also other animals such as soa-soa monitor lizard, wallaby, deer, wild pigs, snakes, fruit bats, and thousands of species of insects. Local people like to go hunting in the forest to catch deer and wild pigs. Butterflies such as Ornithoptera priamus, Taenaris catops, Vindula arsinoe, Papilio ullysses can easily be seen while we walk in the forest.

Scarlet jade vine, Faradaya splendida, Monochoria vaginalis, Thunbergia grandiflora, and a lot of orchids grow in the forest. People who live in coastal villages in the area also grow flower plants in front of their houses such as hibiscus and bougainvillea.

I can provide tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils, and solar powered lamps for tourists who want to take this riverwalk tour with me in the jungle of Manokwari.
Camping in the forest of Manokwari Lowland Area
Getting there:
Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) or Bali (an important tourist hub in Indonesia).
Continue your trip to Manokwari city by taking a domestic flight. Airlines such as Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, Xpress Air, and Batik Air have got regular flight service from major cities in Indonesia to Manokwari.
When you arrive in Manokwari city, I can meet you at the airport and organize your riverwalk tour to the lowland forest.

What to bring
For staying in the forest for several days, you need to bring:
Clothing that is suitable for tropical region and for riverwalk tour such as t-shirt, shorts, water shoes. Bring bathing suit if you want to enjoy swimming in the river every day.
Binoculars and camera
Flashlight/ torch
Sunblock lotion and anti insect bites lotion

If you are interested in taking this river walk tour with me as your private guide, please, contact me by email to: or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.
Please, note that I often guide tourists in the jungle and there is no internet connection in the middle of the forest. You may get later reply.



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