Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica) is one of the forty two species of Birds of Paradise known to science. This paradise bird lives in tropical rainforest of Raja Ampat particularly in Waigeo, Batanta and Gam island. The male bird is small approximately 16 cm long. He has got very bright red, yellow and light blue colors with dark green underparts. The female one has got brown feather with similar light blue bald head. The play-grounds of Wilson's bird of paradise are mostly located deep in the forest and on the slope of karst mountains.
There are several species of birds that live in Waigeo, Gam, Batanta, Salawati and Misool islands of Raja Ampat. The famous ones are Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson's Bird of Paradise. However, there are other species that visitors can also watch such as the Lesser Birds of Paradise, and the King Bird of Paradise in Misool island.
King Bird of Paradise is one of the 38 species of paradise birds of New Guinea. It is a small bird but has got beautiful red and white feather with yellow-orange bill. The bird likes to live among the rottan vines that are hanging to the ground from high tree.
Yenbekaki is a village in northeast region of Waigeo. Its beach is the nesting ground of turtles including leatherback, olive ridley, green and hawksbill. Local villagers have developed a project to protect them. Wally and Coby are now in the village to support them build clean water and toilet facilities for the conservation post. They provide trainings on how to make bracelets and necklaces using beads, and threads.
Raja Ampat islands have been famous around the world as the recommended destination for tourists who like snorkeling. There are hundreds of tropical islands that are surrounded by pristine coral reefs. Marine biologists have recorded 1,577 species of reef fish species in the archipelago. Every day a lot of snorkellers go there to explore the tropical islands of this regency to see anemonefish, moorish idol, butterflyfish, batfish, Christmas Tree Worm and Blue Sea Star.
This is a tour package that is prepared especially for visitors who want to enjoy snorkeling in a lot of coral reef sites of Raja Ampat from the coast of Waigeo island to the snorkeling sites in Kabui, Mioskon, Friwen, and Gam.
Raja Ampat archipelago have got a lot of coral reef sites for snorkeling and freediving. Most people go to Saporkren, Gam island, Kabui bay, Kri, Mansuar, Arborek, Piaynemo and Wayag. However, there are still a lot of coral reef sites in the region that have not been explored by foreign tourists. I highly recommend some uninhabited islands, and Fish Lagoon in the eastern region of Waigeo as a new destination.
Here is a standard 3 day/ 2 night tour package for visitors who are interested in exploring the underwater world of Raja Ampat as well as the watch beautiful tropical birds that live in tropical rainforest and coastal area of the regency. An excursion to karst formation in Kabui bay is also included in the itinerary. Visitors can request a customized tour whose duration is longer and whose coverage area is wider.
Lesser Birds of Paradise live in lowland and lower montane forest of New Guinea. They are important target of watching among birding visitors because they have got very beautiful feather. The birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. Their behaviour is similar to Red Bird of Paradise but they have got different colours in their feather. Lesser Birds of Paradise can be watched in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari; Ayapokiar, Syugrar, and Syuan of Tambrauw mountains; Klasow valley of Sorong regency; Misool island of Raja Ampat.
Raja Ampat is a great destination in Indonesia for both domestic and international birders. Its tropical rainforest and coastal areas are home such birds as Red Bird of Paradise, Wilson's Bird of Paradise, Palm Cockatoo, Lowland Peltop, and Eclectus Parrot. Birding as ecotourism activity is still very new in this archipelago. Birding visitors are highly advised to bring their own birding devices such as binoculars, and spotting scope.
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