Raja Ampat is one of the best destinations in Indonesia for snorkeling and other activities related to marine tourism. The coral reef environment in Raja Ampat islands have been considered as the richest in the world for its marine bio-diversity. As a tour guide, I offer snorkeling tour for visitor who is interested in seeing various species of fish and marine creatures of the archipelago.
In addition to snorkeling, I include hiking in the rainforest and birding at the beaches to watch paradise birds as well as other tropical birds into the itinerary.
The easiest and the affordable way to experience snorkeling in the area is by staying at one of the many simple guesthouses - also called homestays that is run by local people. These guesthouses are not luxurious but comfortable enough for visitors who like adventure and want to spend a few days to one full week or more exploring the marine life of Raja Ampat.
I organize snorkeling tours for visitors who come in a group of 4 to 8 tourists. I can also accompany solo traveling tourist as snorkeling buddy for multiple days of staying in Raja Ampat islands. During the trip, visitor will be able to see the beauty of tropical fish such as the Moorish Idol, Butterflyfish, Striped Surgeonfish, Anemonefish, Three-spots Dascyllus, Box Fish, Lionfish, Wrasse and Parrotfish, Grouper and etc.
Sightseeing, Snorkeling, and Watching Paradise Birds
Arrive in Sorong, I will met you in Sorong and transfer you by car to Pelabuhan Rakyat harbor.
We will cross the sea by a fast ferry boat to Waisai town and then by small boat to a homestay that is located by the beach. We will say at a homestay in the southwest of Waigeo island. Take a rest. Before sunset time, we enjoy swimming and snorkeling to see numerous species of tropical fish such as anemonefish, surgeonfish, wrass, parrotfish, lionfish, snapper, grouper and etc. Please, bring a good underwater camera if you want to take pictures of the fish and other marine animals.
We will wake up early in the morning to go hiking up a hill to the birding site of Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). We can enjoy birding until 09.00. After that, we will continue our walk to the edge of a hill where we will be able to see beautiful scenery of the island.
Back to the guesthouse, tour participants will enjoy breakfast. Participants of the tour can enjoy snorkeling at the house reef. After lunch, we will explore karst in Wawiyai of Kabui bay.
Wake-up early in the morning at 04.00. Participants need to make some preparation. After drinking tea or coffee, we will leave the guesthouse by boat. The boat trip takes around 10 minutes to reach the landing point in the south of Waigeo island. We will do early morning hiking for 1 hour to watch Wilson Bird of Paradise. After that, we will enjoy swimming and snorkeling.
Swimming and snorkeling at karst of Gam.
- Swimming and snorkeling,
- Check out at 12.00
- Transfer to Waisai harbor Return to Sorong city by boat
Cost: This depends on the number of visitor(s), duration of the holiday and places that visitor(s) want to see.
How to get there?
- Fly from your country to Jakarta city or Denpasar city
- After that continue your trip by flying to Sorong city of Indonesia.
- I could meet you at the airport or at a hotel in Sorong where you stay and accompany you to Raja Ampat. Please, read: Getting to Raja Ampat
I can arrange longer stay in the guesthouse at additional cost. Or take land tour to mainland of West Papua where you could go hiking in the rainforest to see birds, and butterflies, wallaby, and etc.
For prices and more information, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: email@example.com or by whatsapp: +6281332245180.