Monday, March 19, 2018

Manokwari Birding Tours

The lowland forest of Manokwari regency is a rich environment for birds. There are a lot of tropical birds that live in the region such as:
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  • Moluccan King Parrot, 
  • Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, 
  • Palm Cockatoo, 
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, 
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Coconut Lorikeet
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, 
  • Great Cuckoo Dove
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove
  • Boyer's Cuckooshrike, 
  • Black Butcherbird, 
  • Olive-crowned Flowerpercker, 
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon, 
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove,
  • Azure Kingfisher, 
  • Magnificent Riflebird, 
  • Hooded Butcherbird, 
  • Common Sandpiper, 
  • Lesser Bird of Paradise, 
  • King Bird of Paradise 
  • Little-ringed Plover
  • Variable Goshawk
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Dollarbird
  • Papuan Frogmouth
  • Papuan Hornbill
  • Little-Egret
  • Golden Myna
  • Yellow-faced Myna
  • Grey Crow
  • Spangled Drongo
  • and a lot more etc. 
Riverwalk and Birding 
Riverwalk and Birding Tour in Manokwari
As a tourist guide, I offer this birding tour for visitors who want to see birds, and explore the tropical rainforest of Manokwari for several days. We will stay in the jungle hut or tents to watch birds. Birds like to perch and sing in trees in the mornings and in the afternoons. Visitors should wear watershoes so that they can enjoy riverwalk. Some parts of the river is quite deep. So, swimming is also possible to be done in the river. I have guided tourists from the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, and even from some Asian countries such as Thailand and China on birding tour in this area. They were able to watch tropical birds and some migratory birds in lowland forest and river environment of Manokwari.
I suggest that birdwatchers/ nature lovers bring binoculars, and spotting scopes to see birds, butterflies as well as wild animals that live in lowland forest of Manokwari.
Please, contact me by e-mail: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking the tour with me as your guide

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Camping and Riverwalk Birding Tours in Manokwari Forest

I offer camping and riverwalk tours for visitors who are interested in exploring the bio-diversity of lowland forest of Manokwari. Riverwalk, swimming and birdwatching are the main activities that we do during the tour. Visitors who take the tours come from the Netherlands, the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Frsnce, China, Switzerland, Sweden, and several other countries. They enjoy the tours for 3 to 5 days. For identification purposes, I use field guide book Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler. During the tours, we will stay in tents at the side of a river and do riverwalk tours along its banks to find tropical birds such birds as:
Riverwalk tour
  • King Bird of Paradise
  • Magnificent Riflebird
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise
  • Yellow-faced Myna
  • Golden Myna
  • Papuan hornbill, 
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, 
  • Palm Cockatoo
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
  • Moluccan King Parrot
  • Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus)
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon, 
  • Western-crowned Pigeon
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove, 
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Dollarbird
  • Spangled Drongo 
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
  • Common Sandpiper 
  • Olive-crowned Flowerpecker
  • Variable Goshawk
  • Black Sunbird
  • Yellow-bellied Longbill
  • Pygmy Longbill
  • and a lot of other tropical birds. In addition to birds, visitors can also see butterflies, beetles, wild flowers and a lot of unique plants of West Papua.
A good pair of binoculars, and spotting scope will enhance birding experience of the visitors. I use a pair of 10×42 Visionking binoculars and a 20-60×60 spotting scope plus a tripod. Because the open space is wide, it is easy to spot birds that fly across the river or perch on the branches of high trees.
Birds can be seen in trees that grow on both sides of the river. The riverside is one of the best places to watch birds because we can enjoy birding without having to walk up and down steep slopes of mountains. Visitors like the environment. They can enjoy swimming, sightseeing and birding at the same time.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tropical Birding Tours in Susnguakti Forest

King Bird of Paradise
Susnguakti is the name of Lower Montane Forest of Arfak range in Manokwari regency. It is a recommended destination for tourists are interested in hiking and observing rainforest animals, particularly birds of paradise, and plants that live in the area. I organize a 3 to 4 day wildlife and birdwatching tour to see Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea), Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus), and other tropical birds of West Papua.
Tropical birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. To watch Lesser Birds of Paradise, visitors have to wake up at 05.30 for making preparations. After drinking tea or coffee and some biscuits, they could live their tents for the birding ground that is located approximately 300 meters to the south of the forest. Birds can be watched using binoculars and telephoto camera. After 09.00 morning time, visitors can return to the basecamp and then continue their birding activities to higher elevation area. The next target bird is King Bird of Paradise.
In addition to birds, visitors can also watch Cuscus Possum, Bandicoot, and Soa-soa Lizards in the forest. A night walk in the forest will be organized by local guides for visitors to see these animals.

Birding Optics
Hooded Butcherbird
Most birders know what to bring when they go on a tour to watch tropical birds in remote forest region. In general, birdwatchers bring a good pair of binoculars preferably 10×42 mm Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, Nikon or Cannon. High definition birding binoculars are made of ED lenses and Bak 4 prism glasses. I personally have got a more affordable Visionking 10×42 mm binoculars and a 20-60×60 Kinglux spotting scope.

Please, send me (Charles Roring) e-mail to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Rainforest Birds in Lowland of Manokwari

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Tropical Birds
I often guide tourists to lowland forest area in Manokwari. We spend several days hiking, camping, birding and wildlife watching in tropical rainforest. My favorite destination is Mesirokow river or Susnguakti forest. In the middle of the jungle, there is no guesthouse, so we must stay in tents if we want to spend several days finding rainforest birds. From my previous trips in Mesirokow river, we were able to see Glossy Manucode (Manucodia ater), Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Beautiful Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus), Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster), Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Golden Myna (Mino anais), and Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), Nightjar (which is usually seen at night) and etc.

Birding Optics
Birding in Mesirokow river of Manokwari
To watch these birds, visitors need do morning walks and late afternoon walks. Birds are usually active during that time. But riverwalk tour can also be carried out in the afternoon to increase the chance of seeing such birds as Little-ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), and Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus).
To enhance birding experience, visitors need a good pair of binoculars preferably the ones that are made of ED lenses and Bak4 prism glasses such as Swarovski EL 8.5×42 or Canon 15×50 IS UD 4.5° and Swarovski SLC 10×42 WB. 
Papuan Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
I personally bring more affordable binoculars such as the Visionking 10×42 mm and a Kinglux 20-60×60 spotting scope. Watching tropical birds with a spotting scope in open space such as the Mesirokow river greatly improves the birdwatching experience of visitors. I used to guide 3 French birdwatcher who brought Swarovski ATX 30-70×95 spotting scope. The images of birds this device produced were clear and sharp even though the birds were sitting on the branches of high trees and were far from us. Unfortunately, this device was very expensive. Only serious birdwatchers who have got money that will buy that device.
Little-ringed Plover
For taking pictures, DSLR Camera with 600 mm super telephoto lens is highly recommended but a bridge camera such as Canon SX 60HS, Nikon Coolpix P900 will give good pictures of tropical birds in distant trees or in the other side of the river.

If you are interested in taking a birding tour in lowland forest of Manokwari; Klasow valley of Sorong regency; The forest area near Sorong city and tropical jungle of Waigeo island in Raja Ampat, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rainforest Animals in Manokwari

I often guide tourists in tropical rainforest of Manokwari. The objective of the tour is to see the biodiversity of the environment both in lowland and highland region. These two environment have got diferent species of animals and plants.
Lowland and Lower Montane Region
Eupholus schoenherri beetle in Manokwari lowland
There are two forest areas that I regularly visit, i.e.: Susnguakti Forest and Mesirokow Forest. Animals that I saw in these forests were:
  • Birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise,  King Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, Coconut Lorikeet, Dwarf cassowary,
  • Mammals: Bandicoot, cuscus possum, fruit bats. I often see foot prints of wild pigs and deer in Mesirokow river.
  • Reptiles: Green tree lizard, blue tail lizard, Soa-soa lizard, Papuan iguana, white snake (which as venomous), and etc. 
  • Amphibious: Frogs
  • Insect: Cruiser butterfly, priamus butterfly, taenaris catops butterfly, and beetles such as tiger beetle and eupholus schoenherri butterfly and etc.
Higher montane forest of Manokwari 
Lesser Birds of Paradise in lower montane region
From my personal observation, big animals such as deer and wild pigs do not exist. But tourists are happy to visit the region to watch Vogelkop Bowerbird, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, and Western Parotia. There are butterflies such as Ornithoptera tithonus (birdwing family), and Taenaris schoenbergi kenricki.
There is another species of bird of paradise called Black Sicklebill at the elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level. To watch the bird, visitors need to wake up at 03.30 a.m. and make preparation. At 04.00, they can start hiking to the top of Mount Soyti. Local guide cannot fully guarantee that after a two hour of walking, they will be able to see the bird.

Rainforest Tours
Cuscus possum
I offer tours to rainforest near Manokwari city. The duration of the tour can be as short as 1 day to as long as 1 week or more. Because most of the activities will be carried out in the middle of the forest, we will stay in base-camps in the jungle. I provide tents, cooking and eating utensils. I also have got two pairs of Visionking binoculars which visitors and a Kinglux spotting scope 20-60x60 may use during the tours. However, I highly recommend that visitors bring their own birdwatching/ wildlife-watching optics as well as telephoto camera.
You need to wear t-shirts and short/ long hiking pants for the tours. Dark colours are better for watching animals. Head torch, anti insect spray are important too for the jungle tours.
For tours in Susnguakti forest, local guide, Mr. Yunus Sayori often conducts night walk in the jungle to find cuscus possum. He will immitate the sounds of female cuscus to attract male cuscus. When the male possum comes down through the hanging vines, He will turn on his torch or flash light so that visitors could see the nocturnal animal and then take picture.

Flights to Manokwari
Batik Air at DEO airport of Sorong city
Garuda, Sriwijaya, Batik, and have got regular flights between Manokwari and Jakarta city. You need to fly from your country to Jakarta and then take a domestic flight to Manokwari by one of the airlines that I mention above.
I can also organize rainforest animal watching tours in Klasow valley of Sorong regency and in Raja Ampat. For these sites, your flight destination should be Sorong city. You could visit to find schedules and ticket price.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Tropical Birding Tour in Rainforest of Sorong regency

King Bird of Paradise in Sorong forest
I have organised numerous hiking and birding trips to tropical forest of Sorong regency for tourists who come from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. We went there to watch several species of birds of paradise such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), and a lot of other tropical birds that live in Klasow valley.
Birding Optics
Lowland Peltop
High quality binoculars such as Swarovski EL 8.5×42 or Canon 15×50 IS UD 4.5° Image Stabilizer are needed when visitors watch the paradise birds. In open habitat such as the cleared area of the village, visitors can use spotting scope to watch such birds as Moustached Treeswift, Blyth's hornbill, and Yellow-faced Myna that like to perch on the branches of high trees around the borders of the village.
The usual duration of the trip is 3 to 5 days with the number of participants between 4 to 6 tourists. During the birding tour, visitors could also see Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Golden Myna (Mino anais), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Red-breasted Kingfisher and Azure Kingfisher, and sometimes the Rainbow Bee-eater.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.
Tropical Birding Tour in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tropical Birding Tour in Manokwari and Sorong

Black-winged Monarch
Here are some photos of birds in the forest of Arfak mountains that I saw when I guided a Swiss and a Thai tourists on a 4-day/ 3-night hiking and birding-tour. The first one was Black-winged Monarch (Monarcha frater). The bird was quite active in the morning hopping from one to another branch of Arwop tree. During the birding tour in this tropical montane forest of Manokwari, I also saw Grey-wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) - a migrant bird, Goldenface (Pachycare flavogriseum), Feline Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles insignis), Sclater's whistler and a lot of other birds.
After guiding tourists in Arfak mountains, I continued my trip to Sorong city where I visited hill forest of the regency. From the short trip, I saw Helmeted Friarbird, Yellow-faced Myna, and Olive-crowned Flowerpecker. I was able to take some pictures of Yellow-bellied Sunbird too.
If you are interested in taking a tropical birding tour with me as your guide, you need to fly to Manokwari city or Sorong city (which is the main gate to Raja Ampat). 
I could meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and organize your birdwatching trip to the forest.
Birding Device
Rainforest near Sorong city
Birdwatchers usually bring binoculars, spotting scope and telephoto camera. When I went birding in the forest of Sorong, I brought my Fujifilm HS50EXR, with its 42× zoom that was equal to 1,000 mm, I was able to take picture of birds in distant trees. For binoculars, I highly recommend the Swarovski EL 8.5×42 mm or other ones that are equipped with ED lens and Bak4 prism glass. 
Please, use the contact form on the right side of this blog or send e-mail to me (Charles Roring) to: I could also be reached by text message through whatsapp: +6281332245180.
If I still haven't replied your email, it means I am still on a tour in remote forest, or island area.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nature Tour near Sorong City

Granite Stone River in Sorong city Forest - West Papua
Yesterday, I had a nature tour to a forest near Sorong city. It was a nice experience because I could see hill savanna, rainforest, some species of birds and wild flowers.
I started hiking at 14.30 and finished 17.30. The first parts of the trails consisted of hills that were covered by tall grass with some trees around. As I walked deeper into the jungle, I could see more big trees, and birds activities. As I walked along the ridge of the hills, I could watch Helmetted Fiarbird (Philemon buceroides), Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Olive-back Sunbird (Cynniris jugularis), Olive-crowned Flowerpecker (Dicaeum pectorale), Coconut Lorikeet, Black Lory and a couple of black and white birds which I could not recognize. Perhaps, they were Hooded Butcherbird.
Terrestrial Orchid Flowers in Sorong City Forest
I also saw a green jewel beetle, butterflies, and some terrestrial orchid that grow in the slopes of the hills among the tall grass. I was quite surprized to see a river full of large granite stones with beautiful view of green rainforest on its surroundings.
Sorong city has been an important gate for visitors who want to visit Raja Ampat. Most of the attraction of the archipelago is coral reef. For visitors who are interested in rainforest, Sorong can be an affordable alternative destination.
Olive-backed Sunbird in a forest near Sorong city
Sorong city can easily be reached by plane and ships. Pelni passenger ships have got regular service that connect this city with other major cities in Indonesia. There are also daily flight services between Sorong and Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) and Manado city (an important tourist destination in North Sulawesi province). If you fly to Sorong city, I could meet you at the airport or hotel where you stay and organize a tour to this rainforest. Don't forget to bring binoculars, camera with telephoto lens and anti-insect lotion.
If you are interested in taking a hiking tour in Sorong, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Rainforest Birdwatching Tour in Sorong City

Yellow-bellied Sunbird in Sorong forest
Most tourists who want to visit Raja Ampat must fly to Sorong city first. After that, they could cross the sea to one of the islands in Raja Ampat to enjoy their holiday. After spending a few days to one or two weeks in the islands, they will return to Sorong city to take their return flight  - back to their country. Usually, they wait for one to three days. There are also visitors who are interested in exploring nature of the mainland of West Papua.
Olive-crowned Sunbird in Sorong forest
As a tourist guide, I offer tours for tourists who are interested in hiking and birding in the rainforest of Sorong regency. The duration of the tour can be as short as half day to as long as four days. During the tours, visitors will be able to see the ecosystem of rainforest, beautiful hills, birds, butterflies and unique tropical plants of Sorong regency.
Helmetted Friarbird in Sorong forest
Visitors need a good pair of binoculars, hiking shoes, camera, and if necessary a set of spotting scope.
I personally recommend Swarovski EL 8.5×42 or Canon Image Stabilizer 15×50 IS UD 4.5° that provide high resolution image with rich and true colors of nature and wildlife.
If you are interested, please, contact me: Charles Roring by e-mail to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rainforest Animals in Tambrauw Mountains

Deers were running in Kamundan river of
Tambrauw Mountains
When I run tours, I often see rainforest animals. The variety of species is high particularly in lowland and lower montane forest that is still in pristine condition. One example is the Aiwatar forest in Tambrauw mountains of West Papua province, the Republic of Indonesia. Aiwatar is located in remote region. The nearest village is Senopi. During my hiking trip in the area, I was able to watch deers, wild pigs, snake, beetles and butterflies, frogs and a lot of species of birds, including birds of paradise.
Male Lesser Birds of Paradise in Tambrauw
It was a vey exciting experience for me to watch deers running across the river, and male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) performing courtship dance to seduce win the heart and mate with their female counterparts. 
Because of its remote location, Tambrauw mountains cannot be reached anytime. A trip to the region has to be planned several months earlier. So, if you plan to visit rainforest of Tambrauw mountains to see its wild animals, please, contact me using the form available on the right side of this blog or e-mail to: I can also be contacted by whatsapp at the following number: +6281332245180. written by Charles Roring.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Snorkeling in Manokwari Waters

Coral reef in Manokwari Waters
Snorkeling and Wildlife Tour in Manokwari
Manokwari regency has got several coral reef areas that visitors can visit to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and freediving. I have organized a lot of snorkeling tours for visitors who come from North America, Europe, Asia, and Indonesia. During the marine tours, they were able to see various kinds of coral reef, and tropical fish such as anemonefish, butterflyfish, damselfish, moorish idol, and boxfish. Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling devices such as mask, snorkel and fins.
The snorkeling tour can be combined with hiking, and wildlife tour in the forest for several days where visitors may see tropical birds, colorful butterflies, and cuscus possum.

Snorkeling and Wildlife Tour in Raja Ampat
Pianemo islets in Raja Ampat
In addition to organising tours in Manokwari, I often organize tours for visitors who are interested in exploring the marine life of Raja Ampat. There are more than one thousand big and small islands in the regency that can be explored. The bio-diversity of marine animals in the coral reef of Raja Ampat is the highest in the world. The archipelago has got several landscape sites that are worth seeing.  The average duration for snorkeling and wildlife tour in Raja Ampat is 3 to 5 days.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp: +6281332235180.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Green-backed Robin from Arfak Mountains

Green-backed Robin
I have just completed a tropical birding tour with 2 Swiss tourists in Arfak mountains. We spent 3 days/ 2 nights hiking, and watching birds. During the tour, they were able to watch Western Parotia, female Black Sicklebill, Mountain Owlet-nightjar, Feline Owlet-nightjar and Green-backed Robin.
The Green-backed Robin was the easiest bird to find. There was a cleared path that connected the guesthouse where we stayed with the main road. When I walked quietly and slowly in the morning at approximately 10.00 morning time, I saw the bird walking and hopping on the ground. I had anticipated this by turning on my camera in advance.
As soon as the bird stood still on the ground, I aimed my camera, adjusted the lens and pressed the shutter button. I was able to make some good pictures. The bird flew to a nearby branch and sat on it quietly. I took some photograps of him again. He was not afraid of me at all. I was happy with my pictures.
The best way to take pictures of this Green-backed Robin is by walking slowly, and quietly along the path. I have done it several times and I could see the birds using my Visionking 10x42 mm Bak4 prism Binoculars.
Rhododendron zoelleri
I also saw 2 kinds of Ground Doves which I still could not identify. The field guide Birds of New Guinea could not give me exact description which I could use as a reference to identify them.
In addition to birds, I also saw beautiful flowers that were endemic to Arfak mountains such as Rhododendron zoelleri, Rhododendron konori, New Guinea impatient, as well as other beautiful flowers which I did not know their English and Latin names. Rhododendron zoelleri had yellow-orange colours that attracted the attention of anybody who passed by the flower plant. Rhododendron konori whose petals were white had a very fragrant smell. All these flowers were very beautiful and were worth seeing. There was red Hibiscus but I was not sure whether it was endemic or not.

If you are interested in taking a birdwatching/ wildlife tour in tropical rainforest of West Papua, and wants me to guide you, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by using form on right side of this blog or e-mail to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Camping and Birding in Manokwari Montane Forest

Birdwatching in Susnguakti Forest of Manokwari
a European visitor was watching paradise bird
I have organized numerous camping and wildlife watching tours for foreign visitors who want to see tropical rainforest, paradise birds and wild animals in lower montane forest of Manokwari. The destination is Susnguakti forest located in the eastern region of Arfak mountains. Usually visitors spend 3 to 4 days in the jungle with local guides. The main target avifauna that visitors are interested in watching are Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebirds, King Bird of Paradise, Hooded Butcherbird and Common Paradise Kingfisher.
Watching Lesser Birds Paradise are Usually Conducted in the mornings from 06.00 to 09.00 and in the afternoons from 15.00 to 17.00. A good pair of binoculars is highly recommended. Blinds (birdwatching huts) have been built by local villagers for tourists).

King Bird of Paradise
King Bird of Paradise
For King Bird of Paradise, their active time is different. After watching Lesser BOP, visitors can continue their trip to watch King BOP whose display tree is located in higher slope. Here, visitors can sit on logs that have been arranged by local villagers for visitors. A powerful spotting scope will greatly enhanced the birdwatching experience. The King BOP do not gather in big group. Usually, there is only one male bird in a tree calling his female counterpart. If there is one female King BOP coming, he will display his beautiful feather and dance, first up and down a vine and then expanding his red and white feather when he is closed to his female partner. If she is impressed with his courtship performance, they will mate.

Cuscus Possum
During the rainforest tour in lower montane forest of Arfak range, I often organize  nightwalk for visitors. The purpose is to watch cuscus possum. Local gude will immitate the sound of female cuscus possum to attract male ones. In addtion to cuscus, visitors can also see mushroom that glows in the dark. We also install white screen in near our basecamp and shoot it with light. This can attract insects to come and land on the screen. It is interesting for visitors who want to know more about rainforest insects.

Please, contact me by using form on the right side of this blog or send email to or whatsaap to my number: +6281332245180

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wildlife Watching in Susnguakti Forest of Manokwari

Spanish Lady in Susnguakti forest
I often guide tourists to Susnguakti forest of Manokwari. We go there to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), cuscus possum, Arfak dragon lizard, Hooded Butcherbird, glowing mushroom, and various species of butterflies.
In the average, visitors spend between 3 to 4 days in Susnguakti forest. There are simple jungle huts that we provide for our visitors. Tourists come from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. They come as a couple or in groups of 3 to 4, and 5 people. But I often guide solo traveling man or lady.
Recommended Binoculars
Swarovski SLC 10×42 WB Binoculars
To enhance birdwatching and wildlife watching experience, I bring a good pair of Visionking 10x42 mm binoculars, and a 20-60x60 spotting scope.
Most visitors bring their own binoculars. For those who are looking for an excellent pair of binoculars, I highly recommend a pair of Swarovski SLC 10×42 WB binocluars. They are light enough to travel with and have got fluorite HD glass elements. The binoculars are filled with nitrogen gas to ensure that they perform well even in high moisture and foggy environment such as the tropical rainforest of Manokwari. There are also similar products manufactured by Leica, Nikon, Vortex. Please, do some research and read reviews on the internet before buying the binoculars that you are interested in.
Watching Paradise Birds
Lesser Bird of Paradise in Susnguakti forest
To watch paradise birds, we have to wake up early in the morning at 05.00. After having some tea, or coffee, we go on foot to the birding site of Lesser Birds of Paradise. There are some birdwatching huts built by local guides. Visitors can go into the huts to watch the birds. Lesser BOP are usually active until 09.00. After that, we can continue our hiking and wildlife watching trip to watch King Bird of Paradise.

How to go there?
  • From your country, find an international flight that brings you to Jakarta city or Manado city of the Republic of Indonesia.
  • After that take a domestic flight to Manokwari city.
  • I could meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and then organize your trip to Arfak mountains.
I guide tourists in Raja Ampat, Klasow valley of Sorong, Susnguakti forest of Manokwari, and Numfor island. If you are interested in taking a tour with me as your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180

Monday, February 12, 2018

Watching Common Paradise Kingfisher in Manokwari

Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea)
Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) is a beautiful bird that can be watched in Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains of Manokwari. I saw bird several times at a slope near the birding ground of Lesser Birds of Paradise. The head, back and tail of the bird are blue. The tips of its long tails of the bird have got two round feather resembling racquets. That's why it is also called Racquet-tailed Kingfisher.
Racquet-tailed Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea)
In 1858, Alfred Russel Wallace visited Dorey (modern Manokwari regency in West Papua).  He was able to collect the specimen of this bird. Although it is called Common Paradise Kingfisher, actually, it is not that common. I have been visiting the lower montane tropical rainforest of Arfak mountains for 10 years and I could only see the bird twice.
Susnguakti forest is located in the south of Manokwari city. As a matter of fact, it is in the eastern region of Arfak mountains. To reach the forest, visitors need to go by car or motorcycle for one hour and then continued their trip by hiking steep slopes of Arfak range for 1 hour. There is a basecamp that I and local villagers have prepared for tourists.
Hiking in Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains - Manokwari
In addition to this paradise kingfisher, visitors can also watch King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Black-capped Lory, Hooded Butcherbird and etc.
If you are interested in watching birds in Manokwari and wants me to organize your trip, please, contact me ((Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sightseeing Tour to Anggi Lakes

Irai village of Arfak Mountains
I have organized numerous sightseeing and hiking tour to Anggi Lakes for visitors who come from Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Austria, China and Indonesia. We visited both Lake Anggi Giji and Lake Anggi Gida. The scenery of the lakes as seen from Mount Kobrey was very beautiful. It was very cold when I stood on top of the mountain for taking pictures.
Arfak range is one of the most important destinations in Manokwari for visitors who like hiking, birdwatching and cultural interactions with local people.
Local people who live in Arfak mountains grow flowers at the front yards of their houses. They also like to grow vegetables such as cabbage, napa cabbage, carrot, spring onion in their vegetable patches. In villages along the Anggi Gida Lake, whose temperature is warmer, we can see local people grow banana, passion fruits,
Lake Anggi Gida
The traditional house of Arfak tribes is called Rumah Kaki Seribu (meaning a thousand leg house). It is a kind of traditional wooden house with a lot of wooden pilars. The frame of the house are made of straight wooden pilars that are tied to other wooden beams using small rattan. The wall and the floor are covered by tree bark with wooden frames support them from outside and below. The roof of the house is made of pandanus leaves. This traditional wooden house is warm at night because the villagers make fire inside the house. Unfortunately, the house does not have a good exhaust system.  Visitors who are not used to thick smoke will not be able to sleep inside the house.
Traditional House of Arfak Tribes in Manokwari
There are several houses that do not have the fireplaces inside them. Visitors can choose to stay in these houses.
As a tourist guide, I can organize a sightseeing and hiking tour for visitors who want to see Arfak range both its scenery, people, and wildlife. The duration of the tour is between 3 to 7 days. Because the cost is quite expensive, I suggest that visitors go in a group of 3 to 4 people to share the cost.
How to go there?

  • First, fly from your country to one of the major cities of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Denpasar and Manado.
  • After that, take a domestic flight from this city to Manokwari city.
  • I will meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and organize your trip to Arfak mountains.

Please, contact me by email to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Exploring Rainforest and Coral Reef of Manokwari

White Orchid in Arfak mountains
Tropical rainforest of Manokwari can be seen in Arfak mountains. It is the natural habitat of a lot of species of plants such as catappa, banana and mango trees in the coastal region to wild orchids, rhododendron, passion flowers, dahlia, lily, canna flowers, and myrmecophyte in mid-montane and higher montane forest of Arfak range. There are also a lot of species of mushrooms on the forest floor particularly during rainy season.
Glowing Mushrooms in Arfak mountains
One unique mushroom that visitor can see in Arfak mountains is the one that glows in the dark. While watching the glowing mushroom, visitors may also see fireflies with their glowing light flying in trees and shrub pants.
There is a believe that fairies like to play among the glowing mushrooms at nights. The glowing mushrooms are seen as the symbol of hope in the darkness of the night. When someone visits the mushrooms and makes a wish or small prayer, fairies who listen to the prayer will work the universe to help him or her to realize the dream. However, the wish has to to be in line with the will of nature that demands harmony.
A favorite site for tourists who like nature is Susnguakti forest. It is located in the eastern region of Arfak mountains approximately one hour ride from Manokwari city. There, visitors can also watch Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) and Cuscus Possum. The usual duration for exploring the bio-diversity of Susnguakti forest is 3 days.
Coral reef in Manokwari
After exploring the forest, visitors can continue their exploration of nature by enjoying snorkeling in the coral reef of Manokwari. There are several coral reef areas that can be explored by visitors. Visitors need to bring snorkeling mask, flippers/ fins and an underwater camera to take picture of fish, sea-star, table coral, and a lot more.
Booking: Please, contact Charles Roring by email to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lesser Birds of Paradise of Arfak Mountains

Lesser Birds of Paradise in Arfak Mountains
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) is a very beautiful bird that lives in lower montane forest of Arfak mountains. Tourists who want to watch the birds can go to Susnguakti forest located in the eastern region of the range. There is a basecamp that has been prepared by local guides for visitors. Visitors can spend one or two nights to watch the birds, see butterflies and exotic plants that exist in the forest. The trails to the basecamp are quite steep. But we have prepared steps and railings made of bamboo to make sure that visitors could walk safely to the destinations.
We provide plates, glasses, spoons and forks as well as cooking and boiling pans in the jungle so that we can prepare and cook food for everybody who participates in the rainforest tour.
As a tourist guide, I have organized numerous tours to Arfak mountains for visitors who are nature lovers. They spend between 3 to 5 days in the forest to see the bio-diversity of the rainforest.
Your trip to the mountains can be combined with snorkeling trip in Manokwari where you can see coral reef and fish. For more info, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180
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Birding Tour in Susnguakti Forest
Watching Lesser and King Bird of Paradise

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wildlife in Arfak Mountains

Lesser B.O.P
Susnguakti is the name of a tropical rainforest area in the eastern region of Arfak mountains. It is the natural habitat of several species of birds of paradise such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), and Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus). There are also other birds in the forest such as Blyth's hornbill, Dwarf Cassowary, Hooded Butcherbird, Papuan Lorikeet and Common Paradise Kingfisher.
Susnguakti forest of Arfak range is home for wild pigs, deer, bandicoot, cucus possum, soa-soa lizards, snakes, spiders, butterflies, moth, beetles, fireflies and etc.
For plants, there are bamboo trees, fern, ficus tree, palm tree, rattan, lianas, and a lot of creeping plants, and orchid flowers that live in the forest.
To see plants, watch birds and wild animals in Susnguakti forest, tourists usually spend 3 days/ 2 nights camping and hiking with local guides.
We have prepared tents, simple shelters, cooking and eating utensils in the forest.
Cruiser Butterfly
How to go there?
  1. Fly from your country to one of the big cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar or Manado.
  2. After that take a domestic flight served by Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air, or Garuda to Manokwari city.
  3. I will be happy to meet you at the airport and organize your trip to the area. 
Vogelkop Dragon Lizard
What you need to bring and wear
  • Flashlight/ torch 
  •  Binoculars and camera
  •  Anti insect cream/ lotion 
  •  Hiking/ sport shoes 
  •  Short and long pants/ jeans + t-shirts
Because we are going to watch wild animals in the forest, there is no guarantee, that we will be able to see them. Sometimes we are lucky and sometimes we are not. Our adventure in the forest to watch wildlife is usually carried out early in the mornings, in the afternoons before sunset, and at nights.
For night walks, we may see cuscus possum, vogelkop dragon lizard, bandicoot, and snake.
For morning walks, we may see Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise and Magnificent Riflebirds as well as other birds that like to eat fruits, nectar of wild flowers of trees around our basecamp.
Booking: Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or text message to my whatsapp number: +6281332245180.

Also read: Camping and Birdwatching in Arfak Mountains



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