Tuesday, July 9, 2019

I Scuba Dived in Mioskon of Raja Ampat this morning

I had a nice diving experience in Raja Ampat today. I saw a lot of species of reef fish in the waters of Mioskon. It was a small uninhabited islet near Gam island. I and two American tourists, Bruce and Paige Hancock are staying in Raja Ampat Dive Resort. Our main goal of visiting Waigeo was to watch tropical birds in this beautiful regency. I work as their birding guide.
Indonesia's best dive site
Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat
The night before we did the diving excursion, we had a long conversation during dinner time. We discussed about marine life, coral reef and scuba diving. Because Bruce and Paige like scuba diving, they offered me to scuba dive with them. Well, I could not reject their offer. So, I said, "yes."
The next morning (9 July 2019), we had breakfast at 07.00. After that we made some preparations. Our dive instructor gave us a short breafing about the dive plan. At 15 minutes after eight, we left our dive resort for Mioskon islet by a small speedboat. There were three dive guides who accompanied us plus one boat driver. It took around fifteen minutes for us to reach the islet.
Marine Life in Raja Ampat's Mioskon
Marine Life in Mioskon
We started to wear fins, weights, BCDs, and then tanks. I applied some liquid soap to my mask and then rinsed it with water to clear it from dirts and salt deposits. After wearing it, I put the mouth-piece of my regulator into my mouth. When everything was ready, we jumped into the water.
The dive guides asked us to go down. I pressed the deflate button and there I decended into the reef. The sea was calm and the visibility was very good. Slowly we paddled to deeper water. I held my camera in my right hand. I turned it on and began to take pictures and videos. There were anemonefish,  sweetlips, batfish, grouper, fuselier, blenny, and a lot more. As the we went deeper, the pictures that I made became bluish and darker. However, the Nikon AW130 that I used was quite good for taking underwater pictures. I encountered schools of sweetlips several times. I saw one Panther Grouper hiding under a leaf coral. There were also other grouper in the reef. I also made some video clips which I plan to edit and upload in youtube. Overall, the dive in Mioskon was a good experience. The coral reef was rich of marine life.
After diving in Mioskon, we continued our exploration of Raja Ampat seascape to Kabui bay. Here, we enjoyed snorkeling, sightseeing and birdwatching among karst formations. Some of the birds that we saw were Spice Imperial Pigeon, Little-pied Cormmorant, Lesser-crested Tern, Sooty Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Singing Starling, Dollarbird, Moustached Treeswift, Striated Heron, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Torresian Crow, Eastern Reef Egret, and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
Raja Ampat is very beautiful especially for those who like swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also a nice destination for birding visitors. So, I highly recommend it to all nature lovers who like to see this marine and rainforest environment of Indonesia.
Someone has to be healthy in order to scuba dive. Because the temperature of sea water is different from the temperature of the air, a scuba diver needs to eat some carbohydrate to keep his or her body warm. Fruits that contain multi-vitamins will improve the metabolism and physical endurance of a scuba diver. I do not consume food supplements regularly so I eat food that can improve my physical health,. To keep the muscles in good shape, regular exercise is a must. - written by Charles Roring

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Snorkeling at Warduwer Beach of Raja Ampat

There is a nice beach in southern region of Waigeo island. Its name is Warduwer beach. It is a nice place for snorkeling and freediving. The shallow water has a wide flat area which is safe for children who are learning how to swim. For adults, they can choose to swim in deeper waters where coral reef teemed with a lot of species of fish and other marine creatures can be seen there such as butterflyfish, moorish idol, anemonefish, parrotfish, tasselled wobbegong, and a lot more. There are also blue, brown, and orange sea stars, Christmas Tree Worms.

Marine life at warduwer beach of Raja Ampat
Marine Life at Warduwer beach in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat
There is a beach resort at this beach. Its name is RAJA AMPAT FLOW (RAFLOW) RESORT.  There are 15 bungalows and 5 standard rooms for visitors to sleep comfortably while enjoying their holiday in the regency. RAFLOW Resort can organize sightseeing boat tours to karst islands in the nearby Kabui bay or to such places as Piaynemo and Wayag. Guests who stay in RAFLOW Resort can share the cost of the boat tours.
Snorkeling photo from Warduwer beach in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat Flow Resort has got snorkeling equipment such as mask, snorkel and fins which visitors can rent. However, I recommend that tourists bring their own equipment that perfectly fit on their faces and feet.
I highly recommend that visitors bring a good underwater camera to take pictures or videos of the marine life. An action camera such as GoPro or a pocket camera such as Nikon W300 and Olympus TG-5 is a good choice as a snorkeling companion.
Raja Ampat Flow resort is also a nice place for visitors who like birdwatching. The green vegetation that grow at the surrounding neighborhood is the habitat of a lot of birds including Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Beach Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-faced Myna, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Spangled Drongo, Singing Starling, Pacific Swallow Torresian Crow, Eastern Osprey, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Lesser-crested Tern, White-breasted Woodswallow, and a lot more.
Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180 if you want to visit Indonesia and enjoy your snorkeling holiday in RAFLOW Resort of Raja Ampat.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Snorkeling Holiday in Raja Ampat

I often organize snorkeling tour for visitors who want to visit and spend their holiday time in Raja Ampat. As the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world, the coral reef of Raja Ampat islands are the natural habitat of a lot of species of fish from the small ones like anemonefish and blenny to bigger ones like parrotfish, wobbegong and dolphins.

Coral Reef in the waters of Raflow Resort
Tablr Corals in the front waters of Raflow Resort
Marine Life in the house reef of RAFLOW Resort
There is a nice beach resort which tourists can choose to stay. Its name is Raja Ampat Flow (RAFLOW) Resort. It is located in southern region of Waigeo island. The beach resort has got 15 bungalows to accommodate guests to sleep comfortably.
The house reef of RAFLOW Resort is in very good condition. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling to see butterflyfish, moorish idol, spinecheek anemonefish,  grouper, and a lot more.
There are also other marine creatures which visitors can see such as burrowing clams, sea stars, and a lot of species of hard and soft corals.
Please, book your snorkeling holiday in Raja Ampat by contacting me via email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Raja Ampat Snorkeling Trip

I organize snorkeling trip in Raja Ampat for tourists who want to see the marine life of the islands. The main targets which tourists want to see are the anemonefish such as Pink Anemonefish, Red and Black Anemonefish, as well as Spinecheek Anemonefish. Snorkelers also like to see blue, yellow, orange Christmas Tree Worms.
Marine Life in the waters of Warduwer beach
Because the coral reef of Raja Ampat is very rich in marine life, visitors will have the opportunity of seeing hundreds of species of fish including the parrotfish, wrasse, blenny, butterflyfish, stonefish, and boxfish.  Burrowing clams are also interesting subjects which visitors like to photograph.
From my previous snorkeling activities at the beach, I saw blue, orange and mixture of white and red sea stars
Warduwer beach underwater
Warduwer beach is a nice place for snorkeling and freediving. There is a new beach resort that is being built at this beach. Its name is Raja Ampat Flow Resort also called RAFLOW. Staying at this resort, visitors can enjoy birding too. Birds such as Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Yellow-faced Myna, Singing Starling, White-breasted Woodswallow, Red Bird of Paradise, Hooded Butcherbird, Sacred Kingfisher and Beach Kingfisher are some of the many birds which visitors can see.
If you are interested in visiting Raja Ampat and want me to arrange your trip here, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Raja Ampat Snorkeling

I often organize snorkeling tour in Raja Ampat for visitors who want to see colorful fish and coral reef of this archipelago. The duration of the trip is usually from 3 to 7 days depending on the time which visitors spend for their holiday. 
Marine Life in Warduwer beach of Raja Ampat
Reef and Fish at Warduwer beach of Waigeo island
Places which have been my favorite sites are Warduwer beach, Gam Karst, Yenbuba, Mansuar and Arborek. There are still a lot of places which also have got pristine marine life.
My Underwater Camera
To take pictures of the fish, and other sea creatures, I bring Nikon W300 or Fujifilm XQ2 which I put inside a waterproof case.
Wobbegong Fish at Warduwer Beach in Waigeo island
Wobbegong at Warduwer beach of Raja Ampat
Interesting Reef Fish
Wobbegong, stonefish and lionfish are targets of underwater photography but they must not be approached too close so as not to provoke them. There are also other fish such as Moorish Idol, Butterflyfish, Striped Surgeonfish which are colorful and not dangerous. Barracuda that is considered as a dangerous predator should be seen from safe distance too.
Sealife at Warduwer beach of Raja Ampat
In big underwater rocks, I often see burrowing clams, and Christmas Tree Worms that are very beautiful. They have blue, yellow, orange, brown and red colors. To take pictures of them I use macro-setting of my camera. Very slowly I moved closer to the worms. If I make sudden movements in the water, the worms will hide themselves in their holes.
Blue Burrowing Clam in Waigeo of Raja Ampat
Burrowing Clam at Warduwer beach
More often the subjects such as Pink Anemonefish, Red and Black Anemonefish, and Spinecheek Anemonefish that I want to photograph are located around 3 to 10 meters below the surface. In this case, freediving is my solution. Freediving photography in coral reef is my favorite activity. Holding breath in deeper water while taking pictures is a challenging. However, because of continuous practices, I could stay a little bit longer in the water to make more pictures.
Snorkeling Gear
My snorkeling gear is a set of mask, snorkel and fins. Its brand is whale. I apply a drop of liquid soap  mixed with water to the glass surface of the mask to prevent fogging when I freedive. Most of the underwater photographs in this blog were made while freediving.
Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus)
Red and Black Anemonefish
If you are interested in taking a snorkeling holiday in Raja Ampat and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.