Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trekking and Wildlife Watching in the Rainforest of Klasow Valley

by Charles Roring
Visiting Lowland Forest
Klasow valley is located in the east of Sorong town. It has been a favorite travel destinations for visitors who are interested in taking a jungle tour as an extension from their trip to Raja Ampat. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach the valley by a 4WD car and 2 hours on foot to reach the guesthouse that is in the middle of the jungle. Early this month, I guided 2 visitors from the United States. They were father and daughter Indian American visitors who wanted to see birds of paradise. We went to the valley. We spent 3 days/ 2 nights exploring the lowland rainforest to see its birds, wallaby, and plants. We stayed in Malagufuk village.
Grey-headed Goshawk in the forest of
Klasow valley of Sorong regency
Jungle Walk and Birding
Klasow valley has been a preferred rainforest tour destination in Sorong regency for visitors who return from Raja Ampat. During the trip to the valley, we were able to see Lesser Birds of Paradise, Twelve Wired Birds of Paradise, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Blyth's hornbill, Spotted Goshawk, Golden Myna and other tropical birds that make Klasow as their natural habitat.
Accompanied by some local guides, we were able to spot some Wallabies in the jungle near during a night walk.
Soa-soa Monitor Lizard in the jungle of
Klasow valley of Sorong regency
After completing this land tour, they continued their trip to Raja Ampat islands where they would stay in Papua Paradise Eco Resort.
Rainforest tour in the valley can be done all year round for visitors who are interested in seeing the wildlife and tropical plants of West Papua.


Itinerary
Day 1 Pick up in Sorong city, walking through the rainforest to reach the jungle village.
Day 2 Trekking, birding and wildlife watching
Day 3 Walking back to the main road, we still have the chance to watch wild birds, tropical plants and butterfly along the way, transfer to Sorong city by 4wd car.
A customized itinerary can be prepared upon request.

Raja Ampat Snorkeling and Sightseeing Tour
Your tour can also be extended to Raja Ampat where you will be able to see coral reef and tropical fish of the best marine environment in the world. As of 2011 counting, Raja Ampat, according to marine biologists has got the highest marine bio-diversity on earth with 1,427 reef fish, 553 hard corals, and 42 mantis shrimp.
Marine Life in Raja Ampat
Red Slender Anthias
and Diagonal-banded Sweetlips
When you take the snorkeling tour with us, we will leave Sorong city in the morning for Raja Ampat islands. We will stay there for 5 days/ 4 nights to enjoy snorkeling in Kri island, Mansuar island, Arborek, Kabui bay, Manta Point, Pianemo post and Five Rocks (Batu Lima).
Kabui bay of Raja Ampat islands
Itinerary for Raja Ampat
Here is a typical itinerary that I offer to my customers:
Day 1 
Leaving Sorong for Raja Ampat
We will stay at one of the homestays in the region
Snorkeling in Yenbuba strait
Day 2 
Traveling to Kabui karst islets (snorkeling) and a visit to its passage.
Snorkeling in Batu Lima or Friwen
A visit to sand bank near Kri island
Day 3 
Traveling to Pianemo to see its beautiful scenery on top of one of its karst islets
Snorkeling in Arborek
Day 4 
Snorkeling in West Mansuar
Snorkeling in Sawondarek 
Day 5 
Leaving Raja Ampat for Sorong

The above itinerary should be considered as a reference only. It can be changed or modified during the trip depending on weather condition (rainy or sunny days, wave and sea current).

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com if you are interested in taking a rainforest tour in Sorong regency.