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Beach Walking in Wondama Bay

There are a lot of sago and mangrove trees that grow along the coastal area of Wondama Bay. They become a habitat of reptiles, insects and birds. Mangrove trees grow along the tidal area. Sago trees grow behind the mangrove forest on the land. Fresh water stream usually flows through the sago forest. 

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Coastal Scenery of Wondama Bay as seen from Ramiki Beach

Because sago is the staple food of the indigenous people, we can often see local people in the sago forest cutting, and extracting  sago flour. 

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Fresh water stream that flows through Sago forest in Ramiki  area

One of the places that have got Sago and Mangrove forests in Wondama Bay is Ramiki. Visitors can enjoy beach walking during the low tide to see the beautiful scenery and to watch birds that often walk on the beach or sit on the branches of the trees. Cruiser butterfly, Common Green Birdwing butterfly, Silky Owl Butterfly, and Blue Mountain Swallowtail are some of the butterflies that we can see in the mangrove and sago forest ecosystem. 

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A Visit to Mangrove Forest in Wondama Bay

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Butterfly Watching in Wondama

Wondama in West Papua province of Indonesia is a great destination for butterfly-watchers. This regency has got a lot of tropical flower vegetation in its town, along the forest edges and in the islands. The flowers attract various species of big and small butterflies.

butterflies in Wondama regency
Butterfly Watching in Wondama Regency

Some of the butterflies that I see in this regency include Ornithoptera priamus, Danaus affinis bonguensis, Taenaris catops, Euploea alchatoe, Tirumala hamata, Papilio ulysses, and a lot more. 

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Tropical Vegetation in Wondama

Because of the wealth of its tropical vegetation, the observation of butterfly can be done every where in Wondama regency from flower plants in the streets of the town to flower garden in the regents office in Rasiei that is located at the foot of Wondiboy nature reserve and in the numerous tropical islands.

How to get there?

Visitors need to fly to Manokwari city first. Regular daily flights from Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia to Manokwari are available every day. After that the trip to Wondama can be done by small turboprop airplane or by passenger ferry.

Wildlife Watching Gear

Visitors who are interested in watching butterfly need to bring at least a camera. A pair of binoculars will be useful to watch butterfly in distant trees of flowers. The same device can also be used to watch birds and other wild animals in the forest. CR-DPDHPI-PB

Monday, December 28, 2020

A Visit to Mangrove Forest in Wondama Bay

There are a lot of mangrove trees that grow along the coast of Wondama Bay. It becomes the natural habitat of a lot of animals from fish, seashells and crabs to birds, reptiles and insects. It is very easy to explore the mangrove forest. We can use a canoe and paddle it along the coast. We can also use motorized boat. The best times to explore the mangrove area are in the mornings and in the afternoons.
A visit to Mangrove and Sago forest of Wondama regency
A Visit to Mangrove Forest in Wondama Bay

The easiest place to reach from Wondama town is Ramiki. It is actually a place inside the town itself. Tourists can hire ojeks (motorcycle taxis) to bring them to Ramiki. There is a man named Echetus Sawaki who lives in Ramiki. He can guide visitors to see the mangrove ecosystem. As a matter of fact, Ramiki has got sago forest that is closer to the land compared to mangrove trees that mostly grow along the tidal area of the beach. 
So, visitors going to Ramiki can see both mangrove and sago ecosystems. The indigenous Papua people eat sago as their staple food. Sago is a tropical plant that looks like coconut. But the plant does not bear fruits as big as coconuts. Inside the sago tree, there is flour. When the sago tree is matured and ready to be harvested, the tree will be cut and its trunk will be cleaned. After that it will be split. The process of grating the pith to extract its flour can be seen there. The flour can be stored in the house for a long period of time especially in the refrigerator. The sago flour can be used to make pancake, and cookies. But most people eat it daily in the form of glue like papeda.
An excursion tour to other parts of Wondama Bay can also be organized from Ramiki. CR-DPDHPIPB.

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