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Friday, October 22, 2021

Tourist Attractions in Purup Islands

Purup is a group of islets in the southern region of Rumberpon island. Administratively, Purup is under the territory of Yomakan village. It has got tens of islets scattered on the sea providing very beautiful marine scenery for anyone to enjoy. 

Speedboat rent in National Park of Cendrawasih Bay
Marine Tour by Speedboat to Purup islands
in the National Park of Cendrawasih Bay
Most of them are surrounded by pristine coral reef teeming with abundant marine animals such as butterflyfish, parrotfish, striped surgeonfish, diagonal sweetlips, moorish idol and a lot more.
snorkeling pictures from Cendrawasih bay
Marine Life in Purup islands
Visitors who want to enjoy swimming and snorkeling in Purup must bring their own snorkeling devices. The Department of Tourism and Culture of Teluk Wondama regency can help organize trips for sightseeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving by arranging local guides and the necessary equipment. 
snorkeling photo in Cendrawasih bay national park
Coral reef in Purup islands of the National Park of Cendrawasih Bay
There are beaches in Purup which can be used by birdwatchers as walking area to watch  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, White-bellied Sea Eagle, and a lot more. Binoculars,  and spotting scope that is mounted on a tripod will be needed for this birdwatching activity.
Purup Islands in Wondama Regency
In addition to birds, visitors can watch possum, monitor lizard, deer, and various species of insects in Purup.
Coral reef in one of the islands of Purup

More wildlife watching activity can be done in the forest of Rumberpon island.         

Getting to Wondama Regency

Foreign visitors who are interested in traveling to Wondama need to take international flights to one of the major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar, and Manado. 

Silk Air flies from Singapore to Manado. Major airlines from Europe have flights to Jakarta. Surabaya which is the second largest city in Indonesia is the destination of major airlines from Asia.

Flying to Indonesia
Flight routes to major cities in Indonesia and then to Wasior town of Wondama regency

After that, visitors can continue their trip to Manokwari which is the capital of West Papua province. Domestic airlines that serve this routes include Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, and Lion Air.

Susi Air flight route Manokwari - Wondama
Domestic Flight Routes to Wasior town of Wondama regency
in West Papua province of Indonesia

Wondama is a regency in West Papua Province of Indonesia. The capital of Wondama is Rasiei which is an integral part of Wasior town. Regular flights by Susi Air between Wasior and Manokwari are available three times a week. 
There are hotels, lodges and homestays in Wasior town which visitors can choose to stay before taking marine and land tours around Wondama regency.

Accommodation

As of today, there are no guesthouses in Purup islands. Local government have decided to construct guesthouses in Purup islands this year. They will be ready in 2022. Usually, local guides will bring visitors to stay in the villagers' houses in Yomakaan village. The cost per person per night is affordable. In the village there are small kiosks where visitors could buy biscuits and some canned drinks.  Visitors are advised to buy their logistical needs in Wasior town.

At the moment, local government of Wondama Bay Regency are making preparations to build guesthouses for tourists in Purup.

Camping at the beach of the islands in Purup can be done with the help of local villagers from Yomakan village.

Guided Tours

If visitors start their trip from Wasior town, they need to buy food materials from the town. There are local guides who can help organize tours by speedboat from Wasior town to Purup and other islands in Wondama. 

The Indonesian Tourist Guide Association of Wondama regency

  • Rio Suabey: +62 821 9869 4761
  • Eky Sawaki: +62 812 4893 1154
  • Amsal Tinoring: +6282197937120

Or

Department of Culture and Tourism

Wondama Bay Regency

Address:

Jalan Raya Rasiei Kompleks Perkantoran

RASIEI, TELUK WONDAMA

West Papua Province, Indonesia

E-mail: disparbudtelukwondama.info@gmail.com


This article was written by Charles Roring +6281332245180.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Traveling to Roon Island

Roon is a big island in Wondama Bay Regency. It is an important destination for visitors who like to see beautiful nature both on land and at sea. Villages in Roon island include: Indai, Syabes, Yende, Mena, Niap, Menarbu, and Saryai. The capital of District Roon is Yende. 

Population

With an area of 1,890 square kilometers or 12.64% of the territory of Wondama regency, Roon has got a population of 1,963 people. Most of them work as fishermen with annual fish catch of 1,200 metric tonne (Source:  Kabupaten Teluk Wondama Dalam Angka: 2021).

Roon island and the National Park of Cendrawasih Bay

Roon inside the territory of the National Park of Cendrawasih Bay whose overall area is 1.5 million hectares. This is the largest national marine park in Indonesia. According to Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape, 2011, which was written by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock, in Cendrawasih Bay, there are 962 species of Reef Fishes, 469 species of Hard Corals, and 39 species of Mantis Shrimps. 

The Cendrawasih Bay, together with Raja Ampat and Fakfak to Triton Bay, has got the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The position of Roon, and its satellite islets, which is in the middle of the national park has made it as an important region due to the very high biodiversity it has got both in the coral reef areas, at sea and on land especially in the forest. 

Environmentally friendly tourism is one of the ways to increase the income of local people with continuous commitment to preserve the environment.

Bink and Van Balen missionary works in Roon island
Isna Jedi Church complex in Roon island

In addition to its tremendous wealth of flora and fauna, Roon has got an interesting history especially on the works of evangelisation. On page 7 and 8 of Ajaib Di Mata Kita III, written by Dr. F.C. Kamma, it is said that in 1866, R. Beyer stayed in Roon but he was not there long. In 1878, Jens visited Roon and wrote, "Among all people of Irian whom I have seen, it was people from Roon who gave me good impression both in their physical appearance, and their way of thinking." Zending began their missionary works from Yende village when Bink and Van Ballen, with 16 freed men, landed on 2 April 1884. They built church and named it Isna Jedi meaning I am the light. The old church still stands and villagers still use it. 

Traveling to Wondama Bay regency in Indonesia
Roon Island in Wondama Regency of West Papua - Indonesia

Tourist Attractions

Roon island itself is surrounded by around 15 islets. Roon and these islets have got coral reef sites that are the natural habitat of a lot of species of marine animals including hundreds of hard corals, soft corals, barracuda, long-nosed butterflyfish, surgeonfish, fusilier, giant trevally, Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, wunderpus octopus, seafans, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, squids, shrimps, giant clams and a lot more. They are very important attractions for visitors who like swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. For those who are interested in studying marine biology, Roon and its satellite islets are beautiful heaven for them. There are no dive centers in Roon island at the moment. Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel and fins. Wearing these gear, they will be able to enjoy the beautiful coral reef and its marine life when they swim or do snorkeling.

Tourists can travel to Roon island by fast passenger ferry or speedboats from Wasior town. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours ride from Wasior to Yende village by speedboat depending on the size, number, and power of the boats and their engines.

Roon island is still covered by pristine tropical rainforest which is the natural habitat of various species of plants and animals. Visitors who like trekking can go hiking to the ridges and then walk down to the other side of the island. Birds such as White-bellied Sea Eagle, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Black-capped Lory can be seen there. There are also possums, monitor lizards, bandicoot, beetles, butterflies that live in the forest.

Accommodation

There are homestays in the villages which visitors can choose to stay. Visitors can interact with local people to see how they do spear fishing at night, or how they process their daily catch to make dried salted fish. 


snorkeling holiday to Cendrawasih Nasional Park
The uninhabited Rariyau island with 3 bungalows for tourists who are interested in staying there during their holiday in Wondama regency
Separate accommodations for visitors are also available in Rariyau island. No one lives in the island. Its white sandy beach, crystal clear water and pristine coral reef is a highly recommended destination for all snorkeling enthusiasts. In Niap village where there are sago trees, visitors can see how local people process the pith of sago to extract starch for making sago flour. 
Trekking tour through rainforest across the Roon island from one village to another can be done upon special arrangement. The duration of this hiking tour can be as short as 4 hours to one village on the other side of the hill or as long as 5 days to several villages around the island. During the tour in the jungle, visitors will be able to see various kinds of tropical plants and animals. Therefore, visitors who want to go hiking in the forest of Roon island are advised to bring binoculars, spotting scope with tripod (optional) and camera with telephoto lens.

How to get there?

Please, see the following map. If you are interested in traveling to Roon. 

rute penerbangan ke kota Wasior
Flight route to Wondama Bay regency

Roon island is part of the territory of Teluk Wondama regency. 
  • From your country, please, take an international flight to Jakarta or Denpasar Bali. 
  • After that, continue your trip to Manokwari which is the capital of Papua Barat province. 
  • Susi Air operates small aircraft such as Cessna Caravan 208 that flies several times a week between Manokwari city and Wasior town. The plane can carry around 10 passengers with maximum free luggage weight of 10 kilograms. From Wasior, you could take speedboat or motorized boat to any villages that you would like to see. 

Guided Tour

Visitors who need guides to take a tour around Wondama, please, contact:

The Indonesian Tourist Guide Association (HPI) of Wondama regency

  • Rio Suabey: +62 821 9869 4761
  • Eky Sawaki: +62 812 4893 1154
  • Amsal Tinoring: +6282197937120

Or

Department of Culture and Tourism

Wondama Bay Regency

Address:

Jalan Raya Rasiei Kompleks Perkantoran

RASIEI, TELUK WONDAMA

West Papua Province, Indonesia

E-mail: disparbudtelukwondama.info@gmail.com


This article was written by Charles Roring +6281332245180.