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    Dive the underwater amazon

    by DidiBeachBum Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The most important thing to do in raja ampat is underwater activity. Located in the heart of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat would be like a one stop shopping (diving). It's great for macro, pelagics, beautiful, colorful both soft and hard coral.
    We took a 6 days live aboard with Putri Papua vessel from Grand Komodo (which recently has been renamed to dive paradise indonesia). the crews were so friendly and helpful.. service was excellent.

    The best way to discover as many places as possible in Raja Ampat is through live aboard. There are several dive operators that run liveaboard packages to Raja Ampat. I would highly recommend Grand Komodo (Dive Paradise Indonesia) since i've had fabulous unforgettable experience with them.

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    Going To The Market

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Pasar Sentral or central market, is a busy place located some 6 miles distant from the town. Fortunately there is the local pasar not far from the beach road.

    In old times we went to the same area, where the "Sivo" (a super-market) was located. For now the locals sell their products in open air, like on the pasar/market. Going for a morning walk a pleasant way to pass ...

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    Gemstone Of Beauty & Joy

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The only articles of commercial value procured from the interior of New Guinea/Irian Jaya are Mussoi bark and wild nutmegs. From the coasts and islands tripang or beche-de-mer, mother-of-pearl shell, and tortoise-shell are all produced in abundance; and as they are all articles which command a ready sale, and at high prices, the trade is a very important one.

    But,... be carefull !!!
    All articles out of Irian Jaya are strictly forbidden to take away for foreigners.

    You could inform for the Setia Tours & Travels. They'll bring you to Kabra Island, where pearls are cultivated inside of shells (4 to 7 mm diameter). These imitation pearls' made of synthetic stuffs are formed in modern way by native people under the Japanese instructors. Interested into the world of pearls, read the article on my MSN Website ...

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    LIDO BEACH RESORT

    by RoyJava Updated Aug 1, 2010

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    What a pity! All of the good memories about the phantastic Lido Beach Resort Zeeweg and its exquisite visitors got vanished so suddenly. Excited because of the view at Lido (still exists!) we rushed to get there. Little by little we must have understood the Lido isn't anymore what it was ... the beach is polluted everywhere! Not that suddenly I guess ...

    Goodbye Pantai Lido ...
    Sempurna Pernah

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    Domine Eduard Osok

    by meiyergani Written Jan 1, 2007

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    DOMINE EDUARD OSOK IS THE NAME OF aIR pORT AT sORONG, It can said that it was a small port with minimum facilities, the toilet is only one for male or female and the condition is not so good. The air port is a stop over for the flight to Jaya Pura or Biak vise versa

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    Amazing Beaches

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Although Sorong-beach is not pleasant anymore because of the pollution you could hire a motorized long-boat and sail for the Crocodile Island. At the "back" you'll find amazing beautiful beaches. No tourists around, no single soul ...

    Maybe a prahu (local fishing-boat) with natives will drop by to sell coconuts and some small manual skills. Donot be afraid,... even these natives once had been the illustrious head-hunters. They are really very friendly for now ... better just take care when swimming, this is a deep-sea, you know!

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    Dynamiet Eiland - Dynamite Islet

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    When going to Sorong from airport Jefman you will pass the pictured ocean-area. Here is the Dynamiet-eiland, or Islet Dynamite. Because of the bombment in World War II it got its name. It still looks like you can walk over sea to the islet.

    DON'T!!!

    Better go by one the many prahu's (local fishing-boats) you can rent there. As young kids we used to make a bet to swim to the islet. Even we heard the stories of our parents one day a Papua guy risked his life and plunged into the sea to swim to Islet Dynamite. He got attacked by a white shark ... and never returned!

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    Kasuarina Cape

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Named after the big casuarina trees which grow in the area, Kasuarina Cape is just 2km from Sorong town on the Bird's Head peninsula of Northern Irian Jaya. Good for swimming and recreation.

    There is not that much info about Tanjung Kasuarina (Cape Casuarina). It's said the area has been named after the cassowary bird, and the trees which got involved with that name. I remembered the cassowary birds walked indeed here around, to be watched. They could be very dangerous when breeding.

    For those who enjoys diving, this is the ideal place. Having long sandy beaches with corals protruding from the ground and from the sea water, the beach is a perfect place to sunbathe. Swimming at Casuarina Cape can be very pleasant, when monsoon does not shows up. Just before at rainy time the beach is filled up with sand-flees and crabs ... and watch the jelly-fishes! The very friendly locals will warn you ...

    Visitors can also charter a car for about Rp 10.000 per hour. Parking area, public rest rooms, benches, and restaurants are available on the area. The road has already been paved with asphalt.

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    Bird Of Paradise

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    It is a shame the Bird Of Paradise is on the list of "Very Endangered"! Local natives used plumes all over the world and, the Papua became well-known for the Bird Of Paradise plumes. European ladies went mad and longed for those, too. So ... hunting for the bird began ...

    The Bird Of Paradise belongs to the family Paradisaeidae Passeriformes. Best species are found in Papua New Guinea, and the Bird Of Paradise you can find on the flag of Papua New Guinea. Male Birds Of Paradise are most-wanted and world-famous because of its brilliant colors and metre-long feather tail. And breeded for its extravagant plumage.

    It is hard to find these endangered species which have been thinned out by trading expeditions who brought the Bird Of Paradise all over the world. Let's go for attention to save this beautiful Bird Of Paradise

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    Island-exploring

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Sorong was Kindergarten to me and for now a big Pertamina oil, while its oil was first drilled in 1932. Walking along the beach of Sorong you can see the Crocodile-island (Pulau Buaya), which form of a croc provided its name. You don't have to get bored at Sorong with a population of around 50.000, just hire a dugout for some island-exploring. One of the closest is Pulau Salawati, the home of the 12-wired bird of paradise and endemic myra, orange lori's, and white-crowned koel (if you're lucky to watch these).

    When exploring the Raja Ampat Reserves (which take in parts of Waigeo Island, Batanta Island & Salawati island) you need to go to the PHPA office to get advice. Apparently each island has its own endemic species of birds ... and white sandy beaches where palms wave at you for sure.

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    STONE HILL

    by RoyJava Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Sorong has some "hills" where you can have some great views. Some are the Heuvel/Hill, the Kraanheuvel (Crane Hill) and the Stenenheuvel (Stone Hill). The Stone Hill (see "Meeting Point" above) was a special one to me, because I got dropped with my aunt up there when my parents went out.

    It got its name because of the stone-houses built there, a kind of huge villa's with very nice views at the ocean, the Croc Island and, the Sorong sunsets...

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    View At Island DOOM

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    Sorong used to be the island of the Shell-people. Across the ocean there is the island of Doom. Here the Shell-business started its office, and moved later to Sorong. And Doom-island became a place of families who lived there working for other companies in colonial time. My parents had a lot of friends over there, so we sailed many times to the Doom-island ...

    Climb up The Hill, and have a wonderful view at the Sorong-harbour, and the Doom-island. You could visit it by motorized long-boat, ask for info in hotel - accommodations, or head for the harbour ...

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    Last Sorong Post

    by RoyJava Written Feb 7, 2005

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    "Kilometer-paal 12" used to be the last post before entering the real jungle. Even the way to it reminded you the jungle has its own laws. Sometimes the path was overcrowded with bush-plants, fallen trees and you had to remove these before continue your way.

    Well,... that's over, guys. No more jungle anymore! The place must be legendary, 'cause there is a special sign with the name of the "Kilometer 12" post. Pay a visit to nurse Ruth who could tell about the development of this spot. She's working for the Lepra-place over there.

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    View At The Hill

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    When visiting Sorong once you will remember the view at The Hill (Kuda Laut-hill). Already ariving by boat The Hill catches your eye. The old pier of Sorong's harbour (where the boats left for Island Doom) shows the nicest view ... you'll see The Soos, once Sorong's hottest dance-spot!

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    View From Stone Hill

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 7, 2005

    Go for a walk up on the Stone Hill (see Meeting Point). The more well-situated colonial Dutch people used to live here in their stone houses. With the great panorama views at Sorong city, the beach and magnificent sunsets. The Crocodile Island also is good to be seen. Beautiful villa's still are kept in good repair and for sure the people now enjoy their homes like in old times ...

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