Sorong Travel Guide

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    Sorong from the airport
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    Sorong from the Water
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Sorong Highlights

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     Memories, childhood, rough country, jungle, birds, ocean-life, 

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     Malaria, militarism, suspicious people 

  • In a nutshell
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     Memories never die, nor will Sorong ... 

Sorong Things to Do

  • Dive the underwater amazon

    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...

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  • Going To The Market

    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...

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  • Gemstone Of Beauty & Joy

    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...

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Sorong Restaurants

  • Fresh Seafood, Oh Yeah!

    This restaurant (rumah makan) is one of the best, is told. Actually most of the Indonesian restaurants got set up specially for tourists. Most of the people eat in the little warungs (eating-places). The Dofior restaurant is serving very authentic food. If you can manege a few words of Bahasa Indonesia, they will offer some extra's to the dishes...

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  • So Basic - So Cheap - So Delicious

    Though very basic the people from the Hotel took care in a special way to us. Room service was from the Hotel, where a restaurant with some tables got furnished in the entrance-hall. No customers, still we could have a wonderfull diner ... Let me try to describe our delicious dinner. There was "ketela goreng", like fried potatoes. We had nasi...

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Sorong Nightlife

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    There is not much nightlife in Sorong, and we never tried this "walk-on-the-wild-side". The MONA LISA is a restaurant and diisco, so we guessed the popular "Karoake" songs chants of the inside when dark has arrived ... could be fun! We used to know this area as "Kampung Baru"!

    Dress Code: It is said that "hostesses" are around anywhere, but no tie required ...

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Sorong Transportation

  • To the Raya Ampat islands

    There are daily ferries between Sorong and Waisai (abaut 10 km northeast of Saonek), capital of the Raja Ampat district on the island of Waigeo. Ferries leave Sorong at 13.00 hrs and the journey takes between 1.5 to 2 hours. The return ferry from Waisai to Sorong leaves around 11.0 am. There are also speedboats for rent at Sorong (Rp....

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  • Air Liner to Sorong

    There are many flight service to Sorong from Jakarta, Makassar, Manado or Jaya Pura. Express Air is the air line that specially service the route into Eastern Indonesia. The other are: Lion Air, Merpati Air etc. If you plan to Sorong or Jaya Pura, it was strongly recommended if you book a return ticket from a travel agent in Jakarta, and when you...

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  • PELNI Line To Sorong

    The harbour of Sorong is deep enough and well-known as port of call. The Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI) is Indonesian's national shipping company.PELNI LINE owns several ships to transport passengers as well cargo, though includes cruise-ships with all modern comfort and ac-cabins. Get info about regular sailing schedules ...We happen to...

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  • Hunt For Dutch-Indie Stamps

    When we immigrated to Holland, Dutch New Guinea became Indonesian. During these turbulent times in the 60' the region had its own post-stamps. The one which were overprint were named "UNTEA" (United Nations Temporary Executive Authority), printed on the stamps of Dutch New Guinea. Because of the Canada's UNTEA / UNSF operation in Dutch New Guinea...

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  • Papua Stuff

    Yes! Toko THIO was a family-business, and still is. Anything you could buy there. And still can ...Well,... ehhh ... almost anything. Like in the most of the warehouses of the villages. Donot get yourself a big idea ... The beautiful craft on the pic (Asmat) you cannot buy anymore. Just like the Paradise-bird feathers ... those are very forbidden...

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Sorong Local Customs

  • The meaning of Raja Ampat

    Literally translated from Bahasa, "Raja Ampat" means The Four Kings.The story goes that the ~35,000 people that live in the ~100 coastal villages all came from the same nest. According to some, 40% of the locals can still trace their lineage from the Maya people. (deriving from Mam = father & ya = me/myself)In the ancient times, a Megapode bird...

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  • Removed Villages

    There are some more sizable villages in Raja Ampat area that have populations of 100~1000 people.However, there are also hundreds of villages that have populations of less than 40 people.When we were out on the boat in the remote areas, villagers would often come out to greet us. They would take the opportunity to trade with the captain any vital...

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  • Women Preparing Fishes

    A shame, but Irian Jaya seas receive high number of threats as a result of rapid human population development. Destructive fishing practices (dynamite and cyanide) are one of the threats. Those unstained fishing practices, dumping industrial tailing and domestic sewages made the Irian waters threatened in Jayapura, Sorong and Merauke. Also...

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Sorong Warnings and Dangers

  • Money Makes The World Go Around

    Make sure you change plenty of money before heading into the interior and stock up on 100 Rp notes. Rupiah can usually be obtained in Wewak from the Westpac Bank, although the exchange rate is not as good as in Indonesia. You can get rupiah in banks in Jayapura, Biak, Wamena, Sorong and probably other main towns and, for a reasonable rate, at the...

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  • Watch The Play!

    Almost anywhere in Irian Jaya will probably be of interest, if you're permitted to go there. It's a fact that many parts of Irian Jaya are off limits to foreign tourists and you won't get a permit for them.You may also be told not to photograph (video/filming) particular places like military bases, police stations, some banks, and places where the...

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  • Awas Anjing - Watch The Dog

    *lol* ... still the same! We had such a sign long time ago. Though very darling dogs, our dogs did not allowed strangers on "our" property. When so you could rely on a travel to the hospital for sure. No claiming no sewing, because you've got been warned ...So in Sorong these signs still can be read and, please do follow the instructions. For sure...

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Sorong Tourist Traps

  • Glittering & Glamour?

    After World War II, Sorong became a center for Dutch oil Company, which Pertamina, state-run national oil company, later took over. Pertamina brought in a number of Western oil companies, that used Sorong as a supply base as well. The Wiriagar oil field in Sorong got well-known.We heard some of Sorong's Hotels and Accommodations were terrific and...

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  • Irian Jaya ... No More Traditions

    For many decades Papuans have been taught that the name IRIAN was Indonesian (IKUT REPUBLIK INDONESIA ANTI NETHERLANDS or "Join Indonesia, against the Netherlands"). The word Irian is in fact a Biak word far much older than Indonesia as a nation. Looking for Papua-traditions you better read traditional books. An old Biak story refers the name of...

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Sorong What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Rucksack, a belly-belt (always bring your passport!) and a bottle of water!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton clothing, nothing too fitting or revealing. Good footwear, hat, sunglasses. Bring wind- and rainproof gear, shorts are the most comfortable for trail walking. Long loose trousers and a long-sleeves shirt for jungle-trips.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Have a supply of sun-protection cream, lip balm and insect repellant, sun block, you won't be able to buy these in Irian Jaya. Don't forget the malaria-pills, better bring a small bag for medical supplies (diarrhoea, anti-mosquitos, iodine, plaster, tissue etc.)

    Photo Equipment: Extra batteries and film. Multipurpose adaptor. Be aware because of the humidity and heat photo equipment just can hold up their functions.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a sleeping bag, and mosquito-proof tent in case it is not possible to stay the night in village huts ... electric torch will guide you at night.

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Sorong Off The Beaten Path

  • SWAMP

    Because of the movements of the 2 giant plates of the Pacific and Australian plate, Papua was posted between the two. An island with many mangrove swamps and famous for it as the largest of Indonesian islands.Just behind our house the swamps were the places where the danger spied. For little boys a paradise to explore, to fish and, I was so "happy"...

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  • Kampung Baru

    It is a strange happening returning to a place where you haven't been for ages. Kampung Baru (New Village) in Sorong used to be the beginning of a quarter of Sorong where behind was the jungle, and the only road/path into the jungle. I remember Toko Thio, a Chinese warung (little shop) ... For now Kampung Baru has grown into a big area. Some...

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  • Doom Island

    Leaving the hotel in the morning to the harbour, and head over to Doom Island by motorized long-boat, is a nice little place to visit for a few hours (nope ... you won't get doomed, donot be afraid !)See here the nice native villages and, a great view at Sorong. Proceed to Pulau Buaya (Crocodile Island) for swimming opportunity at fine sandy...

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Sorong Sports & Outdoors

  • Muck Diving

    An increasingly popular diving activity is known as "muck diving". It is diving over a muddy, silt bottom and doing what scuba divers do... search and view the unique critters that make that home.Some of the best muck diving in the world is in Raja Ampat and more specifically in the channel on the south side of Batanta Island.There are many unique...

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  • Pygmy Seahorses

    Raja Ampat, along with having some of the most bio-diverse life of any ocean, is home to more seahorses than I've seen anywhere. There are dozens of species of these little hard-to-find pygmy hippocampuses.To see these guys, you will need a good set of eyes and lots of patience. They are very small, some of them no taller than 1/4" or 6mm. They can...

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  • Sorong , a bird view from an Air Line

    Traveling by flight now is not so expensive than years ago. When I have a trip by flight, at the check in counter, I ask to have a seat beside the window. Sorong is a good view from the air, I take some pictures of Sorong seen from Above Nothing to say that, what i've been seeing from above is a very good memory, everything about Sorong are look...

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  • Once Home Sweet Home

    Sorong always had a well-known vartiety of fauna & flora, includes the Hibiscus and orchid. For now an important Pertamina Oil city with over 200.000 people and a lot of districts most of the woods has disappeared. Very different from my childhood ... My childhood was a very happy one, although the time is the one of colonial people. See my...

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  • FIREFLIES - Lightning Bugs

    As kids we loved to watch the "Fireflies", of the "lightning bugs". Strange enough these creatures got very seldom found.Scientists proved the firefly is a beetle. They produce light which is a chemical reaction. When some components are added, the chemical reaction does produce "light"... The only thing I remember was at evenings we climbed the...

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