Friday, November 12, 2021

Yapen Islands-Serui-Papua


Yapen Islands-Serui, Papua
The Yapen group of islands lies directly across the Yapen Strait from Biak, about 40 km’s to the south. The largest of this group is Yapen Island (also known as Japen Island). Mios Num Island lies to the west, Kurudu to the east and off the south coast are the Amboi and Kuran Islands.
Whilst not as popular as the Biak islands, Yapen is the pick of the two if you are looking for a laid back tropical paradise. A number of excellent surf breaks around the islands are relatively unknown; not so the abundant coral reef and wreck dive sites within a stone’s throw of the islands. But you don’t have to be into surfing or diving to enjoy the islands which abound with unspoilt tropical beaches fringing a lush mountainous interior. The World Wildlife Fund as a rainforest ecoregion for its unique bird life and flora has formally recognized Yapen.
The islands mascot is the beautiful bird-of-paradise. Since the island became protected in 2011, their numbers are starting to recover from years of hunting for the feathers, which are prized by European fashion houses. Yapen is also an important turtle habitat. Inggresau and Mambasiwi beaches on the north coast are nesting sites for four species of turtle including the rare Belimbing turtle, the largest sea turtle in the world with adult reaching an astounding 2m in length.
The islands main settlement is Serui, a small port on the south central coast, and it’s here that you’ll find several guesthouses, restaurants and a supermarket. The only notable attraction around the town itself is the early morning fruit, vegetable and fish market held on the western side of the bay about 30min walk from town.
Quaint stilted fishing villages dot the coast; two more lay hidden high in the interior where they cultivate cocoa and harvest massoi bark, the oil extract of which is popularly used in Javanese purification ceremonies. You can hire a motorised canoe from the beachfront at Serui for a daytrip to the villages or nearby islands or a local guide if you want to head inland.
There is some stunning bays both to the east and to west of Serui and you are just about guaranteed to have them all to yourself. Serawu and Ambai Island’s just off Serui make a perfect days outing, being sure to drop into Ambai village and the amazing stilted community surrounding the bay.
If you would like to stay, check out the Revaurarif Getaway on Facebook. This stilted cottage in Ambai bay has four rooms and provides meals, boat hire and a unique village experience. They also have a sister set-up just off the northeast tip of island.
You can reach Serui from Manokwari and Biak by local ferry or the more infrequent Pelni ships. Alternatively, Susiair operates daily flights between Baik and Serui.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Jayapura-Nimbokrang Birds

During these 2 full days, we will focus on our target birds of the lowland alluvial forest. They are: Brown-collared Brush-turkey (hard to see), Pale-billed Sicklebill, Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise, Magnificient Riflebird (often only heard), King Birds of Paradise, Lesser Bird of Paradise, Jobi and Glossy Manucode, Bush-hen, New Guinea Flightless Rail, Victoria Crowned Pigeon (possibly), Double-eyed and Salvadori’s Fig-Parrot, Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrot, Emperor and white-shouldered Fairy-wren, Golden Cisticola, Golden, Boyer’s, and Grey-headed Cuckoo Shrike, Hooked-billed, Blue-black, Azure & Sacred Kingfisher, King Quail, Black Bittern, Spotted Whistling Duck, Doria’s Hawk, Beautiful, Pink, Coroneted, Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove, Zoe & Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Dusky and Brown Lory, Lesser, Greater and Pheasant Coucal, Papua Frogmouth, Papuan Nightjar, Papuan Spine-tailed Swift, White-bellied Thicket Fantail, Golden, Frilled and Spotted-winged Monarch, Lowland Peltops, Blue-grey Robin, Rusty Pitohui, Meyer’s & Helmeted Friarbird, Golden & Yellow-faced Myna, Blue-jewel & Rufous Babbler, Spotted Catbird, Brown-headed Crow.

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Papua-Must visit

Raja Ampat – West Papua – The Land of Beautiful Islands

West Papua makes up the western side of the island of New Guinea and sits north of Australia. It happens to sit on the other side of the invisible biogeographic marker known as Lydekker’s Line, so not only are the people very different, the avifauna found here are nearly unrelated to their “Indonesian” counterparts. I’ve mentioned about Wallace’s Line on one end of the country running between Bali and Lombok and therefore talked about the unique distribution of plants and animals on either side of it. A similar phenomenon occurs on the other side of Indonesia and is known as Lydekker’s Line. Birds of Paradise and other crazy, insane species are found on the other side of Lydekker’s Line and therefore this part of the world is a MUST VISIT for anyone, bird lover or not. 

Arfak Foothills Birds Photography


Arfak mountain birding trip-Papua
On this West Papuan, birding breaks we are basically follow in the footsteps of the great Italian naturalists D’Albertis and Beccari, who once collected in the Hatam-country only a few kilometers away from our village base in the Arfak Mountains on the mid-slopes of majestic Mount Indon, towering 2,425 m above the Prafi Valley. Nearly a century and a half elapsed since the intrepid D’Albertis was the first westerner to penetrate any distance into the mountains of New Guinea exactly here in 1872, but birding these magnificent woods, swathed in clouds during parts of most days, remains an irresistible adventure. A privileged opportunity also, to be taken in tow by the Hatam, across their ancestral lands, and marvel at endemic bird life that few outsiders have ventured to come and see before.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Raja Ampat-Papua

Welcome to Raja Ampat islands Adventures, West-Papua. We are a tour operator company providing you guiding and organizing services for excursions, snorkeling and diving in the islands of Raja Ampat – West Papua Indonesia. Exploring the islands of South Waigeo in the Raja Ampat will offer you a spectacular view of the unique underwater nature and landscape. Known to be the last frontier the Raja Ampat islands have been announced to house the richest reefs in the world. With total fish and coral count which breaks the world record. It is our passion to live close with this nature and share you to feel its magnificent beauty.


  • Day 1 (M, D): Sorong – Misool – Home stay
    • Guests are picked up at DEO Airport and then escorted to the speed boat port
    • Travel to Misool by ferry
    • Lunch on the boat
    • Home stay check-in
  • Day 2 (B, L, D): Karwapop Love Lagoon – Kaleg – Batu stacking
    • Breakfast at Homestay
    • Karwapop Love Lagoon
    • Lunch break
    • Guests are escorted to Kaleg Island to relax on the beach and snorkeling
    • Sunset in Batu Susun
    • Return to Home stay
  • Day 3 (B, L, D): Harfat Peak – Jellyfish Lake – Keramat Cave – Yapap
    • Breakfast at Home stay
    • Depart to the Dapunlol Peak or better known as the Harfat Peak
    • Lunch
    • Snorkeling in a jellyfish lake without sting
    • Visiting Sacred Goa
    • Enjoy the afternoon at Yapap
    • Return to Home stay
  • Day 4 (B): Misool – Sorong
    • Breakfast at Home stay
    • Guests are escorted back to Sorong
    • Guests are picked up at the port, buy souvenirs and transfer to the airport.
    • Tour complete

Should be Brought:

  • Swimwear
  • Sneakers / sandals
  • Gloves

Additional Information:

  • Please remember that you have to pay Raja Ampat PIN. Prepare your cash at the location
  • Bring the items as needed during the tour. Backpack is highly recommended.
  • Unilateral cancellation from guests, then guests are required to find a replacement, otherwise a refund cannot be made
  • Trip schedule can change or cancel at any time if there are bad natural conditions and Force Majure. If there is a Force Majure (forced condition is out of control) then it will be discussed together for trip transfers at a adjusted cost.
  • Each participant must follow directions from the guide for mutual safety & comfort.
  • Participants must be healthy.
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Sago Worms-Jayapura


The sago worm (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) is the larva of the red palm beetle. It is a nutritious food source which is found in the remaining parts of a sago palm trunk after the removal of sago starch by farmers. The insect belongs to the Dryophthoridae family, and genus of Rhynchophorus, which consists of 10 species, which are found on mainly palm trees, coconut tree and date palm. This article discusses the nutritional contents and health benefits of sago worms.

These worms are known to have amazing health benefits. When cooked and consumed, people say they taste like meat and even chicken. Most of us may be freaked out at the mention of eating worms and probably wonder how they can be nutritious. In this article, we will discuss that and much more. Not all worms can be eaten as their are some which are harmful and others beneficial, just like the sago worm also known as coconut worm, sago palm weevil or palm tree weevil.

Nutritional Content of Sago Worm

Sago worm is a very rich source of protein, amino acids, oil, carbohydrates and minerals. It also contains dietary fiber. [1]

One 2011 research stated that the worm is a rich source of magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, fatty acid, lipid, dietary fibre and carbohydrate. It also contains fatty acids such as palmitic acid and stearic acid.

The nutritional composition of sago worm  (g/100g dry weight) are as follows:

·         Protein 25.8g

·         Fat 38.5g

·         Ash 2.1g

·         Carbohydrates 33.2g

·         Energy (kcal) 583

Health Benefits of Sago Worm (Coconut Worm)

1. Used in cooking

One way of getting the optimal nutrients present in coconut worms is through consumption. As mentioned earlier, these worms have different recipes in which they can be prepared to suit your taste. They can either be eaten raw, roasted, fried and even barbecued. They can be added as side dishes or to stew or soups, whichever way you prefer.

2. Good for digestion

The dietary fiber present in sago worms helps in the digestion of food which prevents the risk of constipation and flatulence. It can also be easily digested and boosts the metabolism.

3. Used in pharmaceutical purposes

Simply put, some of the drugs we consume are made from these worms. Sago worms contain fatty acids such as linoleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid which are used in many pharmaceutical companies. The worms are also rich in amino acids such as aspartic acid, arginine, Isoleucine, alanine, lysine and tyrosine.

4. Strengthens the bones and teeth

Sago worms are rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, which helps strengthen our bones and teeth. They can diversify the nutritional intake and give you many essential nutrients.

5. Rich source of protein

As we all know, proteins are really essential to the body. Since sago worms contain high protein just like eggs, they serve the same purposes. That is, building worn out tissues and making new ones. A 2017 study investigated the protein analysis of sago worm, and revealed that the worm had a high protein content in it’s larvae stage.

Sago warms have been said to have almost same nutritional protein content as soya. They also contain low cholesterol.

6. Reduces blood sugar levels

Coconut worms are healthy food for diabetics as they are low in sugar and would help maintain sugar levels. They also help reduce cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of other diseases.

7. Fights Microbial Infections

Medical studies have shown that the worms provides a protective barrier against microorganisms due to their antimicrobial properties. The worms are said to be rich in Iron and Zinc.


Sago worms are a nutritious food source with many health benefits. They can be a source of food and income for the the peasant farmers in rural areas and villages. You can add them to your diet today.

Key Words: Sago worm, nutritious, food security, children under five, Indonesia


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