Schouten Islands Biak, Numfor, Yapen

Schouten Islands Biak, Numfor, Yapen
Padaidori Islands
Welcome to another paradise of Papua Irian Island, Biak, the gate of the Northern Irian region. This small island located in the top of the Cendrawasih Bay, Northern Part of Papua Irian Island, was the location horrific WW II battles between the Allied Forces and the Japanese.
We invite you to witness the world war remains, enjoy spectacular sea gardens which is still untouchable by the massive tourism industry, exploring the small tropical quite islands around Biak that owns pristine white sandy beach and crystal water, beautiful varied fish and corals, diving spots.
Biak is built on the rocky soil of an island of the same name on the rim of Cendrawasih Bay, as Irian Jaya's gateway.
There are some good beaches on : the most popular of which are Bosnik on the east coast which is good swimming and skydiving, and Korem on the north coast, where one can watch young men dive for pearls.
We can also visit YAPEN ISLAND, accessible by twenty minutes flight or six hours by motorized boat to discover the typical birds of paradise, Parrots, cockatoos and other in Yapen Island as well as trekking and camping to appreciate the exotic flora and fauna which are the endemic of Papua Irian such as star turtle (Dermochelys Coriaceae), Shell Turtle (Cretmocechelys Mybas), butterfly, flying fox and many more.
The Padaido archipelago is located in east Biak.
It comprises of 30 islands big and small. The archipelago was called "Schoutenlands" after William Schouten, found the islands in 1862. Padaido is a local word, meaning un-describable beauty. The most beautiful areas of the archipelago is on the small islands of Ureb and Mansurbabo, both having white sandy beaches and clear water.
The sarirea rocks is also fantastic.
These are is suitable place for diving.
From Biak it takes an hour by boat to get here.
You can also explore the national parks and NATURAL RESERVE at Manokwari.
This town was became the capital of West New Guinea during the Dutch colonization.
Located at the northern part of the Irian mainland, Manokwari lies on the beautiful surrounding gorges. We will explore The Arfak Reserve (450 square kilometers) lies in the north - east corner of the Irian Peninsula, 25 kilometers away from Manokwari.
The vegetation comprises lowland and hill forest has been selectively logged but it has retained much of its diversity. The reserve protects large numbers of endemic, rare and commercially important species.
There are about 110 species of mammal may be found here, including thirty species of marsupial such as tree kangaroos, forest wallabies, bandicoots, possums and cus-cus.
About half of the 320 bird species recorded for the reserve are endemic to Irian Jaya, and some of them are not known outside the Arfak region.
for birding this reserve is one of the heavens you may see in the island.
Biak is accessible by flights from Jakarta, Bali, Jayapura major cities in Indonesia.

Diving Biak

Diving Biak - Irian Jaya There are 6 separate, contiguous locations here, with the wall close to shore dropping 30m or more, flattening out, then dropping again out of scuba range. The reef face is pockmarked by some fairly deep caves where only qualified cave divers should venture. Larger fish life includes moray eels, skipjacks, lobster, napoleons, barracuda, turtles, tuna and sharks, especially the grey reef variety. At the other end of the size scale, 5 out of the 6 sites usually host a good variety of nudibranchs. A group of small islands called Padaido are the best location for diving and snorkelling activities. Where the clear water possible you to reach the entire of underwater sight. A various kinds of fish, underwater cave, WWII wrecks, and beautiful dropwalls with natural sea life decorate the dive spots here. The diving off the Padaido Islands, the third group of dive sites, is tops for the larger fishes, both variety and numbers. There also tends to be more current here, preferred by some of the larger reef fishes and the pelagics. Site #25, called The Atoll, is said to be best for large fish, including several 2m long dogfin tuna and large schools of very friendly batfish. In general, at the Padaido sites, the guides attest to frequent sightings of several varieties of sharks, eagle rays, jacks, turtle and barracuda. This seems right from my limited dives there. Coral cover was none too good and we saw some dynamite fishing damage. Clams, including a couple of giant ones, were evident during one dive. Another plunge featured a deep cave-like cleft with 3 large, spectacular openings. Biak's most spectacular dives, both for the fishes and the bottom profiles, are in the Padaido Islands. Diving in Biak is not for those with little time and even less money. It's neither cheap nor quick to fly there from Bali or Jakarta, but a bit more reasonable from Manado. Once you are there, you might as well stay a while. There are over 3 dozen dive locations to choose from, and more exploratory dives will probably expand the potential dive sites. Rain, waves and spray made for some pretty uncomfortable rides to and from the Padaido sites and precluded our diving off southwest Biak. But within September 1997 a larger dive boat, built right there, was due for completion. This should make for more pleasant journeys to the further locations, especially to the Outer (or Upper) Padaido Islands, an area due for exploration by the guides as soon as the larger dive boat becomes operational. You could found the dive guides competent, especially underwater. Topside, their English leaves lots of room for improvement as do the dive plans which tend to be very brief and without much vital information as to currents or description of any special features. But all of our underwater surprises were of the pleasant kind. The typical day trip leaves in the morning, does a dive, breaks on some convenient beach for a box lunch and after a rest, another dive before heading back in mid to late afternoon It is a long way to Biak and if you have travelled this far, there's plenty to explore with either time or money (best, as anywhere else, is to have both!). Biak island itself offers overland minibus jaunts and boat rides along the coasts. This is all very cheap but crowded and time-consuming if you use public transportation. These trips, however, reveal Biak's traditional lifestyle of small-scale farming and fishing by a generally well-educated and dynamic group. Many of the larger villages have weekly markets, when the island's colourful agricultural products are on display. This is, of course, the best time for a visit, with plenty of transportation available. In any jaunt around Biak, by land or sea, always bring your mask, snorkel and fins; there are many tempting locations to check out. Just a bit further afield, for instance, the island of Numfor boasts of a magical lagoon on its west coast. When we checked out this mini-paradise, the tepid waters swarmed with bright fish. An occasional canoe squeezed in under the narrow coral overhang at the lagoon's entrance, manned by fishermen skilled with spears. Palms and mangrove ring this lovely lagoon with bright red parrots squawking over.

Diving Tour

04 Days / 03 Nights Biak Scuba Diving Tour Start / Finish: Biak Airport - Jayapura
Grade: Moderate Tour
Day 01 : Biak arrival Arrived at Biak airport, you will be picked up by our local guide, meeting service then directly transfer to Intsia beach hotel, check-in. After lunch pax by coach exploring one hour to Wadibu and Marau beach for beach scuba dive ( 2 X ). Late afternoon back to hotel for dinner overnight stay. (L, D)
Day 02 : Hotel – Katalina point – Owi island After breakfast at hotel by outrigger boat explore 30 minutes to Katalina wreck point for scuba dive. After dive then pax continue the trip in one hour to Owi island for second scuba dive ( 2 X ). Lunch box and mineral water provided on the spot. Afternoon by outrigger return to Biak to your hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 03 : Hotel – Rurbas island After breakfast pax by outrigger boat in two hours explore to Rurbas island for 2 x diving. Lunch box and mineral water provided on the beach. Afternoon back to your hotel for dinner overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 04 : Biak Departure After breakfast pax transfer to airport for your next flight destination. (B) PRICE: On Request (please advice us the number of the participants)

INCLUDED: • All tours Transport with private car • Transfer in/out from/to Biak Airport • Local Guide + Dive Master • Diving Activities as per itinerary • Dive Equipment (Dive tanks & weight belt) • Hotel as per itinerary based on twin share • Meals as per itinerary • Soft drink • Mineral water • Snack

EXCLUDED: • Domestic Airfare • Airport tax • small items such as dive suits • BCDs • mask • underwater light • Laundry • Alcoholic beverage • Other personal expenses • Tips (these are optional)