THRILLING TWILIGHT IN RAJA AMPAT FROM WAUYAI PEAK

Endless tells the charm of the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua. The status of ‘The Last Paradise’ sticks to its name and is widely recognized by tourists from all over the world. Not only underwater charms and panoramas of a cluster of islands, Raja Ampat is now starting to offer other potential as a paradise for bird lovers.

Various tour packages, exploration routes, and observation towers are prepared simply by the local community, in order to facilitate tourists from various walks of life. A panoramic tower was erected and managed by Amandus Marindal and his family in the middle of Kabui Bay.

Only 30 minutes away from Saporkren Village or about 1 hour from Waisai City using a fishing boat, visitors can get a beautiful panorama with the distance from the city center. Of course that also means that transportation costs are far cheaper than other well-known locations. This location is known as the ‘Wawiyai Peak’.

From the place to lean on the boat, visitors must go through the climbing lane. Even though the distance is relatively short, it takes less than 20 minutes to reach the top because the conditions are quite steep. But the level of difficulty trying is anticipated by starting to build stairs and steps to facilitate visitors from all walks of life.

At the top of the cliff, awaits the courtyard which features a panoramic view of a group of karst islands above the Tosca-colored sea. Indeed, the charm of Wawiyai Peak is not inferior when compared to Piaynemo whose name was already global.

Afternoon to dusk is the best time to linger on the courtyard. Various types of birds that used to roam in Raja Ampat seemed to fly across us. There were around 16 species observed for about two hours we stood at the Wawiyai Peak.

The birds include ordinary bulbs (Eurystomus orientalis), pergam spices (Ducula myristicivora), large half-calf coconut (Tanygnathus megalorhyncos), glossy manukodia (Manucodia ater), bondol eagles (Haliastur indus), julang papua (Ryhticeros plicatus ), small cikalang (Fregata ariel), kipasan taman (Rhipidura leucophrys).

There are also papuan peppers (Dicaeum pectorale), crested sea virgin (Thaasseus bergii), black nape sea turtles (Sterna sumatrana), rainbow licks (Trichoglossus moluccanus), papal slaughterhouse (Cracticus cassius), sriganti honey birds (Nectarinia jugularis), orru crows (Corvus orru), and cikukua tanduk (Philemon buceroides).

Until finally the sky slowly dimmed and the bias of the orange sunlight reflected off the clouds above. The sunset panorama is always stunning from the southern side of Waigeo, a paradise for sunset seekers.

The show doesn’t stop here. A few minutes before the sky was completely eclipsed, thousands of small birds began to arrive from all over the sky. They fly and spin on a small coral island right on the side of the island that we climb. Local people dubbed the island a ‘bird bed’.

We were amazed and lost, seeing countless birds swarming around the island. Until the night was really dim, the cikalang began to perch on its perch and each island began to calm down. We also decided to go down in the dark. A mesmerizing performance seen from Wawiyai Peak. A thrilling dusk show.