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Sawinggrai village is located in Meos Mansar district, Raja Ampat,
West Papua province. This village has 36 family heads and it is famous
for its fauna and nature tourism. You can see this province’s icon of
Cenderawasih (bird of paradise) and feed fish.
There are four species of Cenderawasih cultivated in this village,
namely Red Bird of Paradise, Wilson’s Bird of Paradise, Lesser Bird of
Paradise, and Greater Bird of Paradise. From these species, Red Bird of
Paradise is the icon for Sawinggrai village.
To reach Sawinggrai village, it is easier if you take a flight to
Domne Eduard Osok airport in Sorong. There are several flights you can
take e.g., Merpati Air, Express Air, and Lion Air. For sea
transportation, ships transiting in Port Sorong are Dorolonda, Labobar,
Gunung Dempo, Sinabung, and Tatamailau.
From Sorong, you can take a sea transportation from Sorong Fishery
Port to Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district. From here, you
can continue your journey by rented longboat to Sawinggrai.
There are two alternative ships from Sorong to Waisai. First, using
speed boat for about two hours, or second, using local government’s
ship for four hours journey. After that, your journey by longboat to
Sawinggrai will take about two and a half hours.
To reach the observation site of Cenderawasih bird, you have to
climb Manjai Hill behind the village for about 30 minutes. To reach the
fish feeding site, you can walk only for about 100 meters to a pier.
In this village, we can see dancing cenderawasih in the morning and
afternoon. These birds usually dance in the morning (06.30-07.30 local
time), and in the afternoon (16.30-18.00). It is not difficult to see
these birds dancing if you arrive ontime. Tourists usually arrive in
the location 30 minutes before the birds dance.
In addition, feeding the fish is also an interesting activity. Fish
in this pier are very friendly with humans. They will swim to get their
food from our hand.
No temporary shelter is available in this village. The nearest ones
are in KRI Eco Resort and Sorido Bay Resort managed by Papua Diving and
in Yenbuba owned by Dedy Mayor.
There’s no restaurant or food stall in the village. So make sure
either you bring some or your travel operator arrange it for you.
There’s also no shop selling souvenirs here.
If you wish to see the birds dancing (usually in the morning or
afternoon), avoid coming between December and February because these
birds are laying eggs during this period.