Sorong, on the bill of the Vogelkopf Peninsula in West Papua, is the starting point for your trip to the magnificent Raja Ampatmarine Parks. Sorong' is said to come from the Soreri locale, which means'deep and tumultuous seas'. The city is surrounded by mountain, hill, plains and sheltered woods.
Sorong's oceans are full of tunas and shrimps, which are also important exports. In Sorong you can take a cab or a rented car and travel short trips. The best thing to do is to ask the courteous personnel of the hotels you are in before you drive through the city. Even though the majority of passengers and freight between the islands are carried by ship, there are a number of services to Sorong.
Sorong has another Sorong International and Jefman airports in the city.
Papua's second largest town, Sorong, lies at the north-western tip of the Vogelkop. It is a bustling harbour and a regional centre for lumberjack and olive work.
Scuba Diving in Indonesia: RaphajAmpat - What else is there to do in Sorong?
The second largest city in West Papua, Sorong serves a community of some 125,000 inhabitants, most of whom come from other parts of Indonesia. It is the major supplier basis for the indigenous wood and petroleum and natural-gas industry, as well as for the many liveaboard safaris operated in the Raja Ampat area during the peak dive year.
The largest city in Raja Ampat, it has two large hypermarkets that have a whole range of things in store - among them battery packs and sneezers. When you have a killing in Sorong, there are a few interesting places to see and fill the days, beginning with a very early breakfast at Pasar Jimbutan Puri.
Pazar is a Bahasa town and Jimbutan Puri is the place where the locals fish over night. You can also miss most of the activity, as the fish are discharged onto the docks, and then towed to the nearest fair. Around 07.30 it is calm again and it is bed and breakfasts at your hotelg!
It is a good day in the mornings to buy two very particular things in Sorong. It is very traditionally made in Indonesia and is available in 2,25 m length so that it can be used to make garments and more. I do not buy my own personal teacup, but I am from those who know these things that the Sorong is selling is pretty good when you buy from the right stores and its designs are quite inimitable.
You will find several stores in Sorong and your chauffeur, or cabbie, will probably try to take you to the one from whom he receives a fee when you buy. So, ask your travel agent if you can, but if you don't try, Aneka Baatik, which I have been to Sorong on my last travels, and they seemed to have a good choice and sensible tariff.
Irian Jaya Arts & Craft is the other Sorong feature and my own favourite, offering a good range of clan facemasks and other artefacts - plus an outstanding range of cock-gourds! At the end of the evening, after the intensive heats of the days have eased, it is a good moment to go to another one. This tour is called Pasar Boswesen.
In Pasar Boswesen there is something of everything and on one side of the street leading through it there is a fishmarket on stilt above the swam. Obviously, the crowd that operates the stands at the local fishmarket does not get many international guests and there are many kind jokes and general jokes when you are walking around.
You' d probably never know it was there unless someone said it to you, but high up on a mound with a view of Sorong is a wonderful Buddhist sanctuary. As most things, once you know them, you look for them, and the sanctuary is a true symbol of the city - especially from the harbour when you look back on Sorong.
Constructed by the Sorong church of China, the sanctuary is a great place to end the days and observe the sundown, as it probably dominates the best place in the city to observe the sundown. Right behind the Hauptpagode, where traditionally holy and important artefacts are kept, a path leads up to the top of the mound, where the real sanctuary is located.
It' almost beautiful and I never thought I'd say that about Sorong!