Waigeo, Raja Ampat, Papua

Travelling across untouched ancient forest and rivers in search of the elusive Red Bird-of-Paradise.

Mission: Working with Flora and Fauna International (FFI) to support four local communities to develop their own ecotourism ventures to improve rural livelihoods and forest conservation in Waigeo. 

idGuides undertook a pre-scoping expedition with the mission of finding and recognising new and existing assets and opportunities for developing ecotourism. We were looking at potential future guides, what the risks and challenges involved are and how the community, idGuides and FFI can work together to provide a meaningful and competitive ecotourism product. 

What we found: The area and community has some astonishing natural assets.
Here are a few highlights:

  • Multiple gentle and easy river crossings (during the dry season).
  • Over 12 Red Birds-of-Paradise in one tree, only 20 minutes away from camp.
  • Witnessing and learning indigenous wilderness survival techniques.
  • Passing through sacred areas in the forest and learning about its history.

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idGuides back from Papua – Ecotourism support – Somatua foundation and Adventure Carstensz

As part of the DFID-funded Protarih development program, idGuides was in Timika-Papua to support local expedition operator Adventure Carstensz and its affiliated Yayasan the Somatua Foundation to develop their ecotourism product and make sure that both procedures and capacities are sufficiently capable of carrying forward their mutual development goals. As the first step in what is hopefully a longer term collaboration between Adventure Carstensz, The Somatua foundation and idGuides the trip in January was spent assessing the overall development goals and visions of the grantees as well their internal and external procedures, capacities and workflows. Going forward idGuides will assist Adventure Carstensz professionalize product, safety, service, capacities and marketing and assist the Somatua Foundation to further develop and strenghten their development goals and plans.

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