Sorong, Indonesia Cruise Port, 2019 and 2020 Cruises to Sorong, Indonesia | The Cruise Web
 

Sorong, Indonesia Cruise Port

Cruise to the province of West Papua to find the bustling east coast port of Sorong, Indonesia, a coastal city that's considered the gateway to the country's more northern Raja Ampat Islands; it’s also Papua’s second-largest city. With temperatures that remain consistent throughout the year and a tropical rainforest climate, Sorong is known for its diving spots and gorgeous marine life. The area is also famous for a rich biodiversity of coral reefs, making it an excellent adventure for snorkelers. The city has begun to thrive within the past decade, thanks to more roads leading to other towns within Papua's Bird's Head Peninsula. The city's name comes from the word soren, which in the Biak language means "deep and wavy ocean." These indigenous people explored different islands before settling here, where the name evolved into Sorong. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Sorong, Indonesia:
 
  • With diving one of the most popular activities in the islands as a whole, you'll find a number of dive shops that can rent you equipment and provide chartered excursions. Whether you're looking for just a couple of hours or several days, you'll get a chance to see mantas, sharks, coral, and much more.
     
  • Stay on the island and spend the day at Tanjung Kasuari Beach. While nothing too fancy, there's a nice stretch of sand for sunbathing and swimming, trees for shade, and excellent waves for surfing.
     
  • The Chinese Buddhist Sapta Ratna Pagoda is not only artistic; it provides great views from its hilltop location. Look for the temple and Buddha statue nearby, and climb the seven floors to the top (if it's open) to catch a magnificent sunset.
     
  • Exploring the Raja Ampat Islands is a popular side-trip from Sorong. A favorite among tourists for diving and snorkeling, there are also many other opportunities on land, such as villages to visit, hiking trails to see the waterfalls, tours of bat caves (not the Gotham kind), and birdwatching expeditions.

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