Paulus is a PSSI qualified dive guide and can arrange equipment hire from Wobbegong Dive Adventures for diving and snorkelling trips. The blue water mangroves in front of the homestay are home to a wide variety of marine life, including the many nudibranch species from which the homestay takes its name. Walking sharks can also be found sheltering among the mangrove roots during daylight hours. The coral reef to seaward of the mangroves is rich and vibrant and has a steep dropoff to explore. Paulus can organise diving and snorkelling trips to any of the other Dampier Strait and Kabui Bay sites you might want to visit.
In addition to varied diving and snorkelling trips, Nudibranch offers a Sunset Lookout trip for IDR 50,000 per person. A 5 minute boat ride and 15 minute walk will bring you to a lookout point perfect for watching the sunset. On the way you can visit a cave containing the remains of Japanese soldiers.
Also available is a guided trek from northern Gam Bay across the hills of northern Gam to the village of Kabui. The jungle trek takes around 3 hours and offers panoramic views of both Gam and Kabui Bays. The hike is one way, the assumption being that guests will continue from Kabui village to Warikaf Homestay for the night. It may be possible to arrange a return journey if required. Cost is IDR 1,000,000 per group (5 max) for the Nudibranch to Kabui village section. Extra guests can join for IDR 200,000 each. Boat transport from Kabui to Warikaf Homestay is IDR 700,000 (shared among 5 max) and IDR 200,000 for each extra passenger above 5. The trek is designed for backpackers – if you have more luggage than you can carry, you’ll need to arrange to have it transferred or carried for you.
Birds of Paradise
A tour to see Red Birds of Paradise display is available at Sawinggrai for IDR 200,000 per person. The tours depart at 5.00am from Sawinggrai, which is a ten minute walk along a concete path from Nudibranch. On the way your flashlight may spot the nocturnal cuscus in the pathside trees.
Cuscus! The Nudibranch dining shelter is visited nightly by three wild cuscus (see the gallery photo above). Paula and Paulino are a breeding pair of Waigeo cuscus (Spilocuscus papuensis). Helena is a much smaller, plain coloured squirrel-sized individual. She is either a different species, or Paula and Paulino’s offspring with juvenile colouration. An up close experience with these normally shy nocturnal forest dwellers is guaranteed.
Schools of brightly coloured reef fish are regularly fed from the jetty at Sawinggrai and there is a concrete path that provides comfortable walking between Sawinggrai and Kapisawar, a village further to the west along the coast.