John Urbon

John Urbon - Raja Ampat guide for Sorong region

John Urbon is a Sorong based guide and can help with your travel arrangements in and around Sorong.

John has excellent English, can almost always be found at Sorong harbour at ferry arrival and departure times, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the marine transport services available in Raja Ampat.

John can also help with airport meets, airport-harbour transfers and hotel arrangements, as well as organise birdwatching tours or any other explorations you might like to make around Sorong.

Sorong’s most often seen as a transfer point for onward travel to the Raja Ampat islands, but there’s a lot to see in the area and nearby islands. John’s familiar with it all.

Phone: +6282238444120 (SMS text message best)

Email: None

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  1. RINO BELLONI on

    Please
    can you confirm the avaibility of a Ferry leaving from Soron on 16:00 Friday to Batanta

    1. John won’t see a comment left here Rino. To the best of our knowledge, that schedule is still correct. If you want John to confirm, then you will have to call him.

      Please note, though, that very few people in Raja Ampat have the ability to make calls or send SMS to international numbers.

  2. Steven on

    Does he got an Email adres? Text isn’t working… Thx!
    I need birding guide for 2 days klasow. Thx

    1. Nope! Would have published it if he did Steven. The guides page has some other Sorong guides who can arrange birding and who do have email addresses though.

  3. AKARI on

    ソロン港でフェリーを待っているときに、声をかけられました。きさくで親切な方です。待ち時間が長いなら町見学でもアレンジしましょうか?って言ってくださいました。

  4. Francesca on

    We meet mister Urban at Sorong Pier, is Very kindly man and knows a Lot of things abaut ships timetablet!
    Thanks mister John from italian orang😊

  5. Andrea on

    My husband and I were on a 5 week long honeymoon trip, with a stop in Sorong for 4 days, in late November. We had read this website a few times, and while in Sorong, decided that finding John was our best bet for getting to Raja Ampat. After going to two incorrect ports (walking much too far), we were taken to the correct port, with the ferry landing. After flashing a photo of this photo of John around, someone said they knew him. Miracle–John spoke with us and helped us get one night (which is the only time we had) with an old school friend of his who lives in R.A. and operates a homestay. With John’s help, we got on the ferry that left about 1.5 hrs after our conversation with him, confirmed a stay with his friend, and had a great experience at a homestay in Raja Ampat. John Urbon is a very friendly and well-informed guide for Sorong and Raja Ampat. Many thanks to him and to this post for mentioning him!

  6. Marie-Josée and Raynald on

    Wow what a great help, we meet John by chance at the ferry terminal to go to Misool. Noboby was able to help us until John appear! After 5 minutes, he got the key of the cabin for us directly from the owner of the boat.
    Thank to this good man who really love his country.

  7. Debbie & Howie on

    We met John by chance at the ferry terminal in Sorong. We had been trying to find out how to reserve a cabin, and no one was able to tell us the procedure until John offered his help. He proceeded to help us get to Misool and back in comfort. John is fluent in English, and genuinely happy to help foreigners. He followed up on our travel arrangements and greeted us upon our return to Sorong to help us with our luggage back to our hotel. In fact, he seemed to be on the ferry before it had even stopped moving! We highly recommend this gentlemen for your travel needs in Sorong and beyond.

  8. Steve Anyon-Smith on

    We used John’s services on two days to access some great forest sites near Sorong for birdwatching. John and his good friend Dek were reliable, friendly and above all great ambassadors for West Papua. John’s priority is not about money – it’s your satisfaction with his country, his service and your experience. He is highly recommended.

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