After another great meal served by my hosts (in candlelight because the villages supply of gasoline for the generator had run out the night before), we settled down for sleep (me under the mosquito net). I slowly fell asleep. I’m getting too old to sleep on hard surfaces!
And then it rained…Hard…REAL HARD! The way it only rains in the tropics where the heavens open up and there is nothing but sheets of water in the sky. With a tin roof…its quite deafening. By the next morning, the road was pure mud and we decided to head back to town early in order to give ourselves plenty of time.
Never was I happier to be sitting in a tricked out Mitsubishi 4x4 with a damn good driver. Particularly those moments when the car was sideways, sliding downhill on wet clay.
Here’s Hans and Eskul, the driver and assistant:
I had a great time in Klasuat. I think the government of the Sorong Regency have a wonderful opportunity here. Klasuat has a beautiful display tree for the Lesser Birds of Paradise very close to Sorong City, the gateway used by most tourists for diving the Raja Ampat. With a little investment in infrastructure, particularly the road and a formal homestay facility in Klasuat, this would provide an attractive reason for tourists to spend an extra day or so in the area. As it stands right now, one needs to be a bit adventurous to experience this…which is unfortunate. The birds are a 3 minute hike from the road.