Sorong, known as the city of oil, ia an old city located in Papua Barat Province. In this city, you can see lots inheritances of old oil company belong to Netherlands who once ruled here in the city. Though this city is known as the city of oil, Sorong has some exotic places to visit which is also the gate to Raja Ampat.
The word â€œSorenâ€, taken from Biak Numfor language, is the origin of the name â€œSorongâ€. This word means deep and wavy sea. The first people who used the word â€œSorenâ€ come from Biak Numfor tribe who sailed and stayed at Raja Ampat Islands. This tribe was named Daratan Maladum which included in Sorong City territory as â€œSorenâ€. But several merchants of Maluku, Chinese, Sangihe, Talaut and some European Missionaries called it as Sorong.
You can see habitats of some rare kinds of turtle in Yamursa Medi village, Wau district Abun and Sausafor. You can also see thousand bats and sea eagles living free in Um Island. For you who love nature scenery, you can come to Katatop Beach which has beautiful and interesting island groups to see.
For you who are fond of surfing, you can go to Walio Beach and a beach located in Moraid village. If you seek for swimming or snorkeling, you can just go to Tanjung Kasuari Beach for the beach is suitable to do such activities. Buaya spot is a great spot for you if you like fishing and swimming. You can also try to soak in Klaijili hotspring, believed to be able to heal kinds of skin disease.
One famous typical food of Sorong and worth to try is roti abon gulung (shredded roll). This food is rolled with some shredded flavor on the inside and out and this food is quite big with soft texture. Try also keripik kedelai (soybean chips). This delicious and crispy chip is made of taro.
Sorong is served by the Dominique Edward Osok Airport.
The Domine Eduard Osok Airport is located at Jl. Basuki Rahmat Km 8, Sorong. This airport has domestic routes only operating from 6:00 to 21:00 WIT. Distance from downtown to the airport is only about 8 km. Every day Garuda flies several times on the route Denpasar-Makassar-Sorong. Express Air flies daily Makassar-Sorong. You can use Lion Air for the flight Sorong-Ambon, Ambon-Makassar, Denpasar and Makassar. Lion Air and Express Air fly on the route Manado-Sorong.
Besides flights to the major cities there are at least 12 flights per week using small aircraft to close-by destinations.
---- Taxi fare from the airport is around Rp.80.000, or alternatively you can use public transportation (angkot), which is cheaper but you have to walk about 100m to the highway. Fare for the angkot is about Rp. 2000 - Rp. 3000. If you want to go to the harbor, you have to take 2 different angkots (total fare Rp. 6000). The angkots are very easy and cheap way for transportation in Sorong. Also, in addition to being cheap public transportation, you can also charter the whole angkot one-way to or from the airport for a price of approximately Rp. 20,000 - Rp 30,000. If you have a transit flight the next day best to stay at the hotel Imperial Aryaduta which is close to the airport so you will not be late for your next flight.