Sorong is a coastal city and regency in the eastern Indonesia province of West Papua. It is the gateway to Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands, species rich coral reef islands in an area considered the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity. It also the logistics hub for Indonesia's thriving eastern oil and gas frontier. Sorong has experienced exponential growth in the last five years, and further growth is anticipated as Sorong becomes linked by road to other frontier towns in Papua's Bird's Head Peninsula. The city is one of the seats of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manokwari–Sorong.

Sorong locates on The Bird's Head (Indonesian: Kepala Burung, Dutch: Vogelkop) Peninsula or Doberai Peninsula is a large peninsula that makes up the northwest portion of the Province of West Papua, Indonesia, at [show location on an interactive map] 1°30′S 132°30′E / -1.5, 132.5. Across the Dampier Strait is Waigeo island of Raja Ampat, and Batanta island lies just off the northwest tip, also of Raja Ampat. The large Cenderawasih Bay is to the East. The peninsula south is Bomberai Peninsula.


Sorong is definitely not a tourist town. The town of Sorong is a fading oil center, with rusting tin roofs that stretch along eight km of seashore at the westernmost tip of the Bird’s head. We can say that the town is fully with disco nightlife while for daylight activities are strict business. There are some good beaches and islands to visit.

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