Sulawesi North Route – No Frills Tour

Sulawesi North Route – No Frills Tour

Departure: 24th March 2017, 26th May 2017, 1st Sept 2017
Destinations: Manado – Sulawesi – Indonesia.
Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Target Birds 40 to 80 endemic species

Price: USD1200 per person (Minimum 4 people)
Single Supplement: USD290 per person.
Included in price: Accommodation in twin sharing room with breakfast, lunch and dinner, local bird guide and regional experience tour leader, all save and comfortable land transportation.
Not Included in Price: Domestic airfare, Beverages, Camera fees where applicable, Tips and porter.

Embark on an unforgettable birding adventure into an avian paradise and join in our global efforts to promote awareness, conservation and sustainable tourism across Sulawesi!Sulawesi Island is one of the gems for an amazing area called Wallacea. One of the four Greater Sunda Islands and the world’s eleventh largest island, Sulawesi is situated between Borneo and the Maluku Islands. Endemic birds, wildlife, unique culture and dramatic landscapes have captivated travellers. 31% of Sulawesi’s birds are found nowhere else in the world. Come see over 250 endemic birds on a 8-day free expedition that will cover 4 distinct ecological habitats and begin to uncover the thrill and mystery of Wallacea. A unique experience where your tour will not only include a free and easy “no-frills” birdwatching adventure with an expert guide, but your contribution will also go towards promoting ecotourism and conservation values across the Asian/Wallacea region through partnerships between Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY) and the Asian Bird Fair Network (ABF).

Read the trip Report : Incredible Sulawesi: The Birds of North Sulawesi
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Borneo Short Route

Borneo Short Route

 

Destinations:  Sabah Route (point to point): Crocker Range – Poring Hotsprings – Mount Kinabalu
Duration : 5 days and 4 nights
Target Birds : 150 to 200 species
Included in price: Accommodation in twin sharing room, bird guide, all land transportation.
Not Included in Price: Domestic airfare, Lunch, Dinner, Beverages, Camera fees where applicable, Tips and porter

Day 1

Sub Montane and Lowlands birds
Depart Kota Kinabalu and proceed to Rafflesia Forest Reserve (90mins), along the Crocker Range, Here we look for birds that are seldom seen elsewhere like the Mountain barbet, Borneo Barbet, Bornean Bulbul, Bornean (mountain) Blue-winged Leafbird, Black-breasted Fruithunter, Mountain Leaf Warbler and the very elusive Whitehead’s Warbler. Later drive to Sabah Tea Garden (120mins). Overnight Sabah Tea Gardens.

Day 2

Lowland birds
Early morning birding in the forest of the Tea Garden. Later to Poring Hot springs to look for more lowland species. Overnight Sabah Tea Gardens.

Day 3/4

Montane birds
Early morning drive to Kinabalu Park HQ (45mins). Here we explore the trails of this World Heritage Site and seek out its specialties such as Bornean Stubtail, Mountain Wren Babbler, Chestnut-crested Yuhinia, Mountain Blackeye, Whitehead’s Broadbill and Trogon, Blacksided Flowerpecker and Bornean Whistling Thrush among many others. Overnight Kinabalu Rose Cabin or equivalent.

Day 5

Montane and Wetland birds
After some morning birding in Kinabalu Park and lunch, we depart for Kota Kinabalu (120mins) and along the way we stop at rice paddies for some waterbirds. Arrive at Kota Kinabalu. End of tour

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Wallacea Birding South Route

Wallacea Birding South Route

Join us on our new and exciting tour, this expedition will see us venture into Wallace Line, named after the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who noted the differences in mammal and bird fauna between the islands either side of the line.

Departure 8 April 2016
Destinations: Sorong – Waigeo – Weda – Makasar – Ternate
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Target Birds : 250 to 300 species
Price :
2 Person is 420 US Dollars/person/day.
3 – 4   Person is 410 US Dollars/person/day.
5 – 6   Person is 400 US Dollars/person/day.
7 – 8   Person is 390 US Dollars/person/day.
Included in price: Accommodation in twin sharing room, bird guide, all land transportation.
Not Included in Price: Domestic airfare, Insurance , marine activity, marine park permit,over weight, alcohol drinks, laundry, Camera fees where applicable, Tips and porter.

Itinerary:
8 April: Arrive Sorong (14:00) – Birding at sorong lowland
9 April: morning birding at sorong lowland, transfer to harbor – boating to waigeo – drive and  birding a long the road towards to the resort – night at the resort.
10 April: Morning birding for wilson’s bird of paradise and Red bird of paradise and other species – afternoon marine activity.
11 April: Morning birding/marine activity – boating back to Sorong – night at the hotel.
12 April: Fly to Ternate via makasar – arrive Ternate (12:15) – boating to Sofifi (45 minutes) -drive and birding a long the road towards to Weda (4 hours) – night at Weda Resort.
13 April: Full day birding in Weda.
14 April: Morning birding in Weda – transfer back to Ternate – night at the hotel Ternate.
15 April: Departure – trip ended.

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Wallacea Birding North Route

Wallacea Birding North Route

Join us on our new and exciting tour, this expedition will see us venture into Wallace Line, named after the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who noted the differences in mammal and bird fauna between the islands either side of the line.

Departure: 4 to 11 May 2016
Destinations:
Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Target Birds 100 to 120 species
Bird Diversity 224 species – 97 Endemics

Price
USD 1830 per person (Minimum 4 people)
USD 2945 per person (Minimum 2 people)
Single Supplement: USD390 per person.
Included in price: Accommodation in twin sharing room with breakfast, bird guide, all land transportation.
Not Included in Price: Domestic airfare, Lunch, Dinner, Beverages, Camera fees where applicable, Tips and porter.

 

Wallacea is a myriad of oceanic islands located between the Oriental and Australasian region. The region gets its name after the renowned English naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace a contemporary of Charles Darwin and is acknowledged to be the co-founder of the Theory of Evolution.

Wallacea host a fascinating mix of Oriental and Australasian elements but most importantly its oceanic isolation has resulted in the evolution of a remarkably high number of endemic bird species. Sulawesi is the largest of the islands that make up Wallacea and supports the richest, most highly endemic and most distinctive birds. There approximately 224 birds found on Mainland Sulawesi, of which 41 species are endemics and a further 56 species are confined to Sulawesi and/or its satellite islands. Our journey begins upon arrival at  at Manado International Airport , the capital of North Sulawesi.
From Manado Airport we take an interesting 2 hour journey by road to Tangkoko National Park, were we bed soon at our quaint lodge in exciting anticipation of the coming 3 days of birding at this park. In the next seven days endemics will come fast and furious!

We explore the lowland rainforest and mangrove forest in search of the endemics to be found here. Among the endemics we may see are Sulawesi Hawk Eagle, Yellow Breasted Racquet-tailed Parrot, Silver Tip Imperial Pigeon, Yellow Billed Malkoha, Sulawesi Black Pigeon, Finch Billed Myna, Golden Mantle Racquet Tailed Parrot, Green Backed Kingfisher, Lilac Cheeked Kingfisher, Sulawesi Babbler, Red Backed Thrush, White Napped Myna, Red Knob Hornbill, Ashy Woodpecker, Yellow Sided Flower-pecker, White Rumped Cuckoo-shrike, Sulawesi Masked Owl, Black Billed Kingfisher, Sulawesi Cicada Bird.
The non endemics/regional endemics that we may see are White Breasted Wood-swallow, Hairy-crested Drongo, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Buff Banded Rail, Channel Billed Cuckoo, Black Sunbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Ruddy Kingfisher, Blue Breasted Pitta, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Emerald Dove, Pale Blue Monarch, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Scared Kingfisher, Grey Cheeked Green Pigeon, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Olive Backed Sunbird, Black Fronted White Eye. Other fascinating wildlife may see are Tarsiers, Sulawesi Black Macaque, Leatheback turtles, Flying Lizards and squirrels!
On the late morning of third day we will drive to Tambun, the conservation site of the very unique Maleo bird. At Tambun and along the 4 hour journey there we will perhaps pick up some more endemics birds like Bay Coucal, Black Billed Koel and Sulawesi Pied Triller. Non endemics like the Uniform Swiftlet; Great Eared Nightjar, Spotted Marsh Harrier, Javan Pond Heron, Red Tuttle Dove. We will spend the next several days at a local homestay.

The following mornings we will bird around the National Park Dumogo-Bone and Molibagu road which will produce some more interesting endemics not seen before like Isabella Bush-hen, Ochre Bellied owl, Large Sulawesi Hanging Parrot, Sulawesi Hawk Eagle, White Necked Myna, Yellow Bellied Malkoha, Red Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi Short Crested Myna, White bellied Imperial Pigeon, Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill, Grey Sided Flowerpecker Sulawesi Goshawk, Ivory Backed Woodswallow, Small Sulawesi hanging Parrot. Among the non endemics are  Cattle Egret, Green Imperial Pigeon, Black Naped Oriole, Purple Heron, Purple Needle Tailed Swift, Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Kestrel, Bared Rail, Lesser Whistling Duck, Crimson Sunbird and the stunningly beautiful Black Naped Green Pigeon.
The final destination of our expedition to Sulawesi is for montane species at Temohon, about an hour’s drive from Manado. The cool highland climate is a welcomed respite from the warm weather of the lowlands. The backdrop of volcanoes and craters make for an awe inspiring experience only to be surpassed by some superb endemics birds like Scarlet Honey-eater, Crimson Crowned Flowerpecker, Sulawesi Spotted Goshawk, Sulawesi Serpent Eagle, Bay Coucal, Superb Fruit Dove, Streaky Headed White Eye and  Sulawesi Dwarf Woodpecker. Non endemics would be the likes of the Island Verditer, Mountain Tailorbird, White Browed Crake, Cinnamon Bittern, Scaly Breasted Munia, Cinnamon Munia, Little Egret, Wandering Whistling Duck, Ziting Cisticola, Lesser Coucal, Glamorous Reed Warbler, Javan Pond Heron, Black Kite; Blue Breasted Quail, Rufus Bellied Eagle, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Mountain White Eye, Dark Fronted White Eye, Citrine Flycatcher.

On the final day around late morning we will travel to Manado Airport and take our flight home.

Read the trip Report : Incredible Sulawesi: The Birds of North Sulawesi
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