Indonesia's Exquisite Birds of Paradise (November 9-18, 2021)
Day 1 (November 9, 2021)
Our birding-watching adventure will begin in Ternate, in Indonesia’s North Maluku province. After everyone has been picked up at the airport or from a hotel in Ternate City, we will travel by speedboat to Sofifi Harbour on Halmahera. From there, our journey continues by car to the Weda Resort on the east side of the island. This ride of 3-4 hours takes us through some facinating landscape. Stops will be made along the way so that we can catch our first glimpses of some of the birds of Halmahera. We will check in at the Weda Resort and have lunch there. In the afternoon, we can enjoy our first bird watching experience in the Weda Forest, where we will see more of the endemic birds. Hopefully we can also observe the beautiful courtship dance of the Standardwing (Wallace’s) Bird-of-Paradise, which only lives on Halmahera.
Day 2 (November 10, 2021)
At dawn we will set out on a trek through the Weda Forest looking for more of the fabulous birds of Halmahera. We will start from another spot where we can watch the Standardwing (Wallace’s) Bird-of- Paradise again, dancing in the trees above us. The rest of the morning we may spot many more birds of Halmahera, including, perhaps, the endemic Paradise Crow. In the afternoon we can enjoy additional bird watching in the area or some fantastic snorkeling in Weda Bay.
Day 3 (November 11, 2021)
This morning presents our last chance to spot more of the endemic Halmahera birds in the Weda Forest. After lunch, we will check out of the Weda Resort and join our beautiful boat, the Katharina. Our tour leaders will give a safety briefing and, if time allows, we can go for another wonderful snorkel in Weda Bay. In the afternoon we will start the long overnight crossing east to Pulau Gebe, (pulau is the Indonesian word for ‘island’).
Day 4 (November 12, 2021)
The island of Gebe is situated halfway between Northern Raja Ampat and Halmahera, and birds can therefore be found from both regions. In the morning we will trek from the village of Umera to try to spot some of these birds. We may see imperial pigeons, fruit-doves, cuckoos, kingfishers, parrots and maybe we will see the Glossy-mantled Manucode. In the afternoon we can explore some of the tiny islands nearby for snorkeling and water sports. Overnight we will cruise south to Pulau Kofiau.
Day 5 (November 13, 2021)
In the morning we can go trekking in search of some of the endemic birds on Pulau Kofiau including Spectacled Imperial Pigeon, Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, Spotted Kestrel, Kofiau Monarch, Black-faced Munia. After lunch, we will begin our cruise to the island of Misool in the southern Raja Ampat area.
Day 6 (November 14, 2021)
Starting before dawn, we will trek from the village of Kapatcol on the south side of Misool. With any luck, we’ll see the Lesser Bird-of-Paradise performing its spectacular courtship ritual high in the trees. On our way back, we might also find the small King Bird of Paradise.
Day 7 (November 15, 2021)
Early this morning, we’ll go birding in the Salawati Forest, home of the King Bird of Paradise, Western Crowned Pigeon, and rarely seen Northern Cassowary. It’s possible this afternoon to go on another bird walk near the village of Waibon. We’ll depart this evening for the village of Sawingkrai on the south side of Gam Island.
Day 8 (November 16, 2021)
Starting before dawn, we will trek from the village of Sawingkrai on Pulau Gam in the hope of see coursthip dances of the Red Bird of Paradise. On the way back, we expect to find a variety of other species native to the area including the Glossy Manucode. Midday, we cross over to the village of of Sapokren on nearby Waigeo Island. Waigeo is famous for its rich avifauna. This afternoon, we have a second chance to see the Red Bird of Paradise dancing in the treetops.
Day 9 (November 17, 2021)
Starting again before dawn, we can trek from the village of Sapokoren in search of the fabulous Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Hopefully, we’ll be rewarded with views of its elaborate mating display on the forest floor. Afternoon visit to the nearby island of Misokon, home to additional birdlife. At dusk, we’ll watch in awe as thousands of flying foxes cross from the mainland to Waigeo Island. In the evening we will have our farewell party with the crew of the Katharina and overnight we will cruise to our final destination, the harbor of Sorong.
Day 10 (November 18, 2021)
This morning, we will bid farewell to the ship and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
Price: $5990 per person based on double occupancy (inclusive per itinerary). The surcharge to have a single private room is 75% (subject to cabin availability).
Exclusions: flights (international and domestic), passport/visa fees, travel insurance, gratuities, items of a personal nature, and alcohol.