Birdwatching Sulawesi Halmahera 18 Days

Birdwatching Sulawesi & Halmahera

The ultimate birding destination in asia and the world’s most spectacular endemic  birds species such as Hylocitrea which is now in a family its own, Red-knobbed Hornbill, Purple bearded Bee-eater, Maleo, Geomalia, Sulawesi streaked Flycatcher, Purple winged Roller, Sulawesi crested Myna, White necked Myna, Fiery-browed Myna, Wallace’s Standardwing, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Moluccan Owlet Nightjar, Fruit Doves and some impressive selection of the Kingfishers.

Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Starting city: Makassar (South Sulawesi)
Ending city: Ternate (Halmahera)
Physical difficulty: moderate to difficult
Focus: birding
Min. group size: 2 persons
Max group size: 10 persons

The birder will find Sulawesi & Halmahera a real Mecca,  sisteen genera are so unusual that they are considered unique to Sulawesi. With 112 endemic species to go for. Sulawesi is the highest levels of the endemism in Indonesia, of 421 bird species known from the island, approximately 88 ( 27%) are found no where else. While Halmahera its home to 104 bird species, including 24 are endemic.

Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia, Our tailored small-group birdwatching tours and bird photography tours for individuals travel throughout Sulawesi including birdwatching and bird photography in Lore Lindu National Park of Central Sulawesi, North Sulawesi covering area of Birdwatching and bird photography in Dumoga nani Wartabone National Park, Birdwatching and in Gunung Ambang, Birding in Gunung Mahawu, Birdwtching and bird photography in Tangkoko Nature Reserve and Birdwatching and bird photography in Sangihe, Siau, Talaud Island, Birdwatching and Bird Photography in Halmahera, Birdwatching and Bird Photography on remote of west Papua, Birdwatching and Bird Photography in Java, Birdwatching and Bird Photography in Bali and Birdwatching and Bird Photography in Lesser Sunda ( Flores, Sumba, Kupang, Sumbawa and Lombok). Our guides are expert birders with friendly and excellent local people skills. All birding tours are custom-tailored at most reasonable and flexible to suit your budget and time! Should you have your specific requirements or more information please feel free to consult your birding holiday to Indonesia by sending email to info@sultan-birding.com 

Tour Itinerary 14 days Sulawesi Halmahera

Day 1: Arrival in Makassar in South Sulawesi. We will start our trip to visit  ricefield and fishponds for Pale headed Munia, Black faced Munia, Chesnut Munia, White shouldered triller, Javan pond Heron, White headed Stilt, Sacred Kingfisher, lesser coucal.

Day 2: Karaenta forest – Makassar – Palu – Lore Lindu Early morning breakfast at the hotel then we will travel up into the forested limestone hills north of the Makassar city. Karaenta Nature Reserve is the good place to spot an endemic to South Sulawesi the Black-ringed White-eye, This forest good chance to see the Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill, Yellow billed Malkoha, Red Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi crested Myna, Piping Crow, Sulawesi Goshawkand Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher ( recently described in 2015. After morning birding in this area we will trasnfer to Makassar airport for flight to Palu in Central Sulawesi. From Palu we will travel by car to Wuasa.

Days 3-5: Lore Lindu National Park. this park has a well deserved reputation for montane specialities. our main targets here are Sulawesi endemic of the Purple-Beared Bee-Eater, Great Shortwing, Malia, Geomalia, Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler, Caerulean cuckoo shrikes, Sulawesi Cicadabirds,  Black-fronted White-eye, black Sunbird, Black-naped Monarch and the Citrine Flycatcher, Island Flycatcher, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Mountain serin, Sulawesi myzomela, Ivory-backed wood-swallow, Ornate lorikeet, Small-sparrow hawk, Maroon-backed Whistler, Heinrich nightjar, Speckled boobook, Cinabar Boobook, Sulawesi scops owl, Sulawesi pygmy woodpecker, Spot-tailed Goshawk, Spotted kestrel, lemon-bellied white-eye, Sulawesi Triller, Sulawesi cicadabird, Sulawesi serpent eagle, Hylocitrea; Geomalia, Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tails, Red-eared Fruit-Dove, Maroon-backed Whistler, White-eared Myza, and Streak-headed Dark-eye, Sombre Pigeon, and the Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Diabolical (Satanic) Nightjars roosting during the day at regular stakeouts along there. Late afternoon we drive back to Palu for overnight stay.

Day 6: Palu to Manado via  Luwuk  (flight by Wings Air IW 1156 depart at 07:15 and arrived at 10:10 AM) and 4 hours car drive to Kotamobagu. Today much of the day will be spent traveling. Three nights will be spent at hotel in the town of Kotamobagu.

Days 7: Dumoga Nani Wartabone National Park, fullday morning/afternoon, we will explore the Maleo breeding Center, the most handsome of all megapodes is the endemic Macrocephalon Maleo of Sulawesi. Its black-and-pink plumage, erect tail and grotesque helmet or cephalon (hence its scientific name) and characteristic rolling call make the Maleo a must for bird-watchers visiting Sulawesi. and on same days it is possible to help with the release of chicks into the wild. After spending some time searching for Maleos, we will walk in this small forest patch, searching for a local endemic, Sulawesi crested Myna, White necked Myna, Maroon-chinned Fruit-Dove,  Yellow-billed Malkoha, the strange white-eyed race of Hair-crested Drongo, Black-billed Koel, Bay Coucal, Black naped Fruit Dove, Sulawesi hanging Parrot, White breasted Woodswallow and Sulawesi hawk Eagle. These forests also hold Sulawesi black Pigeon and perhaps get further chances at Sulawesi Pitta.

Day 8: Dumoga Nani Wartabone National Park, hope we will see regularly roosting Speckled Boobook within the park buildings, and other species; Pied Cuckooshrike, Sulawesi Dwarf-Kingfisher, Lilac cheeked Kingfisher, Green backed Kingfisher, Maroon chinned Fruit Dove, Superb fruit Dove, Grey headed Imperial Pigeon, Red Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi dwarf Hornbill, Grey headed Fish eagle, this area also good for the endemic Ivory-backed Woodswallow, and is great for mynas, with Finch-billed, White-vented and Sulawesi (Crested) Mynas, Barred (Sulawesi) Honey-Buzzard. In the afternoon we will move onto another area of the roadside paddies and wet areas for Barred and Buff-banded Rails, and Wandering Whistling-Ducks on the way.

Day 9: Gunung Ambang to Tomohon. This morning we will start very early and explore some of the surviving montane forest in Gunung Ambang Nature Reserve. Birds species here are; Matinan flycatcher, the Scaly breasted Kingfisher, the purple-bearded Bee-eater, Red eared Fruit Dove, Sulawesi blue flycatcher, Sulawesi leaf warbler, Carulean cuckoo-shrike, Superb Fruit dove, Ornate lorikeet, yellow and green lorikeet, Black billed Koel, Sulawesi Pitta, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker, Ashy Woodpecker, Malia, yellow sided flowerpecker, Sulawesi myzomela. After morning here we will back to Kotamobagu for Lunch then after that we will drive 5 hours to reach Tomohon.

Day 10: Gunung Mahawu – Tangkoko Park, Gunung Mahawu is a forested Volcano (1490 meters above sea level), Bird species at Gunung Mahawu and Tomohon; Scaly-breasted kingfisher, Lilac-cheeked kingfisher, Green-backed kingfisher, Blue-eared kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Sulawesi scops owl, Speckled boobook, Ochre-bellied boobook, Sulawesi babler, Chestnut-backed Bush-Warbler, Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher (split from Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher), the ultra rare Rufous-throated Flycatcher, Pale-blue  Monarch (split from Black-naped Monarch), Isabeline-bush hen, Barred rail, White-browed Crake, Sulawesi Myzomela, Island Flycatcher, Citrine Flycatcher, Grey-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker, Black-fronted White-eye, Mountain white-eye, Streak-headed Dark-eye, Mountain Tailorbird, Purple-winged Roller, Yellow vented Whistler, Crimson sunbird, Black Sunbird, Olive-back sunbird, Sooty-headed bulbul, Hair crested drongo, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Ashy Woodpecker, Sulawesi pygmy Woodpecker, Grey wagtail, Yellow wagtail, Chestnut Munia, Scaly-breasted munia, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Brown-cuckoo dove, superb-fruit dove, Sulawesi black-Pigeon, Sulawesi-hanging parrot, Black Eagle, Black Kite, Osprey, Spotted Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon. During our stay here also we have a great chance of finding Purple swamphen, White-browed crake, White-breasted waterhen, Common Moorhen, Javan pond heron on the Lake Tondano.

Days 11-13: Tangkoko. The reserve is especially famous for kingfishers, having no less then eight resident species, of which four are endemic but remember that Tangkoko also has much more to offer than its kingfisher though and with the assistance of the skilled our local team, we will be search for Lilac cheeked kingfisher, Green-backed kingfisher, Sulawesi-dwarf kingfisher, Sulawesi Pitta, Rudy kingfisher, Common kingfisher, Blue-eared kingfisher, collared kingfisher, Red-Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi dwarf Hornbill, Ochre-bellied boobook, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Bay Coucal, Lesser coucal, Sulawesi-Hawk eagle, Sulawesi serpent eagle, Black eagle, Black kite, Sulawesi cicada bird, Rusty-breasted cuckko, Sulawesi triller, Purple-winged roller, Ashy woodpecker, Sulawesi pygmy woodpecker, Sulawesi hanging parrot, Ornate lorikeet, Golden-mantled Racquetail, Blue-backed parrot, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, Black-naped Fruit dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Grey-headed Imperial Pigeon, White-bellied Imperial Pigeon, Silver-tipped Imperial Pigeon, Sulawesi Black Pigeon, Stephan’s Dove, Brown-cuckoo dove, Philipine Scrubfowl, Barred rail, Isabeline Bush hen. During our boat trip to the mangrove we may find other species; White-rumped cuckoo-Shrike, Common kingfisher, Great-billed kingfisher, Pink-necked green Pigeon, Osprey, Great Frigatebirds, Lesser frigatebirds, Pasific reef egret, common dollar bird, Striated heron, Little tern, Sacred and Collared kingfisher, White-bellied Sea eagle, Brahminy kite and Purple heron. After spending much of the day birding but we have time also to see interesting mammals such as Black-macaca nigra, Tarsier spectrum and bear cuscus in Tangkoko Park. On the day 13 – late afternoon we will move to Manado for overnight stay at good hotel.

Day 14: Manado – Ternate - Halmahera
Morning birding around the hotel and its good for Java sparrow, buff banded rail, Barred rail, Olive backed Sunbird, White breasted Woodswallow. From here we will transfer to the Manado airport for our flight to Ternate and from there we take a speed boat to Sofifi on Halmahera and after check-in at the hotel and if time permited we birding for Common Paradise Kingfisher and Ivory-breasted Pitta. Accommodation at Bolote Hotel in Sofifi

Day 15 : Fullday Birding in Sidanggoli / Kali Batu Putih, KM 12
Breakfast at 04.30 and leave the Hotel at 5 AM, from the hotel to the birding site about 45 minutes driving. Our birds target are: Common paradise kingfisher, Sombre kingfisher, Blue and white kingfisher, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Blyt’h Hornbill, Goliat coucal, Golden bulbul. Night at Bolote hotel in Sofifi.

Day 16 :Aketajawe NP – Subaim / Poli
Morning birding in Aketajawe NP for Ivory breasted Pitta, Variable dwarf Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Blue and White Kingfisher, Sombre Kingfisher, Paradise crow, Long billed Crow, Blyths Hornbill. Lunch at local restaurant and after lunch we should drive to Subaim/Poli for overnight stay.

Day 17 : Poli – Sofifi - Ternate
Early morning we need to be at the Lek of the Poli, this location of one of the display trees of the rare and magnificent bird of Wallace’s standardwing. late afternoon we will go back to Sofifi for 4 hours driving the catch the speedboat back Ternate for overnight.

Day 18 :TERNATE – JAKARTA. Breakfast at the hotel and then we transfer by car to ternate airport for next destination. End of the trip.

Please read IMPORTANT NOTES below:

The tour fee includes:
1.All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 18
2.Mineral  drinking water
4.Car transportation / Boats
5.Park entrance fees
6.Guiding services

The tour fee does not include:
-Any beverages
-Telephone calls
-Laundry and other items of a personal expense
-Any domestic flight
-Tip for Driver & Sultan Birding Tours leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely
Special NOTES:
Walking condition: the walking ranges from easy to moderate, but there will be one harder days in Lore Lindu, Gunung Ambang and Tangkoko.

Several night birding will be taken to search for night birds and combined with early morning starts, some long days in the field are to be expected.

Type of Land Transport & Road: We will use minibus or cars. Road is some part in good condition and some part in bad condition. While for mangrove boat trip we will use small boat. from Ternate to Halmahera we use speedboat.

Climate: Most days in the lowlands will be hot and humid for much of Sulawesi and Halmahera, with a chance of heavy, tropical, some rain s at any time. Cool in the mountains in Lore Lindu, Gunung Ambang & Gunung Mahawu in Tomohon.
Accommodation: The hotel in Makassar, Palu, Manado, Kotamobagu and Ternate we use the best accommodations in the area, but many sites in this remote region, lodgings are simple (e.g. Tangkoko) or basic (e.g. Lore Lindu), and (e.g. halmahera) with no hot water and very limited internet access.

Payment Term and Condition
We require a minimum of  50% deposit payment to confirm a booking, we cannot guarantee your booking until this has been received. Bookings will be held for 7 days to allow the client time to send a deposit payment.  We reserve the right to release the booking if no confirmation of deposit has been received by then. Changes of dates to bookings after the deposit has been made can be done but will be subject to availability. The full payment  will be settle 30 days prior to your date of arrival

Cancelation: Deposit payment No Refund, No show – full payment charge.

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