Great-billed Kingfisher © Jun Matsui

Sulawesi & Halmahera

An exciting 14 day tour which includes some of the more rarely visited parts of Sulawesi including Sangihe for the 4 rare and restricted range endemics found there (including Sangihe Shrike-thrush and perhaps Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher) and Mt Mahawu for the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher and nightbirds.

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All about the Sulawesi & Halmahera.

An exciting 14 day tour which includes some of the more rarely visited parts of Sulawesi including Sangihe for the 4 rare and restricted range endemics found there (including Sangihe Shrike-thrush and perhaps Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher) and Mt Mahawu for the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher and nightbirds.

It also includes the island of Halmahera with many endemics including the two most easterly birds of Paradise, Wallace’s Standardwing and Paradise Crow, plus Ivory-breasted Pitta, Moluccan Owlet-nightjar, Goliath Coucal and many more. Visiting the national parks of Lore Lindu, Tangkoko and Gunung Ambang in Sulawesi we hope to see 6 species of endemic parrot, 5 endemic kingfishers, 2 species of hornbill, 4 endemic starling and the only representative of Hylocitridae, the Yellow-flanked Whistler, plus many more exciting birds.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Checklist
  • Guide services of tour leader
  • Group tips & gratuities
  • Transfers once tour has started
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic & International)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  1. Day 1 Arrive Manado

    Arrive in Manado, meet with guide and transfer to hotel. Balance of day birding around Manado.

  2. Days 2 - 5 Tangkoko birding

    Four full days in Tangkoko a great site for Lilac-cheekedGreen-backed, Sulawesi Dwarf, Great-billedRuddy, Collared and Scaly-breasted Kingfishers. A full supporting cast of pigeons, owls and parrots as well as some great mammals including the incredible Bear Cuscus.

  3. Day 6 Tangkoko to Tomahon

    Transfer by road from Tangkoko to Tomahon. Birding the Tomahon (Mt Mahawu) area. This offers us further great opportunities for photographs. This is one of the best sites for Scaly-breasted Kingfisher.

  4. Day 7 Tomahon birding

    Full day in the Tomahon area.

  5. Day 8 Return Manado

    Return to Manado.

  6. Day 9 Manado to Ternate and boat to Halmahera

    Fly to Ternate and take the boat over to Halmahera.

  7. Days 10 - 12 Halmahera birding

    Three full days on Halmahera, home of the legendary Wallace’s Standard-wing, Paradise Crow, Ivory-breasted Pitta, White Cockatoo, Goliath Coucal, Moluccan Owlet-nightjar, Moluccan Kingfisher, Sombre Kingfisher, White-streaked Friarbird etc.

  8. Day 13 Return to Ternate for birding before returning to Mando

    Return to Ternate and bird the Ternate area. Sooty-headed Bulbul, ChineseSparrowhawk and Great-billed Parrot are amongst the birds that can be seen in the vicinity of the airport. Fly back to Manado.

  9. Day 14 Onward flights home

    Fly home.

Tour Accommodation

Accommodations will be a mixture of western type hotels in the larger towns, and more usually local guesthouses with Indonesian type bathrooms and usually no hot water. While there will usually be fans, air-conditioning will not always be available.

The main tour is of moderate level of difficulty. While the walking is not excessive there will be a fair amount of it. The trails vary from easy level strolls to moderate climbs. On Halmahera in particular trails can be uneven and may be quite muddy and steep in sections, with one shallow river crossing and a few small streams. Travel will be largely be by minibus. The Weather will be hot and humid.