West Papua – Experience the other New Guinea [5th – 30th July 2019]
This 26 day birding tour to the Indonesian side of New Guinea is a great chance to visit some of the worlds premier birding locations in search of New Guinea’s spectacular birds with one of New Guineas best known and most experienced bird guides. Visiting several sites with different habitats we expect to see a number of species of beautiful Birds of Paradise plus a great supporting cast of New Guinea specialities.
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Difficulty Level Moderate
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This 26 day birding tour to the Indonesian side of New Guinea is a great chance to visit some of the worlds premier birding locations in search of New Guinea’s spectacular birds with one of New Guineas best known and most experienced bird guides.
It visits the less well known half of New Guinea, West Papua. Visiting all the major birding areas and also the island of Numfor, this is an excellent comprehensive itinerary. Travelling from the high-altitude sites around Lake Habema to the mid-altitude Arfaks and the islands of Biak, Numfor and the Raja Ampats allows a wide range of habitats to be visited with an exciting bird fauna with many endemics.
Accommodation in many areas will be basic landowner lodges, with camping at Lake Habbema. However there are nights at pleasant western style hotels at regular intervals throughout the tour.
Participants need to be in good health and of a good fitness level. West Papua is a country of steep rainforest clad mountainsides and while we will try to keep them at a minimum, there will be steep muddy trails to be negotiated, especially in the Arfaks. Rain can be expected and while the area around Lake Habbema, at around 4000m will be quite cold especially at night, it is likely to be quite hot and humid in Biak and the Raja Empat islands.
2019 Tour (6 Pax) Cost:
2019 Single Supplement:
Domestic Flights (Approximately):
Approximately an additional USD$700.00 per person. We will buy these for you to ensure that everyone is traveling on the same flights.
- Meals as per itinerary
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Guide services of tour leader
- Group tips & gratuities
- Transfers once tour has started
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Flights (Domestic & International)
- Items of a personal nature
Arrive Biak & meet guide. Local area birding for early arrivals.
Meet with guide on Biak. Birding around Biak looking for Biak Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-bibbed and Claret-breasted Fruit-Doves, Geelvink Imperial Pigeon, Biak Red Lory, Biak Coucal, Biak Hooded Pitta, Long-tailed Starling, the rare Biak Scops Owl, Biak Monarch Biak White-eye, Biak Leaf Warbler, Biak Fantail and more.
Birding Biak area.
Birding around Biak for those birds that we missed the first day.
Travel to Numfor. Birding Numfor.
Travel to Numfor. Birding on Numfor. The key birds will be Numfor Paradise Kingfisher and other Geelvink Bay endemics including the newly split Numfor (Island) Leaf Warbler.
Numfor area birding.
Birding around Numfor and then back to Biak.
Travel back to Biak. Biak area birding.
Fly Biak to Jayapura (Sentani) and travel up to Nimbokrang.
Biak to Jayapura (Sentani) & travel to Nimbokrang.
Birding Nimbokrang. Here we hope to see Greater Black Coucal, Variable, Hook-billed, Shovel-billed and Blue-black Kingfishers, Papuan Nightjar, Streaked Honeyeaters, Dwarf Koel, White-faced Catbird, Jobi Manucode and perhaps the rare Brown-headed Crow and Pale-billed Sicklebill.
Birding Nimbokrang area.
Birding Nimbokrang area.
Return to Sentani and bird the area. Lesser Birds of Paradise are amongst the birds found in this area and there are waterbirds including Black Bittern around the lake.
Return to Sentani and bird local area.
Fly from Sentani to Wamena in the Baliem Valley. Bird around town and Baliem Whistler, Black-breasted Mannikin, Superb Bird of Paradise, Stout-billed Cuckooshrike and Blue–faced Parrotfinch are amongst the birds that can be seen in the nearby area.
Fly Sentani to Wamena and bird local area.
Drive from Wamena up to Lake Habema. Splendid Astrapia, MacGregor’s Honeyeater (of Paradise), Snow Mountain Quail, Salvadori’s Teal, Alpine Pipits, Painted (Snow Mt) Tiger-Parrots, Mountain Firetails, Black-mantled Goshawk and Archbold’s Bowerbirds can all be seen in this area.
Wamena to Lake Habbema birding along the way.
Birding Lake Habbema. Lower down there is a chance of Alpine Robin, Greater Ground Robin, Western Crested Berrypecker and both Papuan and Black Sittellas.
Birding Lake Habbema area (1).
Birding Lake Habbema.
Birding Lake Habbema area (2).
Drive back from Habema to Wamena and overnight in a local hotel.
Lake Habbema to Wamena.
Fly back to Sentani from Wamena.
Wamena to Sentani.
Fly from Sentani to Manokwari and head straight up into the Arfaks.
Sentani to Manokwari. Travel up into Arfaks.
Birding the Arfak. This is a great birding area with a number of rare and endemic birds including Arfak Astrapia, Black and Buff-tailed Sicklebill, Long-tailed Paradigalla, Western Parotia, Vogelkop and perhaps Masked Bowerbird, Black-mantled Goshawk, Rufescent Imperial Pigeon, Mountain and Feline Owlet Nightjars, Vogelkop Whistler and Ashy Robin are among the birds that may be seem.
Birding the Arfaks (1).
Birding the Arfaks. Other birds that can be seen are Vogelkop Melidectes, Green-backed Robin, White-striped Forest Rail, Magnificent Bird of Paradise and Papuan Lorikeet.
Birding the Arfaks (2).
Birding the Arfaks.
Birding the Arfaks (3).
Birding the Arfaks.
Birding the Arfaks (4).
Travel back to Manokwari for a night at a comfortable western style hotel.
Arfaks to Manokwari.
Fly from Manokwari to Sorong. A number of interesting birds can be seen fairly nearby including Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Black Lory, Papuan Pitta, Greater and Lesser Black Coucals.
Manokwari to Sorong. Bird the local area.
Take the boat over to Waigeo. Our targets here are Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise but there are many other good species that can be seen as well including Western Crowned and Pheasant Pigeons, Red-billed Brush-Turkey, Beach Kingfisher, Large Fig-Parrot, Spot-winged Monarch and Raja Ampat Pitohui.
Boat to Waigeo. Birding Waigeo.
Birding Waigeo with a boat trip for the amazing Great-billed Parrot at roost and Spice Imperial Pigeon.
Birding Waigeo & boat trip.
Return by boat from Waigeo to Sorong.
Waigeo to Sorong.
Transfer to airport for the start of your journey home.
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