Wilson's Bird of Paradise © Phil Gregory

West Papua – Experience the other New Guinea

This tour can either be done as an exciting and comprehensive tour or be broken up into three parts. 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.

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  • Tour Duration
    30 Days, Birdwatching, Photographic
  • Difficulty Level Tough
    6/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6
All about the West Papua – Experience the other New Guinea.

This tour can either be done as an exciting and comprehensive tour or be broken up into three parts. 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.

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 - PART 1 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.

  2. Day 2 Birding Biak area.

    Birding around Biak for those birds that we missed the first day.

  3. Day 3 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 Leaf Warbler.

  4. Day 4 Numfor area birding.

    Birding around Numfor for those birds that we missed the first day.

  5. Day 5 Travel back to Biak. Biak area birding.

    Early morning departure to Biak and then balance of day birding Biak for whatever we still need.

  6. Day 6 Biak to Jayapura (Sentani) & travel to Nimbokrang.

    Fly Biak to Jayapura (Sentani) and travel up to Nimbokrang.

  7. Day 7 Birding Nimbokrang area.

    Birding Nimbokrang. Here we hope to see Greater Black Coucal, Variable, Hook-billed and Blue-black Kingfishers, Papuan Nightjar, Dwarf Koel, Tan-capped(White-eared) Catbird, Jobi Manucode, and perhaps the rare Brown-headed Crowand Pale-billed Sicklebill.

  8. Day 8 Birding Nimbokrang area.

    Birding Nimbokrang.

  9. Day 9 Return to Sentani and bird local area.

    Return to Sentani and bird the area. Lesser Birds of Birds of Paradise are amongst the birds found in this area and there are waterbirds including Black Bitternaround the lake.

  10. Day 10 Fly Sentani to Wamena and bird local area.

    Fly from Sentani to Wamena in the Baliem Valley. Bird around town for Baliem Whistler, Black-breasted Mannikin and Superb Bird of Paradise.

  11. Day 11 Wamena to Lake Habbema birding along the way.

    Drive from Wamena up to Lake Habbema. Splendid Astrapia, MacGregor’s Honeyeater, Snow Mountain Quail, Salvadori’s Teal, Alpine Pipit, Painted (Snow Mt) Tiger-Parrots, Mountain Firetail, Black-mantled Goshawk and Archbold’s Bowerbirds can all be seen in this area.

  12. Day 12 Birding Lake Habbema area (1).

    Birding Lake Habbema. Lower down there is a chance of Alpine RobinGreater Ground Robin, Western Crested Berrypecker and both Papuan and Black Sittellas.

  13. Day 13 Birding Lake Habbema area (2).

    Birding Lake Habbema.

  14. Day 14 Lake Habbema to Wamena.

    Drive back from Habbema to Wamena and overnight in a local hotel.

  15. Day 15 Wamena to Sentani.

    Fly back to Sentani from Wamena.

  16. Day 16 - PART 2 Sentani to Manokwari. Travel up into Arfaks.

    Fly from Sentani to Manokwari and head straight up into the Arfaks.

  17. Day 17 Birding the Arfaks (1).

    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.

  18. Day 18 Birding the Arfaks (2).

    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.

  19. Day 19 Birding the Arfaks (3).

    Birding the Arfaks.

  20. Day 20 Birding the Arfaks (4).

    Birding the Arfaks.

  21. Day 21 Arfaks to Manokwari.

    Travel back to Manokwari for a night at a hotel.

  22. Day 22 Manokwari to Sorong. Bird the local area.

    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.

  23. Day 23 Boat to Waigeo. Birding Waigeo.

    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.

  24. Day 24 Birding Waigeo & boat trip.

    Birding Waigeo with a boat trip for the amazing Great-billed Parrot at roost and Spice Imperial Pigeon.

  25. Day 25 Birding Waigeo.

    Birding Waigeo.

  26. Day 26 Waigeo to Sorong.

    Return by boat from Waigeo to Sorong. Those not continuing on the extension will depart for home.

  27. Day 27 - EXTENSION Sorong to Kofiau. Local area birding.

    Take the high-speed ferry to Kofiau where we will spend 2 nights looking for the two Kofiau endemics Kofiau Monarch & Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher.

  28. Day 28 Birding Kofiau.

    Birding Kofiau.

  29. Day 29 Birding Kofiau.

    Birding Kofiau.

  30. Day 30 Kofiau to Sorong.

    Take the high-speed ferry back to Sorong, departure for home.

Tour Accommodation

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.

Lake Habbema © Phil Gregory

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.