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Birding Tour Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera 2017



Sulawesi, a large, four-pronged island of Indonesia that sits between Borneo and New Guinea, is an amazing destination. Rich tropical jungles and rainforest peaks hold some 42 range-restricted species, including 12 endemic genera!

Probably most famous among these endemic birds is the Standardwing bird-of-paradise, whose raucous calls echo through the forest from their leks. Stunningly-colored kingfishers illuminate the forest along with the mound-building Maleo, Purple-bearded Bee-eater are hawking for insects, and brightly-colored parrots, woodpeckers, and stunning hornbills abound. Not only are the birds spectacular, but many endemic mammals also inhabit this island. This itinerary gives us a chance to crisscross the island to find the best spots in this most endemic-rich place. The adjacent smaller island of Halmahera is similarly packed with north-Moluccan endemics and is equally high on most world birders’ wish lists.

This tour can be combined with our Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2017 to explore Indonesia’s avian fauna in both the Indomalayan and Australasian ecozones.

Duration: 18 days

Limit (Group Size): 7 - 8

Date Start: October 29, 2017

Date End: November 15, 2017

Tour Start: Manado

Tour End: Jakarta

Vehicles to be used:
North Sulawesi: a large bus, more than 10 seats
South and Central Sulawesi: minibus (Toyota), maximal 3 – 6 persons per car

Halmahera: minibus (Toyota), maximal 3 persons per car

4-wheel drive/pickup vehicle for a short trip to Foli (Halmahera)
Tangkoko: outrigger boat for Black-billed Kingfisher and White-rumped Cuckooshrike
Ternate to Sofifi: ferry


Price: IDR787,502,416 per person sharing, assuming 7-8 participants (We are likely to be able to run the trip for smaller groups at the same price or with a small surcharge.)

Single Supplement: IDR11,988,000

Price includes:
Domestic flights (Manado – Ternate, Ternate – Manado, Manado – Makassar, Makassar—Luwuk, Luwuk – Makassar, Makassar —  Palu, Palu –Jakarta)
All reserve entry fees shown in the itinerary
Accommodation
Meals (dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 18)
Mineral water
Conservation fees
Expert bird guide during the entire trip
Private transportation during the tour
Transfers to and from the airports

Price excludes:
International airfare
Personal insurance
Beverages (soft drinks and alcoholic drinks)
Camera fees in the parks
Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, souvenirs, etc.
Gratuities
Expenditures due to flight cancellations/delays or other causes beyond our control (force majeure)

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We spent three weeks with Andy in Thailand and enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Andy worked so hard to find the birds, and get us on them.  He was very patient and took the time we needed. He knew all the best places to go, knew what birds would be expected, identified them in an instant  and still managed to find some pretty good rarities along with the “known birds”, Himalayan Cutia anyone? And we spent literally hours getting great looks at Spoon-billed Sandpiper.  Andy got us very close without disturbing the birds or any other birders.  It was a highlight of the trip.  We are hoping to see Andy in York later this year for a days birding on his home patch! Bob and Terrie, Idaho USA

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