Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2017
West Papua has 322 of the endemics of the island of New Guinea (94 %), compared to Papua New Guinea’s 294 (86 %). West Papua is also considered the safer alternative to PNG for seeing birds-of-paradise.
Our Birding Tour West Papua will begin in the town of Manokwari, situated on the north-eastern tip of New Guinea’s Bird’s Head, or “Vogelkop”, Peninsula. From here we will travel straight through for five nights in the nearby Arfak Mountains, where we will search for a fabulous series of birds, renowned in birders’ circles as the “Vogelkop endemics”. The second leg of our birding adventure takes us to Sorong, on the opposite side of the Bird’s Head Peninsula, for a relaxed afternoon’s birding outside the town. Then we will spend three days in the spectacular Raja Ampat Islands off Sarong on Waigeo, one of this archipelago’s four major islands. On our return journey to Sorong we will stop for a few hours on a tiny atoll in Dampier Strait for birding, searching for regional island specialties.
This tour can be combined with our Birding Tour Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera 2017 to explore Indonesia’s avian fauna in both the Indomalayan and Australasian ecozones.
Duration: 12 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Spaces Available: 4
Date Start: November 16, 2017
Date End: November 27, 2017
Tour Start: Manokwari
Tour End: Sorong
Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required to bird the relatively steep slopes here.
Price: US$5855 per person sharing based on 4-8 participants
Single Supplement: US$470
Expert bird guide during the entire trip
Private transportation during the tour (except for the flight from Manokwari to Sorong, which will hopefully cost between US$300 – 450 per person)
Transfers to and from the airport
Personal and medical insurance
Items of a personal nature, such as extra drinks, snacks, alcoholic beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
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