Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2017

Duration: 12 days

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 (29 October – 15 November 2017) to explore Indonesia’s avian fauna in both the Indomalayan and Australasian ecozones and/or with our Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest 2017 (29 November – 7 December 2017).

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