Local Photography Tour Companies and Guides

Sultan Birding is the Wildlife Photography and Birding Tour Companies in Indonesia offer different photography tours and trips catering for the beginner to the photography expert. Contact Sultan Birding, a local Wildlife Photography and Birding Tour Companies and Guides to enquire directly about your next photography journey and birdwatching trip to Indonesia including Sulawesi, West Papua for Birds of Paradise, Halmahera, Flores and Bali. Bird photography offered can either be photography specific.

Sulawesi Birding Tours by Sultan Birding Tours 2023

Introducing Sulawesi, Dazzling Birds on An Island Rich in Culture
Sulawesi has some really dazzling birds. Just a perusal of the names is enough to get the andrenalin going: Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Sulawesi Lilac cheeked Kingfisher, Fiery-browed Myna, and Great-Shortwing. An assortment of unusual mammals – the strange Babirusa of “pig deer”, The rare see Anoa ( a dwarf buffalo), three unique species of tarsier, and seven unique species of macaque – add to the excitement of being in the forest. World-class snorkeling and diving are available whenever you need to cool off. Birders will gravitate towards the northern peninsula and central Sulawesi, where the largest areas of rainforest are found, and in particular to the huge national parks of Lore Lindu, 100 km south of the provincial capital, Palu.  Dumoga Bone, on the “northern neck”, and the much smaller reserve of Tangkoko – Dua Sudara, on the tip of the Minahasa peninsula. with 120 endemic species to go for, the birder will find Sulawesi a real Mecca. it is quite possible to see 80% of these endemics in a 3 – week trip with a little effort and planning. Sulawesi is the highest level of endemism in Indonesia, of 421 bird species known from the island, approximately 88 (27%) are found nowhere else. Fourteen genera are so unusual that they are considered unique to Sulawesi. Kindly please book in advance to ensure availability.
Sulawesi birding trip 15 days / 14 nights
Birding code: 01/15 days/SBT
Summary: Start from South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and end in North Sulawesi - Indonesia
day 01: Makassar arrival – Malino
day 02: Malino birding full day
day 03: Malino – Ramang ramang
day 04: Ramang-ramang birding
day 05: Raman ramang – Airport, fly to Palu – Lore Lindu
day 06: Lore Lindu National Park
day 07: Lore Lindu National Park
day 08: Lore Lindu – Palu
day 09: Palu – flight to Manado via Makassar – then by car to Tomohon
day 10: Tomohon Gunung Mahawu birding
day 11: Tomohon – Tangkoko
day 12: Tangkoko Nature Reserve
day 13: Tangkoko Nature Reserve
day 14: Tangkoko Nature Reserve – Manado (tongkaina)
day 15: Morning birding in Gunung Tumpa – Transfer to the airport
 
Sulawesi birding trip 15 days / 14 nights
Birding code: 02/15 days/SBT
Summary: Start from North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and end in South Sulawesi - Indonesia
day 01: Manado arrival – Tangkoko Nature Reserve
day 02: Tangkoko
day 03: Tangkoko
day 04: Tangkoko - Tomohon
day 05: Tomohon
day 06: Manado – Makassar – Palu – Lore Lindu
day 07: Lore Lindu National Park
day 08: Lore Lindu – Palu
day 09: Palu – Makassar – ramang2
day 10: ramang - ramang
day 11: ramang – ramang 
day 12: Ramang – ramang to Malino
day 13: Malino
day 14: Malino - Makassar
day 15: Transfer to the airport
 
Our Price for Sulawesi birding packages is 15 days / 14 nights
1 person cost US$ is 
2 persons cost US$  per person
3 – 4 Persons cost US$per person
5 – 6 Persons cost US$  per person
7 – 8 Persons cost US$ per person
9 – 10 persons cost US$  per person
What is included?
English Speaking Bird Guide fee, Private car transport during the trip, Meals, daily breakfast, lunch, and Dinner, All accommodations during the trip, Entrances to Parks and Reserves, Local guide fee / Local ranger fee, Donation.
What is not included?
Insurance, Alcoholic Beverages, Domestic flights, Laundry, Tips, All personal expenses that are not mentioned on the items above, Any kind of expenditures incurred due to flight cancellation/delays or due to other causes beyond our control.
Payment Terms and Conditions 
We require a minimum of 50% deposit payment to confirm your booking, we cannot guarantee your booking until this has been received. Bookings will be held for 7 days to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. We reserve the right to release the booking if the deposit is not received within 7 days of the booking being made. Changes of dates to bookings after the deposit has been made can be done but will be subject to availability.
Cancelation: Deposit payment No Refund, No show – full payment charge.
Full Payment, The full payment will be required at least 30 days prior to your date of arrival. The invoice amount has to be paid in full, net of all transfer costs and bank charges.
 
LIABILITY
Sultan Birding Tours acts only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, or airplane, and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. Sultan Birding Tours can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The airlines concerned and their agents and affiliates are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft.

Bird of Paradise Tour : Waigeo, Arfak, Nimbokrang and Biak

Northern Cassowary from Malagufuk, Image by Monal
West Papua has around 386 endemic species, 117 of these being non-passerines and 269 passerines. West Papua and Papua is blessed with a great abundance of forest in extremely challenging terrain, and this has thus far enabled many of the island ecosystems to remain relatively intact. The big pluses offered by West Papua include essentially a new bird fauna, particularly for songbirds, for example, the wonderful birds of paradise, bowerbirds, fruit-doves, pigeons, parrots, and kingfishers. West Papua is best considered a specialty destination, to be savored after gaining a seasoned grasp of birding in the tropical world. Whether a resident or a visitor, you will find bird-watching in West Papua a challenge, albeit an exciting one. Thus, it pays to plan and be prepared. Birding in West Papua can produce amazing rewards but also offers up no shortage of hazards and frustrations. The resident novice or newly 
arriving visitors to West Papua will soon discover that although birds of the open country are
Western Parotia from Arfak, Image by Monal

conspicuous and easy to study, the forest-dwelling species typically are often less common, more selective, and difficult to observe. This phenomenon is common in tropical humid forest environments around the world. Patience and repeated effort provide the only antidote to the frustrations created by those rare species that defy locating on one’s first few field trips.  In nearly all West Papua habitats, bird activity is greatest at dawn and shortly thereafter. It pays to be afield early. By 10 a.m. it is usually quiet, especially in the lowlands, unless rain brings cooler conditions.  Hunting has been continuous for thousands of years, but at low-impact largely sustainable levels until very recently, when modern technology and the vastly increased human population pressure have tipped the balance. It is often asked why West Papua and Papua birds are so shy in many areas, and the response usually involves reference to hunting pressures, although this seems a tad glib and doubtless other factors are operating.

Summary West Papua birding: Waigeo - Arfak - Nimbokrang - Biak
Day 1: Sorong - Waigeo
Day 2: Waigeo
Day 3: Waigeo
Day 4: Waigeo - Sorong
Day 5: Sorong – Manokwari - Arfak
Day 6: Arfak
Day 7: Arfak
Day 8: Arfak - Manokwari
Day 9: Manokwari – Jayapura - Nimbokrang
Day 10: Nimbokrang
Day 11: Nimbokrang
Day 12: Nimbokrang - Jayapura
Day 13: Jayapura - Biak
Day 14: Biak
Day 15: Biak – Next destination

Summary West Papua birding: Nimbokrang - Arfak - Malagufuk - Waigeo
Day 1: Jayapura - Nimbokrang
Day 2: Nimbokrang
Day 3: Nimbokrang - Jayapura
Day 4: Jayapura – Manokwari - Arfak
Day 5: Arfak
Day 6: Arfak
Day 7: Arfak - Manokwari
Day 8: Manokwari – Sorong - Malagufuk
Day 9: Malagufuk
Day 10: Malagufuk - Sorong
Day 11: Sorong - Waigeo
Day 12: Waigeo
Day 13: Waigeo
Day 14: Waigeo - Sorong
Day 15: Sorong – Next destination

Summary West Papua birding: Arfak - Malagufuk - Waigeo - Nimbokrang
Day 1: Manokwari - Arfak
Day 2: Arfak
Day 3: Arfak
Day 4: Arfak – Manokwari - Sorong
Day 5: Sorong - Malagufuk
Day 6: Malagufuk
Day 7: Malagufuk – Sorong - Waigeo
Day 8: Waigeo
Day 9: Waigeo
Day 10: Waigeo - sorong
Day 11: Sorong – Jayapura - Nimbokrang
Day 12: Nimbokrang
Day 13: Nimbokrang
Day 14: Nimbokrang – Jayapura Sentani
Day 15: Jayapura – Next destination


Bird of Paradise Tour Sample Itinerary for 2023
Day 1:Arrival Sorong – Waigeo Island
The tours begin with your arrival in Sorong and then will be transferred directly to Waigeo island with a fast and comfortable express boat. On Waigeo island you will stay 3 nights in a comfortable resort with great views both from the beach to the forest. This island located in the Raja Ampat archipelago arguably boasts the most wanted birds on the tour. The display sites of both Red Bird-of-paradise and the awe-inspiring Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise will be visited during our days on the island. To make it even better, these sites are easy to reach after short 10-30 minute walks.

Day 2: Waigeo Island
Just a few of many species that we might encounter include Blyth’s Hornbill, Eclectus Parrot, Emperor Fairywren, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, and Papuan Drongo. We need to wake up 30 minutes early at 4.30 for breakfast. At 05.00 am we visit the hide of Wilson’s Bird of Paradise until lunch. From our resort, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes to drive to the stop point and we continue to walk around 5 to 10 minutes to the hide. The afternoon schedule will be the following.

Day 3:Waigeo Island
In addition to the aforementioned ‘BoP’s, the lowlands of this island offer a huge list of birds, including the localized Raja Ampat Pitohui, the incredible Western Crowned Pigeon, Great-billed and Moluccan King- Parrots, Claret-breasted, Orange-bellied, and Dwarf Fruit-Doves, Palm Cockatoo, Coconut Lorikeet, Yellow-faced Myna, Papuan Pitta, elusive White-eared Catbird, Brown-headed Crow, New Guinea Friarbird, and Golden Monarch and the Waigeo Cuscus. Our morning will start just like yesterday and after all preparation, we step up to the Red Bird of Paradise hide. From the resort, we will drive around 20 minutes to the stop point and walk for 30 minutes to the hide. You can enjoy the bird playing until lunchtime and we go back. The afternoon schedule will be the following.

Day 4: Waigeo Island – Sorong
We still have one more chance to do birding in the morning before sailing to Sorong. We can start birding earlier in the morning around the village until before lunch.   After returning to Sorong with the express boat, we shall have another afternoon birding into the lowland forests in Sorong with a slew of different lowland forest specialties. Some truly breathtaking birds are possibilities for this afternoon’s excursion: Blue-black Kingfisher will be a major target this afternoon before we depart for the Arfaks tomorrow morning.

Day 5: Sorong – Manokwari – Arfak
After a flight to Manokwari, and a drive with 4WD for around 2 hours, we will arrive at what is arguably the premier birding site on this side of New Guinea, the Arfak Mountains, situated on the northeast of the Bird’s Head (Vogelkop) Peninsula. This part of the island has a rich set of endemics all its own, plus a huge variety of widespread forest species. Tree nights will be spent in a guesthouse at an elevation of 5250ft/1600m, and we will do birding in a range of elevations above and below here.

Days 6-7: Arfak Mountain
With so much to see here, we will spend two full days birding the various forests, gardens, and other secondary habitats that flank the mountains and hold many of the tour’s standout birds. We will visit the display grounds of Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise, Western Parotia, and the bower of the Vogelkop Bowerbird, one of the great architects of the bird world, with an extraordinarily large and decorative bower that far outshines the dour bird itself! While these may arguably be the most famous targets in the mountains, the list of other birds is both extensive and tantalizing, and includes the likes of Vogelkop Superb BoP, Black-billed Sicklebill, Glossy Mantled Manucode, Green-backed Robin, Crinkle-collared Manucode and Spotted Jewel-Babbler. If we are extremely lucky we might catch up with Masked Bowerbird, Vulturine Parrot, or the New Guinea Harpy Eagle.

Day 8: Arfak – Manokwari
After another full day in the Arfaks chasing the last of the best birds of the mountains, we return to Manokwari where we overnight in a comfortable city hotel.

Day 9: Manokwari – Jayapura – Nimbokrang
After taking a morning flight to Sentani, we head for Nimbokrang, and the lowland forests of the north for a three-night stay. In the afternoon we may stake out a clearing that is an excellent site for raptors, pigeons, and the bounty of parrots that grace the Papuan lowlands

Day 10-11: Nimbokrang
This lowland site may be hot and sweaty, but it is loaded with special birds – a major theme on this tour! King Bird-of-paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Hook-billed, Shovel-billed, and Blue-black Kingfishers are just some of the birds on offer, though all of these species require a combination of luck and effort.

Day 12: Nimbokrang
After a long day in the lowland jungles of Nimbokrang, we return to Sentani for an overnight stay of hot water and a little luxury.

Day 13: Jayapura – Biak
In the morning we will take a flight from Jayapura to Biak Island. After birding around biak to Biak Paradise Kingfisher and other biak endemic.

Day 14: Biak Birding trip
Our Ultimate birding tour starts on the isolated island of Biak in Geelvink Bay, where the old Dutch colonial capital, Bosnik, was located. Much of the original forest which once covered this limestone island has been logged, but all of the nine endemic species can still be found in disturbed forest, including Biak Red Lory, Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Biak Coucal, Biak Scops Owl, the beautiful Biak Paradise Kingfisher, Biak Black Flycatcher, and Long-tailed Starling, and if we are fortunate Biak Scrubfowl and the rare Biak Monarch.

Day 15: Biak – Jakarta.
After breakfast, transfer our to the airport for your next destination. End of the trip

Location:Sorong, Waigeo Island, Manokwari/Arfak Mountain, Nimbokrang and Biak
Group Size: 6 – 8 Pax
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Arrival In: Sorong Airport, Papua Barat of Indonesia
Depart From: Biak Airport,  Papua of Indonesia

What is included? :
Accommodations during the trip, Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Mineral water, Car transport for the group to all sites in the itinerary (4WD in Arfak), Express Boat (VIP Ticket) to get to Waigeo, English Speaking Bird Guide, Entrances to Parks and Reserves, Local guides/Landowner / local park ranger

What is not included?: 
Domestic flight tickets, All personal expenses that are not mentioned on the items above, Tips for optional luggage porters in city hotels, Camera/luggage porters in the jungle, Alcoholic beverages, Visa fees (payable on arrival in Indonesia), Departure tax when leaving Indonesia, Travel insurance, excursions not included in the tour itinerary, extras in hotels such as laundry service, minibar, room service, telephone calls, Tips to drivers, local guides, and lodge staff, Personal items; medical fees; other items or services not specifically mentioned as being included, Any kind of expenditures incurred due to flight cancellation/delays or due to other causes beyond our control.

Payment Terms and Condition
We require a minimum of 50% deposit payment to confirm your booking, we cannot guarantee your booking until this has been received. Bookings will be held for 7 days to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. We reserve the right to release the booking if the deposit is not received within 7 days of the booking being made. Changes of dates to bookings after the deposit has been made can be done but will be subject to availability. Cancelation: Deposit payment No Refund, No show – full payment charge. Full Payment, The full payment will be required at least 30 days prior to your date of arrival. The invoice amount has to be paid in full, net of all transfer costs and bank charges.

LIABILITY
Sultan Birding Tours act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, or airplane, and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The airlines concerned and their agents and affiliates are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft.

Magnificent bird-of-paradise, Image by Mohamad Naliko (Monal)

Wilson's bird-of-paradise, Image by Mohamad Naliko (Monal)


Red bird-of-paradise, Image by Mohamad Naliko (Monal)

Birdwatching trip in North Sulawesi October 2022 by Sultan Birding Tours

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Waigeo Birding West Papua by Sultan Birding Indonesia

Waigeo Birding Hotspots by Sultan Birding Tours
Waigeo,  an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals, is located off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula. These islands are the home of three endemics, comprising the exquisite Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise with its bright cerulean-blue, bare crown, crisscrossed with fine black lines, the crimson-plumed, Red Bird-of-paradise, and the recently re-discovered Waigeo Brushturkey (unfortunately a very tough bird, which may not easily be found). Other birding highlights on these islands include Papuan Frogmouth, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Marbled Frogmouth, Dusky Megapode, Pygmy and Gurney’s Eagles, Red-necked Crake, New Guinea Bronzewing, Moustached Treeswift, Moluccan King Parrot, Brown-headed Crow, and Glossy-mantled Manucode, Great-billed Parrot, Blyth’s Hornbill, New Guinea Friarbird, Southern Variable, and Raja Ampat Pitohuis, Pheasant Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, and Hooded and Black Butcherbirds and  Western Crowned Pigeon (one of the trio of New Guinea crowned pigeons – the world’s largest pigeons)

Wilson's bird-of-paradise, Image by Sheau Thorng Lim

WAIGEO BIRDING ITINERARY 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
Day 01. Sorong arrival – by express boat to Waigeo
Upon arrival in Sorong, if we have time, we can bird around mangroves near Sorong, where we will look for Blue-black Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Barred Rail, Collared Imperial Pigeon, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, Moustached Treeswift, and Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot. then After lunch, we will travel by express boat from Sorong to Waigeo. On arrival at Waigeo Island, we will check into our beach resort.

Days Day 02, Day 03, and Day 04:  Birding on Waigeo Island
During our time on Waigeo, we also hope to encounter the endemics, such as Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise with its bright, cerulean-blue, bare crown crisscrossed by fine black lines considered by many as the best-looking bird on the planet, the crimson-plumed Red Bird-of-paradise, and others, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Papuan Pitta, Hooded Pitta, Blyth’s Hornbill, New Guinea Friarbird, Southern Variable, and Raja Ampat Pitohuis, Hooded and Black Butcherbirds, Marbled and Papuan Frogmouths, Papuan Boobook, Dusky Megapode, Pygmy and Gurney’s Eagles, Red-necked Crake, New Guinea Bronzewing, Moustached Treeswift, Moluccan King Parrot, Brown-headed Crow, Western Crowned, Pheasant Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, and Great-billed Parrot and Glossy-mantled Manucode. In one afternoon in Waigeo we will take a boat into Kabui Bay to look for Great-billed Heron, Raja Shelduck, White-bibbed Fruit Dove, and Moluccan Starling, Great-billed Parrots, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher, Violet-necked Lory, Island Monarch.

Day 05. Birding on Waigeo and traveling back to Sorong
Morning birding along the road on Waigeo, where we will search for more of the species. after lunch, we will travel back to Sorong by express boat, check in at a hotel, and overnight.

Day 06. Departure
Free program and departure from Sorong for the next destination.


• Arrival In: Sorong airport, WEST PAPUA of Indonesia
• Depart From Sorong airport, WEST PAPUA of Indonesia

Price included: English Speaking Bird Guide, Mineral water, Snacks, Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Resort in Waigeo and Hotel in Sorong (Twin-Share room), Entrances to Parks and Reserves, Local guides, local park ranger, birding site fee, landowner fee, Private car

Price not included: Insurance, Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry, Tips, The Raja Ampat Entry Fee, Tag or Pin ( Rp. 1.000.000 per person ), All personal expenses that are not mentioned on the items above, Any kind of expenditures incurred due to flight cancellation/delays or due to other causes beyond our control.
Kindly please book in advance to ensure availability.


Red bird-of-paradise from Waigeo, Image by 
The Waigeo, West Papua of Indonesia

The Waigeo, West Papua

Bahari Express Boat Sorong - Waigeo - Sorong
The Harbour of Sorong, West Papua Indonesia
Bird Photograph direct at our beach resort in Waigeo
Superior room at Swiss BelHotel Sorong

Swiss BelHotel Sorong





Sulawesi Birding Tours by Sultan Birding Tours 2023

Introducing Sulawesi, Dazzling Birds on An Island Rich in Culture Sulawesi has some really dazzling birds. Just a perusal of the names is en...