Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Birding Tour to Manokwari and Wondama regencies in Indonesia

I offer birding tour in West Papua for anyone who is interested in traveling to Indonesia. The birding sites will include Manokwari, and Wondama regency. These two birding sites have got different rainforest. The first one, the rainforest in Mount Soyti, is higher elevation forest that is the habitat of such birds as Western Parotia, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Mountain Fruit Dove, Black Sicklebill, Papuan Flycatcher, Black-breasted Boatbill, Friendly Fantail, Black Fantail, Hooded Pitohui, Plum-faced Lorikeet, and a lot more.

birding trip to wondama and manokwari in Indonesia
Birdwatching Tour to West Papua province of Indonesia

In Wondama regency, we will go birding through lowland rainforest. The birds that we can watch include Hooded Butcherbird, Lesser Bird of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Red Myzomella, Blyth's Hornbill, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, and a lot more. 

Visitors who are interested in taking this tour need to bring their own binoculars, and digital camera. The number of participants can be a solo traveler or a group of birdwatchers from 2 to 4, 6, 8 or even more people.

To cover this huge rainforest, we need to around 14 days. The typical itinerary will be as follows:

  • Day 1 Leaving Manokwari for Wondama by ferry
  • Day 2 - 5 Birding in Wondama's forest
  • Day 6 Going back to Manokwari
  • Day 7 Going to Mount Soyti (birding)
  • Day 8 - 14 birding, in the afternoon going back to Manokwari.

Because the starting point of this birding tour is Manokwari city, please, arrange your air travel from your country to Jakarta. After that, you could continue your trip to Manokwari city by using domestic airline such as Batik Air, Sriwijaya and Lion Air. The following is the flight route to Manokwari city:

flight route to Manokwari from Jakarta
Flight route from Jakarta to Manokwari city
and then by ferry to Rasiei - the capital of Wondama

During the birdwatching tour, we will combine it with mangrove tour and swimming/ snorkeling excursion at the beach especially in Wondama regency.

Government of Indonesia has planned to give vaccination to the whole population starting from 2021. This is carried out to ensure that the herd immunity can be reached against the Covid-19 pandemic. Indonesia may be opened again for international visitors starting from 2021. 


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