7 Days/ 6 Nights Raja Ampat Tour: Snorkeling, Sightseeing, Birdwatching and Wildlife Watching
Raja Ampat is a popular destination for marine tourism in Indonesia. Visitors who go there can enjoy snorkeling, exploring karst for sightseeing and hiking in the forest to watch paradise birds and other wild animals of Waigeo island.
The Red Paradise Birds of Waigeo Island
There are several species of birds that live in Waigeo, Gam, Batanta, Salawati and Misool islands of Raja Ampat. The famous ones are Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson's Bird of Paradise. However, there are other species that visitors can also watch such as the Lesser Birds of Paradise, and the King Bird of Paradise in Misool island.
Birding in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is a great destination in Indonesia for both domestic and international birders. Its tropical rainforest and coastal areas are home such birds as Red Bird of Paradise, Palm Cockatoo, Lowland Peltop, and Eclectus Parrot. Birding as ecotourism activity is still very new in this archipelago. Birding visitors are highly advised to bring their own birding devices such as binoculars, and spotting scope.
12 Days/ 11 Nights Birdwatching in West Papua
West Papua is an important birdwatching destination for visitors who want to watch paradise birds such as Western Parotia, Wilson's Bird of Paradise and King Bird of Paradise. Raja Ampat is a great destination for snorkeling. This tour will combine these activities where participants can see both the rainforest and coral reef environments.
17 Days/16 Nights - Birdwatching and Wildlife Watching Tour in Sulawesi
The island of Sulawesi has got high number of endemic birds due to its geographic location in the transitional region between the continents of Asia and Australia. Visitors who travel to this region will be able to watch Knobbed Hornbill, Grosbeak Myna, Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher, Black-ringed White Eye, Citrine Canary-flycatcher and a lot more.
Lesser Birds of Paradise
Lesser Birds of Paradise live in lowland and lower montane forest of New Guinea. They are important target of watching among birding visitors because they have got very beautiful feather. The birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. Their behaviour is similar to Red Bird of Paradise but they have got different colours in their feather. Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird can be watched especially in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari;
Birds of Paradise
The tropical rainforest of West Papua is the natural habitat of tens of species of birds of paradise such as Western Parotia, Magnificent Riflebird, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Black Sicklebill, Long-tailed Paradigala, Vogelkop Superb Bird of Paradise, Glossy Manucode, and etc. They become important attractions for visitors who want to see them in their own natural habitat.
Western Parotia is called a ballerina dancer because its male bird performs courtship dance that looks like a ballet one.
Magnificent Bird of Paradise
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes magnificus) lives in lower montane forest of Tanah Papua or New Guinea. People in West Papua call it - Cendrawasih Belah Rotan. In Arfak mountains, its name is Knang. There are several places in West Papua that have become the watching sites for Magnificent Bird of Paradise. Some of them include: Ayapokiar village and Fef in Tambrauw mountains; Syioubri, Kwau and Maybri in Arfak range.
King Bird of Paradise
King Bird of Paradise is one of the 38 species of paradise birds of New Guinea. It is a small bird but has got beautiful red and white feather with yellow-orange bill. The bird likes to live among the rottan vines that are hanging to the ground from high tree.
There are some birdwatching sites in West Papua. The ones that I highly recommend are Susnguakti forest, Mount Soyti and lowland forest in the northern coast of the regency.
Birdwatching in West Papua
West Papua region is a very important birdwatching destination in Indonesia and in the world because its tropical rainforest is the natural habitat of tens of species of birds of paradise as well as hundreds of species of other tropical birds.
Birding in Tambrauw Mountains
Tambrauw Mountains are located between Manokwari and Sorong. There are several sites that I highly recommend for birdwatching. The ones in highland region are the natural habitat of New Guinea Vulturine Parrot, Hooded Pitta, Red-bellied Pitta, Mountain Peltop, and even the Magnificent Bird of Paradise.
Jakarta City Tour
As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is the main gate for visitors who travel to Indonesia. However, it is often considered as transit point for tourists who will continue their trip to other provinces such as North Sulawesi, West Papua or even Sumatra. There are a lot of interesting places for visitors who want to explore Jakarta. Some of them include Sunda Kelapa Harbor, Old City of Jakarta, Indonesian Miniature Park, National Museum, and its China Town.
Burung Cendrawasih yang disebut juga burung surga adalah satwa yang indah dan unik. Dari 44 spesies yang ada di seluruh dunia, sekitar 38 spesies hidup di Tanah Papua dan pulau-pulau yang ada di sekitarnya. Meningkatnya kepedulian masyarakat internasional terhadap upaya pelestarian hutan hujan tropis telah menjadikan burung surga sebagai daya tarik wisata terutama para pengamat burung Indonesia dan manca negara.
Burung Cendrawasih Raja atau King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) hidup di hutan hujan tropis dataran rendah hingga perbukitan di Tanah Papua. Lokasi wisata pengamatan burung Cemdrawasih Raja terdapat di hutan Susnguakti Manokwari, hutan Lembah Klasow Kabupaten Sorpng dan hutan Lembah Fef di Kabupaten Tambrauw.