|Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica)|
|Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)|
In my previous experience, tour participants like the birding tour by boat because they could also see a lot of karst islets whose scenery are very beautiful and also enjoy swimming and snorkeling in remote white sandy beaches. For this purpose, visitors could bring their snorkeling masks.
Birdwatching and Snorkeling
Day 1 (lunch, dinner)
Transfer by car to Pelabuhan Rakyat
Going by passenger ferry to Raja Ampat
Arriving in Waisai, you will be transferred by boat to homestay
After checking into your room, you could enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the house reef of the homestay
In the afternoon at around 15.00, we will go birdwatching to a small island at the entrance area of Kabui bay
We will wake up early in the morning at 03.40 and then make preparations.
At 04.00 we will leave our homestay by a motorized boat to a beach further in the south. It takes around 15 minutes to reach it. Landing at the beach, we shall continue our trip by hiking to the top of the hill for around 1 hour. After that, we will enter a small hut by a cliff to watch Wilson' Bird of Paradise. We will watch it until around 09.00 and then return to homestay to have breakfast and take a rest.
You could enjoy snorkeling during the day.
At 15.00 we will go to Warduwer beach to enjoy birdwatching where birds such as Pied Imperial Pigeon, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, White-breasted Woodswallow, Yellow-faced Myna, Spangled Drongo. At 05.00, we will return to homestay.
Day 3 (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We will wake up early in the morning at 05.00 and then go hiking to the top of the hill where we will watch Red Bird of Paradise. We will watch it until 09.00. After that we will walk down the hill to a viewpoint above the homestay. Here, we will watch birds that like to fly and land on the canopy of the forest such as Hooded Butcherbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill. For birds under the canopy that live in the area include Dusky Scrubfowl, Mimic Meliphaga, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Papuan Pitta, and etc. We will walk down and then take a rest.
After that we will go to coastal area of Gam island at the entrance of Kabui bay by boat to enjoy birding. Our target birds are Olive-backed Sunbird, Radjah Shelduck, Mimic Meliphaga, Beach Kingfisher, Striated Heron, Wimbrel, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, White-bellied Sea Eagle
Day 4 (breakfast, lunch)
At around 05.30, we will go hiking to the hill behind our homestay. There, we will climb a platform and sit to watch any birds that fly over the canopy of the forest and land on the tree-top branches such as Blyth's Hornbill Hooded Butcherbird, Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill. Sometimes White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, or tens of Lesser Frigatebirds fly over the sea. From this view point we can also see the beautiful scenery of Kabui bay. At around 09.00, we will walk down the hill to return to homestay.
After lunch, we will say goodbye to the staff of the homestay and leave for Waisai harbor, where we will return to Sorong by ferry again. Arriving in Sorong, you will be transferred to hotel.
Target birds to watch:
Red Bird of Paradise
Wilson's Bird of Paradise
Spice Imperial Pigeon
Pinon Imperial Pigeon
Pied Imperial Pigeon
Claret-breasted Fruit Dove
Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
Beautiful Fruit Dove
Common Paradise Kingfisher
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Beach Stone Curlew
Red and Black Anemonefish
Christmas Tree Worm
Giant Sea Clam
Blue Sea Star, and etc.
Things to bring:
Clothing that is suitable for tropical island, swimming, and coral reef snorkeling,
For rainforest trip: t-shirts, and long pants, socks
Hiking boots or sport shoes, flip-flops
Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, swim fins)
Anti insect lotion
Oil or Sunblock lotion
For Prices in Rupiahs, please, contact me by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
The prices include:
Transfer by car in Sorong from hotel to harbor
Passenger ferry ticket from Sorong to Waisai
Transfer by boat from Waisai to Homestay
Accommodation and food in homestay
Transfer by boat to birding sites
Payment to land owners who own the birding site of Red BOP and Wilson's BOP
Transfer by boat to Waisai harbor
Ferry tickets from Waisai to Sorong
Transfer by car to a hotel in Sorong
Prices do not include:
- Entrance Fee to Raja Ampat,
for foreign tourist Rp. 1,000,000/ person
for Indonesian tourist Rp. 500,000/ person
- Travel insurance
- Hotel in Sorong before and after the tour
- Any personal expenses
What to bring
If you are interested in taking a birdwatching tour in Raja Ampat and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.