Papua Birding Tours 6D

  • 6 Days
  • Birding
  • Easy-Moderate

Location: Arfak Mountain
Duration 6 Days

The Indonesian province of West Papua is a paradise for birders, especially when it comes to the diverse and vibrant world of birds of paradise. The Arfak Mountain range is one of the most iconic birding destinations in this region, providing an unforgettable glimpse into the exotic forest birdlife.

Watching Target:

Lesser Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Beautiful Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus), Spangled Drongo, Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) and etc.

Welcome to Manokwari. Meet and greet with your guide and transfer to hotel.  In the afternoon we drive to North Beach about 1 hour to explore Saibeba village and pami where you can see kind of birds like parrots, lori, king fisher and other endemic birds. Late in the afternoon drive back to the hotel.

Accommodation              : Swissbell Hotel Manokwari or similar Meals plan                          : Lunch

After breakfast we drive to coastal area of Arfak range. Our destination is Susnguakti forest. It is a lower montane forest in the eastern region of Arfak range. It  takes  approximately 1.5 hours ride to reach our destination. The car is usually operated by villagers to transport people and agricultural goods to the city.

Arriving at the entrance path of the forest, we still have to continue our trip on foot for 1 hour to our jungle hut. The slopes are steep. Please, wear hiking boots.

Arriving at the jungle hut, local guides will make fire to boil water for making coffee and tea as well as preparing food. They also will prepare dome tents, mattresses, and pillows. After having tea and coffee with some biscuits we will explore the surrounding forest near our base camp. We will have dinner at around 19.00. After dinner we will do night walk in the forest to find cuscus possum and other nocturnal animals. We will return at around 22.00 to sleep.

 Hotel plan: Tent/jungle hut Meals plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

When it is still dark, we will wake up at 05.00 to have tea, coffee, some biscuits or bread. After making some preparations, at 05.30, we will start walking to the birding site of Lesser Birds of Paradise. Several male Lesser Bird of Paradises begin to call their female counterparts at approximately 06.00. They will compete one another to win the heart of their female birds by performing Courtship Dance. We will watch them until 09.00 where we will continue our birding tour to higher elevation forest of Susnguakti forest to watch King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius). We will return to our jungle huts at around 11.00 to have our lunch and take a rest for a while or take a bath at a river near the jungle huts. There is NO TOILET in the middle of the forest, we could use the small river near our base camp whose water is flowing into the ground again. The river does not flow into the sea.

At approximately 15.00, we could do hiking to higher elevation forest to watch Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), and other birds such as Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Beautiful Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus), Spangled Drongo, Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) and etc. We will return to our basecamp again at around 18.00 to take a shower and have dinner. At night, after dinner at around 20.30, we do another night walk to find Cuscus Possum, Ground Brown Skink, and Papua Dragon Lizard. At around 22.30 we will return to our huts to sleep.

 Hotel plan: Tent/jungle hut

Meals plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We will wake up early in the morning to find birds of paradise that we haven't seen well. It could be Lesser BOPs or Magnificent Riflebird. After that we will have a tour to a nearby river in the forest to find Great Cuckoo Dove, or Azure Kingfisher, hopefully the Common Paradise Kingfisher will also show up. Early lunch can be prepared at 11.00. After that, we will pack our things and slowly walk back to the main road again. A short visit to a coastal village at the foot of the mountains will allow us to see how local people live in their daily life. Our local guide will show how to use a traditional match (made od bamboo, pebble, and palm fiber) to make fire. We will return to Manokwari city at around 15.00. Transfer to the hotel for rest overnight.

 Hotel plan: Swissbell Hotel Manokwari

Meals plan: Breakfast, lunch

In appropriate time transfer to the airport to catch flight to next destination

Meals plan                          : Breakfast


  • Tailor Made Program
  • Flexible Departure Date
  • Private Trip
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