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Perhaps every self-respecting world birder should at least once in a lifetime undertake the pilgrimage to the Wilson's Bird-of-paradise Diphyllodes respublica of Waigeo and Batanta? Copyright © Dubi Shapiro

Waitanta endemics

Birding break

We begin our West Papuan birding adventure with two relaxed introductory excursions outside the town of Sorong, situated on the westernmost tip of New Guinea's Bird's Head or Vogelkop Peninsula. Next morning, we set off on a four days' pilgrimage to the avian delights of Waigeo Island in the fabled Raja Ampat archipelago off Sorong. Just arriving on an island the stature of Waigeo, entering the breathtakingly beautiful Mayalibit Bay, surrounded by scenic, precipitous limestone karst country, is an overthrowing experience, let alone the journey inland to seek its two near-mythical birds-of-paradise that few people have laid their eyes on before. But best of all perhaps, just by joining this birding adventure of a lifetime, you actively help protecting an entire river catchment as part of an ambitious and innovative conservation agreement that Papua Expeditions concluded with customary landholding groups on Waigeo. On the return journey to Sorong, we shall spend ample time on a tiny atoll in Dampier Strait in pursuit of regional small island specialists.

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Possible year-round, but most certainly best from June to November.

Scheduled departures

Please enquire for details on our upcoming departures.

Physical effort

Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required to bird the at times challenging terrain here.

Tour summary

Day 1 > Sorong and Sorong lowlands.
Day 2 > Sorong and Waigeo Island.
Day 3-4 > Waigeo Island.
Day 5 > Waigeo Island, Dampier Strait atoll and Sorong.
Day 6 > Sorong.

Tour description

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Read on about the birdlife of Waigeo Island.

Read on about our Best of West Papua birding expedition visiting Waigeo Island.

Read on about our other prolonged birding expeditions visiting Waigeo Island.

Read on about our Community Conservation and Ecotourism Agreement for the Orobiai River catchment on Waigeo Island.

Read on about the first photographs taken of Bruijn's Brushturkey in the wild on Waigeo Island on a PE exploratory bird tour.

Read on about the field discovery of Bruijn's Brushturkey Aepypodius bruijnii on Waigeo Island by PE birder-in-residence Iwein Mauro (from www.publish.csiro.au).

Read on about the conservation status of Bruijn's Brushturkey Aepypodius bruijnii on Waigeo Island by PE birder-in-residence Iwein Mauro (from www.journals.cambridge.org).

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Browse our check-list of the birds of West Papua.

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Thank you all for such a wonderful trip. I can easily say that it surpassed all of my expectations. The relaxed, easy going nature of the whole expedition was only possible because of a great deal of time and effort going on behind the scenes. It really was lovely to be in such a wonderful place with people who clearly love the area and take such care and attention to show its secrets to others. And I could not write without reiterating my amazement at Like and her sous-chef's abilities in creating such incredible food in such relatively bare surroundings.
Dr. Catriona Wootton, UK