Best of West Papua
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. 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. We then shift our attention to the Arfak Mountains near Manokwari, on the opposite side of the Bird's Head, where we shall be based for four nights in search of an entire suite of so-called 'Vogelkop' endemics. Next we move to the northern lowlands near Jayapura. Upon arrival here, we will first be birding in open country around Lake Sentani where we foremost hope to find two rare and localized grassland finches. Early next morning, we set out to our secluded Muaib jungle camp in pristine alluvial lowland forest for a five days' exploration of its rich and colorful lowland forest avifauna. A man-sized cassowary, two megapodes, seven dazzling forest kingfishers, a profusion of parrots, the world's largest pigeon, and a whopping six species of bird-of-paradise await the intrepid and careful observer here. The final leg of our birding adventure takes us to the oceanic island of Biak in Papua's famed Geelvink or Cenderawasih Bay, where on our two nights' stay we stand an excellent chance of finding all 15 so-called 'Geelvink' endemics present on the island. This is West Papuan birding at its best!
Possible year-round, but most certainly best from June to November.
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Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required for this tour which plies some challenging terrain.
Day 1 > Sorong and Sorong lowlands.
Read on about the birdlife of the Vogelkop lowlands.
Read on about the birdlife of Waigeo Island.
Read on about the birdlife of the Arfak Mountains.
Read on about the birdlife of the northern lowlands of New Guinea.
Read on about the birdlife of the Geelvink Islands.
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The year 2013 was
as wonderful as busy
for us. The highlight certainly is
our marriage in summer and the following
honeymoon. What great
places we could visit and what
breathtaking animals we could see.
Therefore we would like to thank you
from the bottom of our hearts for
everything you have done to arrange
our trip to West Papua and contributing
with that significantly to a felicitous
and memorable vacation. It has been
a pleasure to spend
that time with you.