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The majestic Western Crowned Pigeon Goura cristata is among 54 bird species that are endemic to West Papua and, except for an introduced population on the Moluccan island of Seram, occurs nowhere else on Earth. Copyright © Fabrice Tortey

Waigeo and Arfak

Birding expedition

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.


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

Scheduled departures

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Physical effort

Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required for this tour which plies some challenging terrain.

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, Manokwari and Arfak montane forests.
Day 7-9 > Arfak montane forests.
Day 10 > Arfak montane forests and Manokwari.
Day 11 > Manokwari.

Tour description

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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.

Browse our terms and conditions.

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

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Once again thanks soooo much for this birdwatching trip. It has been very special for me and I will never forget this experience.
Philip Koch, Wildlife Biologist, Germany