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Explore Waigeo and Arfak

Outdoors expedition

We begin our West Papuan outdoors adventure with a relaxed afternoon's hiking 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' exploration of the natural wonders 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 for a spot of snorkeling, leisurely walking or beach relaxation. 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 exquisite selection of New Guinea montane wildlife here.


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 7-8 > Arfak montane forests.
Day 9 > Arfak montane forests and Manokwari.
Day 10 > Manokwari.

Tour description

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Related links

Read on about the birdlife of Waigeo Island.

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

Read on about the birdlife of the Arfak Mountains.

Read on about our filming expedition for Vogelkop Bowerbird in the Arfak Mountains with the BBC Natural History Unit.

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10 days/9 nights

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My heartfelt thanks to Iwein and Like for making it all not only possible but pleasant, and to my companions for making it downright priceless. And remember: any time you're in Tokyo, be sure to get in touch - you can buy me dinner :-)
Charles Harper, Japan