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Little-known Sentani rock art highlights this scenic area's historical importance.

Explore Waigeo, Arfak and northern lowlands

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 or leisurely walking. 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. The final leg of our expedition takes us to the northern lowlands near Jayapura. Here we begin our exploration with two relaxed excursions highlighting the historic importance of Lake Sentani. Early next morning, we set out to our secluded Muaib jungle camp in pristine alluvial lowland forest for a three days' exploration of its rich and colorful biota, showcasing a forest wallaby, two large-bodied marsupial cuscuses, a man-sized flightless cassowary, two megapodes, a delightful crowned pigeon, and a whopping six species of bird-of-paradise.

When?

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 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, Sentani and Lake Sentani.
Day 11 > Sentani and northern lowlands.
Day 12 > Northern lowlands.
Day 13 > Northern lowlands and Sentani.
Day 14 > Sentani.

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.

Read on about the birdlife of the northern lowlands of New Guinea.

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14 days/13 nights

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