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Sulawesi - Indonesia Palu to Manado

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 8 people
Destination(s): Indonesia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Ecotourism  
Season: July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1856 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1856 US Dollar (USD)

For 8 Participants (+ Leader, Local guides where required and Driver). Expect: c275 species

Tout Itinerary:

Introduction: Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) is a large island in Indonesia. It is the world's eleventh largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km². The island is surrounded in the west by Borneo, the north by the Philippines, east by Maluku and to the south by Flores and Timor. The island has a distinctive shape, dominated by four large peninsulas. The central part of the island is ruggedly mountainous, such that the island's peninsulas have traditionally been remote from each other, with better connections by sea than by road. The island is subdivided into six provinces: Gorontalo, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi. The largest cities on the island are Makassar, on the southwestern coast of the island, and Manado, on the northern tip. Sulawesi has the highest number of endemic bird species of any of the Indonesian islands with 70 species found nowhere else! Additionally there is a whole suite of endemic mammals and plants (and undoubtedly reptiles, amphibians and insects as well!)

Day 1: Jakara / Bali - Palu - Lore Lindu National Park. Fly from Jakarta or Bali to Palu. Arrival at Mutiara airport Palu (capital of central Sulawesi), transfer to the restaurant for welcome drinks and dinner; then transfer via 4 Wheel Drive Jeep to Lore Lindu National Park (4-5 hour drive) birding along the way. Birds we may encounter on our way to Lore Lindu include the beautiful Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Chestnut, Black-faced, Scaly-breasted and Pale-headed Munia. In rice paddies we may see Javan Pond Heron. We will keep an eye out for Spotted Kestrel and Common Kingfisher. Night at Wuasa homestay near the park (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 2: LOore Lindu National Park. Full day of birding at Lore Lindu National Park. We will travel by jeep along a logging road up to Anaso. Here,we can see many species of birds unique to the highland forest. High altitude birding along the Anaso Road should produced some delightful endemics. These include the skulking Chestnut-backed Bush-Warbler and the plainish Yellow-vented Whistler. We should also encounter Malia,a bird with loads of character and is enchantingly vocal. Feeding flocks of Little Pied Flycatcher, not an endemic but a very nice little bird; Mountain Tailorbirds, Blue-fronted Flycatcher, the spectacular Fiery-browed Starling, Pygmy Cuckoo-shrike and Streak-headed Dark-eye. Others may include the drab Sulawesi Leaf Warbler, Mountain White-eye, Sulawesi Myzomela and Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker. Higher up Anaso Road, around the old logging camp, we will likely encounter more Malia and may have looks at Greater and Lesser Sulawesi Honeyeaters. Glossy Swiftlets are common at these higher altitudes. Also possible is the rare Great Shortwing which we may see at the top of the Anaso Road. Night at Wuasa homestay near the park. (Dinner, Breakfast,Lunch included).

Day 3: Full day of birding at Lore Lindu National Park birding along logging roads up to Anaso, looking for Sulawesi highland endemics. Arguably the world's most beautiful accipiter, the Spot-tailed Goshawk, may be encountered along the Anaso Road. Views of Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker and Yellow-flanked Whistler will also be hoped for along with Sombre Pigeon, and Purple-bearded Bee-eater. Night at Wuasa homestay near the park (Dinner, Breakfast,Lunch included).

Day 4: Full day of birding at Lore Lindu National Park birding along main road, Lake Tambing, and Napu valley 1100 m to 1700 m above sea level. Flowering trees near the lake should produce both Greater and Lesser Sulawesi Honeyeaters as well as Yellow and Green Lorikeets. Also in this area we may see the uncommon Snowy-browed Flycatcherthe spectacular Red-eared Fruit-Dove. Other birds we may encounter include Yellow-flanked Whistler, an odd looking whistler in a genus of its own, Cerulean Cuckoo-shrike, and the very uncommon Sulawesi Thrush. Roadside stops in the Dongi Dongi area will give us the chance at several goodies. Lots of White-bellied Imperial Pigeons sometimes roost in the treetops and Grey-rumped Tree Swifts amy be seen overheard, Sulawesi Crested Myna and Barred Honey Buzzard may fly past. Flocks of Short-tailed Starling will allow close scrutiny to discern the short bill and different jizz from Asian Glossy Starling which we may also encounter. Night at Wuasa homestay near the park (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 5: Full day of birding at Lore Lindu National Park birding Napu and Besoa Valley 1100 m to 1300 m above sea level. Night at Wuasa homestay near the park. (Dinner, Breakfast,Lunch included).

Day 6: Early morning birding around Napu Valley and along the main road down to Palu Valley at Lore Lindu National Park. Lunch will be served on the way or we will have lunch at one of restaurant in the city. After lunch,we will continue birding in the evening around Palu valley. Night at Wuasa homestay near the park (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 7: Palu — Makassar - Manado - Tangkoko Reserve. Depart Palu and fly via Makassar (south Sulawesi) to Samratulangi airport in Manado (capital of North sulawesi). We will bird here in the late afternoon. `From here we will continue our trip by car for two hours to Tangkoko reserve in the extreme north east tip of Sulawesi. It is not far from Manado but a rough road will make our progress slow. We will pass lots of coconut palms en route followed by native forest in the last 20 kilometres or so - where we start to see the best birds. Barred Rails may be along the road in pools formed by recent rains. A splendid bird with fine barring and surprisingly large! We may also see Barred Button-quail on the roadside embankments. Further along we will likely encounter the first of many Knobbed Hornbills - what a bird! Night at homestay. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch included).

Day 8: Tangkoko Reserve. Full day birding in the park. We will arise early this morning and bird along the coast trail. Near park headquarters we should see Purple-winged Roller. Then in the forest, we will see our first Sulawesi Babblers,a plain bird with a pleasant song. The coast trail should produced many endemics including Green Imperial Pigeons, White-bellied Imperial Pigeons and Grey-cheeked Green Pigeons, Small and Large Sulawesi Hanging Parrots almost side by side. Spectacular Fiery-billed Malkolas may be seen in the trees and Black-fronted White-eyes low down in the scrub. Ornate Lorikeets and Grosbeak Starlings may be flying overhead along with Blue-backed Parrots. We may spot Sulawesi Black Pigeon. Sulawesi Triller and many Sulawesi Cicadabirds should be seen here. Green-backed Kingfisher or Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher both endemic, would provide a great sighting for the tour. On our walk back we may spot the impressive Ashy Woodpecker and the superb Black-naped Fruit-Dove. Once we emerge from the forest, Ivory-backed Woodswallow may be seen flying over or we may spot the gorgeous Yellow-sided Flowerpecker. Night at homestay (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 9: Tangkoko Reserve. Full day birding in the park. Night at homestay (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 10: Tangkoko — Dumoga Bone Reserve (North Sulawesi). Early morning birding in the park, then the journey will continue by minibus five hours to Doloduo village. Here,we can see Maleo,an endemic sulawesi bird, whose eggs are five times bigger than eggs of most birds. Stay overnight at homestay Doloduo`(Dumoga Bone) (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 11: Dumoga Bone Reserve. Full day birding in the park. We will cross the stream behind our accommodation and enter the lowland forest where we will search for Sulawesi Black Pigeon, the elusive Sulawesi Ground-Dove, Yellow-breasted Racquet-tail, Bay Coucal, Green-backed Kingfisher, Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill and the simply stunning Red-bellied Pitta which is quite common here. At night spotlighting can be very rewarding with Sulawesi Scops Owl, Sulawesi Masked Owl and Ochre-bellied Hawk-Owl all recorded around the park headquarters. At Tambun we will hope to find one of Sulawesi’s most enigmatic birds – the Maleo. This large megapode uses geothermal heat to brood its eggs in this communal breeding ground and we have a very good chance of seeing the birds as they inspect their nests. Night at homestay Doloduo`(Dumoga Bone). (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 12: Dumoga Bone — Bunaken Island. Early morning birding in the park, then the trip continues by minibus five hours to the port at Manado. Our journey will continue by boat to Bunaken Island which is popular with a nice sandy beach and beautiful coral reefs. We will spend some time birding around this beautiful island. If you choose, you can go snorkeling or diving off the island. Night at Resort or Homestay (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch included).

Day 13: Bunaken — Manado. We will do some birding around the islands before lunch. After lunch we will return to Manado. At the hotel here, we will have a chance to check and send email, make phone calls home,or do a little shopping. Night at hotel in the city. (Dinner, Breakfast included).

Day 14: We will be transported to the airport at Manado for our flight out of Sulawesi to Singapore, Jakarta, or Bali.


- hot water and shower
- western style toilet.
- Refrigerator / freezer in room.
- TV
- Air Conditioning / AC.

Homestay: Lore lindu NP+Dumoga Bone.
- Water tap/No hot water/No shower
- Natural Air/No AC
- No TV
- Each room has private toilet (Indonesian style toilet/No Western style toilet)
- All have electricity
- Each rooms has blankets for chilly nights, especially in Lore Lindu NP. This homestay is clean and safe.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation (Hotel and Homestay)
- All meals
- Private ground transportation (4 Wheel Drive/Jeep + Minibus + Motorbike + Boat)
- Bilingual naturalist guide (specialized on birdwatching)
- RT domestic airlines ticket
- All entrance fees.

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