Overview

Our Bali birding tour takes us to the magical island of Bali, part of the chain of tropical islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Although most famous as a beach tourism Mecca, Bali also has a lot to offer the birder and naturalist. Situated at the eastern end of the Greater Sundas, our tour provides superb Indonesia birding. The island’s most iconic bird, the beautiful and very rare Bali Starling, will be top of the hit list. We will stay at a lodge situated near the world-renowned Bali Barat National Park. Here we will search for some of the last wild Bali Starlings in existence and we will also be treated to numerous other avian treasures, many of which are only shared with neighboring Java. These include the endangered Black-winged Starling, Beach Stone-curlew, the dazzling Cerulean Kingfisher, Green Junglefowl, Javan Plover, Javan Sparrow and the spectacular Javan Banded Pitta!

Our trip also ventures into the highlands where specialties include Crescent-chested Babbler, Javan Whistling and Sunda Thrushes, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot, the delightful Sunda Warbler, Blood-breasted Flowerpecker and Grey-throated Ibon. The Bali countryside is eye-catching and we will additionally find ourselves enjoying such wonderful and range-restricted species as White-capped and Javan Munias, the stunning Javan Kingfisher and Cinnamon Bittern while gazing across emerald-green rice paddies, uniquely punctuated with Hindu temples.

Bali makes for a splendid week-long birding safari adventure, offering exceptional island birding, sensational scenery, world class coral reef snorkeling and fascinating art and culture.

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Bali Myna, Green Junglefowl, Javan Banded Pitta, Black-winged Starling, Javan Plover, Javan Pond Heron, Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle, Beach Stone-curlew, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot, Javan & Cerulean Kingfishers, Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, Black-banded Barbet, Crescent-chested Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler, Javan Whistling & Sunda Thrushes, Javan Cuckooshrike, Orange-spotted Bulbul, Blood-breasted & Scarlet-headed Flowerpeckers, Grey-throated Ibon, Indonesian Honeyeater, Mangrove Whistler, Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Olive-backed Tailorbird, Sunda Bush Warbler, Java Sparrow, White-capped, White-headed & Javan Munias
Top Mammals
Barking Deer (Common Muntjac) & Long-tailed Macaque
Habitats Covered
forest & forest edge, coastal mudflats, mangroves, rice paddies, grassland
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
very relaxed
Accommodation
very comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Number of Species Expected
130+
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Rich Lindie is a very skilled and enthusiastic guide, and has an outstanding talent for locating birds (during the day and in the dark!). He is also an enjoyable person to be on tour with, and is never short of conversation.

Glen Valentine and Adam Walleyn were superb guides — honestly, they saw birds before they appeared! The local guides were outstanding and the logistics and accommodations were exceptional given our locations.

David was notable in his high level of enthusiasm, how careful he is with identifications and how quick he is at spotting things. Our group was quite mixed in age and skills, and David was patient with members whose eyesight was not so good, and quick to get a spotting scope onto even difficult forest birds. I’d happily travel elsewhere with him and is every bit of what I could hope for in a guide. The overall group felt well run and there was always a plan B if one was needed. David’s knowledge and sense of humor also made him fun to travel with.

The ultimate birding trip: stunning destinations, endemics galore, cruising through the Raja Ampats and Maluku on a lovely wooden boat with wonderful crew and great food, gorgeous sunsets, awesome snorkelling and two of the best Rockjumper guides - Keith and Glen Valentine. And to top it off, Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise!!!!!!!!!

This was an outstanding trip among many great RJ trips. The guides, Adam and Lev were wondering in their ability to identify and everyone onto the irds and ammals.

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