The magical island of Bali forms part of the chain of tropical islands in the Indonesian archipelago and, although it’s most famous as a beach tourism Mecca, Bali has a lot to offer the birder and naturalist. Situated at the eastern end of the Greater Sundas, Bali provides superb birding and wildlife viewing. The island’s most iconic bird, the beautiful and very rare Bali Myna or Bali Starling, will be top of the hit list during our Bali birding extension. Most of our time will be spent at the world-renowned Bali Barat National Park. Here we will search for some of the last few wild Bali Mynas in existence, and we will also be treated to numerous other avian treasures, many of which are only shared with neighbouring Java. These include the endangered Black-winged Starling, Beach Stone-curlew, the dazzling Cerulean Kingfisher, Green Junglefowl, Javan Plover, Java Sparrow and the spectacular Javan Banded Pitta!

Our trip also ventures into the highlands where specialities 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 and soaking in the island’s incredible beauty. Bali makes for a splendid week-long birding adventure, offering exceptional island birding, sensational scenery, world class coral reef snorkelling and fascinating art and culture.

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; Blood-breasted Flowerpecker.

Top Mammals

Barking Deer (Common Muntjac) & Long-tailed Macaque

Habitats Covered

Forest & forest edge, coastal mudflats, mangroves, rice paddies, grassland

Expected Climate

Most days in the lowlands will be hot and sunny, but overcast conditions are frequent and some rain, heavy at times, can be expected. In montane areas, it will range from very cool to warm. The humidity is often rather high in the lowlands.

Max Group Size

10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Moderate birding, combined with good accommodation & food make this a mostly enjoyable extension.

Accommodation

Accommodations is comfortable to very comfortable.

Ease of Birding

Birding can be moderately difficult at some locations. Low density of several key species which may require repeat efforts.

Number of Species Expected

130+

Photographic Opportunities

Photography good to reasonable, predominant forest birding. Some makeshift hides.

What our clients say about us

Lev Frid
EL, Indonesia 2022

This was an adventure to be sure. The places we traveled were indeed remote and with the exception of larger cities like Ambon & Sorong inhabited by few people. This was my first trip to Indonesia and was an adventure to even get to Ambon. However, the Indonesian people must be the kindest most helpful people in the world. The boat was lovely and this amazing trip had so many interworking pieces -- moving from the Indo Seamore to the shore for the next adventure, disembarking at various kinds of dock, piers, rocks, etc, meeting up with our vehicles for rides up into the hills -- everything worked like clockwork. We saw so many fabulous birds thanks to our super guides, David Hoddinott and Lev Frid. The two guides were so helpful and informative; I would gladly travel with either of them or both in the future. However, I have to say that this trip was just about at the limit of my ability. I would never have seen the birds I did without the help of David & Lev and our various local guides and drivers. I think only Rockjumper could have pulled this tour off.

Keith Valentine
MM, Remote Indonesian Islands Cruise 2017

My thanks to Keith and Glen Valentine for taking so much time in getting me on the birds. They are so patient and really nice.

Glen Valentine
SL, Remote Indonesian Islands Cruise 2017

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!!!!!!!!!

Glen Valentine
MM, Remote Indonesian Islands Cruise 2017

My thanks to Keith and Glen Valentine for taking so much time in getting me on the birds. They are so patient and really nice.

Glen Valentine
JB - Lesser Sundas 2022

Although the tour was a little more strenuous than I had anticipated, it was a fantastic tour. All of the endemics except for two very rare ones—more than I’d hoped to see in my wildest dreams. Glen is an excellent guide, the local guide a very positive addition, and the driving crew was just fabulous. And when things went awry with the cancelled flight and the steep increase in the fee for Komodo, Glen, our local guide and crew handled it in complete transparency to us, so that we didn’t miss a beat. Hats off to all involved!

Indonesia - Bali Birding Extension 2024

01 Aug 2024 - 07 Aug 2024 (7 days)

USD2,795 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Forrest Rowland

Tour price (Per person): USD2,795 * GBP2,188 * EUR2,574 * AUD4,198

Single Supplement: USD460 * GBP360 * EUR424 * AUD691

Indonesia - Bali Birding Extension 2025

31 Jul 2025 - 06 Aug 2025 (7 days)

USD2,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Tour price (Per person): USD2,795 * GBP2,188 * EUR2,574 * AUD4,198

Single Supplement: USD490 * GBP384 * EUR451 * AUD736

Flight costs (Linked Tour): USD250 * GBP196 * EUR230 * AUD375

Indonesia - Bali Birding Extension 2026

30 Jul 2026 - 05 Aug 2026 (7 days)

USD2,900 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD2,900 * GBP2,271 * EUR2,670 * AUD4,355

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