Our short extension to the tiny Kai archipelago takes us to Kai Kecil and Kai Besar - the two largest islands, each hosting its very own suite of endemics. A short trip to Haruku Island should produce Moluccan and Dusky Megapodes, before we head to Kai Cecil and Kai Besar where we’ll search for the endemic Kai Monarch, Golden-bellied (Kai Kecil) White-eye, the elusive Kai Cicadabird, keyensis subspecies of Rufous-sided Gerygone, endemic assimilis subspecies of Northern Fantail (Kai Fantail) and the ubiquitous and noisy Spangled Drongo (Kai Spangled Drongo), Kai Coucal, Pearl-bellied (Kai Besar) White-eye and localised Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher.
Wallace's, White-bibbed & Rose-crowned Fruit Doves; Kai Monarch; Golden-bellied (Kai Kecil) & Pearl-bellied (Kai Besar) White-eyes; Kai Cicadabird; Rufous-sided Gerygone; Northern Fantail (Kai Fantail); Spangled Drongo (Kai Spangled Drongo); Kai Coucal; Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher; Amboyna Cuckoo-Dove; Pink-headed, Elegant & Pied Imperial Pigeons; Red Lory; Coconut & Red-flanked Lorikeets; Red-cheeked & Eclectus Parrots; Orange-footed Scrubfowl; Moluccan & Dusky Megapodes; Papuan & Elegant Pittas; Arafura Fantail; Metallic Starling; Tanimbar Friarbird; Mistletoebird.
hot and humid with tropical showers in the lowlands
10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
relaxed with some easy to moderate hikes
comfortable to good
average with some tough species
Glen and Keith Valentine worked seamlessly together to make this one of the best Rockjumper trips! The logistics went well, local guides were great, and the boat was quite comfortable and offered good food and variety. Best of all, the birds were plentiful and everyone got lifers galore. The bros Valentine did everything possible to be sure that everyone got onto the birds and they worked tirelessly doing so. I would travel with either or both of them anywhere, thanks guys!
We had a fantastic time. Everyone looked after us so we’ll, very well organised! Many thanks for putting a together a brilliant birding tour. It was everything we hoped for and more
"It was a wonderful adventure, fulfilling all the promises in your advertising. Adam is amazing. His knowledge of Indonesian birds and their vocalizations is phenomenal. He was extremely patient, waiting for endemics and other special birds to become visible and making sure that we could all see each and every one. Not only that, Adam was also an excellent travel companion."
"Glen Valentine is an amazing guide and really made the trip special. He is personable, patient and unflappable. He did a fantastic job of getting everyone on the birds and this was really challenging in many cases. One of the best I’ve experienced. Our local guide was also very good at leading us to key areas and finding difficult birds. Some of the trip was challenging in Sumba, but well worth the effort. Overall, this was a fascinating and rewarding trip to a little known part of the world with lots of really exciting endemic birds!
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.
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