Nestled in the tropical waters of Wallacea, the islands of Sulawesi and Halmahera are seldom-visited parts of the Indonesian archipelago as varied in habitat as they are rich in special and endemic birds. From the highland mountains and luxuriant lowland rainforest of Sulawesi to the Australasian influenced Halmahera in the Moluccan ‘Spice Islands’, our tour covers a comprehensive view of the available habitats, maximising our chance of finding the more than one hundred range-restricted bird species confined to this region. A colourful host of parrots, fruit doves, and an awesome assortment of endemic kingfishers are combined with such sought-after avian gems as Ivory-breasted and Sulawesi Pittas, the incredible Maleo, brilliant Purple-bearded Bee-eater, remarkable Knobbed and Sulawesi Hornbills, Purple-winged Roller, monotypic Hylocitrea and an opportunity to watch an extraordinary bird-of-paradise, the Standardwing at its display site.

The largest island of the Moluccan Archipelago, Halmahera was once a vital part of the historical trade of cloves, nutmeg and mace that gave this region the nickname ‘Spice Islands’. The flight into Ternate is spectacular due to its location on an imposing cone-shaped volcanic island, rising over 1,700m above the surrounding sea.

Top Birds

Hylocitrea; Maleo; Geomalia; Malia; Standardwing; Sulawesi & Ivory-breasted Pittas; Knobbed & Sulawesi Hornbills; Moluccan & Sulawesi Scops Owls; Sulawesi Masked Owl; Ochre-bellied, Cinnabar, Halmahera & Speckled Boobooks; Sulawesi & Satanic Nightjars; Purple-bearded Bee-eater; Purple-winged Roller; Moluccan Goshawk; Sulawesi Serpent Eagle; Isabelline Bush-hen; Yellow-flanked Whistler; Black-faced & Pale-headed Munias; Black‐ringed White‐eye; Sulawesi Ground Dove; Grey-headed & Silver-tipped Imperial Pigeons; Sombre Pigeon; Sulawesi Babbler; Fiery-browed Starling; Pale-bellied Myna; Sulawesi Myzomela; Sulawesi & Red-backed Thrushes; Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker; Lilac, Scaly-breasted, Green-backed & Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfishers (amongst 12 species of possible kingfishers); Matinan Blue Flycatcher; Lompobattang & Sulawesi Streaked Flycatchers; Lompobattang Leaf Warbler; Ashy Woodpecker; Yellow-breasted & Golden-mantled Racket-tails.

Top Mammals

Celebes Crested, Moor & Tonkean Macaques; Spectral Tarsier; Bear Cuscus; Sulawesi Dwarf Squirrel; Montane & Lowland Long-nosed Squirrels.

Habitats Covered

montane and lowland forests, volcanic mountains, rice paddies, rivers, islands, beaches

Expected Climate

mostly hot to humid with cooler nights and mornings in the highlands

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace with some longer hikes

Accommodation

mostly rustic yet clean and comfortable, including some nights in excellent accommodation

Ease of Birding

moderate but can be challenging at times

Number of Species Expected

+-240 (with over 80 possible endemics!)

Photographic Opportunities

average to reasonable

What our clients say about us

Glen Valentine
SL - Indonesia: Sumatra & Java 2019

This [was] my second tour with Glen Valentine and he is the most professional guide I have ever traveled with. It goes without saying (but shouldn't) that he knew every single species on the tour including all their calls. He found birds when I saw nothing and then managed to get all guests onto the birds. This was impressive in itself, however there were many secretive birds that made guiding much harder. We had few problems on the tour, but I don't doubt that he would have handled it without problem. He is to be highly commended for his guiding on this very tiring trip, especially considering he was not well. Paul was also a really great training guide and I thoroughly enjoyed his company.

Glen Valentine
MB - Lesser Sundas 2022

"This trip was my very first with Rockjumper and I was not disappointed. Birding and logistics were very well organized and everything was done to optimize our time in order to see as many species as possible while naturally giving priority to endemics. Glen Valentine is not only a top guide and a top birder, he is also a nice person excellent in communication, very friendly with a good sense of humor. I really enjoyed doing this trip with him as well as the good state of mind of the group. As a Frenchman I sometimes had difficulties speaking or understanding English and everyone was patient and helpful with me. Great! I got a large number of lifers in this trip and the search for endemics was exciting. A big thank you to Glen, our group members and Rockjumper!"

Glen Valentine
MG - Lesser Sundas 2022

"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!

Keith 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
JA & DR, Remote West Papuan Islands 2018

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.

Indonesia - Sulawesi & Halmahera: Wallacean Endemics 2024

17 Jul 2024 - 01 Aug 2024 (16 days)

IDR93,950,000 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Forrest Rowland

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Tour Leader: Ryan Tyrer

Tour price (Per person): IDR93,950,000 * USD5,778 * GBP4,550 * EUR5,349 * AUD8,736

Single Supplement: IDR7,250,000 * USD446 * GBP351 * EUR413 * AUD674

Flight costs: IDR8,500,000 * USD523 * GBP412 * EUR484 * AUD790

Can be linked with: Indonesia - Bali Birding Extension 2024

Indonesia - Sulawesi & Halmahera: Wallacean Endemics (Small Group) 2025

25 Jun 2025 - 12 Jul 2025 (18 days)

USD7,595 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Tour price (Per person): USD7,595 * GBP5,981 * EUR7,032 * AUD11,484

Single Supplement: USD520 * GBP410 * EUR481 * AUD786

Flight costs: USD890 * GBP701 * EUR824 * AUD1,346

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Indonesia - Sulawesi & Halmahera: Wallacean Endemics 2025

14 Jul 2025 - 31 Jul 2025 (18 days)

USD6,595 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Tour price (Per person): USD6,595 * GBP5,194 * EUR6,106 * AUD9,972

Single Supplement: USD520 * GBP410 * EUR481 * AUD786

Flight costs: USD890 * GBP701 * EUR824 * AUD1,346

Can be linked with: Indonesia - Bali Birding Extension 2025

Indonesia - Sulawesi & Halmahera: Wallacean Endemics (Small Group) 2026

24 Jun 2026 - 09 Jul 2026 (16 days)

USD7,900 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

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

Tour price (Per person): USD7,900 * GBP6,222 * EUR7,314 * AUD11,945

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Indonesia - Sulawesi & Halmahera: Wallacean Endemics 2026

15 Jul 2026 - 30 Jul 2026 (16 days)

USD6,900 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

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

Tour price (Per person): USD6,900 * GBP5,434 * EUR6,388 * AUD10,433

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