Our Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise extension explore a completely different biological zone. We spend most of our tour on the Raja Ampat Island of Waigeo, famed for the best snorkelling in the world! Here our primary target of this tropical island paradise include perhaps the most attractive bird on the planet, Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise, as well as Red Bird-of-paradise, the incredible Western Crowned Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Lowland Peltops and much besides. We also spend a day on the extreme western tip of New Guinea. Here we bird the famous Vogelkop, a veritable feast of incredible highlights may include up to seven birds-of-paradise including Magnificent, King, Lesser and Twelve-wired as well as numerous pigeons such as Wompoo, Superb and Pink-spotted Fruit Doves to name a few, the localized Black Lory and Moluccan King Parrot as well as the endemic Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher.
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Wilson’s, Red, Magnificent, King, Lesser and Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Trumpet & Glossy-mantled Manucodes, Magnificent Riflebird, Western Crowned Pigeon, Dusky Megapode, Lowland Peltops, Spot-winged, Golden & Frilled Monarchs, Black Berrypecker, Emperor Fairywren, Raja Shelduck, Hook-billed, Azure & Papuan Dwarf Kingfishers, Yellow-capped Pygmy, Double-eyed Fig & Moluccan King Parrots, New Guinea Bronzewing, Cinnamon Ground, Wompoo, Superb, Pink-spotted, Orange-fronted, Beautiful, Dwarf, Orange-bellied, Coroneted, Claret-breasted, White-bibbed Fruit, Orange-bellied & Dwarf Fruit Doves, Pheasant, Spice & Bicolored Imperial Pigeons, Grey-headed Goshawk, Papuan Boobook, Marbled Frogmouth, Southern Variable & Rusty Pitohuis, North Moluccan Pitta, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra Habitats Covered
lowland forests, rivers, islands, beaches Expected Climate
mostly hot and humid Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader Tour Pace & Walking
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges. Accommodation
variable between rustic and excellent Ease of Birding
moderate to challenging at times Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
Glen was again a wonderful guide who has excellent field skills and is always willing to help clients who are struggling to find the birds or who have other ‘issues’..
"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!
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.
This is a fantastic tour and it gave us a rare, unique and unforgettable experience. We are in awe of the complex logistics required to make this tour run so smoothly. Everything ran like clockwork. The leaders, Lev and David, the ship’s crew, the local teams of guides and the lovely drivers were amazing. Everyone was so friendly. The efforts that everyone went to to find the special birds of these remote islands were above and beyond! The food was very good throughout, in summary the experience was amazing!
Glen Valentine our leader really delivered. He was ultra-patient making sure everyone was comfortable and that everyone got on the bird.