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.
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
Barking Deer (Common Muntjac) & Long-tailed Macaque
forest & forest edge, coastal mudflats, mangroves, rice paddies, grassland
What our clients say about tours to Indonesia
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…
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.
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.
One of the best tours I’ve had so far with Rockjumper.
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…
We really enjoyed this tour, it felt like a holiday as well as a bird watching experience. Glen Valentine was an excellent guide, both in terms of bird spotting/knowledge, and also his affability and management of the group, and we will try to travel with him again.
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.
David Erterius is an excellent birder and a great tour leader. Unfailing enthusiasm while birding, and a great manner during non-birding time. The combination of the birders and the guides made this probably the most enjoyable trip I have been on.
This was a fabulous tour! Living on the Seahorse and going ashore each day to explore, in many cases, remote and under-birded locations was a truly exciting and wonderful experience. In addition, it was a fabulous and memorable experience to have Glen and Keith Valentine as leaders. They teamed seamlessly and ensured that everyone had…
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!!!!!!!!!
David Ertrius is above all patient, with the birds, with the participants and the local guides. He very modestly shares his incredible knowledge of the 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.
I have been on birding trips for many years, but this is the first time with Rockjumper. The trip was easily the best birding trip I have ever been on. In particular, both David and Glen made life so easy and their birding knowledge was remarkable. Other members of the group were very easy to…
As expected, I had a fabulous time on the Sulawesi and Halmahera trip. It was everything I wanted – amazing birds, fantastic guide, great tour participants, highly organised logistics and wonderful forests. I particularly appreciated that for one morning the group was split into two so some participants had the chance to head part-way back…
David Erterius was a really fantastic guide, like all the Rockjumper guides have been. He certainly maintained the high bar set by all my Rockjumper guides. He was organised and friendly and was onto birds in near-mythical speed. I didn’t have any problems on the tour, but if I did, I would be confident that he…