Indonesia, spread across 17,508 islands and boasting over 1,600 bird species and nearly 400 endemics (more than any other nation in the world), cannot be ignored by the international birder! Delving first into Western Indonesia, we base ourselves on the island of Flores in the Lesser Sundas. Here we search for an array of ornate species such as Glittering Kingfisher, sensational Elegant Pitta, Wallace’s Hanging Parrot, Leaf Lorikeet and the bizarre Bare-throated Whistler before embarking on one of the undoubted highlights of the trip to Komodo Island. Here, 10ft long Komodo Dragons roam this almost prehistoric paradise alongside Green Junglefowl and the beautiful, Critically Endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo.
A short flight takes us to the island of Bali, most famous as a beach tourism Mecca. Situated near the famous Bali Barat National Park, we target the few remaining truly wild Bali Starlings, alongside a supporting cast of Black-winged Starling, Cerulean Kingfisher and Javan Banded Pitta! Departing Bali, we head to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, to explore the Javan hot spots of Cibodas and Gunung Gede National Park. These fabulous montane birding spots host all the possible Javan endemics, and we shall bird diligently for such highlights as Javan Trogon, Javan Kingfisher, Flame-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Tit, Orange-spotted Bulbul, Javan Hawk-Eagle, Javan Tesia and Yellow-throated Hanging Parrots.
We depart Java on a short flight to southern Sumatra and head to Way Kambas National Park. Producing arguably the best nocturnal birding in the whole of south-east Asia, Way Kambas gives us excellent opportunities for such tantalising species as the bizarre Oriental Bay Owl, Sunda and Reddish Scops Owls and Buffy Fish Owl as well as Gould’s, Sunda, Blyth’s and the rare Large Frogmouth. Not that we will bird at night only, for the forests here hold many delights, including the marvellous Hooded and Malayan Banded Pittas, the strange mesite-like Rail-babbler, placed in its own monotypic family, Crested Fireback, Banded and Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crowned Forktail and Rufous-tailed Shama!
Bali Starling, White-winged Duck, Flores, Wallace’s, Reddish and Moluccan Scops Owls, Yellow-crested Cockatoo, Rail-babbler, Crested Fireback, Crested Partridge, Banded, Black-and-yellow, Black-and-red, Dusky & Green Broadbills, Javan Kingfisher, Javan Banded, Malayan Banded, Hooded & Elegant Pitta, Java Sparrow, Javan Plover, Javan, Scarlet-rumped, Diard’s & Red-naped Trogon, Oriental Bay Owl, White-browed Shortwing, Rusty-breasted, Violet & Sunda Cuckoo, Sunda Thrush, Dark-backed & Green Imperial Pigeon, Bare-throated Whistler, Leaf Lorikeet, Russet-capped Tesia, Thick-billed Heleia, Wallace’s Hanging Parrot, Flores Monarch, Chestnut-capped Thrush, Green Junglefowl, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Little Cuckoo-Dove, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Beach Thick-knee, White-tailed Tropicbird, Bulwer’s Petrel, Black-thighed Falconet, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Chestnut-breasted, Raffles’s & Chestnut-bellied Malkoha, White-shouldered Triller, Racket-tailed Treepie, Olive-backed Tailorbird, White-breasted Woodswallow, Large-tailed, Malaysian & Bonaparte’s Nightjar, Lemon-bellied White-eye, Black-banded Barbet, Javan Flameback, Javan Cuckooshrike, Scarlet Minivet, Ruby-throated Bulbuls, Pale-bellied (or Javan) Myna, Sunda Teal, Javan Owlet, Buffy Fish Owl, Sunda Coucal, Javan White-eye, Yellow Bittern, White-flanked Sunbird, Trilling Shrike-Babbler, Salvadori’s Nightjar, Brown-throated & Flame-fronted Barbets, Pygmy Bushtit, Mees’s White-eye, Javan Hawk-Eagle, Javan Trogon, White-flanked Sunbird, Volcano Swiftlet, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot, Blue Nuthatch, Crescent-chested Babbler, Orange-spotted Bulbul, Rufous-tailed Fantail, Chestnut-bellied Partridge, Javan Scops Owl, Javan Owlet, Spotted Crocias, Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush, Gould’s, Sunda, Blyth’s & Large Frogmouth, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Slender-billed Crow, Javan Munia, Lesser Adjutant, Storm’s Stork, Black, Bushy-crested, Wrinkled, White-crowned, Cinnamon-headed Green Pigeon, Purple-naped, Ruby-cheeked, Plain & Crimson Sunbird, Orange-bellied, Golden-rumped, Scarlet-headed, Crimson-breasted & Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Checker-throated, Crimson-winged, Rufous, Buff-necked, Grey-and-buff, Maroon & Sunda Woodpecker.
Asian Palm Civet, Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Dugong, Crab-eating, Long-tailed & Pig-tailed Macaque, Ebony, Mitred & Sundaic Silvered Leaf Monkey, Javan Rusa Deer, Asian Palm & Black Giant Squirrel, Indian Muntjac, Barking Deer, Sunda Pangolin, Agile Gibbon, Siamang, Greater & Lesser Mouse Deer, Sunda Clouded Leopard, Asiatic Golden, Leopard, Marbled, Fishing and Flat-headed Cats, Binturong, Sunda Colugo, Malayan Porcupine and Sunda Slow Loris, Banded, Masked & Small-toothed Palm Civets, Malay Civet, Red Giant Flying Squirrel and Yellow-throated Marten
montane and lowland forests, volcanic mountains, rice paddies, rivers, islands, beaches
mostly hot to humid with cooler nights and mornings in the highlands
relaxed pace with some longer hikes
What our clients say about tours to Indonesia
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…
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 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.
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.
One of the best tours I’ve had so far with Rockjumper.
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…
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…
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 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.
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.
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 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 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…