Bali and Sumba (Lesser Sunda) Birding Tours

Tour Period : Sept 25th – October 2nd, 2016
Participants : 1 Pax
VIT’s Local Bird Guide : Yudi on Bali and Freddy On Sumba
Office Escort : Darwin Sumang

Birding on Bali and Sumba (a part of Lesser Sundas) was started on September 25, 2017. I met James wittenberger in Ngurah Rai Airport of Bali then he went to have a short snorkeling on Bali Dolphin Nusa Dua for about 1,5 hours then proceed our journey to Bali Barat National Park and stop at Jimbaran for lunch. After lunch then continue driving to another 4 hours to Pemuteran and we stay at Jubawa Homestay for 3 nights. The Jubawa homestay have pool, free wifi and meals family style. It’s so easy to organise meals every day just you call to ibu Juli the owner of this homestay will provided a suitable tasty meals. Ibu Juli phone number +6285238936951. About birding we met our guide Kt Wahyudi a professional bird guide on Bali. He basically a bird spotter and know where the birds are because he and his bird team always survey the bird spot i.e, bali sterling, javan kingfisher, black-winged staerling, blue eared kingfisher, sundas scops owl, green jungle fowl, etc. Made Surya is a native of Blimbing Sari village Kecamatan Melaya Kabupaten Jembrana – Bali Barat. After doing bali barat birding tours then return to Denpasar ans drive about almost 5 hours because of a traffic jam on the way. Arrive in Denpasar then overnight at hotel Puri Saron. This is a comfortable hotel and the staffs are friendly. This hotel have the ATM and easy to organise meals. You can take your dinner or lunch in the hotel or you can go out for dinner or lunch depend on your wish. This hotel is a mid-range so convinient to your birders. The Sept 29 we flew to Umbu Mehang Kunda the airport of  Waingapu eastern of Sumba. We met Freddy in the airport then have a have a nice lunch on the hill, freddy’s villa and resto, just 20 minutes from the airport. In this villa no telephone service but have a beautiful scenary to view, and is the only nice place to stay in Waingapu. After lunch then we proceed another 1,5 hours to Lewa village and overnight at pak John Homestay, basic but have toilets out side of the room, easy to organise meals very on time. At the first arrival birding on km 52 then the next day Sept 30 freddy guiding Jim, a pref name of James to Langgaliru National park and saw such as sumba jungle flycatcher, sumba hornbill, greater sumba boobook, cinnamon banded kingfisher, marigold lorekeet, etc. On October 1, we return to Waingapu and overnight at freddy’s villa. The next day 2 October we fly to Denpasar by wings air and Jim continue to Makassar for his flight to Sorong. by Garuda.

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