Birding Period : August 23 to 7 September 2017
Participants : 8 Pax + 1 Tour Leader
VIT’s Local Bird Guide : Idris Tinulele in Lore Lindu, Medot in Tangkoko, Ilham in Halmahera
Office Escort : Ali Munthaha
RBT Tour Leader : David Erterius. 8 pax Clients : Virginia Fairchild, Vernon Eales, Nancy Eales, Stephen Richards, Rob Rackliffe, David Klauber, Clive Ireland, Aradhana Rangachar
Eastern Indonesia is one of the best place to see birds in Asia. Eastern part of Indonesia such as Sulawesi, Molucass and Papua have so many colorful birds, singing and dancing. The trip began in Jakarta as the arrival point of the clients. The clients arrived in Jakarta began at August 20, 21 and 22. All clients overnight in Orchardz Hotel Jakarta just 15 minutes from the Cengkareng International Airport. Darwin Sumang and Ali Munthaha dinner together clients in Orchardz before flight to Palu by Garuda GA608 on August 23, 2017. The clients arrived in Palu then met by Rockjumper Tour Leader David Erterius then drive to another 3 hours to Lore Lindu National Park. The group overnight in Shendy Lodge. On August 26 return to palu then overnight at Sutan Raja Hotel. Aderiski Sarwenda or Wenda is a Sutan Raja Staff who speak English well. She doing a hotel reservations for VIT Tours so that the Check in for all clients are running smooth.
The next morning, 27 August, the group flight to Manado by Lion Air via Makassar. Arrived in Manado then transfer at Novotel Hotel, Star 5 hotel in Manado then continue birding on Mahawu. The next day, 28 August, the group fly to Buli on Halmahera Islands and stay at Wisma Kita Subaim Hotel for 3 nights. The group are birding on Foli forest (a part of Akejawa Lolobata National Park). The group birding on Foli for Wallacean Standardwings. On August 31 the group return to Manado and again overnight at Novotel Hotel in Manado. Sept 1 then flight to Sorong (West Papua). Arrived in Sorong then continue drive to Klasow Valley until the Sept 2nd return to Sorong and overnight in Swissbl Sorong. Sept 3rd then the group continue to Waigeo Island by Marina Express Ferry about 2 hours to Waisai, the capital town of Raja Ampat Regency. The group birding on Waigeo until 6 Sept. The sept 7 is the final departures.