Oy Kontiki Tours Finland on Sulawesi and Halmahera Birding Tours

Birding Period : February 14 to 25, 2018
Participants : 12 Pax + 1 Tour Leader
VIT’s Local Bird Guide : Idris Tinulele in Lore Lindu and  Tangkoko, Bahar Hamanur on Halmahera and Elan on Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park
Office Escort : Ali Munthaha and Darwin Sumang


Sulawesi and Halmahera Lintumatka

Mr. Hannu Klemola
Mr Pösö Hannu,
Mr Järvinen Antero
Mrs  Järvinen Leena
Mr Multanen Veli-Matti
Mrs Naski-Multanen Eeva Margareetta
Mrs Virtanen Marketta
Ms Granroth Tuula
Ms  Kilpeläinen Sisko
Mr Reunala Timo
Mr Soini Matti
Mr Virtanen Heikki


Sulawesi and Halmahera is one of the most popular Birding Tours in Indonesia since 1997. So many endemics of avifauna, flora and Fauna spread over the Sulawesi and Halmahera islands. The Vacation Indonesia Tours and the Vit’s Team such as (Royke Davianto Adam, Mr Ali Munthaha, Nurlin Djuni, Bahar Hamanur, Idris Tinulele, Fuad Pungky, Albert and Anne, in Jakarta Kristin Munthaha and Abi Munthaha, Tjipto and Arif Hidayat) are trusted by the Oy Kontiki Tours in Helsinki-Finland to arrange and organized this trip in Sulawesi and Halmahera for 12 days must be appreciated and yes, this trip was successfully done, every body are happy. This because of the hardwork of the team as long as 12 days.

The trip began in Jakarta on February 14th, meet up in the Cengkareng International Airport of Jakarta then drive to Orchardz Bandara Hotel for overnight. The next day then fly to Palu for another 2,5 hours flight by Lion Air JT720 arrived in Palu, Central of Sulawesi directly drive to Dinas Pariwisata Provinsi Sulawesi Tengah as the Government Tourism Office and welcomed by Mr Darmoli Daepatola as the Office Secretary meanwhile a traditional welcoming  dance called Peulu Cinde begin to dancing following by a rhytem of the gong and Kakula, similar to Marimba.  After enjoying a welcoming traditional dance then a group of bamboo orchestra called Musik Bambu also entertained to the 12 Finnish tourists at that time.

The trip was continued to Oloboju village for having a short birding  to see the potensial lowland forest birds such as savannah night jars, Lemonbellied white eye, White shouldered thriller, pale headed munia, scally breated munia, Chesnut munia, spotted dove, blue tailed bee eater, etc then after a short birding then drive to Kalukubula village  for lunch.  After lunch then continue drive to Wuasa village and overnight in National Lodge, the new and friend staff were ready to serve the guest. The staff  such as Ria and Rio.

The group stay and birding in Lore Lindu National park for 3 nights then return to Palu 18 February and stay in Sutan Raja Hotel, the next day fly to Manado by Lion Air. Arrive in manado then directly to Gunung Mahawu Nature Reserve. Afternoon then continued to Tangkoko Nature Reserve and overnight in Tangkoko Lodge for the 3 nights.

On February 21 the group fly to Buli Airport (IATA code WUB) on Eastern Of Halmahera Island , from Manado by Wings Air Flight No IW1170 transit on Sultan Baabullah the airport of Ternate  about 20 minutes(Pasengers stay on board. Arrived in Buli Airport at 14.45 local time. In Buli time is 1 hour faster than in Manado time.

The highlights is a Wallacean Standardwings  and Purple Dollarbird were seen well by entirely the group.

On February 24 fly to Jakarta by Garuda Indonesia Airlines, arrived at 09.25 then continue to Cibodas at the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, the next day then return to Jakarta for their flight home to Helsinki Finland. Good Bye and See you next time in Indonesia.

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