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Various dates available

Birds of paradise discovery

From £4690 Per person

Deposit Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Discover a variety of majestic winged creatures on this adventure, from Wilson’s Bird of Paradise to the Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher and many more
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individual
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
9
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
42 metres
Skipper
Yes
Crew
Total crew of 14
Berth Style
24 guests in 12 cabins All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities: Spacious twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower Washbasin and toiletries provided in your cabin Eac
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore tropical forests buzzing with birdlife, discover a rainbow of colourful birds of paradise 

9 nights: Various dates available 2020/ 2021

Fr $5,900 / £4,690 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

This is a wonderful adventure for those wanting to get in touch with nature, with a particular interest in tropical birds. Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise, the King Bird of Paradise, parrots, imperial pigeons, fruit doves, kingfishers, and the Glossy-mantled Manucode are just some of the incredible birds that you will have the opportunity to spot. With the help of local tour guides, we will explore the best spots for bird watching and also experience the fantastic courtship rituals put on by the different species.

The whole vessel is available for charter. Please enquire for details. 

SORONG –  TERNATE

DAY 1

– On the first day of our birding adventure, You will be met at the airport or hotel and taken straight to the Katharina, which will be anchored in the bay.

– As you settle into your new home, we will get underway for a five-hour cruise to Mioskon Island, which is home to a number of special bird species. It also provides us with the first chance to snorkel.

– At dusk, we can see thousands of flying foxes head out from their forest home on their nightly forage

DAY 2

– Starting well before dawn, we will go ashore in tenders to meet with our local guides who will lead us through the forest to the lekking trees of the Red Bird of Paradise, where we will be witness to their outlandish courtship display.

– On the way back through the forest, we will be on the lookout for many other bird species native to the area.

– After a late breakfast on the boat, we will move to another nearby island where we can snorkel and relax. Come late afternoon we will enter the forest once again in search of more endemic bird species.

DAY 3

– Today will bring us an encounter with one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Rising once again before the dawn we will walk through the forest to a hide, where we can hopefully see the male’s elaborate forest floor mating display, and maybe even see a female or two come and join in.

– On the way back to the boat we will be on the lookout for more birds in the busy forest canopy and floor.

– We will spend the afternoon on a nearby island exploring and snorkelling and birding, before heading off in the evening towards Salawati Island further south.

DAY 4

– Today with the help of local guides we hope to see the beautiful yet elusive King Bird-of-Paradise, which can be seen high in the canopy. We will also have the possibility to see the Western-crowned Pigeon as well.

– Later that day, if sea conditions allow, we will go ashore on the north-east corner of Salawati and look for the Northern Cassowary, which is known to roam freely in the forest here.

– In the afternoon we will relax on board as we make the long crossing towards the island of Misool.

DAY 5

– Long before dawn, we start our trekking near the village of Kapatcol, partly by dingy and partly on foot, towards one of the leks of the Lesser Bird of Paradise.

– On our return, we will see other special birds of the region, and hopefully also the King Bird of Paradise again.

– In the afternoon, we have the chance to go snorkelling on a local reef before heading back into the forest for more birding. Early in the evening, we will head north towards the island of Kofiau.

DAY 6

– Kofiau is home to two wonderful endemics, not least the Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, which we hope to see on a long early morning visit to the forest along with many other birds.

– In the afternoon we can snorkel and explore the island before birding again in the evening. Overnight we will head towards the island of Gebe.

DAY 7

– The island of Gebe is situated halfway between northern Raja Ampat and Halmahera, and is home to a plethora of birds from both regions. We will go ashore early to a local village and meet our local guides who will show us many parrots, imperial pigeons, fruit doves, kingfishers and other local birds, and if w are lucky we will see the Glossy-mantled Manucode.

– At dusk, we will start the long crossing to Weda on the east coast of Halmahera, where we will wake early and go ashore into the forest.

DAY 8

– Early in the morning, we will begin our bird-watching expedition in the Weda Forest with the first port of call being a meeting with Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise. The forest is alive with many beautiful species and we can expect a full morning of bird spotting.

– After lunch back on the boat, we will say farewell to our crew as we disembark the vessel and check-in at the Weda Resort, wherein the late afternoon we will go venturing back into the forest in search of more spectacular species.

DAY 9

– At dawn, we will set off for more trekking around Weda rainforest looking for more birds of Halmahera, including another spot where we can watch the Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise once more.

-Back at the resort, after lunch, you can snorkel or kayak or relax before we venture back into the forest for more magnificent birding at dusk.

DAY 10

– After breakfast we will set off by car in the direction of Ternate, keeping our eyes open for any birds and wildlife we may encounter on the way for the journey through the fascinating landscapes of Halmahera.

– Once back on Ternate we will take you to the airport for your departing flight or to your hotel if you have opted to stay on and do some more birding in the forests of this volcanic and historically rich island.

TERNATE – SORONG

DAY 1

– We will pick up and transfer you by car and ferry to Weda Bay Resort, where in the afternoon you will enjoy your first bird-watching expedition in the forests that surround this beautiful seaside resort.

DAY 2

– Early in the morning, we will begin our bird-watching expedition into the forest starting with a search for Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise. The forest is alive with many beautiful species and we can expect a full morning of great bird spotting.

-Back at the resort, after lunch, you can snorkel or kayak or relax before we venture back into the forest for more magnificent birding at dusk.

DAY 3

– At dawn, we will set off for more trekking around Weda rainforest looking for more birds of Halmahera, including another spot where we can watch the Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise once more.

– After lunch, we will board Katharina. As you settle into your new home will start the crossing to Gebe Island.

DAY 4

– The island of Gebe is home to a plethora of birds from both regions. We will go ashore early to a local village and meet our local guides who will show us many parrots, imperial pigeons, fruit doves, kingfishers and other local birds, and if we are lucky, we will see the Glossy-mantled Manucode.

– Overnight we will head towards Kofiau Island.

DAY 5

– Kofiau is home to two wonderful endemics, not least the Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, which we hope to see on a long early morning visit to the forest along with many other birds.

– In the afternoon we can snorkel and explore the island before continue our birding experience in the early evening.

-During the night, we will set sail to Misool.

DAY 6

– Long before dawn, we start our trek near the village of Kapatcol, partly by dingy and partly on foot, towards one of the leks of the Lesser Bird of Paradise. On our return, we will see other special birds of the region, and hopefully also the King Bird of Paradise.

– In the afternoon, we have the chance to go snorkelling on a local reef before heading back into the forest.

-During the night, we continue our journey towards Salawati Island.

DAY 7

– Today with the help of local guides we hope to see the beautiful, yet elusive, King Bird-of-Paradise, which can be seen high in the canopy. We will also have the possibility to see the Western-crowned Pigeon.

– Later that day, if sea conditions allow, we will go ashore on the north-east corner of Salawati and look for the Northern Cassowary, which is known to roam freely in the forest here.

DAY 8

– Today will bring us an encounter with one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Rising once again before the dawn we will walk through the forest to a hide, where we can hopefully see the male’s elaborate forest floor mating display, and maybe even see a female or two come and join in.

– On the way back to the boat we will be on the lookout for more birds in the busy forest canopy and floor.

-In the afternoon, we sail on towards Mioskon Island. When we arrive around dusk, we can see thousands of flying foxes head out from their forest home on their nightly forage.

DAY 9

– We will go ashore in tenders to meet with our local guides who will lead us through the forest to the lekking trees of the Red Bird of Paradise, where we will be witness to their outlandish courtship display.

– On the way back through the forest, we will be on the lookout for many other bird species native to the area.

– After a late full breakfast on the boat, we will move to another nearby island where we can snorkel and relax. Come late afternoon we will enter the forest once again in search of more endemic bird species.

-During the night we travel the final leg of our trip to Sorong city.

DAY 10

– After breakfast, we will go ashore on Doom island and tour this small town by three-wheeled motorised transport known locally as ‘becaks’. The town used to be a Dutch Colonial outpost and was also home to a Japanese base during WWII.

– We will have a final lunch on the boat before saying goodbye to the crew and being transferred to your hotel or the airport for the next part of your journey.

  • Professional cruise directors
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes (add SUP)
  • Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian and special menus on request)
  • Television, DVD and music centre in the lounge
  • Dining in spacious air-conditioned lounge
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Mooring fees
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip
  • Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
  • Travel to and from the vessel (including internal/domestic airfares)
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Open to families.
  • Open to solo travellers.

Fly to Domine Eduard Osok Airport, Sorong / Sultan Babullah Airport (Ternate), North Maluku

Fly from Sultan Babullah Airport (Ternate), North Maluku / Fly from Domine Eduard Osok Airport, Sorong

SORONG –  TERNATE

DAY 1

– On the first day of our birding adventure, You will be met at the airport or hotel and taken straight to the Katharina, which will be anchored in the bay.

– As you settle into your new home, we will get underway for a five-hour cruise to Mioskon Island, which is home to a number of special bird species. It also provides us with the first chance to snorkel.

– At dusk, we can see thousands of flying foxes head out from their forest home on their nightly forage

DAY 2

– Starting well before dawn, we will go ashore in tenders to meet with our local guides who will lead us through the forest to the lekking trees of the Red Bird of Paradise, where we will be witness to their outlandish courtship display.

– On the way back through the forest, we will be on the lookout for many other bird species native to the area.

– After a late breakfast on the boat, we will move to another nearby island where we can snorkel and relax. Come late afternoon we will enter the forest once again in search of more endemic bird species.

DAY 3

– Today will bring us an encounter with one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Rising once again before the dawn we will walk through the forest to a hide, where we can hopefully see the male’s elaborate forest floor mating display, and maybe even see a female or two come and join in.

– On the way back to the boat we will be on the lookout for more birds in the busy forest canopy and floor.

– We will spend the afternoon on a nearby island exploring and snorkelling and birding, before heading off in the evening towards Salawati Island further south.

DAY 4

– Today with the help of local guides we hope to see the beautiful yet elusive King Bird-of-Paradise, which can be seen high in the canopy. We will also have the possibility to see the Western-crowned Pigeon as well.

– Later that day, if sea conditions allow, we will go ashore on the north-east corner of Salawati and look for the Northern Cassowary, which is known to roam freely in the forest here.

– In the afternoon we will relax on board as we make the long crossing towards the island of Misool.

DAY 5

– Long before dawn, we start our trekking near the village of Kapatcol, partly by dingy and partly on foot, towards one of the leks of the Lesser Bird of Paradise.

– On our return, we will see other special birds of the region, and hopefully also the King Bird of Paradise again.

– In the afternoon, we have the chance to go snorkelling on a local reef before heading back into the forest for more birding. Early in the evening, we will head north towards the island of Kofiau.

DAY 6

– Kofiau is home to two wonderful endemics, not least the Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, which we hope to see on a long early morning visit to the forest along with many other birds.

– In the afternoon we can snorkel and explore the island before birding again in the evening. Overnight we will head towards the island of Gebe.

DAY 7

– The island of Gebe is situated halfway between northern Raja Ampat and Halmahera, and is home to a plethora of birds from both regions. We will go ashore early to a local village and meet our local guides who will show us many parrots, imperial pigeons, fruit doves, kingfishers and other local birds, and if w are lucky we will see the Glossy-mantled Manucode.

– At dusk, we will start the long crossing to Weda on the east coast of Halmahera, where we will wake early and go ashore into the forest.

DAY 8

– Early in the morning, we will begin our bird-watching expedition in the Weda Forest with the first port of call being a meeting with Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise. The forest is alive with many beautiful species and we can expect a full morning of bird spotting.

– After lunch back on the boat, we will say farewell to our crew as we disembark the vessel and check-in at the Weda Resort, wherein the late afternoon we will go venturing back into the forest in search of more spectacular species.

DAY 9

– At dawn, we will set off for more trekking around Weda rainforest looking for more birds of Halmahera, including another spot where we can watch the Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise once more.

-Back at the resort, after lunch, you can snorkel or kayak or relax before we venture back into the forest for more magnificent birding at dusk.

DAY 10

– After breakfast we will set off by car in the direction of Ternate, keeping our eyes open for any birds and wildlife we may encounter on the way for the journey through the fascinating landscapes of Halmahera.

– Once back on Ternate we will take you to the airport for your departing flight or to your hotel if you have opted to stay on and do some more birding in the forests of this volcanic and historically rich island.

TERNATE – SORONG

DAY 1

– We will pick up and transfer you by car and ferry to Weda Bay Resort, where in the afternoon you will enjoy your first bird-watching expedition in the forests that surround this beautiful seaside resort.

DAY 2

– Early in the morning, we will begin our bird-watching expedition into the forest starting with a search for Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise. The forest is alive with many beautiful species and we can expect a full morning of great bird spotting.

-Back at the resort, after lunch, you can snorkel or kayak or relax before we venture back into the forest for more magnificent birding at dusk.

DAY 3

– At dawn, we will set off for more trekking around Weda rainforest looking for more birds of Halmahera, including another spot where we can watch the Wallace’s Standardwing Bird of Paradise once more.

– After lunch, we will board Katharina. As you settle into your new home will start the crossing to Gebe Island.

DAY 4

– The island of Gebe is home to a plethora of birds from both regions. We will go ashore early to a local village and meet our local guides who will show us many parrots, imperial pigeons, fruit doves, kingfishers and other local birds, and if we are lucky, we will see the Glossy-mantled Manucode.

– Overnight we will head towards Kofiau Island.

DAY 5

– Kofiau is home to two wonderful endemics, not least the Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher, which we hope to see on a long early morning visit to the forest along with many other birds.

– In the afternoon we can snorkel and explore the island before continue our birding experience in the early evening.

-During the night, we will set sail to Misool.

DAY 6

– Long before dawn, we start our trek near the village of Kapatcol, partly by dingy and partly on foot, towards one of the leks of the Lesser Bird of Paradise. On our return, we will see other special birds of the region, and hopefully also the King Bird of Paradise.

– In the afternoon, we have the chance to go snorkelling on a local reef before heading back into the forest.

-During the night, we continue our journey towards Salawati Island.

DAY 7

– Today with the help of local guides we hope to see the beautiful, yet elusive, King Bird-of-Paradise, which can be seen high in the canopy. We will also have the possibility to see the Western-crowned Pigeon.

– Later that day, if sea conditions allow, we will go ashore on the north-east corner of Salawati and look for the Northern Cassowary, which is known to roam freely in the forest here.

DAY 8

– Today will bring us an encounter with one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Rising once again before the dawn we will walk through the forest to a hide, where we can hopefully see the male’s elaborate forest floor mating display, and maybe even see a female or two come and join in.

– On the way back to the boat we will be on the lookout for more birds in the busy forest canopy and floor.

-In the afternoon, we sail on towards Mioskon Island. When we arrive around dusk, we can see thousands of flying foxes head out from their forest home on their nightly forage.

DAY 9

– We will go ashore in tenders to meet with our local guides who will lead us through the forest to the lekking trees of the Red Bird of Paradise, where we will be witness to their outlandish courtship display.

– On the way back through the forest, we will be on the lookout for many other bird species native to the area.

– After a late full breakfast on the boat, we will move to another nearby island where we can snorkel and relax. Come late afternoon we will enter the forest once again in search of more endemic bird species.

-During the night we travel the final leg of our trip to Sorong city.

DAY 10

– After breakfast, we will go ashore on Doom island and tour this small town by three-wheeled motorised transport known locally as ‘becaks’. The town used to be a Dutch Colonial outpost and was also home to a Japanese base during WWII.

– We will have a final lunch on the boat before saying goodbye to the crew and being transferred to your hotel or the airport for the next part of your journey.

Temperature in this sailing area varies little (27° to 33° Celsius year-round) with mostly blue skies and light winds. We suggest you bring the following:

Light cotton/ linen clothes, including a pair of long trousers for visits in the villages

Water shoes (boots or plastic shoes)

Hiking shoes

Camera

A plastic / waterproof bag for your camera when disembarking

High protection suntan lotion

A hat

Insect repellent

Dive/ snorkelling equipment if you have your own (there is plenty on board)

A sweater for cool evenings