North Sulawesi Birding

by Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia

Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia offers a range of private and small group

birding tours throughout North Sulawesi cover Tangkoko birdwatching,

Tangkoko birding, Gunung Mahawu birdwatching,

Gunung Ambang birding, Maleo nesting ground,

Dumoga Bone National Park.

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North Sulawesi Birding

Best of North Sulawesi’s Endemic birds with ten days birding covering hot birding sites including Dumoga Nani Wartabone National Park, Gunung Ambang Reserve, Maleo breeding Center, Gunung Mahawu Reserve, and Tangkoko Nature Reserve. North Sulawesi provides the adventurous with some of the richest ornithological experiences to be found anywhere in the world, for this one of the most biologically diverse and endemic-rich areas on earth.  We design this is a special itinerary for those who want to see the many exciting endemics of Sulawesi. During our trip, we will be birding on Wallacea’s line which is so very different from that of mainland Southeast Asia. In this trip you will visit four of Sulawesi’s fine forest reserve, North Sulawesi covering area of Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Gunung Mahawu Nature Reserve, and Dumoga Bone Park, Our exciting birding trip begins at Tangkoko Park. We will see our first exciting the wonderful lowland forest where Lilac cheeked kingfisher, Green-backed kingfisher, Sulawesi-dwarf kingfisher, Great-billed kingfisher, Ochre-bellied Boobook, Sulawesi scops owl, Sulawesi-hawk eagle, and highly-vocal Red-Knobbed hornbill. We will travel next to the endemic montane of Gunung Mahawu here we will have a chance to spot the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, Isabelline bush-hen and much more. At Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, Tambun and Gunung Ambang, we will hope to find the extraordinary Maleo as well as other exciting endemics including Matinan flycatcher, Speckled Boobook.

Departure Daily from Manado of North Sulawesi
Price per person:
01 pax USD
02 – 04 pax USD
05 – 07 pax USD
08 – 10 Pax USD
Single room supplement USD 390

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Minimum 2 persons in twin sharing room, Kindly please send us an email

Tour Price Includes:
Transportation, Accommodation on twin sharing room, Meals as indicated on the itinerary, All Land transportation, a boat for mangrove trip, English speaking bird guide fee, Daily park entrance fee, Donation.

Not include
Meals as indicated on the itinerary, Extra beverages in the hotel/Restaurant, Soft drinks/Alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, personal insurance. All personal expenses that are not mentioned on the items above. Any kind of expenditures incurred due to flight cancellation/delays or due to other causes beyond our control.

Payment Term and Condition
We require a minimum of 50% deposit payment to confirm your booking, we cannot guarantee your booking until this has been received. Bookings will be held for 7 days to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. We reserve the right to release the booking if the deposit is not received within 7 days of the booking being made. Changes of dates to bookings after the deposit has been made can be done but will be subject to availability.

Deposit payment No Refund, No show – full payment charge.

Full Payment
The full payment will be required at least 30 days prior to your date of arrival. The invoice amount has to be paid in full, net of all transfer costs and bank charges.

Starting Point: Manado Samratulangi Airport, North Sulawesi
Finish Point: Manado Samratulangi Airport, North Sulawesi
Target Birds:
Departure: ON REQUEST
Travel Time: 10 days and 9 nights
Physical difficulty: moderate to difficult
Focus: birding
Bird Photography: is the best, special the Sulawesi bird endemic
Walking condition: the walking ranges from easy to moderate, but there will be a few tough days in GunungAmbang in Dumoga and Temboan hill near Tangkoko Park
Type of Land Transport & Road: We will use minibus or cars. The road is some part in good condition and some part in bad condition. While for mangrove boat trip we will use a small boat.

North Sulawesi Birding Itinerary by Sultan Birding Indonesia
Day 1 Manado arrival-Tangkoko birding
The birding trip begins on your arrival time at Manado airport. Our first birds near Manado airport include Grey-rumped tree-swift, Brown-throated Sunbird, Grey-sided flowerpecker and Sulawesi scops owl. During three nights in Tangkoko, we will stay at a resort near the park entrance.

Day 2-3 Tangkoko Nature Reserve is famous for having no less than eight resident species, of which four are endemic and four are residents but remember that Tangkoko also has much more to offer than its kingfisher though.  Our  2.5 days here will provide an excellent chance to birding inside Tangkoko Park, AMS Lookout point and Mangrove; to spot more Sulawesi endemic birds and other more widespread species such as Lilac cheeked kingfisher, Green-backed kingfisher, Sulawesi-dwarf kingfisher,  Great-billed kingfisher, Red-bellied Pitta, Rudy kingfisher, Common kingfisher, Blue-eared kingfisher, collared kingfisher, Red-knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi dwarf Hornbill, Ochre-bellied boobook, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Bay Coucal, Lesser coucal, Sulawesi-Hawk eagle, Sulawesi serpent eagle, Chinese sparrow-hawk, Black eagle, Black kite, Sulawesi cicada bird, Rusty-breasted cuckoo, Sulawesi triller, Purple-winged roller, Ashy woodpecker, Sulawesi woodpecker, Sulawesi hanging parrot, Ornate lorikeet, Golden-mantled Racquetail, Blue-backed Parrot, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, Black-naped Fruit-dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Grey-headed Imperial Pigeon, White-bellied Imperial Pigeon, silver-tipped Imperial Pigeon, Sulawesi Black Pigeon, Stephan’s Dove, Brown-cuckoo dove, Philippine Scrubfowl, Barred rail, Isabelline Bush hen. During our boat trip to the mangrove we may find other species; White-rumped Cuckoo-shrike, Common kingfisher, Great-billed kingfisher, Pink-necked green Pigeon, Osprey, Great Frigatebirds, Lesser frigatebirds, Pacific reef egret, common dollar bird, Striated heron, Little tern, Sacred and Collared Kingfisher, White-bellied Sea eagle, Brahminy kite and Purple heron. After spending much of the day birding but we have time also to see interesting mammals such as Black-Macaca nigra, Tarsius spectrum and bear cuscus in Tangkoko Park.

Day 4 Tangkoko to Tomohon birdwatching,
after the final morning birding in Tangkoko park, we will drive to the highlands of Tomohon for two nights stay. This afternoon we will begin our exploration of the Lake Tondano and Kayawu surrounding of Tomohon.

Day 5 Gunung Mahawu Birding
Mahawu is a forested Volcano (1490 meters above sea level), Inside the crater is a steaming, emerald-green lake ringed with yellow sulfur deposits. From the summit, you can see neighboring Mount Lokon with its ever-present plume of smoke. On a clear day, you can also see both the Sulawesi Sea on the west and to the Maluku sea to the east, Gunung Mahawu is located near the village of Rurukan where Sir Alfred Wallace lived for a while. Now Gunung Mahawu is one of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Area ( IBAs ) in Asia by BirdLife International. In this birding place, we have some interesting Sulawesi endemic species, It is one of the easiest and most reliable sites in Sulawesi for the Scaly-breasted kingfisher Actenoides Princeps but please note this star bird of Sulawesi is very skittish and always hide so to spot them still need luck. Bird species at Gunung Mahawu and Tomohon; Scaly-breasted kingfisher, Lilac-cheeked kingfisher, Green-backed Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Sulawesi scops owl, Speckled boobook, Ochre-bellied boobook, Sulawesi babbler, Chestnut-backed Bush-Warbler, Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher (split from Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher), Pale-blue  Monarch (split from Black-naped Monarch), Isabelline-bush hen, Barred rail, White-browed Crake, Sulawesi Myzomela, Island Flycatcher, Citrine Flycatcher, Grey-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker, Black-fronted White-eye, Mountain white-eye, Streak-headed Dark-eye, Mountain Tailorbird, Purple-winged Roller, Sulphur-bellied Whistler, Crimson Sunbird, Black Sunbird, Olive-back sunbird, Sooty-headed bulbul, Hair crested drongo, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Ashy Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Yellow wagtail, Chestnut Munia, Scaly-breasted munia, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Brown-cuckoo dove, superb-fruit dove, Sulawesi black-Pigeon, Sulawesi-hanging parrot, Black Eagle, Black Kite, Osprey, Spotted Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon,  Chinese-sparrow hawk, Japanese sparrow hawk. During our stay here also we have a great chance of finding Purple swamphen, White-browed crake, White-breasted waterhen, Common Moorhen, Javan pond heron on the Lake Tondano.

Day 6 Tomohon birding– Kotamobagu
After spending birding in the highlands this morning we are drive to kotamobagu, a small town located on the western part from Manado.

Day 7- 8 Bogani Nani Wartabone park birdwatching
Much the forest around Dumoga Bone Nani Wartabobe National Park has been cleared and large numbers of people have settled in the park recent year. Our main target here is unique and strange of Maleo bird in Maleo nesting ground and one morning we will birding at Gunung Ambang.

Day 9: Kotamobagu – Birdwatching Gunung Ambang – Manado
We shall leave early morning at 5 am to Gunung Ambang, drive about one hour to the location. Here we will hike to find some Sulawesi’s bird endemic. Lunch at a local house then after that we will depart to Manado for overnight stay.

Day 10: Manado Birding– next destination
Morning birding around the hotel then transfer to the airport for your next destination. End.

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