Sulawesi - Halmahera Birding

Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia

We offer a range of private and small group birding tours
throughout Sulawesi and  Halmahera in 18 days trip

The ultimate birding destination in Asia and the world’s most spectacular endemic birds species such as Hylocitrea which is now in a family its own, Red-knobbed Hornbill, Purple bearded Bee-eater, Maleo, Geomalia, Sulawesi streaked Flycatcher, Purple winged Roller, Sulawesi crested Myna, White-necked Myna, Fiery-browed Myna, Wallace’s Standard wing, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Moluccan Owlet Nightjar, Fruit Doves and some impressive selection of the Kingfishers.

Upcoming Departure 2022 / 2023
Sulawesi & Halmahera Birding Trip 18 days / 17 Nights
The Price us$  Per Person
Location: Sulawesi and Halmahere
Arrival In: Makassar Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, South Sulawesi of Indonesia
Depart From: Ternate Sultan Babullah of Indonesia

Price included: English Speaking Bird Guide, Mineral water, Snacks, Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Accommodation in Sulawesi & Halmahera, Entrances to Parks and Reserves, Local guides, local park ranger, birding site fee, landowner fee, Private car, Domestic Flight Ticket MKS – PLW – MDC – TTE

Price not included: Insurance, Alcoholic Beverages, Airfare to Indonesia ( Jakarta or Bali ), Laundry, Tips, 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.
Kindly please book in advance to ensure availability.

Day 1: Arrival in Makassar in South Sulawesi.
We will start our trip to visit ricefield and fishponds for Pale-headed Munia, Black-faced Munia, ChesnutMunia, White shouldered triller, Javan Pond Heron, White-headed Stilt, Sacred Kingfisher, lesser coucal.

Day 2: Karaenta forest – Makassar – Palu – Lore Lindu
Early morning breakfast at the hotel then we will travel up into the forested limestone hills north of Makassar city. Karaenta Nature Reserve is a good place to spot an endemic to South Sulawesi the Black-ringed White-eye, This forest good chance to see the Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Red Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi crested Myna, Piping Crow, Sulawesi GoshawkandSulawesi Streaked Flycatcher( recently described in 2015. After morning birding in this area, we will transfer to Makassar airport for flight to Palu in Central Sulawesi and to Lore Lindu National park

Days 3-5: Lore Lindu National Park.
This park has a well-deserved reputation for montane specialties. our main targets here are Sulawesi endemic of the Purple-Beared Bee-Eater, Great Shortwing, Malia, Geomalia, Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler, Cerulean cuckoo shrikes, Sulawesi Cicadabirds, Black-fronted White-eye, black Sunbird, Black-naped Monarch, and the Citrine Flycatcher, Island Flycatcher, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Mountain serin, Sulawesi Myzomela, Ivory-backed wood-swallow, Ornate lorikeet, Small-sparrow hawk, Maroon-backed Whistler, Heinrich nightjar, Speckled boobook, CinabarBoobook, Sulawesi scops owl, Sulawesi pygmy woodpecker, Spot-tailed Goshawk, Spotted Kestrel, lemon-bellied white-eye, Sulawesi Triller, Sulawesi cicada bird, Sulawesi serpent eagle, Hylocitrea; Geomalia, Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tails, Red-eared Fruit-Dove, Maroon-backed Whistler, White-eared Myza, and Streak-headed Dark-eye, Sombre Pigeon, and the Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Diabolical (Satanic) Nightjars roosting during the day at regular stakeouts along there. Late afternoon we drive back to Palu for an overnight stay.

Day 6: Palu to Manado via Luwuk (flight by Wings Air IW 1156 depart at 07:15 and arrived at 10:10 AM) and 4 hours car drive to Kotamobagu. Today much of the day will be spent traveling. Three nights will be spent at a hotel in the town of Kotamobagu.

Days 7: Dumoga Nani Wartabone National Park
Fullday morning/afternoon, we will explore the Maleo breeding Center, the most handsome of all megapodes is the endemic MacrocephalonMaleo of Sulawesi. Its black-and-pink plumage, erect tail and grotesque helmet or cephalon (hence its scientific name), and characteristic rolling call make the Maleo a must for bird-watchers visiting Sulawesi. and on the same day, it is possible to help with the release of chicks into the wild. After spending some time searching for Maleos, we will walk in this small forest patch, searching for a local endemic, Sulawesi crested Myna, White-necked Myna, Maroon-chinned Fruit-Dove, Yellow-billed Malkoha, the strange white-eyed race of Hair-crested Drongo, Black-billed Koel, Bay Coucal, Black-naped Fruit Dove, Sulawesi hanging Parrot, White-breasted Woodswallow and Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle. These forests also hold Sulawesi black Pigeon and perhaps get further chances at Sulawesi Pitta.

Day 8: Dumoga Nani Wartabone National Park
Hope we will see regularly roosting Speckled Boobook within the park buildings, and other species; Pied Cuckooshrike, Sulawesi Dwarf-Kingfisher, Lilac cheeked Kingfisher, Green-backed Kingfisher, Maroon chinned Fruit Dove, Superb fruit Dove, Grey-headed Imperial Pigeon, Red Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi dwarf Hornbill, Grey-headed Fish eagle, this area also good for the endemic Ivory-backed Woodswallow, and is great for mynas, with Finch-billed, White-vented and Sulawesi (Crested) Mynas, Barred (Sulawesi) Honey-Buzzard. In the afternoon we will move onto another area of the roadside paddies and wet areas for Barred and Buff-banded Rails, and Wandering Whistling-Ducks on the way.

Day 9: Gunung Ambang to Tomohon.
This morning we will start very early and explore some of the surviving montane forests in GunungAmbang Nature Reserve. Birds species here are; Matinan flycatcher, the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, the purple-bearded Bee-eater, Red-eared Fruit Dove, Sulawesi blue flycatcher, Sulawesi leaf warbler, Cerulean Cuckoo-shrike, Superb Fruit-dove, Ornate lorikeet, yellow and green lorikeet, Black-billed Koel, Sulawesi Pitta, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker, Ashy Woodpecker, Malia, yellow sided flowerpecker, Sulawesi Myzomela. After a morning here we will back to Kotamobagu for Lunch then after that we will drive 5 hours to reach Tomohon.

Day 10: Gunung Mahawu – Tangkoko Park
Gunung Mahawu is a forested Volcano (1490 meters above sea level), Bird species at GunungMahawu 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), the ultra rareRufous-throated 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, Yellow-vented Whistler, Crimson Sunbird, Black Sunbird, Olive-back sunbird, Sooty-headed bulbul, Hair crested drongo, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Ashy Woodpecker, Sulawesi pygmy 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. 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.

Days 11-13: Tangkoko.
The reserve is especially famous for kingfishers, having no less then eight resident species, of which four are endemic but remember that Tangkoko also has much more to offer than its kingfisher though and with the assistance of the skilled our local team, we will be search for Lilac cheeked kingfisher, Green-backed kingfisher, Sulawesi-dwarf kingfisher, Sulawesi 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, Black eagle, Black kite, Sulawesi cicada bird, Rusty-breasted cuckoo, Sulawesi triller, Purple-winged roller, Ashy woodpecker, Sulawesi pygmy 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, PhilipineScrubfowl, 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-Macacanigra, Tarsier spectrum, and bear cuscus in Tangkoko Park. On day 13 – late afternoon, we will move to Manado for an overnight stay at a good hotel.

Day 14: Manado – Ternate – Halmahera
Morning birding around the hotel and its good for Java sparrow, buff banded rail, Barred rail, Olive-backed Sunbird, White-breasted Woodswallow. From here we will transfer to the Manado airport for our flight to Ternate and from there we take a speed boat to Sofifi on Halmahera and after check-in at the hotel and if time permits we birding for Common Paradise Kingfisher and Ivory-breasted Pitta. Accommodation at Bolote Hotel in Sofifi

Day 15 :Fullday Birding in Sidanggoli / Kali BatuPutih, KM 12
Breakfast at 04.30 and leave the Hotel at 5 AM, from the hotel to the birding site about 45 minutes driving. Our bird’s target are Common paradise kingfisher, Sombre kingfisher, Blue and white kingfisher, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Blyth’s Hornbill, Goliatcoucal, Golden bulbul. Night at Bolote hotel in Sofifi.

Day 16 :Aketajawe NP – Subaim / Poli
Morning birding in Aketajawe NP for Ivory breasted Pitta, Variable dwarf Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Blue, and White Kingfisher, Sombre Kingfisher, Paradise crow, Long-billed Crow, Blyth’s Hornbill. Lunch at a local restaurant and after lunch we should drive to Subaim/Poli for an overnight stay.

Day 17: Poli – Sofifi – Ternate
Early morning we need to be at the Lek of the Poli, this location of one of the display trees of the rare and magnificent bird of Wallace’s standard wing. late afternoon we will go back to Sofifi for 4 hours driving the catch the speedboat back Ternate for overnight.

Breakfast at the hotel and then we transfer by car to the ternate airport for next destination. End of the trip.


  • Sulawesi hot birding spot destinations: Makassar, Karaenta forest, Palu, Lore Lindu National Park, Manado, Dumoga Bone National Park, Maleo nesting ground, Gunung Ambang Reserve, Gunung Mahawu Reserve in Tomohon and Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Ternate, Halmahera and Weda forest. 
  • Availability: Set Departure
  • Tour Type: Multi-Day Tour
  • Tour Focus: Birds
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 people
  • Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
  • Best Time: Throughout The Year
  • Pace: Challenging
  • Arrival In: Makassar airport, South SULAWESI of Indonesia 
  • Depart From: Ternate airport, Halmahera of Indonesia 

What is included?

  • English Speaking Bird Guide fee
  • Mangrove boat Trip near Tangkoko Park
  • Meals, daily breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • All Lodging (Twin-Share room)
  • Entrances to Parks and Reserves
  • Local guides at many of the sites visited.
  • Car Transport during the trip
  • Flight tickets MKS-PLW-MDC-TTE

What is not included?

  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Airfare to Indonesia ( Jakarta )
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • 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.

Cancelation: 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.

We will use a minibus or cars. The road is some part in good condition and some part in bad condition. While for the mangrove boat trip we will use a small boat.

This trip will be provided with an English speaking bird guide during the whole trip and a local guide (who owns/guard the land) for each place in Sulawesi

The walking ranges from easy to moderate, but there will be one harder day in Lore Lindu, Gunung Ambang, and Tangkoko.

Most days in the lowlands will be hot and humid for much of Sulawesi, with a chance of heavy, tropical, some rains at any time. Cool in the mountains in Lore Lindu, Gunung Ambang & Gunung Mahawu in Tomohon.

A valid passport is required; the passport must be valid for at least six months past your intended stay. Visas on arrival in Indonesia can be obtained for tourists from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and EU countries for stays of under 30 days. There is a fee for this, payable in cash (in US Dollars). Travel requirements are subject to change; we recommend double-checking entry requirements six weeks prior to the tour or ask our office staff for help.

1. Waterproof binoculars of about 8-power are best for maximum light-gathering in the shades of the forest.

2. A tripod-mounted spotting scope (telescope) is valuable in open habitats along roadsides, especially for birds in the canopy.

3. Loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and a hat with some sort of visor to shield the eyes from sun or rain.

4. It is often very cool at dawn but hot at midday, wearing layers that can be easily removed.

5. Loose long pants and lightweight, good-quality walking boots are often the most comfortable combination. Conditions in the mountains are much cooler, so prepare to keep warm.

6. Insect repellent is required in some localities.

7. A lightweight poncho or rain jacket. It is sometimes useful to carry a larger umbrella.

Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, or airplane, and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The airlines concerned and their agents and affiliates are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft.

The ultimate birding destination in Asia and the world’s most spectacular endemic birds species such as Hylocitrea which is now in a family its own, Red-knobbed Hornbill, Purple bearded Bee-eater, Maleo, Geomalia, Sulawesi streaked Flycatcher, Purple winged Roller, Sulawesi crested Myna, White-necked Myna, Fiery-browed Myna, Wallace’s Standard wing, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Moluccan Owlet Nightjar, Fruit Doves and some impressive selection of the Kingfishers.

Please book your Sulawesi & Halmahera Birding Trip in advance to ensure availability. Kindly send us your inquiry to or or using the form below

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