Sulawesi Trip July 2025


Sulawesi is an Indonesian island that has been geologically isolated for a long time and boasts with endemic species of animals and plants. It’s situated near the equator with a tropical habitat that guarantees a huge biodiversity in all its incredible forms. This trip will focus on every aspect of nature and we will limit the amount of transportations to fully enjoy everything that’s waiting to be discovered. If you like to be outside, want to be connected to the richness of nature and get excited about unique species of endemic birds like hornbills, kingfishers and megapodes, this trip is the one for you.


Manado: Comfortable start and end of the trip with a visit to gardens and nearby nature that’s relatively open and suitable for finding some nice more common endemic species.
Dumago-Bone: Beautiful National Park with vast forests. We take two different entrances to explore the edges of this forest, at Tambun for the deep forest and Muara Pusian for the Maleo breeding grounds.
Kotabomagu: A nice town with comfortable accommodation that’s perfectly situated to visit Dumago-Bone and Gunung Ambang, with very nice rice fields close to the hotel that are full of birds (Java Sparrow), dragonflies, and butterflies.
Gunung Ambang: Highland forest to see special species that are absent in the lowlands (like Malia) and to enjoy the trail that gradually climbs the mountain.
Gunung Mahawu: Another highland forest on the crater of a volcano. One of the most reliable places to see Scaly-breasted Kingfisher and Sulawesi Pitta.
Tangkoko: Very nice and easy to visit lowland tropical forest with lots of endemic Kingfishers and also special endemic mammals and marsupials. With a comfortable stay on the edge of the park its the perfect place to dive into nature without too much effort.


 almost 10 endemic species of Kingfishers,
– Maleo (Megapode using vulcanic activity to brood his eggs),
– more then 100 endemic bird species in total,
– several endemic species of mammals and marsupials,
– spectacular endemic species of Hornbills and Rollers..


This trip has the Naturalist flavor, which means that we take time for all biodiversity and we really want to connect with nature. We stay in comfortable accommodations and spend as much time outside in nature as possible. Sometimes we’ll take an extra effort to see a special endemic bird (like Pitta or Kingfisher), but most of the times we are relaxed enjoying the beautiful nature.


lots of colorful and spectacular birds,
– special insights in evolution and the work of Alfred Wallace,
– special and friendly culture,
– lots of variety in habitats with forests, wetlands and mangroves,
– focus on northeastern part of the island, less time in a car, no internal flights.

Be aware

– in the forest bird watching can be challenging (but we look at everything, so there is always something to get excited about),
– in the tropics the rains never stop completely and trails can be muddy.


US$ 2.626 per person, 2 domestic flight tickets, full board, based on twin-share room, all transports, international flights not included.

Booking and Information


6-7-2025Arrival ManadoGrand Luley ManadoAirport to hotel 23km, 45min.
7-7-2025Quite day, nature in Mount Tumpa, hotel garden and mangrovesGrand Luley Manado
8-7-2025To KotamobaguSutanraja Hotel193km, 5 hours
9-7-2025Bird watching at the Muara Maleo siteSutanraja Hotelone hour drive from hotel
10-7-2025Nature in MuaraSutanraja Hotel1.5 hour drive from hotel
11-7-2025Nature in Gunung AmbangSutanraja Hotel45 minutes drive from hotel
12-7-2025To Tomohon around lunchtime, birding in the morning and afternoonEmita Hotel Tomohon160km, 4 hours
13-7-2025Nature in Gunung MahawuEmita Hotel Tomohon20 minutes drive from hotel
14-7-2025Quite a day, lunch Lake TondanoEmita Hotel Tomohon30-minute drive from hotel
15-7-2025To  TangkokoTangkoko Hill Cottage75km, 2 hours
16-7-2025Nature in TangkokoTangkoko Hill Cottage
17-7-2025Mangroves by boatTangkoko Hill Cottage
18-7-2025Nature in TangkokoTangkoko Hill Cottage
19-7-2025Morning birding in Tangkoko, late afternoon back to ManadoNovotel Manado Golf resort56km, 1.5 hours
20-7-2025End of program
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