Sulawesi Trip August 2023


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$ 1.965 per person, full board, based on twin-share room, all transports, international flights not included.

Booking and Information

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Date Activity Accommodation Remarks
6-8-2023 Arrival Manado Grand Luley Manado Airport to hotel 23km, 45min.
7-8-2023 Quite day, nature in Mount Tumpa, hotel garden and mangroves Grand Luley Manado
8-8-2023 To Koto mobagu Sutanraja Hotel 193km, 5 hours
9-8-2023 Bird watching at Muara Maleo site Sutanraja Hotel one hour drive from hotel
10-8-2023 Nature in Tambun Sutanraja Hotel 1.5 hour drive from hotel
11-8-2023 Nature in Gunung Ambang Sutanraja Hotel 45 minutes drive from hotel
12-8-2023 To Tomohon around lunchtime, birding in morning and afternoon Grand Master Tomohon 160km, 4 hours
13-8-2023 Nature in Gunung Mahawu Grand Master Tomohon 20 minutes drive from hotel
14-8-2023 Quite day, lunch Lake Tondano Grand Master Tomohon 30 minutes drive from hotel
15-8-2023 To  Tangkoko Tangkoko Hill Cottage 75km, 2 hours
16-8-2023 Nature in Tangkoko Tangkoko Hill Cottage
17-8-2023 Mangroves by boat Tangkoko Hill Cottage
18-8-2023 Nature in Tangkoko Tangkoko Hill Cottage
19-8-2023 Morning birding in Tangkoko, late afternoon back to Manado Novotel Manado Golf resort 56km, 1.5 hours
20-8-2023 End of program
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