sulawesi and halmahera 2017

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The 2017 Sulawesi and Halmahera tour

Dates: 3rd to 21st April 2017 (19 days).

Leaders: Rory Dow and Phil Benstead

 

Group size: 8-13

 

Summary:

This exciting but rather demanding tour offers the chance to search out the Odonata of this incredibly interesting region, a part of the sprawling island nation of Indonesia. Our efforts surveying the odonates will be set against a mostly tropical forest backdrop that contains a dazzling supporting cast of wildlife. Located in the fascinating biogeographic region of Wallacea the odofauna of Sulawesi and Halmahera shows a reasonable level of endemism. The Wallacean line between Borneo and Sulawesi has less of an impact on invertebrates than it does on the extraordinary land birds and mammals but the odofauna is typically a nice mix of the Oriental and the Australasian. Those who have travelled in the Sundaic region will recognise some species (especially amongst the libelullids) but there will be plenty of new species to see (notably among the Chlorocyphids). Local birding guides will be with us at all locations to help track down endemic birds and mammals. Phil will as usual be very keen to spend evenings spotlighting for birds, mammals and herps. It should be superb!

 

Itinerary:

We all fly into Makassar on Day 1 where we will be picked up from airport and overnight at the Grand City Hotel (our home for the next four nights) where we can recover from our journey. After breakfast on Day 2 we will travel to Bantimurung-Bulusarung National Park and look for Odonates along the river. In the afternoon we will search the Patene fish ponds. Days 3 and 4 see us continuing our exploration of Bantimurung-Bulusarung NP and its environs.

 

Day 5 is a travel day and sees us transferring to Palu. After breakfast we will be driven to Makassar airport and catch the mid-morning flight to Palu. Overnight at either Santika Hotel or Mercure Hotel (Palu). Day 6 sees us transferring further on to Lore Lindu, after breakfast, we will drive about 3-4 hours to Kamarora (where some time in the field will occur) before continuing on to Lake Tambing. Overnight at Sendy Guesthouse in Wuasa (our home for the next four nights). The next three days will be spent searching Lore Lindu NP for Odonata in the various waterbodies and the possibility to combine this with some birding effort in the forest. We will also offer a chance to visit the stunning megaliths in the Napu valley.

 

Day 10 is another travel day which will see us driving back to Palu and flying on to Manado. We overnight at Hotel Aryaduta Manado (our home for the next two nights). The next day we spend at Tunan Waterfall in Talawaan Village (North Minahassa), about 30 minutes drive from Manado.

 

Day 12 is a rather exciting travel day as we transfer to the island of Halmahera. After breakfast at our hotel we fly from Manado to the neighbouring island of Ternate, we then proceed to Sofifi on Halmahera by speedboat. First stop is at some mangrove forest to search for odonates and look for beach kingfisher and perhaps shore birds. In the afternoon we search local forest. Overnight at Sidangoli Indah. Day 13 sees us searching for Odonates in the Aketajawe National Park before an afternoon drive to Subaim (1.5 hours). Overnight at Wisma Kita (our home for the next two nights). Day 14 sees us leaving Wisma Kita early in the morning and then driving on to the forest at Foli (which famously hosts the leks of the bird-of-paradise Wallace's standard-wing and other endemic birds). In the afternoon we will continue on to the Buli River to look for more Odonates. Day 15 sees us driving back to Sofifi, stopping at several river crossings to look for Odonates. Arriving back on Ternate in the afternoon, we will go to Tolire Lake. Return to either Villa Ngade or Villa Marasai (Ternate) for an overnight stay.

 

On Day 16 we fly to Manado in the morning and then drive on to Tangkoko-Duasudara Nature Reserve. We have lunch en-route and have opportunities to search for Odonates too as we drive. Upon arrival we check in to our homestay and then report to the park entrance to search out black crested macaque (endemic to North Sulawesi) and as dusk approaches we will head into the denser parts of the jungle to try and see spectral tarsier (the world's smallest primate). After it is completely dark and the tarsiers have departed for their nightly foraging, we head back to the homestay (our home for three nights). The next two we search the Tangkoko area for Odonates, including the rivers along the approach road. Many other options exist here for those who prefer to chase birds and mammals... Our final day sees us transferring to Manado for our chosen flights (there may be time for a morning session depending on flight times).

 

Extension options do exist and should be considered if you are coming from a long way away. If you like snorkelling then Bunaken Island (from Manado, 2-3 days) is superb and we miss out on Domoga-Bone NP (also from Manado, 3-4 days) on the above itinerary which is an excellent site and offers the best chance of Maleo. Get in touch if you need help organising extension options.

 

Accommodation: Varied. Mid-range hotels to homestays.

 

Cost: tour price £3430 (deposit £350) and single supplement £925. Tribal discounts will occur if you have travelled with us before and we get enough people...

 

Flights: it is your responsibility to book the flights required to get you to-and-from Sulawesi at the beginning and end of the tour, you need to be in Makassar (UPG) on the evening of the 3rd. Flying direct from Singapore with Silk recommended. You will then be dropped at Manado airport (MDC) on the 21st, again flying back to Singapore with Silk makes the most sense. You will obviously also need return flights from your home to Singapore that tie in with these flights... Remember you are advised not to book your flight until the tour is confirmed as a departure.

 

Get in touch below to register your interest and to arrange payment of your deposit.

 
 
 

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