Biak and West Papua, Indonesia

Biak Barat, Biak Numfor Regency, Papua, Indonesia

188 reviews
Dec 28, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023
Group size: 5 - 8
Biak and West Papua, Indonesia
Biak Barat, Biak Numfor Regency, Papua, Indonesia

188 reviews

Dec 28, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023
Group size: 5 - 8

About this trip

This exploratory trip offers a wonderful opportunity to see some of ten endemics on Biak Island, fifteen elusive Arfak endemics found only in the Arfak mountains of Western Papua, and a host of birds-of-paradise near Jayapura in the village of Nimbokrang. And a post-trip to Waigeo to see both Wilson’s and Red Birds-of-Paradise with a local guide. 

On Biak, we hope to see the Biak Paradise-Kingfisher, Biak Monarch, Geelvink Pygmy-parrot, Biak Coucal, Biak Gerygone, Biak Flycatcher and Biak White-eye among others. We also hope to see some of its 19 endemic sub-species including but not limited to: Biak Megapode, Biak Scops-Owl and Biak Golden Monarch all probably destined to be re-classified as full species. 

Some of the birds we hope to see in the Lowland Rainforest of Nimbokrang village include six species of BOP - Magnificent Riflebird, King, Twelve-wire and Lesser Birds-of-Paradise, and Trumpet and Glossy-mantled Manucodes (which are BOPs), Long-tailed Buzzard, Variable Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, Willie Wagtail, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western-crowned Pigeon, Rainbow Lorikeet, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Moluccan King Parrot, White-eared Bronze Cuckoo, Large-tailed Nightjar, Papuan Hawk Owl, both Marbled and Papuan Frogmouths, Azure Kingfisher, Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Pygmy Longbill, Olive crowned (Papuan) Flowerpecker, Hooded Butcherbird, both Yellow-faced and Golden Mynas, and Blyth's Hornbill. 

The Arfak mountains are one of the most critical birding hotspots in Western Papua, Indonesia and belong to the Vogelkop Montane Rain Forest Ecoregion. Seven birds-of-paradise, the Black Sicklebill, Arfak Astrapia, Crescent-shaped or Vogelkop Lophorina, Greater Lophorina, Long-tailed Paradigalla, Magnificent bird-of-paradise, and Western Parotia are found here. In addition to 15 endemic species, the Arfak mountains host 15 restricted-range species including Red-billed Brushturkey, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Obscure Berrypecker and Smoky Robin. We also hope to Feline Owlet-Nightjar, Mountain Owlet-Nightjar, Vogelkop Catbird, both Vogelkop and Masked Bowerbirds, Vogelkop and Ornate Melidectes, Arfak Honeyeater, Sooty Owl, Blyth's Hornbill, Plum-faced Lorikeet, Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot, Brehm's Tiger Parrot, Josephine's Lorikeet, Yellow-billed Lorikeet and Pygmy Lorikeet among many others. 

What’s included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide services
  • Internal Flights
  • Land Owners
  • Travel Permits
  • Internation Flights
    Into Biak and return from Sorong
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until November 27, 20224 left


Deposit: $300
Single Traveler
Available until November 27, 20226 left

For those wanting their own room

Deposit: $300

Your Organizer

Ventures Birding Tours
188 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.


Fantastic! Great guides. Absolutely no complaints! Susan P.
By Susan P for Iceland 2022 on 09 Jun, 2022
This was a magnificent trip! Great leaders who were knowledgeable about the area as well as the birds. They were respectful of the country, people and environs of Iceland which made the trip especially enjoyable. At the end of the 8 days on Iceland, we felt we had seen highlights of the country having circumnavigated the whole island on Highway 1. It was lovely and perfect. Both guides were excellent drivers and I never felt insecure along the challenging roads. Had all 9 of us been in the 9 passenger van, it would have been uncomfortable and unpleasant. Since one of the group rented an additional vehicle, that major issue was alleviated. We were all grateful for that extra vehicle! Iceland was awesome. The food was great. Accommodations were excellent. Guides were the best.
By Judith W for Iceland 2022 on 07 Jun, 2022
Simon took six of us into a lovely ascent through multiple habitats and many bird species. It must have been challenging as our group ranged from rank beginner to expert, yet we all interacted comfortably with our guide. Nice job by ventures and a great day! One highlight was our best ever looks at a singing Swainsons Warbler on territory.
By Doug N for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 03 Jun, 2022
It was a great day.Guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant, gave great tips. I learned a lot. Thanks
By sharon w for Beginning Birding Workshop Henderson on 31 May, 2022
We had a private half day birding tour in the Smokey Mountain National Park. Arranging the tour was easy, and the price was very reasonable. Keith, our amazing tour guide, communicated multiple times with us in order to establish exactly what we wanted to see and where we wanted to go. It was very personalized. We saw and heard a lot of new birds, and learned a lot about them and the areas we were birding in. I couldn't recommend Venture and Keith more. It was the highlight of our trip.
By Heather J for Private Half Day Tours (2021/2022) on 27 May, 2022
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