September 2016: Paradise Expedition
Bali, Masalembu, East Papua, and Seram
September 2 – 22, 2016
Pricing and final details are being completed and will be available on March 31, 2016
The Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge is located in a 30 hectare bird sanctuary South Bali. Udayana follows the Green Globe 21 eco management principles and their Bali Lodge is the only small hotel in Indonesia with this high level of eco certification. The hotel offers a warm and welcoming staff, restaurant service and bar, good quality double or twin rooms (with AC, fan, attached bathroom, solar hot water, phone, desk and chairs) outdoor shower, and a fast laundry service. Udayana Kingfisher eco Lodge also has free wireless internet, a beautiful swimming pool, extensive gardens, rain water storage systems, sewage and item recycling and composting. Local healthy food is served at the hotel for guests.
Getting to Masalembu is a bit challenging which starts with a fifteen hour ferry boat trip to Masalembu. We will rent the captains quarters at the top of the ship … nothing fancy and very limited space and toilet facilities, but does have air conditioning and video players. We will bring our own food to eat on boat.
Locals joke that Masalembu is the Indonesian Bermuda Triangle due to the challenging seas. We will be traveling during the “safe season.” Once we reach Masakambing Island we will be able to easily see the Abbotti Cockatoos (one of the rarest in the world) and immerse ourselves in the Madurese and Bugis culture. Currently there are only 20+ of these birds left in the wild on one small island deep in the Java Sea.
East Papua – Pegunungan Cyclops Nature Reserve
Pegunungan Cyclops Nature Reserve is located a little north of Sentani and includes more than 22,500 ha. of mountainous moss forests and primary rain forest interchanged by patches of cultivated land and swampy areas. Altitudes in the reserve range from sea-level to 2,160 m. Pegunungan Cyclops is home to 278 bird species and about 85 mammal species of which many are endemic to New Guinea. The beaches of the reserve form a nesting area for three different species of marine turtles.
Mammals: Long-beaked echidna, Black-tailed antechinus, New Guinea quoll, Clara’s echymipera, Common echymipera, Feather-tailed possum, Grizzled tree-kangaroo, White-striped dorcopsis, New Guinea pademelon, Striped possum, Sugar glider, Ground cuscus, Northern common cuscus, Stein’s cuscus, Spotted cuscus, Black-spotted cuscus, D’Albertis’s ringtail, Lowland ringtail, Greater bare-backed fruit bat, Common rousette, New Guinea sheath-tailed bat, Raffray’s sheath-tailed bat, Trident horseshoe bat, Spurred leaf-nosed bat, Large Melanesian bent-wing bat, Rusa deer, Wild boar, Northern hydromyine, Little melomys, Thomas’s melomys, Lowland melomys, Large melomys, Black-tailed melomys, Mottle-tailed giant-rat, House mouse, Pacific rat, Brown rat, Large spiny rat, and House rat.
Birds: Northern Cassowary, Brown-collared Brush-turkey, Blyth’s Hornbill, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Greater Black Coucal, Lesser Black Coucal, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Brown Lory, Rainbow Lorikeet, Black-capped Lory, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Buff-faced Pygmy-Parrot, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Salvadori’s Fig-Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, Pesquet’s Parrot, Victoria Crowned-Pigeon, Mayr’s Forest-Rail, Rusty Mouse-Warbler, Black-sided Robin, Variable Pitohui, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Jobi Manucode, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Lesser Bird-of-paradise, Shining Flycatcher and Green-crowned Longbill.
Our home for our visit to Seram will be the Lisar Bahari Guesthouse. All meals will be provided and we’ll stay in simple but comfortable rooms built over the water on stilts. The rooms have simple toilets and only cold water for bathing. This is the guesthouse of Pak Ali and includes his legendary smile!
Seram offers great bird-watching including species like Great-billed parrot, Red-cheeked parrot, King Parrot, Pygmy parrot, Moluccan cockatoo, Blythe’s hornbills, Eclectus parrot, and many species of lories. Activities will include connecting with the local people of the village, bird-watching, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and visiting Kembali Bebas, our former avian and rehabilitation center which is now run by the local community and any surprises that might come our way. We will be in the hands of our capable and local guides and we will follow their lead.
If you have any questions about this trip or questions in general about travel to Indonesia, please contact Bonnie Zimmermann.
Friday September 2: Arrive Bali – overnight and dinner at Udayana Kingfisher Lodge
Saturday September 3: Bali – Bali Bird & Reptile Park – overnight Udayana Kingfisher Lodge
Sunday September 4: Fly Bali to Surabaya then 5 hours by car to Sumenep on the island of Madura – Hotel Suramadu
Monday September 5/6: Motorbike tour of Sumenep followed by 15 hour overnight ferry boat to Masalembu – on arrival breakfast then two hour fishing boat ride to Masakambing Island
Tuesday September 6: Masakambing – Welcome celebration from King and local community – guests will stay with local families. Transportation will be via motorbike and horse cart.
Wednesday September 7: Masakambing
Thursday September 8: Masakambing with late afternoon, return to Masalembu Island by fishing boat, home stay.
Friday September 9: Depart morning 15 hour ferry boat trip to Sumenep and overnight at Hotel Suramadu. Explore the town by night traveling in becak (bicycle driven two person carts)
Saturday September 10: 5 hour car ride to Surabaya fly to Jayapura, 3 hour car ride to Amay – stay with local families
Sunday September 11: East Papua – Pegunungan Cyclops Nature Reserve
Monday September 12: East Papua – Pegunungan Cyclops Nature Reserve
Tuesday September 13: East Papua – Pegunungan Cyclops Nature Reserve
Wednesday September 14: 3 hour car ride to Jayapura – flight to Ambon – overnight Ambon at small hotel
Thursday September 15: Ambon to Seram – 2 hour ferry boat to Masohi, 6 hour car ride over mountains, and longboat to Sawai Village. Homestay in Masihulan village
Friday September 16: Seram
Saturday September 17: Seram
Sunday September 18: Seram
Monday September 19: Seram to Ambon, longboat to the village of Saka, 6 hour car ride to Masohi, ferry boat to Ambon – overnight
Tuesday September 20: Fly Ambon to Bali – overnight Udayana Kingfisher
Wednesday September 21: Visit Ubud, Bali’s arts district and farewell dinner on beach
Thursday September 22: fly home
- 2015 Bali, Masalembu, Yogyakarta and Seram
- 2014 Bali, Masalembu and Masakambing
- 2009 Paradise Expedition Briefing
- 2009 – Fall – Papua and Bali
- 2008 – Fall – Maluku and West Papua
- 2007 – Seram and Bali
- 2006 – Seram, Bali, West Papua
- 2005 – Fall – Seram, Bali
- 2004 – Spring – Seram, Ambon, Surabaya, Malang and Bali
- 2003 – Seram, Ambon, West Papua (Sorong, Gam, Batanta, Salawati, Waim), Bali
- 2002 – Sumba, West Papua (Sorong, Gam, Batanta, Salawati) , Bali
- 2001 – Seram, Misool, West Papua (Sorong, Gam, Batanta), Bali
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© 2002-2016. All photos courtesy of Mandy Andrea, Kevin Sharp, Bonnie Zimmermann, Stewart Metz, Dudi Nandika and Dwi Agustina. Please contact Bonnie Zimmermann for permission to use any of the photographs.