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Manusela National Park: Birding Tour [PICTURES]

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Tour Code: C2I-SERAM01

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Embark on an amazing birding experience in Moluccas at Manusela National Park! It is not only home to four villages and a number of minority peoples. Moreover, the park covered in thick jungle is also home to 14 mammals, 26 types of bats and 196 species of birds in which 14 of them are endemics and rare birds. In other words, it is the ultimate destination in Moluccas for birding, nature lover and wildlife photography.

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Ambon, Moluccas (AMQ)
Itinerary: Manusela National Park - Birding Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL - EXPLORING THE CITY OF AMBON      ▼

Welcome to the city of Ambon, the capital and largest city of the province of Mollucas and the starting point of our Manusela birding tour.

On the way to the hotel you may stop in the city area for lunch. After that, we continue to Natsepa beach where you can try the infamous ‘rujak’, a type of fruid salad dressed traditional sauce made of palm sugar and peanut. In conclusion, enjoy an epic sunset at the Natsepa Beach, right behind the hotel area.

Meals:

Accommodation: The Natsepa Resort – Superior Room

DAY 2:TULEHU PORT – MASOHI – MANUSELA NATIONAL PARK      ▼

Early breakfast and head to the port of Tulehu, to catch the fast ferry heading to Amahay port, the main port of Seram Island. The morning boat departed at 9 AM and the ride will be around 1.30-2 hours, depends on the condition of the sea. Arriving in Amahay port, your car transfer is waiting to begin the journey. We will make a short stop in Masohi, the center of the island for lunch and then continuing the journey ahead.

Known as one of the most genuine place for birdwatching, the drive to the gate of Manusela National Park will be around 4 hours, passing the villages and rain forest. During the trip, it is quite interesting as you can already view numbers of birds including the endemic birds. After arriving at Muriti Hill, we will prepare tent for overnight. This is the best way to start the day as early as possible for birdwatching.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 3:BIRDWATCHING AT MANUSELA NATIONAL PARK      ▼

Start the day early to get the best opportunities and lights for birdwatching. The park is an ecosystem compound consists of beach, rainforest, swamp, and mountains. Here, you can see over 190 species of birds in which 14 of them are endemics and rare birds of Mollucas, including Parrot Bayan, Purple-Necked Kasturi, Seram Friarbird and Salmon-crested Cockatoo.

In addition, the thick jungle of the park is also home to 38 mammal species, such as Seram bandicoot, Moluccan flying fox, Seram flying fox and Manusela mosaid tailed rat. Some more are considered threatened.

When the time is permitted, we will complete our tour by visiting Manusela Village, Ilena Maraina Village, Selumena Village, and Kanike Village to see the life of indigenous people who inhabit the national park area. They are spread across four villages, namely Communities. The villagers believe that the mountains within the park area always protect and preserved them.

Late afternoon, we will leave the the national to head to Sawai, around 2-3 hours ride from Masohi. Arriving in the fisherman village of Saleman, you finally will get a small boat (10 minutes) to get to your accommodation for the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Ora Beach Resort – Standard Room

DAY 4:BIRDWATCHING AT PULAU SAWAI      ▼

Wake up with a million dollar scene! Your accommodation located at the North-Central of Pulau Seram, right in the middle of the Bay of Sawai with Manusela National Park as the background. The bungalows built over the water with breathtaking sight.

Enjoy your morning breakfast while preparing your journey to Pulau Sawai, just offshore from Sawai. The island is filled with coconut and  mangrove, and although it does not look promising, at the eastern part of the island you may spot few pairs of Forsten’s Scrubfowl.

A little further to the east there is also a small island where you can do birdwatching and may see Pied Imperial Pigeon, Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant, as well as Nicobar Pigeon. On the way back, you will pass over the mangrove area where you may spot Sacred Kingfisher, and crocodile, if you are lucky.

Passing a tiny sand islet, you may spot the Olive Honeyeater as well as Greater Crested and roseate Terns.

Enjoy the rest of the day for snorkeling or simply relaxing while waiting for the sunset. After that, we return to the resort.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Ora Beach Resort – Standard Room

DAY 5:SAWAI – MASOHI – AMBON      ▼

Have a relaxing breakfast at the accommodation and get ready to leave Ora Beach Bay. On the way back from Sawai to Amahay port, you will pass forests, degraded forest as well as farmland. If time permitted, you may stop for more birdwatching anywhere along the way. Seram Oriole, Mollucan Straling, Long-Crested Muna, Plae-grat Cucko-shrike, and many more.

After that, we will catch the fastboat departed at 14.00 and arrive in Tulehu port in Ambon at 15.30. A car will pick you up and transfer to your hotel for check in.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: The Natsepa Resort – Superior Room

DAY 6:AMBON – END OF THE TRIP     ▼

After breakfast at the hotel, at indicated time our driver will take you to the airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Thank you for enjoying Manusela birding tour with us. Sampai jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: Manusela National Park - Birding Tour

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Roundtrip VIP Fastboat Tickets Ambon – Seram
  • Accommodation and meals according to itinerary
  • English-speaking guide during the excursions
  • Local birding guide in the national park
  • Tent for camping
  • National park fees

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Visa & airport taxes
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Porter(s) for your luggage
  • Personal expenses such as: tipping, laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Extra expenses due to causes beyond our control, e.g. delays or cancellations of flights, etc.
  • Everything not mentioned in "INCLUDES"
Map: Manusela National Park - Birding Tour
FAQ

How do I get to Ambon?

There are direct flights available daily from Jakarta (CGK) usually by Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air. From Denpasar-Bali (DPS), the flight is available by Lion Air including transit(s) through Makassar and sometimes in Surabaya as well. Feel free to contact us to help you organize the flights.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes: Easy, Medium and Hard. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

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