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Sulawesi Birding Trip: Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park (6D/5N)

Tour Code: C2I-SULAWESI14

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Sulawesi Birding Trip: Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park (6D/5N)
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Enjoy off-beaten birding trip in Sulawesi! Being biologically rich, Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park is one of the most important conservation areas in the Wallacea region. In this 6-day tour, we will take you to explore the vast forest to look for various species of bird that inhabit the Park: 155 species have been recorded, of which 32 are endangered and 37 are endemic. The recorded bird species include the maleo fowl, Sulawesi black pigeon and Nicobar pigeon. In addition, there are over five hundred recorded species of flora, eleven species of reptiles and over twenty species of fish and mammals that you can encounter on the way. Enjoy your adventure!

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Kendari, Sulawesi (KDI)
Itinerary: Sulawesi Birding Trip


Welcome to the city of Kendari! The starting point of our Sulawesi birding trip. Upon arrival at the Haluoleo airport Kendari, meeting service then transfer directly to your hotel in town. Dinner served at the local restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel in Kendari.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Swiss-Bel Hotel Kendari


After breakfast, you will be transferred immediately to the Rawa Aopa. We will be canoeing to the Rawa Aopa resort located in the middle of the swamp area. From here you will start to explore the secret of this swamp. Rawa Aopa is a dark fresh water swamp. It’s the home for many kind and rare tropical bird species and one of the largest protected swamp in Sulawesi island. Late in the afternoon we drive to Unaaha for dinner and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Arisandi Hotel Unaaha


Early leaving the hotel in Unaaha for morning birding along the Konaweeha watershed by motorized wooden canoe. Have a breakfast on boards. Continue for observing the birds till afternoon. Take a little walk along the village around Ambekaeri. Aftewards, continue by 4WD to go back to Unaaha. Dinner and overnight in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Arisandi Hotel Unaaha


Early in the morning we depart for Meluhu village observing birds along the way. Continue to Wonggeduku area. The wild duck, king fisher, booboo and other tropical species can be easily spotted within this area. Late in afternoon we drive back to Kendari. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Swiss-Belhotel Kendari


Leaving Kendari early in the morning to Kolono. Upon arrival in Kolono we take a boat to cross the bay to visit Tanjung Peropa preservation area famous as a home for the Maleo birds and many others wildlife. Picnic lunch served during tour. Late in the afternoon we drive back to Kendari. Dinner and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local Village House

DAY 6:END OF TRIP      ▼

Enjoy your breakfast, then at appointed time, we will transfer to the airport for your next destination. Thank you for enjoying this sulawesi birding trip with Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast 


Photos: Sulawesi Birding Trip

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees & donations to villages visited in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Flights, visas, airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, soft drinks, alcohol, tips, etc.
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations, etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the "INCLUDES"
Map: Sulawesi Birding Trip


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.

How do I get to Kendari?

Currently, local direct flights to Kendari (SUB) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK). From Denpasar, Bali (DPS), the flights normally have one transit in Makassar (UPG) or Surabaya (SUB). Jakarta and Denpasar are where most international routes arrive and depart. 

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)
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • 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)
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. 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.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.


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