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A complete guide to Sumba birding adventure! In addition to the stunning savannah, exotic beaches and ancient villages with megalithic tombs, Sumba is home to some extremely remarkable birds. Our birdwatching enthusiastic guides know just the right location and time to spot the endemic and beautiful birds on the island. You will be exploring the jungle to find the island’s special birds such as Sumba Myzomela, Sunbird, Greater Sumba Boobok, Green Pigeon, and many more. Let the adventure begin!

  • 4 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Waingapu, Sumba (WGP)
Itinerary: Sumba Birding Adventure

DAY 1: ARRIVE WAINGAPU - MANUPEU TANAH DARU FOREST - LANGGALIRU FOREST - LEWA FOREST       ▼

Welcome to Waingapu! The starting point of our Sumba Birding Adventure.

Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet with our guide and we will begin the journey. We will drive to Lewa after lunch at local restaurant, the area where we will start our birding adventure. We will check in at homestay in Lewa first, and then we will go to Manupeu Tanah Daru Forest for birding.

Here you can expect to spot some endemic species such as Sumba Myzomela and Sumba Sunbird. After that, we continue to Langgaliru Forest and Lewa Forest for night birding. We will look for more endemic birds such as Little Sumba hawk-owl and Greater Sumba Boobok. Around 9 PM, we go back to the homestay and have dinner.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Basic Homestay in Lewa

DAY 2:WUNDUT FOREST - LANGGALIRU FOREST - LAKE KONDAMARA - BILLA FOREST       ▼

Wake up early to start the morning birding at 05.30 am. Breakfast box will be provided. Today, we will go to Wundut forest and Langgaliru Forest. In the two places, you can expect to spot: Yellow-spectacled White-eye, Wallacean drongo, Little cuckoo-dove, Red-naped fruit-dove, Rainbow lorikeet, Brown-throated sunbird, and Black-naped Fruit-dove.

Next site will be Lake Kondamara where you may find cattle egret, grey heron, purple heron, great egret, Little egret, Javan pond-heron, and Little pied cormorant. After that, we go back to homestay for lunch, check out and then we will go to Billa forest. Here, you may expect to find: Sumba Hornbill, Tenggara Paradise-flycatcher, Thick-billed flowepecker. In the evening, we go to the accommodation in Billa to have dinner and rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

AccommodationBasic Homestay in Billa

DAY 3:BIRDING IN BILLA FOREST       ▼

You are halfway in this Sumba Birding Adventure!

Today, we will also wake up early to start the morning birding at 05.30am. We will go to other site of Billa forest to find: Sumba Brown Flycatcher, Cinnamon Banded Kingfisher, Sumba Myzomela, Sumba Flowerpecker, Sumba Sunbird, Helmeted Friarbird, Yellow-spectaled White-eye. Breakfast box is provided. After breakfast, we continue our trip to look for: Sumba Green Pigeon, Rusty-breasted whistler, Sumba Pitta, Indonesian Honey-eater, etc.

We go back to the accommodation for lunch and rest a bit. Around 2.30pm, we enter the forest again to look for: Spectacled monarch, Broad billed flycathcer, Arafura Fantail, Mee’s Nightjar, Greater Sumba Boobok, etc. At night, we go back to the hotel for dinner and rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Basic Homestay in Billa

DAY 4:BILLA FOREST IN BILLA – YUMBU – WAINGAPU       ▼

Another early morning birding at 05.30am. We will go to other site of Billa forest look for: Tenggara Flowerpecker, Tenggara Paradise Flycatcher, Sumba Jungle Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed thrush, Sumba Flycatcher, Arafura Fantai, Spectacled Monarh.

Breakfast box is provided. Then we go back to the accommodation for packing and prepare our next hunting in Yumbu village. Here, you may expect to find Sumba button-quail as well as other interesting species. Lunch box will be provided. At night after dinner at local restaurant, we go to your hotel in Waingapu.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Padadita Hotel – Standard Room

Day 5:END OF TRIP       ▼

Today is the last day of your birding adventure. Enjoy your breakfast, then depend on your flight schedule, the driver will pick you up and escort you to the airport. Thank you for enjoying this Sumba Birding Adventure with Come2Indonesia! We look forward to see you again. Sampai jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: Sumba Birding Adventure

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visit according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide during excursion
  • Mineral water with free tumbler

Price Excludes

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

FAQ

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.

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 Sumba?

There are two airports on the island of Sumba, one in East Sumba and the other in Southwest Sumba. The airport is East Sumba is Umbu Mehang Kunda. It was previously known as Mau Hau and is located in the town of Waingapu. The airport in Southwest Sumba is called Tambolaka.

Direct flight to Sumba is only available from two cities, Denpasar (Bali) and Kupang (Timor). If you want to visit Sumba from anywhere else in Indonesia you will have to transit through one of these two cities first.

A number of airlines fly to Sumba, including Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air. If you want to fly with Garuda Indonesia then you will need to fly to Tambolaka Airport like on this specific trip.

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. 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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