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Sumba Hornbill © Leonardus Nyoman


DISCOUNTED PRICE. This is the inaugural price.

The island of Flores is almost tourist-free and this has proved a challenge to birders trying to reach the area in the past. It lies in the Lesser Sunda islands which are east of the Wallace line and are more arid than many other parts of Indonesia. They have a number of sought-after endemic species. This tour visits Komodo, Flores and Sumba, which together support all the local island endemics and a variety of species endemic to the Lesser Sundas as a whole. This exciting tour gives you the chance to travel accompanied by local bird guides to remote areas as well as experiencing some of the other wildlife (e.g. Komodo Dragons) and culture of this fascinating area … which is also very accessible from Australia.


This is not a difficult tour and participants should have a moderate level of fitness. There will be some forest walks as well as driving on potentially bumpy roads.


Accommodation is a mixture of eco lodges, western style hotel and local family home-stays.

Tour Information

10 Nights, 11 Days
Scott Baker
Land Cost:
AU$4250.00 per person Twin Share
Single supplement:
AU$300.00 per person
Flight Cost:
Approximately $650.00 return to Denpasar
Maximum Group Size:
4 clients

Komodo-Flores-Sumba Birding Discovery Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Denpasar –  you will be transferred to your hotel to meet your guide.

Day 2: After an early morning transfer to the airport, you will board your flight to Labuan Bajo. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent birding in the Gorontalo area. In the evening at 6.30 – 7.30 we will drive to Gorontalo to look for Moluccan Scops-Owl.

Day 3: Departure at 5 am from Labuan Bajo, by speedboat to Komodo island. The islands of Komodo and Rinca lie between Sumbawa and Flores. They are probably most famous for being the home of the Komodo Dragon, but from a birding perspective they have become best known for supporting one of the last significant populations of Yellow-crested Cockatoo as well as Great-billed Heron, Beach Thick-knee, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Green Junglefowl, Barred Dove, Island Collared Dove, Yellow-bellied White-eye, Flame-breasted Sunbird and Black- fronted Flowerpecker. At noon back to the boat and proceed to Pink Beach for snorkeling and swimming. Lunch on boat. Afternoon return to Labuan Bajo and on arrival direct transfer to your hotel.

Day 4Depart at 5 am from Hotel to Puar Lolo.

Puar Lolo: This small forest patch lies alongside the main East-West (Ruteng) road around 36 km east of Labuan Bajo. Getting into the forest here we have a good chance of seeing the site’s main speciality, the highly range restricted Flores Monarch. Other birds possible include Green Junglefowl, Flores Hawk-Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Wallace’s Hanging-Parrot, Russet-capped Tesia, Crested Heleia, Thick-billed Heleia, Rufous-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher, Chestnut-backed and Chestnut-capped Thrushes, Rufous-chested Flycatcher and if you are lucky, Flores Crow. Continue to Werang where we will have  lunch at the home of a local family and then drive to Sano Nggoang where we will have  dinner and overnight at the home of a local family. In the evening after dinner we will go spotlighting for Wallace’s Scops Owl and Mees’s Nightjar.

Day 5: An early morning start at 5 am birding in the village and its environs. Around noon we will drive to Lembor, stopping for lunch at local restaurant before continuing to Ruteng. On the way we will stop at the Spiderweb rice fields in Cancar. We will also visit Lake Sano Nggoang/Nunang. This volcanic lake (500ha, elevation c.650m) is located about 30-35 km to the SSE of Labuan Bajo. Nunang village is situated on the south shore of the lake. Recent conservation efforts by local NGO Burung Indonesia are quite visible as, unlike most birdwatching sites in Flores, the place is very birdy and birds rather confiding as a hunting and trapping ban in the area seems well enforced. Key species around the village: Pacific Black Duck, Flores Green Pigeon, Flores, Wallace’s and Moluccan Scops-Owls, White-rumped Kingfisher, Elegant Pitta, Flores Minivet, Flores Crow, Wallace’s Heleia, Chestnut-capped and Chestnut- backed Thrush, Golden-rumped and Black-fronted Flowerpecker, Flame-breasted Sunbird. Dinner and overnight will be at the Revayah Hotel. If we have not already managed to see Wallace’s Scops Owl, we can try again in Ruteng before dinner. 

Day 6: Early morning at 4 am drive to Rana Mese lake to look for Flores Scops Owl. This small lake (Rana Mese) lies around 20km east of Ruteng on the main road to Bajawa. The lake is surrounded by good forest which can be accessed by birding along the main road or from any number of smaller side trails that leave the main road and head into the forest. The forest in this area holds many birds, including the possibility of Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, Black-backed Fruit Dove, Barred & Parzudaki’s Cuckoo Dove, both Flores and Wallace’s Scops-Owl, White-rumped Kingfisher, Pale-shouldered Cicadabird, Flores Minivet, Bare-throated Whistler, Trumpeting Fantail, Russet-capped Tesia, Flores Leaf-warbler, Eyebrowed, Crested & Thick-billed Heleias, Helmeted Friarbird, Scaly-crowned Honeyeater, Golden-rumped Flowerpecker, Flores Flowerpecker, Five-coloured Munia (in more open areas). The lake itself often holds Pacific Black Duck and Little Grebe. Later we will continue to Bajawa.

Day 7: Depart from Hotel, drive to visit Bena Traditional village, continue to Ende, stop for lunch at Panggajawa beach.

Day 8: Early morning drive up to Mount Kelimutu and onwards by foot to the top of Kelimutu where there are three different colored volcanic crater lakes. This startling phenomenon, caused by the ever changing mineral level in the still water is a wonderful sight for all visitors. Birding at Kelimutu National Park. Walking back along the trail and road to the village follows patches of montane forest with most of the montane endemics, including Bare-throated Whistler. Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon is more numerous here than at Ruteng (presumably as there is now less hunting). Birding above the village in the scrub and degraded forest can also be productive, in season, Flores Green Pigeon is not uncommon along the roadside, and other species such as Ruddy Cuckoo Dove, Crested Dark-eye, Pale-headed and Five-coloured Munia are also present. Afterwards drive back to the hotel, lunch at Hotel and in the afternoon drive to Jopu area to look for Flores Eagle.

Day 9: Travel at 5 am from Hotel to Ende and flight by Wings air to Tambolaka on Sumba island, transfer to local restaurant and then start the drive to Waingapu. During the drive across country we arrive at Lewa and explore the nearby Tanadaru National Park until evening.The small village of Lewa lies in the centre of Sumba on the main east-west road, around one hours drive from Waingapu, It is famous for being close to some nice forest. Around Lewa there are several good spots for birding, any one of which can get you all the endemics if you are lucky.

Day 10: Very early morning at 04:00am drive to Billa in Tabundung subdistrict. Breakfast at a local house in Tabundung, and enter the National Park at Billa. Afternoon drive back to Waingapu. Billa village – Tabundung subdistrict is located in south Sumba, this place can be reached by car from Waingapu in about 2.5 hours. It is one of the new birding areas in Sumba and the best place to see many kind of birds ie: Nusa Tenggara Paradise Flycatcher, Nusa Tenggara Golden Whistler, Sumba Hornbill, pigeons and parrots, including Orange-crested Cockatoo, the beautiful Red-naped Fruit-dove, Sumba Green-Pigeon, Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher, Elegant Pitta, Sumba Jungle Flycatcher, Sumba Brown Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed Thrush, Arafura Fantail, Rusty-breasted Whistler (split from Common Golden Whistler), Pale-shouldered Cicadabird, Yellow-spectacled and Ashy-bellied White-eyes, Sumba Myzomela, Apricot-breasted Sunbird, Blood-breasted (Sumba) Flowerpecker and Lesser Wallacean Drongo.

Day 11: Free program until time for transfer to airport for onward flight.