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West Flores Birding Tour

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  • Explore Komodo National Park
  • Visit Pualolo Forest, the main home of the Flores monarch
  • Visit and stay at Sanonggoang Crater Lake
  • Explore Ruteng Nature Reserve and its main bird sites
This stunning birding and wildlife tour around West Flores takes you to all the main birding and wildlife destinations around Flores Island and Komodo National Park. If you are a bird-lover, a wildlife-lover or simply enjoy spending time in the natural environment, then this tour is perfect for you.

Take a boat and look for the Komodo dragon and a variety of birds on Rinca Island, one of the three largest islands included in Komodo National Park. Enjoy a guided birding and wildlife hike in the park. Then, visit Ruteng, a small town surrounded by green rainforest and wetlands and very a popular place for birding. Enjoy birding sessions in the Ruteng Nature Reserve. The tour will also take you birding in Puarlolo, where we will specifically look for the Flores monarch and red-cheeked parrot, and Sano Nggoang Crater Lake, one of the deepest crater lakes in the worlds and home to several endemic bird species.

In addition to birding, you can enjoy the landscapes and experience many other activities including swimming, snorkelling and hiking. All accommodation and meals are included in the tour. Please see the itinerary for a more detailed outline of activities and locations.
12 hours AC Cabin Boat
Upon arrival at Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo, your driver and guide will pick you up and bring you directly to the harbor. From here, enjoy a boat trip to Rinca Island with a short stop at Manjarite for birding, swimming and snorkeling. Lunch is served on the boat.

After lunch, continue to Loh Buaya, Rinca Island, one of the three largest islands included in Komodo National Park. The island is the best spot to see Komodo dragons and is also populated with many other species such as wild pigs, buffalo, Timor deer, green pit viper, orange-footed scrub fowl and many birds.

After a nature hike, head back to the boat and continue to Komodo Island. Stay overnight and enjoy dinner on the boat near Komodo Island.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
13 hours Spring Hill Bungalow
Wake up early (6 am) to start a hike on Komodo Island to spot the Komodo dragon during its active hours and also to see many birds: green junglefowl, green imperial pigeon, yellow crested cockatoo, black-naped oriole and many more. The hike will finish at 9 am when you will head back to the boat for breakfast.

Continue boating back to Labuan Bajo. Lunch on boat.

On arrival at the harbour, your driver will pick you up and take you to Ruteng (137 km away). Ruteng is a small town surrounded by green rainforest and wetlands and is a popular place for birding. Arrive in the late afternoon, check in to your hotel and prepare for owling.

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before looking for Wallace’s scops owl at a coffee plantation in the town’s backyard. Stay overnight at Spring Hill Bungalows.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Spring Hill Bungalow
Depart in the very early in the morning (around 4 am) and drive to Ranamese forest, which is a part of Ruteng Nature Reserve, to see the Flores scops-owl and to enjoy a morning of birding around the lake. The birding will finish at 11 and then head back to the town for lunch.

After lunch, drive to the coffee farms and rice fields near the town to continue birding. Go back to the town for dinner at a local restaurant and hotel. Stay overnight at Spring Hill Bungalows.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13 hours Guest house
Head out at 6 am from the hotel to visit Golo Lusang for a short, 2-hour birding session. Then back to the hotel for breakfast and check out.

We will drive back west, with a stop at Cancar to see the spider web rice fields. Continue to Puarlolo for birding, where we will specifically look for the Flores monarch and red-cheeked parrot, along with many other birds. Have lunch at a local house next to the forest.

In the afternoon, we will drive directly to Sano Nggoang. Sano Nggoang Crater Lake is located approximately 35km east of Labuan Bajo. With depths of up to 500m, it is said to be among the world’s deepest crater lakes. The lake and an overall surrounding area of 5,500 hectares are proposed to become a protected area due to the remaining forests and endemic bird species such as the native Flores crow, Flores lorikeet, Flores hanging parrot, and many other birds. In the afternoon, we will go birding to find the Moluccan sops-owl.

Dinner and stay overnight at a guest house next to the lake.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11 hours
Enjoy the morning birding around the lake, starting at 6 am. We’ll have breakfast at 8 and then check out. On the way, we will stop at another side of the lake for short birding, then at 11, we’ll drive directly to Labuan Bajo. Enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant in Labuan Bajo, before transferring to the airport.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
what’s included
  • English-speaking birding guide
  • Car with air-conditioning for tours and transfer
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Tickets and entrance fees
  • Mineral water and snacks
what's excluded
  • Tipping
  • Porter (if desired)
  • Flight ticket
  • Personal equipment
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 5 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 10 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationThe intensity of activity on this tour provides choices for participants based on preferences and level of fitness. This tour is appropriate for bird listing, deep birding, identification and bird photography. It is suitable for proper for bird listing, deep birding, identification, and also for bird photography. We will lead you directly to the exact point of the target.
Cancellation20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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