A short flight to the east will take us to the youngest nation in Asia, East Timor (Timor-Leste), once a Portuguese colony and an independent nation since 2002. Here we will explore the capital Dili and adventure to the island’s north end to see the Total Solar Eclipse! The weather should be good for the eclipse, but there is always a chance it will be obscured by cloud cover. Some potential bird sightings include the Flame-eared Honeyeater, Timor Friarbird, Timor Figbird, Timor Oriole, and the Timor Flowerpecker.
We will then fly to the island of Flores, home to the renowned Komodo Dragon. We will bird in Komodo National Park and search for these magnificent monitor lizards. We will also snorkel amidst a profusion of tropical fish in the rich marine waters. And if that’s not enough, our adventure will include three days of sailing on traditional Indonesian vessels! We will visit Komodo Island, Padar, and Sebayur Islands via boat. The sailing vessels are modest and traditional with private facilities. Swimming with Manta rays and hiking to the top of Padar Island will not disappoint. Avian highlights in the dry tropical forest of Flores include Lesser Whistling-duck, Flores Green Pigeon, Flores Lorikeet, Wallace’s Hanging Parrot, and Ornate Pitta.
Join this 15-day adventure to the tropical islands of Bali and Flores in Indonesia, and to the new nation of East Timor to bird this tropical paradise and see the phenomenal Total Solar Eclipse on April 20, 2023.Register
Trip Leader: Tom Love and local guides
Final payment is due 120 days before departure: December 1, 2022.
Single supplement: $995
Fee includes: All bus, van, and traditional boat transportation within Indonesia and East Timor, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts and 2 dinners on Bali, all meals on Flores and East Timor, local guide fees, park entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders.
Fee does not include: International or in-country air ($595 per person in-country flights); independent transfers; some meals on Bali; tips to guides, drivers, and leader; beverages at meals; alcoholic beverages; snacks, sodas, bottled water, internet use; visa, passport, travel insurance, or other personal expenses.
Tom is a veteran leader of annual cultural and natural history trips, with over 40 years experience to international locations (primarily South America) as well as various parts of Oregon and California. Drawing on his anthropological training, he is noted for his enthusiasm in sharing his passion for cultures and wildlife, focused on expedition members' learning and personal growth. An avid lifelong birder, Tom has seen about a third of the world's bird species. He is a former Portland Audubon board member, field trip leader and committee chair.