A totally unique tour

A journey to the land of pearls and birds-of-paradise

Follow us to the Aru Archipelago, away from ordinary tourist routes. You will be the first traveller to set foot on the pearl platform of Pulau Kenari to discover all the aspects of pearl farming kept secret elsewhere. Your journey will then take you into the Aru jungle in search of the Greater Bird-of-Paradise, jewel of the Indonesian avian fauna. A totally original and exclusive journey...

The tour in detail

The Avifauna of Aru

On the map

Aru in a few images…


Day 1 • Arrival in Ambon

Arrival in Ambon and transfer to The Natsepa Resort. Overnight at The Natsepa.

 

Day 2 • Ambon – Dobo – Pulau Kenari

Early morning, you'll fly to Dobo, the main city of the Aru Islands. After a lunch at Batu Kora Beach, a place of great importance in the Arunese mythology, you'll sail to Pulau Kenari pearl platform. Overnight at Pulau Kenari.


Day 3 • Pulau Kenari

Exclusive discovery of the secrets of pearl farming in the surroundings of Pulau Kenari, and of groupers bio-breeding on the aquaculture site Wasir. Overnight at Pulau Kenari.
 

Day 4 • Pulau Kenari – Badi Gaki

Early morning, you'll head to your private bungalow at Badi Gaki Resort through unique sceneries of the Manumbai channel. Your journey'll end with a walk listening to the enchanting songs of the birds of paradise. Overnight at the Resort.


Days 5 – 10 • Badi Gaki

Every day, before dawn, you'll have the chance to observe The Greater Birds-of-Paradise displaying. Two hides are available to enjoy this unforgettable moment, one built on the ground, and the other set about 25m up in the trees at only 8m from the birds. After this feathers ballet, you'll spend the rest of your day either enjoying the river view terrace of your bungalow and the calm of the Resort, or by continuing your discovery of Aru's splendid jungle guided by hunters, who'll also show you their day-to-day life. In the evening, they will bring you around to discover the Aru night fauna. Amazing encounters guaranteed! Overnight at the Resort.


Day 11 • Badi Gaki – Wakua – Dobo

After a last morning in the Greater Bird-of-Paradise's world, you'll walk back to the river and sail to Wakua to enjoy your lunch. You'll then continue your journey to Dobo. Overnight at Grand Aru Hotel.
 

Day 12 • Dobo – Ambon

Mid-morning, you'll fly to Ambon and enjoy freely the rest of your day at The Nastepa Resort facilities to recover after your adventure in the Aru jungle. Overnight at The Natsepa.


PRICE

Local guide • starting from 2'850€
Expat guide • starting from 4'650€

Decreasing price with number of participants
Minimum 2, maximum 10 participants

When to go

The birds display between May and October but the best season lasts from mid-July to mid-October. All other activities are possible outside of the dances months.


INCLUDED

  • Local English speaking guide or Expat Biologist-photographer guide
  • Domestic flights to/from Dobo
  • Nights in double room (Single suppl. 400€)
  • Fullboard (except mentioned meals)
  • Transfers, visits, and excursions according to the programme
  • Tree climbing to observe the birds from the canopy only with expat guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Ambon
  • Meals in Ambon
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers and local guides
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Unforeseeable programme changes
  • If local guide, not tree climbing to observe the birds from the canopy

TERMS

The general conditions of Kasoar TRAVEL apply.

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