Half Day, 1-Day, and Short (2-3 Days) Bali Bird Tours


Tour Costs

 

Half-day Ubud Area $325 for 1 person, then $50 per extra person sharing, up to max 4 people

Full day Ubud Area $420 for 1 person, then $50 per extra person sharing, up to max 4 people

Half-day and Full day Denpasar Area $435 for 1 person, then $50 per extra person sharing, up to max 4 people

Bali Barat Two Days (one night) trips start from $840 per person based on two sharing, up to max 4 people.

Bali Barat Three Days (two nights) trips start from $1,295 per person based on two sharing, up to max 4 people. 


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Tour Details

Duration: Various
Group Size: 1-4
Tour start
: Various, Bali
Tour end: Various, Bali


All tour prices include:

Expert tour leader/bird guide fees
Birdwatching site entrance fees
All ground transport with air-conditioning and fuel, tolls, and taxes while on tour

 

Longer tour prices include:

Premium accommodation (double room) – see the Important Notes section below
Meals
Drinking water – please bring a refillable water bottle
Expert tour leader and local bird guide fees
Birdwatching site/national park entrance fees
All ground transport with air-conditioning and fuel, tolls, and taxes while on tour

 

Half-day and full day prices exclude:

Accommodation
Meals and drinks
Please see the ‘all tours prices exclude’ section below for further exclusions

 

All tour prices exclude

Flights to/from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Airport transfers
Expenditures due to flight cancellations/delays or other causes beyond our control (force majeure) 
Visa fees if visa required
Departure tax if required
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, laundry, internet access, phone calls etc.
Any pre- or post-tour accommodation, meals, or birding/sightseeing/monument excursions
Soft/alcoholic drinks

Indonesia: Half Day, 1-Day, and Short (2-3 Days) Bali Bird Tours

 

With Andy now living in Bali, Indonesia, we are able to offer a wide-range of half-day, full-day, or short (two to three days) Bali birding tours.

Bali day toursThe Critically Endangered (BirdLife International) Bali Myna is endemic to just the island of Bali in Indonesia where it persists in a few remote locations.

 

If you are coming to Bali for a holiday and would like to fit in some Bali birding, please let us know. We have a range of options and can tailor itineraries to your every need. For example, if you are in Bali for the start or end of a cruise, having a cultural visit to enjoy the many ancient temples or some yoga in the town of Ubud (where Andy now calls home), relaxing down on the coast near Denpasar or some of the famous beach areas like Canggu, Kuta, Jimbaran, or Seminyak, and fancy a short birdwatching break, we can help with a range of options depending on your location and time available.

Bali has a long list of highly sought-after species and subspecies. We have our long (17-day) Indonesia: Bali and East Java set departure tour, but the following options could work if you have less time available but would still like to experience some of Bali’s great birds. Some of these include Bali Myna, Black-winged Starling, Sunda Teal, Green Junglefowl, Javan Hawk-Eagle, Javan Owlet, Beach Stone-curlew, Javan Plover, White-tailed Tropicbird, Christmas Frigatebird, Javan Kingfisher, Cerulean Kingfisher, Javan Banded Pitta, Flame-fronted Barbet, Yellow-eared Barbet, Javan Bush Warbler, (Javan) White-crowned Forktail, Javan Scimitar Babbler, Javan Munia, Java Sparrow, and many more.

In addition to the above big-name birds, there’s something for everyone in terms of enjoyable walks through bird-filled rice paddies and coastal marshes, mountain and volcano hikes full of montane forest birds, estuarine, saltpans, and beach habitat, featuring resident and migrant shorebirds, and lowland forest full of exciting birds and other wildlife.

Bali day toursJavan Kingfisher is easier to see in Bali than Java, the only two places this stunning bird occurs in the whole world! The rice paddies around Ubud, in Bali are a great place to see this species.

 

Birding the Ubud Area

 

We have numerous options for half-day, 1-day, and longer birding trips around the Ubud area.

 

Ubud Rice Paddies, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Bali Bird Walk

Our rice paddy and rice terrace walks offer the chance of seeing some common and widespread birds of Bali but also include some of the really special birds to be found here, such as Javan Kingfisher, Javan Munia, Javan Pond Heron, Cave Swiftlet, and with luck, the stunning Java Sparrow (they move around a lot depending on the rice farming). These walks around Ubud include the awesome Campuhan Ridge, the Bali Bird Walk, and other sites that Andy has been exploring over the last few years. Some of the other birds possible may include (Javan) White-crowned Forktail, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Sunda Scops Owl, Savanna Nightjar, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, Ruby-throated Bulbul, Black-headed Bulbul, Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Striated Swallow, Short-tailed Starling, and White-headed Munia, to name just a few. During the northern winter months (and a little either side) it might be possible to find shorebirds (waders) like Pin-tailed Snipe, Swinhoe’s Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, and Long-toed Stint, and raptors such as Chinese Sparrowhawk, Japanese Sparrowhawk, and Crested Honey Buzzard. During the Eastern Cattle Egret breeding season there is a huge colony to visit for excellent photo opportunities.

Bali day toursJava Sparrow has been introduced in several locations around the world, such as Hawaii and Thailand, but its natural range is restricted to just Java and Bali.

 

The Coast near Ubud

We’ve got several excellent coastal sites not far from Ubud that make for a great morning or evening visit where a wide range of species can be found. We can find secretive species such as White-browed Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Barred Buttonquail, Greater Painted-snipe, and Yellow Bittern, along with Javan Plover, Cerulean Kingfisher, Javan Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Savanna Nightjar, Golden-headed Cisticola, (Double) Zitting Cisticola, migrant shorebirds including Swinhoe’s Snipe, Pin-tailed Snipe, Pacific Golden Plover, Oriental Plover, and Australian Pratincole, along with Streaked Weaver and White-headed Munia. During the northern winter months Eastern Yellow Wagtail and Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler can be found too. This area is also great for finding rarities and is where Andy found Bali’s first Black-browed Reed Warbler in 2022!

Bali day toursSecretive White-browed Crakes can be found in the coastal marshes on Bali.

 

Mountain Birding Sites near Ubud

We have lots of different options for some higher-elevation birding within easy reach of Ubud, whether this be Gunung Batur near the famous volcano viewpoint of Kintamani village (enjoy birding while looking at seriously impressive landscapes featuring Gunung Batur, Gunung Abang, and Gunung Agung – more on the latter, Bali’s highest peak, below). Or there are other upland sites with excellent forest, such as those around the town of Tabanan and one of the best sites, Bedugul Botanic Garden. Gunung Agung offers something special too, with great birds and views all the way across the island (and it’s possible to get this without strenuous hikes!).

The mountains are home to some of Bali’s most sought-after and poorly known resident species and we can find Javan Owlet, Javan Bush Warbler, Sunda Bush Warbler, Javan Cuckooshrike, Orange-spotted Bulbul, Brown-cheeked Bulbul, Flame-browed Barbet, Yellow-eared Barbet, White-crowned Forktail, Spotted Kestrel, Javan Hawk-Eagle, Javan Scimitar Babbler, Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, Banded Fruit Dove, Short-tailed Starling, Sunda Thrush, Javan Whistling Thrush, Mountain Leaf Warbler, and Sunda Warbler.

Bali day toursJavan Owlet is unusual for Glaucidium owls as it is predominantly nocturnal.

 

In addition to the many wonderful resident birds in the hills around Ubud, during the northern winter it’s possible to find migrants such as Siberian Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Narcissus Flycatcher, Arctic Warbler, and Blue-and-white Flycatcher.

 

Birding the Denpasar Area

 

Estuary and Wetland Birding (Serangan Island, Nusa Dua Lagoons, and Mangroves)

There are numerous wonderful birding sites around Denpasar, and these are all easily accessible for anyone staying in the city, or other tourist areas like Jimbaran, Seminyak, Kuta, or Sanur (or even if you are staying further afield in Ubud). They make for a perfect morning or afternoon birding session and with careful attention to the tide times can make for an entertaining day out.

The birding sites around Denpasar and Nusa Dua are great for a number of resident and migrant species, with top targets including Sunda Teal, Javan Plover, Beach Stone-curlew, Lesser Sand Plover (both Siberian and Tibetan subspecies), Greater Sand Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Great Knot, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Far Eastern Curlew, Cerulean Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Nankeen Night Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Purple Heron, Gull-billed Tern, Australian Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Bar-winged Prinia, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Racket-tailed Treepie, White-shouldered Triller, Pied Triller, Olive-backed Tailorbird, Brown-throated Sunbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, and Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker. Some of these sites also give great opportunities for photography of many waterbirds like herons, egrets, cormorants, and kingfishers too.

Bali day toursJavan Plover can be found around the coast along with other resident and migrant shorebirds.

 

Sea Cliffs (Birding Uluwatu Temple)

Uluwatu Temple is a famous Hindu temple site perched on the edge of some high cliffs at the southwestern-most part of Bali Island. A great site for seawatching for a morning or photographing the sunset in the evening! Our birding trips here and in the surrounding wider area look for White-tailed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, Lesser Frigatebird, Great Frigatebird, Christmas Frigatebird, Streaked Shearwater, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Sooty Tern, and other seabirds. Conditions need to be just right though to get the most out of the site. There are interesting landbirds and passerines in the area too.

 

A Little Further Afield – Birding at Bali Barat National Park and Surrounds

 

Birdwatching at Bali Barat National Park

Situated on the northwest tip of Bali is the famed Bali Barat National Park. This is Bali’s only national park and protects a vast area of low-lying wilderness which is a scarce commodity on this heavily developed island. There is a patchwork of habitats here including mangroves, palm savanna, and evergreen forest. This site is the prime location for finding the extremely rare Bali Myna and the almost-as-rare Black-winged (Grey-rumped) Starling. While it is technically possible to day-trip Bali Barat National Park from the popular tourist areas of Ubud and the Denpasar area, if you just want to see Bali Myna (in a very long day). A much better and more rewarding plan would be to have two or three days to explore this wonderful area where you can really get the most out of the site and the surrounding area – which also includes saltpans and interesting estuaries and mudflats. There are lots of accommodation options in the area to suit a range of budgets.

Bali day toursBlack-winged Starling is another rare bird to be found in Bali Barat National Park.

 

A stay of a couple of days around the Bali Barat National Park area can be incredibly rewarding with lots of rare and localized species and subspecies possible, including highly sought-after birds such as Javan Banded Pitta, Javan Cuckooshrike, Hair-crested (Javan Spangled) Drongo, Green Junglefowl, Sunda Scops Owl, Black-thighed Falconet, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Barred Eagle-Owl, Laced Woodpecker, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Oriental Dollarbird, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (during the northern winter months), Mangrove Whistler, Oriental Magpie-Robin (of the local subspecies), Grey-rumped Treeswift, Javan Myna, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, and Orange-breasted Green Pigeon.

Bali day toursJavan Banded Pitta is one gorgeous bird that brightens up the dark forest.

 

Birding Saltpans near Bali Barat National Park

The saltpans around the area can be great for resident and migrant shorebirds and waterbirds such as Javan Plover, Pied Stilt, Greater Painted-snipe, Beach Stone-curlew, Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover (both Siberian and Tibetan subspecies), Malaysian Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Long-toed Stint, Marsh Sandpiper, Pacific Reef Heron, Cerulean Kingfisher, and Sunda Teal. With Sunda Collared Dove, Javan Myna, Pied Triller, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Javan Munia, White-headed Munia, and Streaked Weaver all also present.

 

Birding Estuaries and Mudflats near Bali Barat National Park

The estuaries and mudflats of the local area can be excellent too, with chances of Great-billed Heron, Lesser Adjutant, and Beach Stone-curlew, along with numerous terns, frigatebirds, jaegers, herons, and shorebirds. In the right season, Aleutian Tern might also be possible.

Bali day toursGreater Sand Plover overwinters in the saltpans and by March are starting to color up nicely.

The guide for day trips is allocated only after you have booked, as all of them are run as private trips. But we always use the country’s top birding guides.

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“Andy provided an amazing 1-day tour around Bali. He knows every bird and where to find the key treasures. Loved spending the day with Andy and looking forward to more birding trips with him.”

Chad, USA

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