Welcome to Bali Bird Walks

Welcome to Bali Bird Walks




Which came first – the walk or the work? Actually the latter, and the name was suggested by Hans Hoefer, erstwhile founder and publisher of APA Insight Guides. The book sold quite well, and I was inspired to expand on some of the featured itineraries, developing our programme of Bali Bird Walks for bird-watchers and aspiring naturalists which we operate today. We – that is me and Wayan Sumadi, better known to her birding fans as Su. Su is the one who really runs the show. Nothing escapes her notice; and pretty well all the fan mail is addressed to her!

We’ve been at it for nearly 15 years now: the other day Su hosted a party of Aussie birders who’d already done it six times. Needless to say, it was she (and the birds) they’d come to see! Mind you, there are other things besides birds out there. We specialize in butterflies, and trees and herbs, especially those having medicinal properties. Anyone for a spot of botanizing? Then a leisurely lunch in sylvan surrounds. Companionship is the key.

All are welcome, children especially. We can handle groups of up to 20 kids, many attending international schools regionally. Just give us some forewarning, and Su will take care of the rest. Walks take place on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (though by prior arrangement any day will do). And for dedicated birders and other enthusiasts, we may propose itineraries tailor-made and island-wide. Just try us…and see!

1. Where ?

In the country-side that surrounds Ubud situated at the very heart of Bali, you will be conducted on a variety of trails according to the cycle of the seasons

2. When ?

We meet on : Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the sign of the Bali Bird Walks or Murni’s Warung (see map).
Time 09.00 am
Following a brief introductory talk, we set off on our walk, returning for Lunch – 12.30 pm
to leisurely take our fill and recapitulate the morning’s discoveries

3. “What Will I See” – Full List of Sightings

Birds over 100 species are found around Ubud, of which you are bound to see 30 or so, including Indonesian endemics such as: Java Kingfisher, Bar-winged Prinia, Black-winged Starling, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Java Sparrow, and many brilliant birds.
You will also have occasion to see: Birdwing and Swallowtail other Butterflies, different types of Rice Cultivation, rustic temples and monuments, magnificent trees, stunning scenery, wildflowers.

4. How Much ?

US$ 37 (10% to the Bali Bird Club) including Lunch, Cool Aqua on the trails, Coffee & Tea, Limited binoculars available.

5. Bali Bird Club

Founded in 1990 by Victor Mason, the B.B.C.’s primary aim is conservation through education, and 10% of the proceeds from Bali Bird Walks are placed in our Conservation Fund


(upon request only)


5k dawdle—3.5-hours—lunch—1k rookery


2k round ponds / mangroves—lunch – 2k cliftop


2k round temple, lake, river, hillside—lunch at jati luwih—wander down terrace (optional) – also 1k round moated temple Taman Ayun Mengwi for Java Sparrows


6k forest & lakeside trek 4 hours—lunch—the Botanical Gardens (optional) 1 to 2k & final drink with view at Hotel Pacung

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