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Wildlife Locations

There are numerous excellent wildlife locations across Indonesia. However, two of the real highlights are the dragons of Komodo, which can only be reached by boat, and the island of Sulawesi with its incredible level of endemism.

2 recommended locations:

Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 due to the extraordinary lizards that live on its shores. Encompassing three main islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar – and 26 smaller islands, this national park has roughly 2,500 Komodo dragons, as well as a plethora of marine life.

  • Where: Komodo
  • Ideal for viewing: Komodo dragon, manta ray, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, lesser frigatebird, green turtle
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt

Tangkoko National Park

Located on the northern arm of Sulawesi, two hours from Manado, Tangkoko National Park covers 8,700 hectares of rolling hills and forested valleys. Tangkoko is the home of some of Indonesia’s most unique wildlife species, including the crested black macaque and spectral tarsier.

  • Where: Sulawesi
  • Ideal for viewing: crested black macaque, spectral tarsier, maleo, Sulawesi hornbill, Sulawesi bear cuscus
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt

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Wildlife trips

The islands of Indonesia are home to a variety of endangered and endemic wildlife. Whether it’s the macaques of Sulawesi, the dragons of Komodo or the orangutans of Sumatra, it seems as though each island in the country has more unique and capitvating wildlife to discover. 

2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Primates & Komodo Dragons

Explore the islands of Indonesia with acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in search of some of Asia’s unique and iconic wildlife. Beginning in Sulawesi, we look to photograph the characterful crested black macaques before venturing to Komodo to see the world’s largest lizard.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Raja Ampat’s Birds of Paradise

Among Indonesia’s countless wild highlights, birds of paradise in the forest and tropical reef fish stand out. This remarkable tour, combining a seven-night cruise between remote islands on a comfortable yacht with a stay at a sustainable rainforest lodge, offers the very best of both.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

The very best season for wildlife in Indonesia is mid-July to October. With Indonesia being on the equator, rains can be expected throughout the year particularly in January and February.


  • Drier season

    Apr to Oct: Even though rains can continue into August, mid-July to October is the best time for wildlife for many islands.
  • Wet season

    Nov to Mar: Rains can be expected throughout the year, however the months from November to March are particularly wet.

Wildlife events

  • Aug to Oct:

    Best time to visit Komodo

  • Jul to Oct:

    Best time to visit Sulawesi  

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