Welcome to the BEST Team Papua’s Website

Martin, Jim, Ray, and Akes in front of our honay in Obia, Baliem Valley.

BEST stands for

The BEST team travels the world in search of birds, knowledge, and adventure.

One goal of the BEST Team Papua is to develop Papuan bird guides who have international birding experience. Papua has some excellent native bird guides, but their experience is strictly local. We hope that our BEST Team Papua members will return to be birding guides with knowledge of birds around the world.

The BEST Team Papua began in December 2016.

January, 2017Papua
birding in Raja Ampat, Maybrat, Baliem Valley, Jayapura, Manokwari, Arfak Mountains.

February to JuneBali
Studying English and the world,
birding West Bali National Park.

July, August, SeptemberPapua
birding the Baliem Valley, Wasur National Park, Merauke, Raja Ampat.

September, Sulawesi
birding Tangkoko Wildlife Preserve, Lake Tempe, Bantimurung National Park.

October, NovemberBali
Studying Big History, English, American studies,
birding West Bali National Park, Baluran National Park (Java).

DecemberJava, Surabaya, Jogjakarta, Solo, Prambanan, Borobodur, Jakarta
birding Gede Pangrango National Park, Cibodas Botanical Garden, Bogor Botanical Garden.

January, February, 2018Bali
studying and preparing for trip to America.

March to August, 2018 – Birding in the USA.


The BEST team Bali traveled from December 2012 until September, 2016. First we traveled during school vacations to Bali, Java, Sulawesi, Singapore, West Malaysia, Kalimantan, East Malaysia, and Papua. In March 2016, we went to America for six months. Read more about the BEST team Bali at the tab above.