Vira Natura

Butterflies of Sulawesi

25 March-6 April 2025
From $4,995.00 per person

Sulawesi's butterfly fauna includes large and iconic species such as Papilio blumei, Graphium androcles and delicate Idea blanchardii, as well as boasting an unusually high number of Danaid species. With this comes an endless mimicry race with so many butterflies trying to look like poisonous Danaids, from the Papilio and Graphium species to myriad Satyrids. Sulawesi is the first landmass east of the Wallace’s Line, and even if you know the butterflies from other parts of south-east Asia such as Thailand, Malaysia and even neighbouring Borneo, you will be amazed by how different Sulawesi’s butterfly fauna is. Also, over half of its known butterfly species (about 560) are endemic. If you count the Wallacea endemics, that number goes much higher. This means when you see a butterfly here, the chances it is are new for you! 

A tour with Hiro Takenouchi.



Day 1     Arriving in Makassar (25 March)

 After arrival we will visit Bantimurung if there’s time. Overnights Makassar.

Day 2     Bantimurung Bersalaun National Park

A full day in Bantimurung and surrounding areas.

Day 3     To Toraja

We will make a series of stops on the way to Toraja, an area in central Sulawesi that is renowned for its extraordinary burial practices.

Day 4     Toraja area

Full day exploring the area.

Day 5     Toraja area

Full day exploring the area.

Day 6     To Poso

The journey to Palu is a long one so we will stop somewhere overnight. This gives us time in the field on the way.

Day 7     To Palu

Completing our journey to Palu with several sites along the way. Overnight Palu.

Days 8-11     Palu

A very good area for butterflies and one in which we will spend the most time. Four full days around Palu.

Day 12     To Makassar

Domestic flight back to Makassar.

Day 13     Flights (6 April)

Departure flights from Makassar for international connections.



25 March - 6 April 2025 


Per person: 4995 USD (twin share)

Single supplement: 400 USD

Deposit: 770 USD


  • 12 nights of accommodation
  • All food
  • All transport
  • Guide services

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses


Minimum number of participants 4; maximum 16.  

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