Bird Watching 2018-06-19T08:04:32+00:00

Bird-watching Tours

Over 300 species of birds make the Solomon Islands their home, of which there are 74 endemics plus another 27 it shares with Bougainville in  Papua New Guinea. Together with our partners, we have designed small group tours for various degrees of fitness, and lengths of time, both with and without specialist tour leaders. Here are some of the tours that we offer:

Guadalcanal and Rennell

Tour 1: Guadalcanal and Rennel
The largest raised atoll in the world, Rennell is home to 43 species of breeding birds and boasts 6 endemics. All of the endemics can be seen in close proximity to the airfield by walking along the logging tracks. The tour also visits Honiara and its environs including a morning visit to Mt Austen where Ultramarine Kingfisher, Duchess Lorikeet and White-billed Crow are amongst the highlights. A relatively easy tour with no steep treks up into the hills though the surface of the Rennell tracks can be a bit rough.

Black Faced Pitta

Tour 2: Santa Isabel Black-Faced Pitta Hunt
Offering you the chance of some of the Solomon’s most Iconic birds – the Black-faced Pitta, the Fearful Owl and the Solomon’s Frogmouth, this is one of our most popular Solomons destinations. The walk up to Tiritonga is steep and needs a reasonable level of fitness but the rewards are great. A morning up Mt Austen before flying out ends the tour.

Tour 3: Kolombangara and Gizo
Kolombangara is one of our favourite islands. With relatively little highland clearance having occurred this is a great place for birding. While people of only a moderate fitness level can manage the trails around Hambere, Ringii and Imbu Ranu where some great birds including, Roviana Rail, can be found, a much higher level of fitness is needed to access the cloud forest at the lip of the caldera which is the only place to see Kolombangara Leaf Warbler. The islands of Gizo, Vella Lavella and Ranongga are all visited on this tour and each has an endemic White-eye, and chances of Heinroth’s Shearwater are quite good.

Tour 4: Makira
The island of Makira holds some of the world’s least known birds. Although the lowland trails around Kirakira are easily accessible to most people, a quite strenuous walk up to the Hauta Conservation area and the inland mountains will allow the more serious birders a chance at some little seen endemics including Shade Warbler, Makira Thrush, Makira Leaf Warbler and Whiteheaded Fruit Dove. Ugi Island also offers a chance to see Silver-capped Fruit Dove, White-collared and Ugi Black Monarch.

Tour 5: Gentle Solomons
This tour visits most of the major hotspots in the Solomons with the exception of Santa Isabel. It does however, limit itself to the areas that are most easily accessed and does not attempt the more strenuous climbs up into the mountains. While it provides a very good representation of Solomons birds, the more difficult montane birds, only found at high altitude, will not be seen.

Tour 6: Comprehensive Solomons
This exciting birdwatching tour visits all the major birding sites within the Solomons in its search for as many as possible of the islands endemics. It requires a good level of fitness as it is not an easy tour, with long steep hikes up into mountains, and nights camping under possibly difficult conditions, but the rewards are many rarely seen and little-known species.

Customised Tours
We offer a number of “Combination Tour” packages such as Birds and Diving, Birds and Surfing and Birds and Battlefields. We also offer more general tours suitable for families and those who prefer a more relaxed experience. Our Isaisao or Tetepare packages offer the chance for cultural activities, watching turtle hatchings, kayaking, snorkelling and beach and forest walks. Photographic tours can also be arranged. We can develop customized itineraries for those with particular interests and requirements, and are happy to cater for those with just a passing interest in natural history through to the hardcore birder.

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