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Most birders add over fifty and sometimes sixty plus bird species to their ABA list with this trip to three of the islands of Hawaii. This tour maximizes your opportunity to get over twenty Hawaiian endemic bird species, all of the islands’ other specialty bird species, and a nice tally of the many spectacular introduced species as well.
We visit all of the key birding areas on the islands, including those requiring special licensing. In Oahu, we start with birding the rainforests of the Koolau Mountains, followed by birding Oahu’s North Shore and more.
This three-island tour of Hawaii adds some critical birding on Kauai Island, likely adding another six to eight birds to your ABA-area list (and a chance for more). Kauai birding adds four endemic bird species, and a visit to the Kilauea Lighthouse National Wildlife Refuge (great for coastal sea birding) can add Red-footed Booby and Laysan Albatross (seasonal). This will be your best chance to see up to three tropicbird species.
We will then set off to the Big Island for birding the sub-alpine dry forests of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and more. Our bird guide’s special licensing allows a visit to the highly restricted Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (Honeycreeper Heaven). In one day at Hakalau, you will likely see ten Hawaiian endemic bird species, including six species of honeycreepers, and much more. We wrap up the trip with a pelagic birding cruise (or alternative visit to Volcano National Park) to add Hawaiian Petrel and Wedge-tailed Shearwater and more.
Day 1: Arrivals into Honolulu and then Off to Waikiki
Day 2: Birding the Rainforests of the Koolau Mountains and Oahu Endemic Birding
Day 3: Oahu Island’s North Shore and More
Day 4: AM Flight to Kauai and Birding in Different
Day 5: Morning Hike Through Kokee State Park; Afternoon Birding and Sightseeing along Kauai’s Western and Southern Coasts
Day 6: AM More Kauai Birding and Late PM Arrival on Big Island
Day 7: Big Island of Hawaii: Big Day of Birding: Sub-Alpine Dry Forest of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and More
Day 8: More Big Island Birding: Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Day 9: Pelagic Birding from the Big Island or Day of Rest or Volcano National Park
Day 10: Final Birding and Fly Out at Mid-Day or Consider an Extension to Volcano National Park
Detailed itinerary presented below.
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Birding Hawaii Extravaganza: 3 Key Islands for Birding: Oahu Island, Kauai and Big Island
As a note, Mandy can be hired (one or two additional days) to find three more very difficult to find species. Akikiki and Puaiohi require over eight miles of difficult hiking. Akekee is simply very rare, and few birders are fortunate to see this species (even after a lot of work).