Hawaii 2020: Island Endemics & Pelagics

October 01 - 10, 2020
Tour Length: 10 days Est. Spaces Left: 0

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
October 26, 2019
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
10 plus RJT leader & local leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Scenery;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Easy with a few tough species
Double Accommodation:
$ 7295; flight:270
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 1150
Deposit:
$600 [per person]

This tour is operated by our partners, Rockjumper Tours, and led by our shared leader, Stephan Lorenz.

Hawaii is the most remote archipelago on Earth, located north of the equator in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Aside from the Islands’ world-renowned beauty, many unique features attract naturalists here, chiefly the high degree of endemism among the various life forms, active volcanism, verdant and varied native forests, and the surrounding great wilderness of the Pacific Ocean. The island chain’s Hawaiian Honeycreepers have long attracted birders – and understandably so. The diverse forms evolved from a single ancestor akin to a North American finch, into nectarivores, bark-pickers, insect gleaners, or borers of many brilliant colours. These honeycreepers and native birds of other families have unfortunately been decimated, beginning with the arrival of the Polynesians and continuing with the introduction of mosquitoes and a multitude of alien plant and animal species. Many bird species have consequently gone extinct, and the remaining survivors face a precarious future.

Our comprehensive tour covers three of the major islands searching for some of the most critically endangered birds on the planet, while also featuring fantastic scenery and phenomenal underwater life.  Some of the top birds of the tour include the bizarre Akiapolaau, endangered Bristle-thighed Curlew, tricky Hawaiian Petrel, elegant White (Fairy) Tern, nesting Laysan Albatross, and, of course, the charismatic Iiwi. Other endangered endemics include Akohekohe (Crested Honeycreeper), Akikiki (Kauai Creeper), Hawaii Akepa, and the Critically Endangered Palila. Join us as we focus on these surviving endemic forest species, seabirds, and other Hawaiian avian specialities, along with the riches of this fabulous chain of picturesque tropical islands!

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Honolulu International Airport on Oahu; departure from Hilo Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii

    Accomodations

    Comfortable

    Included

    Excluded

  • Top Birds

    Hawaiian Hawk, Nene (Hawaiian Goose), Iiwi, Akiapolaau, Akepa, Oahu Amakihi, Kauai Amakihi, Hawaii Amakihi, Hawaii Creeper, Akikiki (Kauai Creeper), Kauai Elepaio, Puaiohi (Small Kauai Thrush), Omao (Hawaiian Thrush), Anianiau, Akekee (Kauai Akepa), Apapane, Hawaiian Petrel, White (Fairy) Tern, Bristle-thighed Curlew

    Top Mammals

    Hawaii Monk Seal, Humpback Whale

    Habitats Covered

    mountains, active volcanoes, highland forests, dry forests, coastline

    Expected Climate

    mild to hot

  • Other Attractions
    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    Recommended Reading

     

Honolulu, Kapiolani Park and surrounds

Oahu -North Shore

Kilauea Point and Hanalei NWR

Alakai Wilderness Preserve and Koke’e State Park

Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

Saddle Road & Pu`u La`au

Kona Pelagic


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