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Bird Watching Tours - Wildlife Refuge & Endangered Native Habitats [Open Soon]
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What to expect

Embark on a guided eco adventure with sensational bird watching opportunities! Explore amazing trails and experience the Big Island's unique wildlife.
In an effort to maintain the health and safety of both guests and employees, this activity will be temporarily pausing operations. Resumption date is subject to change and bookings cannot be guaranteed past December 1st, 2020.

Packages

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Endangered Native Habitat Adventure - Most Popular!
USD 218.85
USD 218.85
USD 218.85
USD 218.85

Explore two rare habitats, the cloudmist rainforest on Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Pu‘u Lā‘au on Mauna Kea. Here are two places that represent Hawaii before human contact, where plants and birds found nowhere else on earth reveal the evolutionary epic of the islands. Witness Hawaii's native forests and birds at both of these contrasting climate zones.

Overview

Morning
9.5 - 12 hour(s)
Available Weekday
With pick-up
Breakfast, Lunch
Not Accessible
Inclusions: Bottled water / Breakfast / Lunch / Warm clothing / Rain Gear / Walking Sticks / Binoculars / Day Packs / Guide

Schedule

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06:30-07:25

Check-in at Kona Office & Pick-up from Waikoloa

08:30

Breakfast at Dry Forest trailhead

09:45
Arrive at Dry Forest trail (2 hrs)
11:45

Drive to Rain Forest trail

12:15
Arrive at Rain Forest trail & Picnic style lunch in the forest (3.5 hrs)
15:45

Depart from Rain Forest trail

16:30-18:30

Drop-off in Waikoloa & Check-out at Kona Office

Transportation add-ons

You can choose either Pick-up or Check-in (free).

Location

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

Notes

Restrictions

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.
  • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Additional notes

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
  • The menu is subject to change without notice.
  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Required items to bring & attire

  • Closed toe shoes
  • Long pants

Booking requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)

  • You can book a maximum of 12.
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Hakalau Forest Adventure
USD 225.13
USD 225.13
USD 225.13
USD 225.13

Hakalau means “many perches,” and was the first National Wildlife Refuge in the country established for forest birds. It is also home to some of the rarest plants and animals on earth. Access the Pua 'Akala tract, which is not open to the general public, and see a variety of birds, such as the Nēnē, Palila, 'Akiapōlā'au, 'Amakihi, 'Apapane, Hawai'i Creeper, 'I'iwi, 'Elepaio, 'Ōma'o, 'Io and Pueo.

Overview

Morning
8.5 - 11.5 hour(s)
Available Tue, Wed, Thu
With pick-up
Breakfast, Lunch
Not Accessible
Inclusions: Bottled water / Breakfast / Lunch / Warm clothing / Rain Gear / Walking Sticks / Binoculars / Day Packs / Guide

Schedule

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06:30-08:00

Check-in at Kona Office & Pick-up from Waikoloa

08:30

Breakfast at Mauna Kea State Park

10:00

Arrive at Hakalau National Refuge

12:30

Picnic style lunch

15:45

Depart Hakalau National Refuge

16:30-18:00

Drop-off in Waikoloa & Return to Kona Office

Transportation add-ons

You can choose either Pick-up or Check-in (free).

Location

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

Notes

Restrictions

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.
  • Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Additional notes

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
  • The menu is subject to change without notice.
  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Required items to bring & attire

  • Closed toe shoes
  • Long pants

Booking requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)

  • You can book a maximum of 9.

Reviews

I truly enjoyed the birdwatching trip.

2013/05/17 Solo Travelers Ms Williams

I truly enjoyed the birdwatching trip. Our guide, Mark, was fantastic -- he educated us on the birds we would hopefully see and was helpful with questions about other wildlife in the area. I also enjoyed meeting the re...

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Went above my expectations

2011/11/04 Couples Tanya W

This trip was worth every penny and more. The guide, Garry, was knowledgeable and went beyond to find all the birds on our list and spent extra time helping all see them. Guide, John, knew every native plant I asked abou...

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surprisingly fun

2011/06/30 Couples Mr. Anonymous

My wife, who is an avid bird watcher, convinced me to come on this tour. Okay, she basically dragged me here...and I seriously thought I was going to be miserable and bored the whole time....but I was honestly amazed at ...

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Activity Provider Hawaii Forest & Trail

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FAQ

Q. Are we allowed to feed the birds?
A. No, for the health and safety of the birds, you are not allowed to feed them.
Q. Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?
A. Yes, you can bring your own snacks and drinks, but please note that lunch and drinks are included.
Q. How far in advance should I book this activity?
A. We recommend booking at least 4-5 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Q. Is giving a tip (gratuity) required?
A. Gratuity is never required, but if you enjoyed your experience a tip is always greatly appreciated!
Q. Is this activity suitable for children?
A. This activity is not recommended for children under 8-years-old since it is a rather strenuous four-mile up-hill hike.
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Payment / Cancellation Policy

Payment Methods
  • Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 16:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Bird Watching Tours - Wildlife Refuge & Endangered Native Habitats [Open Soon]
Embark on a guided eco adventure with sensational bird watching opportunities! Explore amazing trails and experience the Big Island's unique wildlife.