Our Hawaii birding tour of three Hawaiian Islands is a wonderful experience, full of exquisite surprises - the marvelous endemic honeycreepers, superb seabirds, an amazingly diverse flora, breathtaking vistas, colourful marine life, and much more, amidst comfortable accommodations and usually pleasant weather. We stay for the most part in just one location on each of the three islands, using each as a home base from which to explore. Our tour visits three main islands, O’ahu, Kaua’i and Hawai’i. Each island has its own special flora and fauna, and each its own special geology. It is no wonder the Hawaiian Islands rival the Galapagos as a natural laboratory of evolution.
Our tour is relaxed and leisurely most days. We start some days early, especially on the Big Island, in order to reach our birding destination before the morning activity wanes. We spend most days visiting specific areas on each island, and then walking along fairly easy trails and roads. Some terrain may be moderately difficult, but we take them slowly and at a comfortable pace. Participants should be able to hike 5 kilometers and be comfortable going up and down moderate grade slopes. Sturdy footwear with ankle support is recommended for some trails (particularly in the Alaka’i Swamp); otherwise comfortable running shoes are fine for most other activities. The weather is mostly pleasant, at comfortable temperatures, but there will be rain on some days, and visits to higher elevations may encounter coolish and misty conditions. Clothing should be layered, and a light sweater and especially a waterproof jacket are highly recommended. And don’t forget a hat - Hawaii is tropical!