from: $3840*

BIRD WATCHING

Taste of Solomons 2 2015-16

This short tour concentrates on the island of Santa Isabel in the northern part of the Solomons' archipelago. This is the home of some of the least known and rarest birds on the planet including the shy and retiring Black-faced Pitta, the Solomon’s Frogmouth, Woodford’s Rail and the awesome Fearful Owl.

Tour Inclusions: This tour start and ends in Brisbane.

Costs include flights from Brisbane, accommodation, airport transfers, transfers, transport, site fees, guide services, birdlist. Drinks, snacks and items of a personal nature are not included.

Diculty

This tour involves flights in small aircraft, a short sea crossing and a hike up into the mountains to Tirotonga village and the pitta sites. Although porters can be arranged to carry your equipment a good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation

In Honiara we stay in comfortable western style hotels. On Isabel the accommodation at Tirotonga is a very basic village stay.

Suggested Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Brisbane to Honiara.
Day 2: Take the early flight to Fera on Santa Isabel and transfer by boat to Buala.
Days 3-5: Meet with guide and hike up to Tirotonga. Explore the Tirotonga area. This is home not only to the Black-faced Pitta and Fearful Owl but also to a full supporting cast of parrots and pigeons and other great birds such as Santa Isabel (Woodford’s) Rail, Sanford’s Sea Eagle, Solomons Frogmouth and White-billed Crow.
Day 6: Morning in Tirotonga then hike back down to Buala.
Day 7: Morning boat trip to Tasia for Island Monarch. Afternoon flight to Honiara.
Day 8: Take an early morning guided bird tour up Mt Austen just outside Honiara to look for Ultramarine Kingfisher and Buff-headed Coucal, Yellow-bibbed Lory etc. Return to Honiara in time for the afternoon flight back to Brisbane.

An extensions to this tour can include flying to Suavanao in north-west Isabel for:

  • Relaxing at Isaisao Landowner Lodge or Kagata Village Stay
  • Watching turtles hatching
  • Snorkelling
  • Hiking forest trails

Price

From AU$3840.00 per person,  based on a group of 6 people on a twin share basis. Prices may vary depending on start days, flight schedules and number of people travelling.


Includes

  • Return International flights from Brisbane to Honiara
  • Return Domestic flights from Honiara to Fere
  • 3 nights accommodation in Honiara
  • 5 nights accommodation at Tiratonga
  • All site and entry fees
  • All transfers
  • Guides and transport
  • All meals with Santa Isabel accommodation
  • Bird list

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Prices include tax, are quoted in AUD, valid for 2015-16 and are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations. The rates cannot be guaranteed until full payment has been received. All international bank and credit card fees will be borne by the client. For full terms and conditions, please refer to the page on this website.