from: $3582*

BIRD WATCHING

Taste of Solomons 1 2015-16

This short tour divides its time between the island of Rennell and the area around Honiara on Guadalcanal. Rennell is the largest raised atoll in the world and has 43 species of breeding birds with 6 species being endemic, plus 11 species of bat including 1 endemic. Extra days can easily be added for further exploration of either area. Lake Tengano in the eastern part of Rennell was the former lagoon of the atoll and has many islands. Mt Austen on Gudalacanal is quite easy to cover along the roads and is well worth more than a single visit.

Tour Inclusions: This tour starts and ends in Australia.

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

Diculty

There are no long steep hikes on this tour. On Guadalcanal most of the birding is done from the roadsides. On Rennell there are a number of logging tracks running into the forest patches, but the surface of these tracks, and the forest floor, is uneven coral rag which can make walking difficult at times.

Tour Inclusions: This tour start and ends in Brisbane.

CostsincludeflightsfromBrisbane,accommodation,airporttransfers,transfers, transport, sitefees,guideservices, birdlist. Drinks, snacks anditemsof apersonal nature are not included.

Accommodation

In Honiara accommodation is in a comfortable western style hotel with en-suite bathroom. On Rennell, the village guest house is very basic with shared bathrooms.

Suggested Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Brisbane to Honiara. and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Take the early plane over to Rennell. Check into guest house and head out to explore the local forest patches. looking for the Rennell endemics.
Day 3: Full day exploring Rennell.
Day 4: Fly back to Honiara. Spend the balance of the day birding the Honiara environs including the Betikama Wetlands.
Day 5: Take an early morning guided bird tour up Mt Austen just outside Honiara to look for Bu-headed Coucal, Yellow- bibbed Lory, Guadalcanal Boobook Ultramarine Kingfisher, Brown-winged Starlingand White-billed Crow. Later return to Honiara andwhere a visit can be made to the Botanic Gardens for Duchess Lorikeet and Black-headed Myzomela.
Day 6: Fly back to Australia.

Extensions to this tour can include:
  • A few days at Lake Tegano in East Rennell
  • An extra days guided birding on Mt Austen
  • Visits to the war sites around Honiara

Price

From $3582 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
  • 2 nights accommodation on Rennell Island
  • All site and entry fees
  • All transfers
  • Guides and transport
  • All meals with Rennell accommodation
  • Bird list

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