from: $5020*

BIRD WATCHING

Taste of Solomons 3 2015-16

This tour concentrates on the islands of Gizo & Kolombangara but also visits other small islands with their own endemic White-eyes. Gizo is a a great divers destination while Kolombangara has much  to  offer both  the  hardcore birder and  the  more general naturalist. While the climb up to the rim of the volcano, where there are a number of endemic birds, is strenuous and not for the faint hearted the lowlands of Kolombangara also have a number of interesting species and offer a much gentler option. This tour start and ends in Brisbane.

Difficulty

There is a sea crossing between Gizo & Kolombangara which can be bumpy when rough. The lowland trails on Kolombangra can be rough and climb up to the volcano lip is steep, muddy and very strenuous.

Accommodation

There are western style hotels available in Honiara and on Gizo. At Hambere accommodation is in a landowner lodge, at Imburano accommodation  is  dormitory  style  in  a  research station while at high altitudes the only option is camping in a local hut.

Suggested Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Brisbane to Honiara where you will overnight.
Day 2: Take the  early flight to Gizo. Spend the balance of the day around Gizo looking for Gizo White-eye, White-capped Monarch and Steel-blue Flycatcher.
Day 3: Take a boat over to Hambere on Kolombangara visiting the islands of Vella Lavella and Ranongga for their endemic white-eyes on the way.
Day 4: Exploring the Hambere area. This is a great place for Roviana Rail, and other lowland species.
Day 5: Travel to Imbu Ranu and explore the forest trails around the lodge.
Day  6: Hike up the mountain to  the lip of the volcano for Kolombangara Leaf Warbler.
Day 7: Early morning in the cloud forest then hike back down to Imbu Rano.
Day 8: Another day exploring the Imbu Rano area.
Day 9: Travel back to Gizo. Take afternoon flight to Honiara.
Day 10: Fly back to Brisbane.

Extensions to this tour can include:
  • Diving and snorkelling on Gizo
  • Fly to Munda and take boat to the islands of Tetepare and Rendoza for a few days. Here there are soon to be split white-eyes, some great snorkelling, cultural activities, turtles, canoeing and hiking.

Price

From $5020 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 Gizo
  • 2 nights accommodation in Honiara
  • 1 night's accommodation in Gizo
  • 6 nights accommodation on Kolombangara Island
  • All site and entry fees
  • All transfers
  • Guides and transport
  • All meals with Rennell accommodation
  • Bird list

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