from: $4420*

BIRD WATCHING

TASTE OF SOLOMONS 4 2015-16

Previously known as San Cristobal, this is an island of forested mountains which support the most single island endemics in the Solomons archipelago. With a total of 13 species, of which two are basically unknown, it is necessary to hike right up into the mountains to see them all. However, good birding can be had in the lowland area around Kirakira, especially if combined with a day trip over to nearby Ugi Island. This tour start and ends in Australia.

Difficulty

Whilst several species can be seen relatively easily on the trails around Kirakira, to have a chance of seeing everything it is necessary to hike up into the mountains. This is a strenuous undertaking  and needs a high level of fitness.

Accommodation

Kirakira has several guest houses. In the mountains we rely on village accommodations which are very basic.

Suggested Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Brisbane to Honiara where you will overnight.
Day 2: Take  the  early  flight to  Makira.  Spend the  afternoon birding the Kirakira area.
Day 3: Morning trip to Ugi island where there are 3 very distinct taxa to be seen. Ugi Black Monarch, Ugi White-collared Monarch and Ugi Rufous Fantail plus Silver-capped Fruit Dove are what we are after here. Afternoon spent birding the Kirakira surrounds.
Day 4: Early morning around Kirakira then head up to Hauta Conservation area for  the  montane birds including Yellow-legged Pigeon, Chestnut-bellied Imperial Pigeon, Shade Warbler, Makira Leaf Warbler, Makira Thrush and Makira (Spangled) Drongo.
Days 5 - 7: Birding the Hauta Conservation area.
Day 8: Return to Kirakira.
Day 9: Fly back to Honiara.
Day 10: Fly back to Brisbane

Extensions to this tour can include:
  • Watching the annual land crab harvest
  • Cultural activities

Price

From $4420 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 Kira Kira
  • 2 nights accommodation in Honiara
  • 7 nights accommodation on Makaira Island
  • All site and entry fees
  • All transfers
  • Guides and transport
  • All meals with Rennell accommodation
  • Bird list

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