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Endangered Native Habitats

  • 12-our birdwatching tour in Hawaii
  • Small group adventure in the Mauna Kea Forest Preserve
  • Different forest habitats with unique indigenous bird species
Endangered Native Habitats
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Endangered Native Habitats
From US$215.00
Discover Hawaii’s remarkable wildlife on a full-day, small-group birdwatching tour into the Big Island’s Mauna Kea Forest Reserve. Travel on foot and by four-wheel drive as you explore dry forest and rainforest habitats that shelter the endangered palila honeycreeper, the Hawaii amakihi and the Hawaii ‘elepaio. Listen for the calls of endemic songbirds as you traverse an otherworldly lava trail, then follow a local, bird-loving guide along forest paths into the distinctive, high-elevation mamane-naio ecosystem.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at a prearranged spot to embark on your full-day bird watching adventure. 
Travel together in a comfortable vehicle to the start of the Puu Oo Trail. This historic cattle drive route is located at the 6,000 foot (1800 meters) level of Saddle Road on Mauna Loa's northeastern side.
Cross the 3 to 4 miles (5 to 6 km) of trail, surrounded by the misty clouds that are common on the windward side of the island. Listen for the calls of the birds as you enter the Kaohe Game Management Area, then travel up the western side of Mauna Kea to an elevation of nearly nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 meters). 
Keep an eye out for species like elepaio, omao, amakihi, apapane and iiwi. Use the provided binoculars to look for the elusive akiapolaau, easy to identify by its multipurpose beak. At the gate to the Mauna Kea Forest Preserve, climb down from your vehicle and take in some scenic vistas before proceeding on foot. 
Following your expert birder guide's lead, focus on spotting specimens of the critically threatened palila. 
After a full day of searching for Hawaii's indigenous bird life, return to your meeting point for drop-off.
Reviews (14)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 30 November 2018
Awesome guide in Taj and great experience.

What a wonderful experience. Get away from the contrived resorts and experience true Hawaii. The niche habitat of Hawaii is something to be treasured and this tour helps you and all of us to appreciate that.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kowen12202
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile
Hakalau birding

We enjoyed an excellent day with our guide Gary. Saw the endangered Palila in the morning on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Hiked across several lava flows on Mauna Loa to get to rain forests in search of Aki pulloa. Gary explained the various plants...More

Thank Sandy W
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Wonderful Birding with a Great Guide

My eldest daughter and I had a great time birding, hiking, and learning about Hawaii with Garry Dean, our guide. He picked us up at our hotel and we took off for a full day. The hiking was easy in the dry forest and got...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank YvonneBH
Reviewed 20 April 2018
Saw a Palili, ʻIʻiwi, Io and Pueo.....I think I'm turning into a birder!

I had a friend visiting that I wanted to do some thing special for and I knew he loved birding so I signed us up for this trip, but I myself am not much of a birder. We met up at the office and met...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AlohaHawaii808
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile
Fantastic day of birding!

What a great day! The trip was well-paced and organized. We went to two very different birding spots; each with unique terrain, vegetation, and climate! It was a full day experience, and nice break from the usual Hawaii tourist activities. Our guide, Angela, did a...More

Thank HappyFamily706
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