Experience the best of Oahu and its beautiful birds with local experts! After working for other top birding tour operators and with conservation groups in Hawaii for years, Mandy Talpas has designed the ultimate all-inclusive Oahu birding tour! She is ecstatic to get you off the beaten path so you can enjoy the real Hawaii while supporting wildlife conservation initiatives and local businesses. She invites you to enjoy birding in paradise with Hawaii’s premiere local guides in search of Oahu’s endemic forest birds, majestic seabirds, native water birds, visiting shorebirds, and introduced specialties with scrumptious meals and oceanfront accommodations.

Highlight Target Species

Oahu Amakihi, Oahu Elepaio, White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix, Yellow-fonted Canary, Common Waxbill, Chestnut Munia, Saffron Finch, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Pacific Golden Plover, Wandering Tattler, Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiian Gallinule, Hawaiian Stilt, Laysan Albatross, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Newell’s Shearwater, Bulwer’s Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Mottled Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Masked Booby, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Brown Noddy, Hawaiian Noddy, White Tern

“Mandy is so professional, knowledgeable and friendly! We could not have had a better bird expert on this tour! Thank you for being so passionate about the birds and for your conservation work as well. I will never forget this tour!”

Price

$3,300, double occupancy
+$575 single supplement


Duration

6 days


Dates

2021

May 2-7, 2021

2022
April 18-23, 2022

2023
April 2-7, 2023
May 1-6, 2023


Group Size

4-7

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly into Honolulu and meet your new friends at our welcome dinner at 6:15pm at our hotel in Waikiki.

Day 2

This morning we start our day in Kapiolani Park, next to our hotel, to admire visiting Pacific Golden Plovers and Honolulu’s city bird, the beautiful White Tern. While exploring the park we are sure to encounter a myriad of introduced species among the banyan and rainbow shower trees, such as Common Myna, Red-crested Cardinal, Red-vented Bulbul, Yellow-fronted Canary, Java Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Spotted Dove, Zebra Dove, and Rose-ringed Parakeet. After breakfast we will leave the city behind and enter the rainforests of the Koolau Mountains in pursuit of Oahu’s endemic honeycreeper, the Oahu Amakihi, before we transcend down into the valleys to search for the endangered Oahu Elepaio. While on our endemic bird adventure we will most likely encounter Whtie-rumped Shama, noisy flocks of Red-billed Leiothrix, an occasional Red-whiskered Bulbul, and chattering Warbling White-eyes.

Target species: Oahu Amakihi, Oahu Elepaio, Common Myna, Red-crested Cardinal, Red-vented Bulbul, Yellow-fronted Canary, Java Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Spotted Dove, Zebra Dove, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Whtie-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix,  Red-whiskered Bulbul, Warbling White-eyes

Day 3

Today we journey up the picturesque windward side to experience the serenity of Oahu’s North Shore in search of visiting shorebirds, such as the Wandering Tattler and sought-after Bristle-thighed Curlew. While cruising the coastline, famous for world class surf beaches and secluded coves with basking sea turtles, we are sure to find some flashy finches, such as the Saffron Finch and Chestnut Munia. The North Shore is also home to some of the last family farms on Oahu with crops of coffee, cacao, eggplant, papaya, pineapple, apple banana, and even scattered shrimp farms with Black-crowned Night Heron, the endemic Hawaiian Coot, Common Gallinule (endemic subspecies), and Black-necked Stilt (endemic subspecies).

Target species: Hawaiian Coot, Common Gallinule (endemic subspecies), Black-necked Stilt (endemic subspecies), Wandering Tattler, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Saffron Finch, Chestnut Munia, Black-crowned Night Heron, 

 

Day 4

We embark on a pelagic birding charter out of Kewalo Basin with an experienced local captain for Black Noddy, Brown Noddy, Sooty Tern, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Great Frigatebird, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, and Bulwer’s Petrel with hopes of finding: Masked Booby, Hawaiian Petrel, Black-winged Petrel, Mottled Petrel, White-necked Petrel, Newell’s Shearwater, Leach’s Storm Petrel, Band-rumped Storm Petrel, jaegar species, incidental cetacean sightings, and more!

Day 5

On our last day we will try for any remaining species that have evaded us thus far.

Day 6

Depart for home from Honolulu airport after breakfast at the hotel.

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Details

This is the only tour of its kind! Other all-inclusive birding tours to Hawaii rush through Oahu in a day on a cookie cutter itinerary with guides traveling from the mainland, and don’t get out on the water for pelagic species. Mandy has made Hawaii her permanent home and earns a living off of taking birders out of the city limits to experience the best Oahu has to offer on a daily basis. She looks forward to sharing Oahu’s best birds, wildlife, food, scenery, history and culture with new friends.

Dates

2021: May 2-7
2022: April 18-23
2023: April 2-7 and May 1-6

 

Pricing

$3,300 (double occupancy) plus tax
Single supplement: $575

Please contact us directly for availability and pricing on booking this as a private tour. Private tours can accommodate up to 11 participants.

 

Included

The tour fee is $3,300 for one person in double occupancy. It includes all lodging from Day 1 through Day 5, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 6, all ground transportation (including airport shuttles), and the guide services of the tour leader. Tipping at group meals on pelagic trips are included in your tour fee and will be handled for you. However, if you would like to recognize your guide/ driver/ logistics coordinator for exceptional service, it is entirely appropriate to tip.

The single supplement for the tour is $575. If you do not have a roommate but wish to share, we will try to pair you with a roommate from the tour; but if none is available, you will be billed for the single supplement. Tour fees are based on double occupancy; one-half the cost of a double room is priced into the tour fee. The single supplement is calculated by taking the actual cost of a single room and subtracting one-half the cost of a double room (plus any applicable taxes).

 

Not Included

The above fee does not include your airfare to and from Honolulu, airport taxes, transfers, visa, any checked or carry-on baggage charges imposed by the airlines, any alcoholic beverages, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

 

Activity Level

To reach the highland forests where the native birds are found and search for pelagic birds by boat, we will have to start our days early, as we’ll want to be near our destinations close to dawn. Much of our birding will be easy walking on roads, wide trails, and boats. The Koolau Mountain trails will still be slippery and muddy. We will need to hike 1 -3 miles in search of the Oahu Elepaio and the valleys can be ridden with mosquitoes. Shoes with good grip and ankle support are recommended. Birding along the north shore will be within short walks from the van. You should be able to easily get in and out of a van (sometimes repeatedly), and able to walk at least three miles, where traction may not be the best and where footing is uneven. You should be prepared to bird in hot and humid environments and expect some rain. Sea conditions on the pelagic trip can range from calm seas to moderately rough, so you must have decent balance and an ability to steady yourself on a moving boat if you plan to take that trip. Those with balance and stability issues should bring a collapsible walking stick with a wrist loop, and those who find it difficult to stand for long periods should bring a small travel stool. If you’re uncertain as to whether this tour is a good match for your abilities, please don’t hesitate to contact Mandy.

 

Cancellation

Full payment is due 90 days before all-inclusive set departure date tours. Credit cards will be taken at the time of booking and charged a $500 per person non-refundable deposit. If you cancel outside of 90 days, you will receive a full refund minus your $500 deposit. If you cancel outside of 60 days, you will receive a 50% refund minus your $500 deposit. Your $500 per person deposit can be used as a credit towards another tour within one calendar year of your scheduled tour. If you cancel within less than 60 days of the tour no refund fees will be provided. No shows are responsible for 100% of trip fees.

Birds You May See

Oahu Amakihi, Oahu Elepaio, White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix, Yellow-fonted Canary, Common Waxbill, Chestnut Munia, Saffron Finch, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Pacific Golden Plover, Wandering Tattler, Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiian Gallinule, Hawaiian Stilt, Laysan Albatross, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Newell’s Shearwater, Bulwer’s Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Mottled Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Masked Booby, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Brown Noddy, Hawaiian Noddy, White Tern

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Meet Your Guide

Mandy Talpas

My goal with every birding trip is to help you view, learn about, and enjoy more birds! Whether you envision casually cruising the coastline in search of seabirds, chasing after endemic forest birds, exploring local hot spots, or all of the above. I am dedicated to providing customized excursions to create your ultimate Hawaii birding experience.

My promise on every eco-tour is to ensure that each guest is having a great time while learning about Hawaii’s alluring flora and fauna. When I’m not guiding I am proud to be involved in local avian conservation initiatives. I look forward to sharing Hawaii’s beautiful birds, unique wildlife, and the projects in place to help save them, with you.

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This is the only tour of its kind! Other all-inclusive birding tours to Hawaii rush through on a cookie-cutter itinerary with guides traveling from the mainland, and don’t get out on the water for pelagic species. Mandy has made Hawaii her permanent home and earns a living off of taking birders out of the city limits to experience the best Hawaii has to offer on a daily basis. She looks forward to sharing Big Island’s best birds, wildlife, food, scenery, history and culture with new friends.

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