The Best Birding Tours in Hawaii

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See Why We Have Dozens of 5-star Reviews

“Mandy is a wonderful guide! This woman absolutely lives and breathes birds… and it shows in the enthusiasm and passion she exudes while guiding! Nothing beats local experience and know-how, and Mandy provides that in spades!”

“Mandy is a holistic birder and a joy to have as a guide. She tailored our trip to find the birds we requested. Highly recommended!”

“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. “

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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Pelagic Brown Booby

Pelagic Birding Adventure

Mandy is happy to collaborate with local experts and an experienced local captain to provide you with your best chances of seeing Hawaii’s sought-after sea birds and incidental cetaceans. We will enjoy birding from a coast guard certified vessel. There are plenty of great onboard viewing areas, a bathroom, and a variety of seating options.

Maui Iiwi

Maui’s Best Birds

Ascend up into montane wet forests in search of endemic Hawaiian honeycreepers, search suburban parks for flashy finches, and explore protected wetlands to look for endemic water birds with Hawaii’s premier bird guide. This full day trip is a great introduction to Maui’s beautiful birds that doesn’t involve a lot of hiking, for the birder and nature lover alike.

Big Island Palila

Big Island Kona Birding Excursion

Explore the leeward side of Big Island with Hawaii’s premier bird guides. From the sub-alpine dry forest on the slopes of Mauna Kea searching for the rare and endangered Palila down to the coast looking for endemic water birds and introduced specialties.

Big Island Hawaiian Hawk

Big Island Endemic Birding Adventure

Experience Hawaiian honeycreeper heaven! Hakalau Forest NWR is home to many of Hawaii’s endangered plants, native arthropods, and endemic forest birds. Birding this publicly restricted native forest with one of Hawaii’s premier birding guides is sure to be the highlight of your Hawaii vacation.

Kauai Apapane

Kauai’s Best Birds

Embark on an adventure into the lush rainforests of Kokee to find endemic forest birds before we explore the coastlines for endemic water birds with breath taking vistas of Waimea Canyon along the way. This full day trip is a great introduction to Kauai’s wildlife, with short, casual walks, for the birder and non-birder alike, along Kauai’s rugged west side.

Oahu Bristle-thighed Curlew

The Ultimate Oahu Birding Experience

Leave the city of Honolulu behind to experience the best wildlife viewing Oahu has to offer while searching for some of Hawaii’s most beautiful birds. This tour encompasses Oahu’s highlights for the nature enthusiast and birder alike, while enjoying stunning scenery along the south and north shore. Explore the tropical rainforests for Oahu’s endemic Hawaiian honeycreeper, search the suburbs for flashy finches, explore the rugged southeastern coastline for majestic seabirds, journey to secluded beaches in pursuit of sought after shorebirds and endemic water birds. This full day trip is the ultimate introduction to Oahu’s wildlife with short, casual walks and often includes incidental big waves, sea turtle, and monk seal sightings.

Oahu White Terns

Oahu’s Best Birds

Escape the city limits of Honolulu on a journey through the tropical rainforest for colorful forest birds, into suburban parks for flashy finches, along the rugged coastline for majestic seabirds, and explore protected wetlands to look for endemic water birds. This half day trip is a great introduction to Oahu’s beautiful birds that doesn’t involve hiking, for the birder and non-birder alike, with stunning landscapes around the south shore from start to finish.

Oahu Kauai Elepaio

Oahu Endemic Birding Adventure

We will begin by entering the tropical rainforests of the Ko’olau mountains for brightly colored forest birds, like the endemic Oahu Amakihi. Afterwards we will transcend down into the lush, green valleys and hike in search of the endangered Oahu Elepaio.

Supporting Local Conservation Efforts

Hawaii Bird Tours fosters wildlife conservation through environmental awareness and education with every guest. Mandy supports local non-profits, is a proud volunteer of grass-root conservation initiatives, and is honored to work for Pacific Rim Conservation on their translocation of Laysan and Black-footed albatross and their Oahu Elepaio Recovery Project.

Why Go With Hawaii Bird Tours?

Quality Tours

Mandy is a full-time guide who is passionate about birds and nature and is excited to share her knowledge with you.

Keen Birding Senses

Mandy can identify sounds, plumages and flight patterns of almost every species—just what you should expect when hiring an experienced guide.

Flexibility and Fun

Mandy is easy-going and willing to cater to you in every regard. Birding and traveling are supposed to be enjoyable, and pleasant personalities make for pleasant experiences.

Support a Local Guide

You’ll see more and simply have an overall better experience! Mandy strives to share Hawaii’s history, culture, flora and fauna while personally catering to each guest.