Oahu Endemic Birding Adventure

Daily from 7am-12pm

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.


Highlight Target Species

Oahu Amakihi, Oahu Elepaio, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix        

“We birded the whole island, changing from forest birds to sea birds. It was a great tour and really nice to get out of the city. I was able to see plenty of species too! Highly recommend!”


$185 per person
Private tours available


5 hours


Daily from 7am-12pm

Group Size




Group tour: $185 per person plus tax

Private tour: $945 plus tax (up to 8 people)

Or contact us to build a custom tour.



Water, snacks, mosquito repellent, online checklists, transportation to and from Waikiki, the use of binoculars if needed, and fun! Guests coming from outside of Waikiki can easily meet us in Ala Moana. Scopes generally don’t work well, as small endemic forest birds tend to move quickly throughout the canopy.


Activity Level

You must be prepared to hike 1-3 miles of uneven, muddy moderate trails for Oahu Elepaio.



Lightweight long pants, hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, sun protection and a lightweight raincoat, as the trail difficulty is not challenging but conditions may be wet and slippery. You might also want to consider a lightweight long sleeve shirt, as the mosquitoes can be bad in the valleys where the Oahu Elepaio are found.



For group trips: There is a 48-hour cancelation policy for all daily tours. If you cancel prior to 48 hours of the tour, you will receive a full refund. 
If you cancel within 48 hours of your scheduled trip departure, no refund fees will be provided.
 No shows are responsible for 100% of trip fees.

For private tours: There is a 7-day cancelation policy for all private tours. Credit cards will be taken at the time of booking. If you cancel outside of 7-days, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 7 days of the tour no refund fees will be provided. No shows are responsible for 100% of trip fees.

Birds You May See

Highlight target species: Oahu Amakihi, Oahu Elepaio, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix


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A Comprehensive Checklist of the Birds of Hawaii

A free, downloadable guide with information on the best time of year to see each every expected species in Hawaii, complete with emphasis on endemic, threatened, and endangered species.


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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. 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 Hawaii’s birds, wildlife, food, scenery, history and culture with new friends.

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