Unrivaled Hawaii Birding Experience

The Ultimate Hawaii Multi-Island Birding Tour

Make New Friends

Enjoy the Complete Hawaii Birding Experience With Our Pioneering Expert Guide - Mandy Talpas

Experience the best of Hawaii and its beautiful birds with an expert guide in a fun and informative environment across 9 days, while making new birding friends! After working for other top birding tour operators and with conservation groups in Hawaii for years, Mandy has designed the ultimate all-inclusive Hawaii birding tour! She’s ecstatic to get you off the beaten path so you can enjoy the real Hawaii while supporting wildlife conservation initiatives and local businesses.

Book this tour and you’ll soon find yourself birding in paradise and on the trail with Hawaii’s premiere local guides in search of Hawaii’s endemic forest birds, majestic seabirds, native water birds, visiting shorebirds, and introduced species. We also provide you with scrumptious meals and oceanfront accommodations to ensure your birding vacation is comfortable and fulfilling. We can’t wait to share Hawaii’s best birds, wildlife, food, scenery, history and culture with you on this epic birding adventure.

Why Choose This Tour?

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 in large groups in multiple vehicles but not us!

See a multitude of Pelagics! We make sure you get out on the water to maximize your chances of seeing as many pelagic species as possible

Local expertise! 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 in her own tour vans

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Trip Details

Trip Details


$6,950 per person and $1,350 single supplement

Departure dates

March 11 -19, 2024
December 4 -12, 2024
January 23 -31, 2025
April 22 -30, 2025

Departure point

Honolulu, HI


9 days

Group size

Minimum 5, maximum 8

Target Species List

Please note that birds are listed in taxonomic order, read left to right

Hawaiian Goose | Branta sandvicensis | Nēnē | Endemic

Hawaiian Duck | Anas wyvilliana | Koloa maoli | Endemic

Kalij Pheasant | Lophura leucomelanos

Gray Francolin | Francolinus pondicerianus

Black Francolin | Francolinus francolinus

Chukar Alectoris | chukar chukar

Erckel's Spurfowl | Pternistis erckelii

Spotted Dove | Streptopelia chinensis chinensis

Zebra Dove | Geopelia striata

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse | Pterocles exustus

Common Gallinule | Gallinula galeata sandvicensis | `Alae `ula / Endemic sub

Hawaiian Coot | Fulica alai | ʻAlae kea Endemic

Black-necked Stilt | Himantopus mexicanus knudseni | Aeʻo | Endemic sub

Pacific Golden-Plover | Pluvialis fulva | Kōlea

Bristle-thighed Curlew | Numenius tahitiensis | Kioea

Wandering Tattler | Tringa incana

Long-tailed Jaegar | Stercorarius longicadus

Parasitic Jaegar | Stercorarius parasiticus

Pomarine Jaegar | Stercorarius pomarinus

White Tern | Gygis alba candida | Manu-o-Kū

Brown Noddy | Anous stolidus pileatus | Noio kōhā

Black Noddy | Anous minutus melanogenys | Noio | Endemic sub

Sooty Tern | Onychoprion fuscatus | ʻEwaʻewa

White-tailed Tropicbird | Phaethon lepturus dorotheae | Koa'e'kea

Red-tailed Tropicbird | Phaethon rubricauda roseotinctus | Koa'e'ula

Laysan Albatross | Phoebastria immutabilis | Mōlī

Leach's Storm-Petrel | Hydrobates leucorhous

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel | Hydrobates castro | ʻAkeʻake

Mottled Petrel | Pterodroma inexpectata

Juan Fernandez Petrel | Pterodroma externa

Hawaiian Petrel | Pterodroma sandwichensis | 'Ua'u | Endemic

White-necked Petrel | Pterodroma cervicalis

Black-winged Petrel | Pterodroma nigripennis

Bulwer's Petrel | Bulweria bulwerii | 'Ou

Wedge-tailed Shearwater | Ardenna pacifica | ʻUaʻu kani

Sooty Shearwater | Ardenna grisea

Short-tailed Shearwater | Ardenna tenuirostris

Christmas Shearwater | Puffinus nativitatis

Newell's Shearwater | Puffinus newelli | ʻAʻo | Endemic

Great Frigatebird | Fregata minor palmerstoni | ʻIwa

Red-footed Booby | Sula sula rubripes | ‘Ā

Brown Booby | Sula leucogaster plotus | ‘Ā

Masked Booby | Sula dactylatra personata | ‘Ā

Hawaiian Hawk | Buteo solitarius | ʻIo | Endemic

Short-eared Owl | Asio flammeus sandwichensis | Pueo | Endemic sub

Rose-ringed Parakeet | Psittacula krameri

Burrowing Parakeet | Cyanoliseus patagonus bloxami

Red-masked Parakeet | Psittacara erythrogenys

Hawaiʻi ʻElepaio | Chasiempis sandwichensis | Endemic

Kauaʻi ʻElepaio | Chasiempis sclateri | Endemic

Oʻahu ʻElepaio | Chasiempis ibidis | Endemic

Eurasian Skylark | Alauda arvensis japonica

Red-whiskered Bulbul | Pycnonotus jocosus emeria

Red-vented Bulbul | Pycnonotus cafer bengalensis

Japanese Bush Warbler | Horornis diphone cantans

Warbling White-eye | Zosterops japonicus japonicus

Red-billed Leiothrix | Leiothrix lutea

Chinese Hwamei | Garrulax canorus canorus

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush | Garulax pectoralis

Common Myna | Acridotheres tristis tristis

ʻŌmaʻo | Myadestes obscurus | Hawaiian Thrush | Endemic

White-rumped Shama | Copsychus malabaricus

African Silverbill | Euodice cantans cantans

Java Sparrow | Lonchura oryzivora

Scaly-breasted Munia | Lonchura punctulata topela

Chestnut Munia | Lonchura atricapilla jagori

Chestnut Munia | Lonchura atricapilla jagori

Lavender Waxbill | Estrilda caerulescens

Common Waxbill | Estrilda astrild minor

Red Avadavat | Amandava amandava punicea

Palila | Loxioides bailleui | Endemic

ʻApapane | Himatione sanguinea | Endemic

I'iwi | Drepanis coccinea | Scarlet Honeycreeper | Endemic

Akiapōlāʻau | Hemignathus wilsoni | Endemic

ʻAnianiau | Magumma parva | Endemic

Hawaiʻi ʻAmakihi | Chlorodrepanis virens | Endemic

Oʻahu ʻAmakihi | Chlorodrepanis flava | Endemic

Kauaʻi ʻAmakihi | Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri | Endemic

Hawaii Creeper | Loxops mana |ʻAlawī | Endemic

Hawaiʻi ʻAkepa | Loxops coccineus | Endemic

Yellow-fronted Canary | Crithagra mozambica barbata

Red-crested Cardinal | Paroaria coronata

Yellow-billed Cardinal | Paroaria capitata capitata

Saffron Finch | Sicalis flaveola flaveola

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
We will gather in the lobby at 6 pm to meet new friends before our welcome dinner together. Enjoy a night in Waikiki at comfortable accommodations as we rest before a big day ahead!

Day 2: Birding Oahu
Let’s go birding! After breakfast we will leave the city behind and enter the rainforests of the Koolau Mountains in pursuit of Oahu’s endemic honeycreeper, the Oʻahu ʻAmakihi before we visit Kapiolani Park 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. Then it is time to descend down into the valleys to search for the endangered Oʻahu ʻElepaio. It is worth noting that on our endemic bird adventure, we will most likely encounter White-rumped Shama, noisy flocks of Red-billed Leiothrix, an occasional Red-whiskered Bulbul, and chattering Warbling White-eyes. We finish the day with a night in Waikiki and time to get some well-earned rest.

Day 3: Birding Oahu

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). This is our last night in Waikiki before we fly to the Big Island! Exciting!

Day 4: Flight to Big Island and Birding along the Leeward side of Big Island
Day 4 starts with a flight to the Big Island after breakfast to bird Saddle Road for Short-eared Owl (endemic subspecies), Eurasian Skylark, Chukar, California Quail, Wild Turkey, Erckel’s Spurfowl, Black, and Gray francolins and more. We will then drive through Waikoloa in search of more introduced species, like Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, African Silverbill and Red Avadavat on our way to the high elevations of Pu`u La`au. We will explore the subalpine dry forest of Mauna Kea for Hawaii Amakihi, HawaiʻiʻElepaio (Mauna Kea morph), with hopes of finding the critically endangered Palila, before returning to the Kona coast where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Birding Big Island’s Native Wet Forest
Get ready for day 5 as we experience Hakalau aka Hawaii’s honeycreeper heaven! Hakalau Forest NWR is a publicly restricted cloud forest reserve and is home to many of Hawaii’s endangered plants, native arthropods, and endemic birds. We will search for the unique Hawaii Creeper, the Hilo morph of the HawaiʻiʻElepaio, the gorgeous day glow orange Ākepa, the stunning long-billed ʻAkiapolaʻau, the Hawaiian Hawk, ʻŌmaʻo (Hawaii island’s endemic thrush) with beautiful I’iwi, Hawaiʻi ʻAmakihi, and ʻApapane all over the blossoms of ancient ohia trees enshrouding us. Later, we settle down for another night in Kona.

Day 6: Pelagic off Birding Big Island
We embark on a pelagic birding charter out of Honokohau Harbor with an experienced local captain for Black Noddy, Brown Noddy, Sooty Tern, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, White-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, Juan Fernandez Petrel, White-necked Petrel, Newell’s Shearwater, Christmas Shearwater, Leach’s Storm Petrel, Band-rumped Storm Petrel, all three jaegar species, South Polar Skua, incidental cetacean sightings, and more! After our seabird extravaganza we will head back to our ocean front accommodations for some time off. Before dinner we will make a brief and casual birding stop to look for some rare, introduced specialties like Lavender Waxbill, Red-masked and Burrowing Parakeets, just before sunset. After dinner, it is time for bed and our last night in Kona before a busy seventh day!

Day 7: Birding Kona coast and Flight to Kauai
After breakfast, we make a brief birding stop along the Kona coast before we fly to Lihue. On our first day on Kauai we will discover the beauty of Kauai’s North Shore in pursuit of impressive seabirds along Kilauea Lighthouse NWR’s stunning coastline and more endemic water birds amongst Hanalei’s historic loʻi ponds. While scanning the rugged cliffs of Kilauea covered with Red-footed Boobies and surveying the skies for Brown Booby, Laysan Albatross, spectacular Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, and soaring Great Frigatebirds, we will enjoy up close views of Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene (Hawaiian Goose). We will then explore Hanalei valley’s lush important bird area for more of Hawaii’s endangered water birds, like the endemic Hawaiian Duck. It is then time to head back to our accommodations and spend our first night in Kapa´a.

Day 8: Birding Kauai
The penultimate day begins with a rainforest adventure with astounding views of Waimea Canyon, the Pacific’s Grand Canyon, on our journey into Kōkeʻe State Park to find Kaua’i‘s endemic Kaua’i ʻAmakihi, ʻApapane, ʻAnianiau, and Kaua’i ʻElepaio. Other forest birds we could encounter in Kōkeʻe include Red Junglefowl, the skulky Japanese Bush Warbler and the melodious Chinese Hwamei. We then settle down for another nightin Kapaʻa

Day 9: Morning Kauai Birding and Departure Day
On our last morning on Kauai we will search for the rare Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush as well as any of Kauai’s introduced specialty species that we haven’t already been able to find before we check out at 11 am and say our goodbyes to our fellow birders and an unforgettable trip.

Important Info

Add ons: Up to 3 additional nights in Waikiki before our small group tour meets and up to 3 additional nights in Kapaa can be booked at Mandy’s group rate (with resort fees waived) with up to 45 days or more notice.

What the price includes: The tour fee is $6,950 for one person in double occupancy. It includes all lodging from Day 1 through Day 8, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 9, all ground transportation (excluding personal airport shuttles), both inter island flights, one checked bag per person on inter island flights, the expert guide services of the tour leader, and entrances into all of the parks. 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 $1,350. 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 Honolulu (HNL) and from Lihue (LIH), personal airport transfers, any alcoholic beverages, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

Activity level and recommendations: 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 comfortable boats. Most trails can be uneven, wet and muddy. Shoes with good grip and ankle support are recommended. You should be able to easily get in and out of a van (sometimes repeatedly), comfortable walkingat least two miles, where traction may not be the best and where footing is uneven, and stand for long periods of time. You should be prepared to bird in hot, humid, and cool environments while expecting some rain. Sea conditions on the pelagic trip can range from calm seas to moderately rough, so you must have decent balance, an ability to steady yourself on a moving boat, and be able to go up and down a ladder, 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 60 days before all-inclusive set departure date tours. Credit cards will be taken at the time of booking and charged a $1000 per person non-refundable deposit. If you cancel outside of 60 days, you will receive a full refund minus your $1000 deposit. If you cancel outside of 45 days, you will receive a 50% refund minus your $1000 deposit. If you cancel within less than 45 days of the tour no refund fees will be provided. No shows are responsible for 100% of trip fees.

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