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Bird Watching Tours - Hakalau Wildlife Refuge & Endangered Native Habitats

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Embark on a guided eco adventure with sensational bird watching opportunities! Explore amazing trails and experience the Big Island's unique wildlife.

Description

Observe the natural world around you with new eyes, scouring Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge or the dense forest trails at the base of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa for colorful forms fluttering from branch to branch. These areas on the Big Island boast an incredible diversity of endemic and introduced species that your guide will be more than happy to point out and help you identify. With varied landscapes ranging from dry forest to rainforest, these tours have something to offer nature lovers, hikers, bird watchers and anyone just looking to try something new.

Includes

  • Rain Gear

  • Walking Sticks

  • Binoculars

  • Day Packs

  • Guide

  • Bottled water

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Warm clothing
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Endangered Native Habitat Adventure
123970

Explore two rare habitats, the cloudmist rainforest on Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Pu‘u Lā‘au on Mauna Kea. Here are two places that represent Hawaii before human contact, where plants and birds found nowhere else on earth reveal the evolutionary epic of the islands. Witness Hawaii's native forests and birds at both of these contrasting climate zones.

Rated: Hike is rated Moderate. All guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain as well as in potentially cool, wet or muddy conditions. Expect to cover approximately four miles in the rainforest and one mile in the dry forest, with an elevation gain of between 350-500 feet throughout the day.

Duration: 9:30 - 12 hour(s)
Available: Thu
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Rain Gear / Walking Sticks / Binoculars / Day Packs / Guide / Bottled water / Breakfast / Lunch / Warm clothing

Schedule

  • 06:30-06:50

    Check-in at Kona Office & Pick-up from Waikoloa

  • 08:30

    Breakfast at Dry Forest trailhead

  • 09:45

    Arrive at Dry Forest trail (2 hrs)

  • 11:45

    Drive to Rain Forest trail

  • 12:15

    Arrive at Rain Forest trail & Picnic style lunch in the forest (3.5 hrs)

  • 15:45

    Depart from Rain Forest trail

  • 18:30-16:30

    Drop-off in Waikoloa & Check-out at Kona Office

Adult/Child ( Age & over ) From
Hakalau Forest Adventure
194446

Hakalau means “many perches,” and was the first National Wildlife Refuge in the country established for forest birds. It is also home to some of the rarest plants and animals on earth. Access the Pua 'Akala tract, which is not open to the general public, and see a variety of birds, such as the Nēnē, Palila, 'Akiapōlā'au, 'Amakihi, 'Apapane, Hawai'i Creeper, 'I'iwi, 'Elepaio, 'Ōma'o, 'Io and Pueo.

Rated: Hike is rated Moderate. All guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain as well as in potentially cool, wet or muddy conditions. Expect to cover between 2-4 miles in four hours, with an elevation gain of approximately 650 feet throughout the day.

Duration: 8:30 - 11:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Rain Gear / Walking Sticks / Binoculars / Day Packs / Guide / Bottled water / Breakfast / Lunch / Warm clothing

Schedule

  • 06:30-06:50

    Check-in at Kona Office & Pick-up from Waikoloa

  • 08:30

    Breakfast at Mauna Kea State Park

  • 10:00

    Arrive at Hakalau National Refuge

  • 12:30

    Picnic style lunch

  • 15:45

    Depart Hakalau National Refuge

  • 18:00-16:30

    Drop-off in Waikoloa & Return to Kona Office

My wife, who is an avid bird watcher, convinced me to come on this tour. Okay, she basically dragged me here...and I seriously thought I was going to be miserable and bored the whole time....but I was honestly amazed at how much fun I had! It was an entire day, but it didn't feel too long at all...in fact, there were so many new birds that I had never seen before that we were learning the names of and all, that I felt like by day's end we were just skimming the surface of all these rare species! My wife teases me now when we talk about it, that I might have had even more fun than her! Great tour.

Mr. Anonymous

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  • (For Check-In) Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters (Kona) (73-5593A Olowalu St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 06:30:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Four Seasons Resort Hawaii At Hualalai (72-100 Kaupulehu Dr Hōlualoa, HI 96725) Time: 06:50:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilton Waikoloa Village (69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738) Time: 07:05:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Waikoloa Beach Marriott (69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, United States) Time: 07:10:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Queens Marketplace (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743 ) Time: 07:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Paniolo Greens Resort (68-1745 Waikoloa Road Waikoloa, HI 96738) Time: 07:25:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Island Lava Java Cafe - Waikoloa (68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI, United States) Time: 07:25:00

  • (For Check-Out) Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters (Kona) (73-5593A Olowalu St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 18:30:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters (Kona) (73-5593A Olowalu St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 06:30:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Four Seasons Resort Hawaii At Hualalai (72-100 Kaupulehu Dr Hōlualoa, HI 96725) Time: 06:50:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilton Waikoloa Village (69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738) Time: 07:05:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Waikoloa Beach Marriott (69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, United States) Time: 07:10:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Queens Marketplace (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743 ) Time: 07:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Paniolo Greens Resort (68-1745 Waikoloa Road Waikoloa, HI 96738) Time: 07:25:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Island Lava Java Cafe - Waikoloa (68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI, United States) Time: 07:25:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters (Kona) (73-5593A Olowalu St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740) Time: 18:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
All Packages
  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Endangered Native Habitat Adventure
  • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Hakalau Forest Adventure
  • Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
All Packages
  • Closed toe shoes

  • Long pants

Additional Note(s)
All Packages
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
Endangered Native Habitat Adventure
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

Hakalau Forest Adventure
  • You can book a maximum of 9.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we allowed to feed the birds?

No, for the health and safety of the birds, you are not allowed to feed them.

Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?

Yes, you can bring your own snacks and drinks, but please note that lunch and drinks are included.

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 4-5 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.

Is giving a tip (gratuity) required?

Gratuity is never required, but if you enjoyed your experience a tip is always greatly appreciated!

Is this activity suitable for children?

This activity is not recommended for children under 8-years-old since it is a rather strenuous four-mile up-hill hike.

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Reviews

My wife, who is an avid bird watcher, convinced me to come on this tour. Okay, she basically dragged me here...and I seriously tho...ught I was going to be miserable and bored the whole time....but I was honestly amazed at how much fun I had! It was an entire day, but it didn't feel too long at all...in fact, there were so many new birds that I had never seen before that we were learning the names of and all, that I felt like by day's end we were just skimming the surface of all these rare species! My wife teases me now when we talk about it, that I might have had even more fun than her! Great tour. more

Mr. Anonymous

I truly enjoyed the birdwatching trip. Our guide, Mark, was fantastic -- he educated us on the birds we would hopefully see and w...as helpful with questions about other wildlife in the area. I also enjoyed meeting the rest of the group on the tour -- wish I would have thought to exchange contact information to get some of the photos one couple was taking during the trip. more

Ms Williams

This trip was worth every penny and more. The guide, Garry, was knowledgeable and went beyond to find all the birds on our list an...d spent extra time helping all see them. Guide, John, knew every native plant I asked about growing among the beautiful lava path. The tour was like being part of a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. Will be back to do the other NWR ecotour since I loved it so much. more

Tanya W

For you avid birdwatchers, this trip is a must do for the Big Island. You can't catch all the birds on the island without th...is tour. We only missed one native to Hawai'i! For this tour, we saw them all. more

Dusty

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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