Full-Day Hakalau Forest Reserve Bird Watching Adventure 0 reviews
 
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

  • Refundable
  • Printed Voucher/E-Voucher
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights
Itinerary

Join us on an unforgettable day of exploring restricted lands at the Hakalau National Forest Reserve, home to some of the rarest plants and animals on earth. Your adventure begins in a comfortable 4 wheel-drive Short Wheel Base Mercedes Sprinters. These vehicles are perfect for our birdwatching tours as they are designed for smaller, more intimate groups (9 guests max) and deliver a rugged build that allows access to those off-the-beaten-path locations. Journey across Hawaii Island through it's diverse climates and ecosystems before turning off road to reach your destination. Follow your interpretative naturalist expert birding guide into Hakalau's forests and fields of the Pua Akala tract as you discover rare native plants and animals, including carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders. Your guide will help you search the treetops with your binoculars for Hawaiian endemic bird species such as the Akepa, Akiapolaau, Amakihi, Apapane, Hawaii Creeper, Iiwi, Elepaio, Omao, Io and Pueo. Your day includes a deli-style lunch, snacks, beverages, and filtered water. A once in a lifetime adventure to explore protected and private Hawaiian native forested lands.



Activity Details
Hakalau means “many perches.” Named by Hawaiians long ago, it is still recognized as critical bird habitat today. Once part of a large cattle ranch, it was the first National Wildlife Refuge in the country established for forest birds and it’s home to some of the rarest plants and animals on earth. The Pua Akala tract we access is not open to the public and is an excellent example of successful conservation practices. Enjoy first class comfort adventuring in our 4 wheel drive Short Wheel Base Mercedes Sprinter along with a more intimate experience with a small group size of 9 guests. Join your interpretative naturalist expert birding guide to search for rare native plants and animals as well as the endemic Hawaiian birds such as the Akepa, Akiapolaau, Amakihi, Apapane, Hawaii Creeper, Iiwi, Elepaio, Omao, Io and Pueo. Riding in style with our best in class field guides to a restricted access nature preserve, you’ll experience a truly unique Hawaii Island adventure.
Departure & Return
Departure PointHawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, 73-5593 A, Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Traveler pickup is offered Queen's MarketPlace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 Island Lava Java Waikoloa, 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 Gilbert Kahele Recreation Park, 44-5400 Daniel K. Inouye Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743 Departure Time6:30 AM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Binoculars
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Filtered water, juices and flavored sparkling waters
  • Interpretative Birding Guide
  • Central Meeting Locations for Pick-up & Drop off
  • Bottled water - Please bring your own water bottles; we will provide re-fillable filtered water
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. Must be able to do short hikes of 1.5 to 4 miles.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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