Pacific Islands: New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu & Samoa
All we have to do to sell this tour to most birders is list the following: an endemic and bizarre family in the Kagu; silktails; shining-parrots; Orange, Velvet, Golden and Cloven-feathered doves; and Fiji, Red-headed and Pink-billed Parrot-finches. Job done! Although it’s primarily the incredible quality, rather than quantity, of birds that are notable on these white-beached Pacific paradise islands, many birders will be surprised to learn that over 80 species are globally restricted to this part of the Pacific and we will be targeting almost all of those, and this trip will yield a slew of stunning lifers for anyone who hasn’t been here before. Nearly every one of these endemics and near-endemics is serious eye-candy. And as we indulge in the island-hopping, the stunning improvements in tourist infrastructure mean that we are staying at moderate to good quality resorts with great food throughout. Quite simply, there is little hardship here at all, save for the agony of having to choose your favorite bird at the end of the trip! For keen water babies, there are possibilities to snorkel from some of the resorts we stay at if you choose to skip an afternoon birding session or stay a few days extra. In addition, each island group has its own flavor. From New Caledonia, with its continental waterfront and Brie cheese at the local convenience stores, to Fijian Kava ceremonies and the open smiles of Polynesia’s friendliest people. For those with additional endemic wanderlust, or simply a wish to visit the additional nearby lovely islands in this region, we have extensions to Vanuatu and Samoa.
Main Tour: TBA (2022 price: $8800; single supplement: $795)
Vanuatu Extension: TBA (2022 price: $1950; single supplement: $165)
Samoa Extension: TBA (2022 price: $1990; single supplement: $195)
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Other Tour Details:
Length: 14 Days (20 Days w/ Ext.)
Starting City: Noumea
Ending City: Nadi
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Group size: 9 + 1 Leader