Although the Dominican Republic is perhaps best known for its luxurious beaches, outstanding food and vibrant culture, a birding tour of the island has much to offer both the avid birder and more general naturalist alike. Due to the amazing biodiversity of the island, Hispaniola ranks highest in the world as a priority for bird protection! This 9 day birdwatching tour provides the perfect opportunity to encounter nearly all of the island’s 33 endemic bird species, plus other Greater Antillean specialties. We accomplish this by thoroughly exploring the island’s variety of habitats, from the evergreen and pine forests of the Sierra de Bahoruco to the dry forests of the coast. Furthermore, the accommodations throughout are fairly comfortable, ranging from basic, remote cabins deep in the forest, to well-appointed hotels near the beach, each with its own unique local flair. Join us for this delightful tour to the most diverse island in the Caribbean!
Palmchat, Ridgway’s Hawk, West Indian Whistling Duck, Ashy-faced Owl, Least Poorwill, Hispaniolan Nightjar, Hispaniolan Amazon, Hispaniolan Parakeet, Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo, Hispaniolan Trogon, Broad-billed and Narrow-billed Tody, Hispaniolan Woodpecker, Antillean Piculet, Hispaniolan Palm Crow, White-necked Crow, Antillean Palm Swift, Hispaniolan Oriole, Golden Swallow, Hispaniolan Pewee, La Selle Thrush, Hispaniolan Emerald, Antillean Mango, Eastern and Western Chat-Tanager, Hispaniolan Spindalis, Hispaniolan Crossbill, Antillean Siskin
evergreen and endemic pine forest, dry forest, botanical gardens, mangroves, shoreline
warm to hot and humid
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
easy pace, undemanding walks
comfortable to basic, varied cuisines
Ease of Birding
mostly easy birding with some tough species
great scenery & beaches, friendly people, good food
This was my first tour with Forrest Rowland and he was wonderful. Forrest was most solicitous of my needs, and unlike many leaders, he waited until I had caught up before playing a tape to call birds in. He was an excellent communicator, always apprising us of upcoming plans, and kept the tour running on schedule. Last but not least, he is an awesome birder!
Lev Frid was outstanding. He is knowledgeable, capable, hard working, friendly, easy going and a super human being. I had a blast with him and can’t find enough positive adjectives to describe him.
This was a super trip and Bobby Wilcox was an excellent guide as well as being a people person and very friendly. The local guides on this tour were also quite awesome. It seems that Rockjumper continues to provide superior guides (I have not had a bad one yet) as well as great local ones. I really enjoyed Bobby's company and would like to do another tour with him if the itinerary allows.
Lev is top notch in identifying birds, pointing them out and trying to give everyone a good look
Rob Williams and local guides were absolutely excellent. They knew the birds, the calls, where to go, when to be there.