New Britain is the largest island of the Bismarck Archipelago and supports many seldom seen endemics for which we will be searching. Situated between the Bismarck and Solomon Seas, this narrow mountainous island is over six hundred kilometers long, but only eighty kilometers at its widest.  The rich, exploited volcanic soils of the eastern portion of the island present a striking contrast to the western portion, where Western influences began mostly in the Second World War.

We begin our exploration of the area by embarking on an afternoon boat trip into Kimbe Bay and the open ocean, stopping off at some small islands in search of species such as Spot-breasted Cuckoo-Dove, Floury Imperial Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher, Island Monarch, Golden Whistler, (Bismarck) Black and Scarlet-bibbed (Sclater’s) Myzomelas and the beautiful Nicobar Pigeon. Over the next two days, we will then bird various sites around West New Britain including Pokili Wildlife Management Area, Garu Ridge and the Kulu River. These are key areas for many of the birds that are either endemic to New Britain or the Bismarck Archipelago.  A healthy proportion of these birds are sought-after species with extremely limited ranges. We will also visit a vast colony of Melanesian Megapodes that number thousands of individuals, and we should see good numbers of these awkward birds as they flush from the ground and clamber in the trees around us.

This short yet exciting extension to our Papua New Guinea birding adventures offers several rare and endemic bird species to be found nowhere else on our planet.

Top Birds

Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Nicobar Pigeon, Black Honey Buzzard, New Britain Sparrowhawk, Melanesian Megapode, Knob-billed Fruit Dove, Finsch's Imperial Pigeon, Song Parrot, Violaceous & White-necked Coucal, New Britain Boobook, Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher, Beach & White-mantled Kingfisher, Sclater's Myzomela, White-backed Woodswallow, Black-tailed Monarch, Long-tailed Myna, Red-banded Flowerpecker & Buff-bellied Mannikin

Habitats Covered

lowland rainforest, grasslands, islets

Expected Climate

hot and humid with tropical showers

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader / 9 - 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace

Accommodation

comfortable resort

Ease of Birding

moderate, can be challenging at times

Number of Species Expected

+-75

Other Attractions

coral reef snorkeling

Photographic Opportunities

good

What our clients say about us

André Bernon
IC - PNG 2022

Both Lev Frid and Andre Bernon were excellent guides. Lev was particularly emphatic about the vagaries of travel in PNG and the propensity for things to go wrong. Despite his warnings, the trip went extremely smoothly; the accommodation was all great be it the highly rustic (Kwatu) or high end (Walindi); the Papuan guides and ground team were very good; it was nice to see that Rockjumper was clearly supporting the local organisations; and overall both the Rockjumper guides and the Papuan bird guides were very knowledgeable. Overall, a really excellent experience on the ground.

Lev Frid
DK - PNG 2022

"Andre and Lev were excellent guides, and ensured we had a great time, even when birding, the weather, or the inevitable logistical challenges of travel within PNG seemed to do their best to thwart us. They did an excellent job of managing expectations, but also ensuring that as many people in the group got to see the birds, while also understanding that not everyone would see ingle bird. Difficulties, whether with accommodations, weather, or even participants, were dealt with quickly, and I have no doubt far more issues were cleared before the group was even aware they existed! I look forward to returning to New Guinea (including West Papua) with Rockjumper soon, and also exploring more birding destinations with Lev and Andre or the other excellent guides you have!"

Adam Walleyn
JH - Papua New Guinea 2019

Adam Walleyn knew the birds and the calls and worked hard to make sure we saw not only the specialties of the area but all the birds. His nightbirding skills were phenomenal. It is like he knew exactly where the bird was going to show.

Adam Walleyn
BA, Papua New Guinea

Adam Walleyn acted as a very experienced and skilful leader. He had an intimate knowledge of the birds and great skills in finding and showing them. His communication was extremely clear, to the point and flavoured with a good sense of humour. In the few difficult situations that arose due to flights, civil unrest, etc, he showed extremely good skills in handling these with a perfect balance between group decisions and executive decisions. A role model for a tour leader.

Adam Walleyn
RP - Papua New Guinea 2019

[This was] my third trip with Adam Walleyn and I will definitely go with him again. He is constantly looking and working to find the birds---during lunch breaks, after the day ends, on the bus. He never stops and it pays off. He works hard to get everyone on the birds and remembers special needs that various members of the group have. He took a lunch break one day to spend time with me looking for one bird that I had repeatedly missed. We didn’t find it, but the effort was very much appreciated and noticed. He gave me some pointers and I did find the bird later on during another break.

Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension III 2024

29 Aug 2024 - 02 Sep 2024 (5 days)

USD2,595 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

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Tour Leader: Stephan Lorenz

Tour price (Per person): USD2,595 * GBP1,991 * EUR2,371 * AUD3,851

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Flight costs: USD480 * GBP368 * EUR439 * AUD712

Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension I 2025

26 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 (5 days)

USD2,695 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

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Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP2,068 * EUR2,463 * AUD3,999

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Flight costs: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension II 2025

14 Jul 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 (5 days)

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Tour Leader: Amanda Guercio

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP2,068 * EUR2,463 * AUD3,999

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Flight costs: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension III 2025

16 Aug 2025 - 20 Aug 2025 (5 days)

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

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Tour Leader: Robert Williams

Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP2,068 * EUR2,463 * AUD3,999

Single Supplement: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Flight costs: USD330 * GBP253 * EUR302 * AUD490

Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension I 2026

25 Jun 2026 - 29 Jun 2026 (5 days)

USD2,800 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Carlos Bocos

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

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Tour price (Per person): USD2,800 * GBP2,148 * EUR2,559 * AUD4,155

Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension II 2026

21 Jul 2026 - 25 Jul 2026 (5 days)

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Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

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Tour Leader: Paul Varney

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Tour price (Per person): USD2,800 * GBP2,148 * EUR2,559 * AUD4,155

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