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

Dušan Brinkhuizen
RL & CL - Papua New Guinea

We thought the birding went very well. Both Dusan and Stephan were great guides - very knowledgeable, very dedicated, quite determined to get everyone onto pretty much everything, and they combined very well. And, they both tried very hard to help all the participants who needed it, whether it was locating a bird, getting up a steep section or getting in or out of the boats. They did an admirable job.

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.

Dušan Brinkhuizen
GH, Papua New Guinea 2018

Special thanks to Dušan Brinkhuizen for his care in helping me to locate birds on my camcorder.

Stephan Lorenz
PM - Papua New Guinea 2019

Stephan is an incredibly great guide and New Guinea is a wonderful birding destination.

Paul Varney
KH, Papua New Guinea 2023

This was my first birding tour ever, so I wasnt sure what to expect. The tour leader, Paul, was so amazing, there are not enough superlatives. All of the other participants had been on birding trips before, and Paul was very gracious to make sure I had the opportunity to see as many birds as possible and know what to expect. He was very conscientious, and prepared for almost anything. The trip was physically challenging due to the steep muddy trails, high and low temperatures, and oh yeah, the earthquakes. I wasnt sure what to expect, although the descriptions were pretty accurate, but I was ready to stop hiking by the 11th day. Thank you for the recommendation of collapsible walking sticks. Those were very useful. I am very glad I had the opportunity to take this trip. I cant say enough good things about Paul as the trip leader. I hope he gets to lead all of his first choice tours in the future!

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

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Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension I 2025

26 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 (5 days)

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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

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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

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Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension III 2025

16 Aug 2025 - 20 Aug 2025 (5 days)

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Tour Leader: Robert Williams

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Papua New Guinea - New Britain Extension I 2026

25 Jun 2026 - 29 Jun 2026 (5 days)

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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: Paul Varney

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

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