Overview

New Caledonia is a seriously ancient chip off the once enormous Gondwanaland block, New Caledonia hosts, in addition to Kagu, one of the most extraordinary aggregations of endemic plants and birds, as well as several endemic mammals and reptiles. During our time on the mainland, or “Grande Terre”, we will seek out such specialities as White-bellied Goshawk, Goliath Imperial Pigeon (the world’s largest arboreal pigeon), the lovely Cloven-feathered Dove, New Caledonian and the rare Horned Parakeets, the endangered and most peculiar Crow Honeyeater, New Caledonian Myzomela, Barred Honeyeater, New Caledonian Friarbird, Yellow-bellied Flyrobin, New Caledonian Whistler, New Caledonian Cuckooshrike, Striated Starling, Green-backed White-eye, and the superb Red-throated Parrotfinch.

Visits to the island of Lifou for Small and Large Lifou White-eyes and Ouvea for Ouvea Parakeet can be arranged in addition.

Tour Facts Top Birds
New Caledonia: Kagu, New Caledonian Goshawk, Goliath Pigeon, Cloven-feathered Dove, Crested & Red-crowned Parakeet, New Caledonian & Melanesian Cuckooshrikes, Long-tailed Triller, New Caledonian Gerygone, New Caledonian Whistler, New Caledonian Starling, New Caledonian Myzomela, Dark-brown, Barred & Crow Honeyeater, New Caledonian Friarbird, New Caledonian Crow & Red-throated Parrotfinch, New Caledonian Thicketbird (New Caledonian Grass Warbler, New Caledonian Grassbird) Lifou: Small & Large Lifou White-eye, Red-bellied Fruit Dove, Cardinal Myzomela Ouvea: Ouvea Parakeet
Top Mammals
Tongan Flying Fox
Habitats Covered
various forest types, small islands, beaches, shoreline, open ocean
Expected Climate
mostly tropical conditions; warm and humid with some rain expected, can be very cool in the highlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader or 9 - 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly easy with some short walks over steep ground, with the possibility of one very steep and strenuous optional hike for a specific target species
Accommodation
comfortable lodges & hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions
great food, little-explored islands, fantastic scenery, fascinating collage of landscapes & culture, lovely accommodation
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Itinerary Voice Note Client Testimonials
J

André our game ranger for the third time once again is impeccable! His eyesight is actually too good for words!

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

MN

I look forward to another RBT tour...you can never go on too many RBT tours.

B

André in particular went out of his way to make sure our stay was as wonderful as it could be. Andre is also a great guide, with the ability to spot just about everything that moves, even if the movement is only breathing.

MN

Our questions were always answered with clarity and accuracy. There were no surprises as a result... This trip was a wonderful and unique experience for me. I actually felt renewed and revitalized when it was over. Thanks to everyone for an experience of a lifetime!

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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