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.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

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
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I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

The game drives were fantastic, André’s knowledge and attention to detail could certainly be used as the benchmark for all lodges. We were often stopping to wipe away the tears of laughter and the times spent on the drives with André will certainly be remembered. Hats off to you André, you really made our trip!!!

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A massive thanks has to go to André, the ranger, he was exceptional. His knowledge of wildlife was incredible. We were able to learn so much about the animals, plants and he is the 'bird' guru!! We cant thank him enough for his time, going out of his way to show us everything possible, we saw everything.

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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