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.

*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*

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


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


Southwest Pacific Islands - New Caledonia Extension 2024

27 Aug 2024 - 31 Aug 2024 (5 days)

EUR2,695 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Tour price (Per person): EUR2,695 * USD2,846 * GBP2,343 * AUD4,459

Single Supplement: EUR360 * USD380 * GBP313 * AUD596

Southwest Pacific Islands - New Caledonia Extension 2025

01 Oct 2025 - 05 Oct 2025 (5 days)

EUR3,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): EUR3,000 * USD3,168 * GBP2,608 * AUD4,963

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