Overview

Quite simply, this is a tour unlike any other! Each island that we explore on this epic adventure exhibits its own distinctive ensemble of characteristic and rarely-seen endemics, including some of our planet’s least-known species; and, although these oceanic islands and their bird lists are not large, they are nevertheless very special indeed. On this trip, we will be treated to a wonderful assortment of imperial pigeons, fruit doves (one of the most beautiful of all bird groups), parrots and lorikeets, kingfishers, hosts of flycatchers, monarchs, fantails, whistlers, honeyeaters and white-eyes, all of which are endemic and consequently found nowhere else on earth. In the mid-80s, the Kagu was critically endangered and seemingly impossible to see. Now, thanks to concerted conservation efforts by the local park authorities, it has staged a remarkable comeback, and with special help, we have an excellent chance of seeing this “missing link” in the avian world. And while seeing this iconic species may well be the main focus of the tour for many of us, we should also encounter a remarkable diversity of other spectacular avian endemics.

We begin on the islands of Samoa, visiting the main island of Upolui. Here we will explore O Le Pupu-Pu’e National Park, where we should be able to find a large proportion the Samoan specialities, including the lovely White Tern, Crimson-crowned Fruit Dove, Blue-crowned Lorikeet, Flat-billed Kingfisher, Samoan Fantail, Samoan Flycatcher, Samoan Whistler and Samoan Starlings.

Moving westwards, we will next wing our way to the lovely Fijian Islands, where we will wander balmy, sun-bleached beaches and explore luxuriant forests only a short distance from our delightful hotels. We will visit three islands, Viti Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu, each supporting its own coterie of exciting endemics and near-endemics. Among mist-draped montane forests, we may be treated to such spectacular surprises as Orange Fruit Dove (an almost unbelievable colour!), the enigmatic Taveuni Silktail, Azure-crested Flycatcher (a real humdinger!) and a plethora of other attractive endemics, including Fiji Goshawk, Golden and Whistling Fruit Doves, Tongan Ground Dove, Barking Imperial Pigeon, Collared Lory, Maroon Shining and Masked Shining Parrots, Polynesian Triller, Fiji Bush Warbler, Slaty Monarch, Vanikoro Flycatcher, Fiji Shrikebill, Fiji Whistler, Fiji White-eye, Sulphur-breasted Myzomela, Fiji Wattled Honeyeater, the spectacular sounding Giant Honeyeater, Fiji Woodswallow, and the handsome Fiji Parrotfinch. We will also seek out some of Fiji’s most elusive and least-known species, including Long-legged Thicketbird and Pink-billed Parrotfinch.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Samoa: Crimson-crowned (Purple-capped) & Many-colored Fruit Doves, Metallic (White-throated) Pigeon, Pacific Imperial Pigeon, Blue-crowned Lorikeet, Flat-billed Kingfisher,
Samoan & Polynesian Triller, Mao, Wattled Honeyeater, Samoan Whistler, Samoan Flycatcher, Samoan Fantail, Samoan Starling, Cardinal Myzomela, Red-headed Parrotfinch Fiji: Golden, Orange & Many-coloured Fruit Doves, Tongan (Shy) Ground Dove, Barking (Peale’s) Imperial Pigeon, Fiji Goshawk, Masked Shining Parrot, Red-throated Lorikeet (very rare), Collared Lory, Giant & Wattled Honeyeater, Silktail, Black-throated(-faced) & Fiji Shrikebill, Long-legged Warbler (Long-legged Thicketbird), Pacific Golden Plover, Fiji Woodswallow, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Pacific Reef Heron, Fiji Goshawk, Vanikoro Flycatcher, Slaty Monarch (Flycatcher), Sulphur-breasted (Orange-breasted) Myzomela, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Polynesian Triller, Vanikoro & Azure-(Blue-)crested Flycatcher, Fiji Bush Warbler, Fiji (Layard’s) White-eye, Red-headed & Pink-billed Parrotfinch Kadavu: Whistling (Velvet) Fruit Dove, Crimson Shining Parrot (split from 
Red), Kadavu Fantail & Kadavu Honeyeater
Top Mammals
Tongan Flying Fox
Habitats Covered
various forest types, small islands, beaches, shoreline, open ocean, airports
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 Client Testimonials

David Hoddinott was an excellent leader. It was obvious he had devoted a lot of preparation time studying the birds and learning their vocalizations. I was very impressed with his knowledge. I’d love to go on another tour with him some day.

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

I would recommend Rockjumper to my birding colleagues back in Cape May, New Jersey. Cuan and Rockjumper did an outstanding job in helping us plan our trip.

LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

RS

Adam is an extremely hard working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is able to remain calm and collected under extreme pressure and is always willing to help and assist anyone in need. His ability to find elusive birds for clients is legendary and almost miraculous. He is not feint-hearted and never daunted by challenging circumstances.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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