Our extension to the amazing Visayan Islands takes in the smaller islands of Cebu, Bohol and Negros where we target some highly sought-after birds, including Cebu Flowerpecker, Azure-breasted Pitta, Flame-templed Babbler and Visayan Broadbill. This extension also provides chances for the strange Philippine Tarsier and Philippine Colugo, while the Chocolate Hills scenery is simply spell-binding!

Top Birds

Philippine Duck; Barred Rail; Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle; Philippine Trogon; Philippine Fairy-bluebird; Black-bibbed Cicadabird; White-winged Cuckooshrike; Striated Wren-Babbler; Visayan & Samar Hornbill; Flame-templed, Negros Striped & Visayan Babblers; White-throated & Philippine Jungle Flycatchers; Philippine Shortwing; (Southern) Indigo-banded, Spotted (Visayan) Wood, Northern Silvery & Winchell’s Kingfisher; Negros & Everett's Scops Owl; Luzon (Visayan) & Cebu Boobook; Philippine Frogmouth; Negros Striped Babbler; Yellow-faced & Buff-spotted Flameback; Azure-breasted (Steere's) Pitta; Visayan Broadbill; Visayan & Black Shama; Pink-bellied Imperial Pigeon; Blue-crowned Racket-tail; Philippine Spine-tailed Swift; Visayan Rhabdornis; Maroon-naped, Bohol & Magnificent Sunbirds; Black-belted (Visayan) Flowerpecker; Black-faced Coucal; Amethyst (Grey-breasted) Brown Dove; Visayan & Visayan Blue Fantails; Yellow-breasted Tailorbird; chance of Mindanao Bleeding-heart

Top Mammals

Philippine Colugo, Philippine Tarsier, Philippine Flying Fox

Habitats Covered

lowland & foothill rainforest, woodlands, rivers, crater lakes and wetlands

Expected Climate

hot and humid, rain expected

Max Group Size

10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate to brisk pace, some long walks on forest trails

Accommodation

basic but comfortable hotels

Ease of Birding

challenging

Number of Species Expected

+-120

Other Attractions

Chocolate Hills scenery, highly threatened forests & endemics, forest-surrounded crater lakes in Twin Lakes NP, tropical oceans with chances of cetaceans during ferry crossings

Photographic Opportunities

fair/reasonable/worthwhile

What our clients say about us

Erik Forsyth
JT, The Philippines 2018

The guides were knowledgeable, energetic, and very personable. I would go with Erik Forsyth anytime, anywhere. He made sure we were comfortable, well fed, and saw the birds, not an easy feat with the constant rainy conditions. I also appreciated his sense of humour. Yes, I would go with Rockjumper again, and I am planning on a 2019 trip already. They have become my favourite bird tour company for many reasons.

Erik Forsyth
RW & SW, The Philippines 2018

We saw some good birds and are happy about that. Erik Forsyth is an excellent guide and companion. We would certainly travel with him again. He was most helpful for those of us whose eyes are not as sharp as they once were. Erik managed the group well and group dynamics were excellent. Local guides, such as at PICOP, were very friendly and most helpful. The Philippine ground agent/bird guide, Mark Villa, was certainly knowledgeable about the local birds and a good source of information. We have enjoyed Rockjumper tours in the past and hope to again.

Erik Forsyth
JV, The Philippines 2018

Although we had plenty of rain the trip turned out to be very rewarding. Erik Forsyth did an excellent job in trying to accommodate my strange request for knowledge on the vegetation of the Philippines. Although both Mark and he had no idea on how to respond to this request, they were able to get a tree book for my use. After losing the use of my cell phone which was used to take photos of the vegetation for future identification, Mark followed up by taking photos for me.

Glen Valentine
TB, The Philippines 2023

The Philippines endangered endemics and the Visayan Extension were spectacular. Lots of good and rare birds, despite a number of problems and pressure on the birds and their habitats. Glen, our main tour leader is top = knowledgable, super well organized, considerate etc. He was very well supported by Ivan, Yu and others. I personally liked the sites Mt. Kintanglad, Palawan, Twin Lakes and Bohl, where the habitat is still mainly intact. Id recommend the tour to other birding enthusiasts !

Erik Forsyth
MY, The Philippines 2018

It was amazing that the guides could make the tour so enjoyable despite having rain 8 days out of 10! Guides were excellent. Erik Forsyth was very knowledgeable and personable.

The Philippines - Visayan Islands Extension 2025

28 Mar 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 (8 days)

USD2,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Adam Walleyn

Pricing notes : Internal Flight price = $220 for those also participating on the main tour. Internal Flight price = $290 for those only participating on the extension.

Tour price (Per person): USD2,795 * GBP2,192 * EUR2,603 * AUD4,218

Single Supplement: USD320 * GBP251 * EUR298 * AUD483

Flight costs: USD220 * GBP173 * EUR205 * AUD332

The Philippines - Visayan Islands Extension 2026

03 Apr 2026 - 10 Apr 2026 (8 days)

USD2,900 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

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Tour Leader: Local Leader

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change* Internal Flight price = $0 for those also participating on the main tour. Internal Flight price = $0 for those only participating on the extension.

Tour price (Per person): USD2,900 * GBP2,275 * EUR2,701 * AUD4,377

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