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Endangered Native Habitats

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide and group at a prearranged spot to embark on your full-day bird watching adventure. 

    Travel together in a comfortable vehicle to the start of the Puu Oo Trail. This historic cattle drive route is located at the 6,000 foot (1800 meters) level of Saddle Road on Mauna Loa's northeastern side.

    Cross the 3 to 4 miles (5 to 6 km) of trail, surrounded by the misty clouds that are common on the windward side of the island. Listen for the calls of the birds as you enter the Kaohe Game Management Area, then travel up the western side of Mauna Kea to an elevation of nearly nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 meters). 

    Keep an eye out for species like elepaio, omao, amakihi, apapane and iiwi. Use the provided binoculars to look for the elusive akiapolaau, easy to identify by its multipurpose beak. At the gate to the Mauna Kea Forest Preserve, climb down from your vehicle and take in some scenic vistas before proceeding on foot. 

    Following your expert birder guide's lead, focus on spotting specimens of the critically threatened palila. 

    After a full day of searching for Hawaii's indigenous bird life, return to your meeting point for drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Queens' MarketPlace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We also pick up from the following:

    Kukio Golf & Beach Club, 87 Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy, Kailua, HI 96740

    Queens' Market Place, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

    Lava Java, 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
    Departure Time
    • 6:30am - Queen Kaahumanu Highway
    • 7:15am - Waikoloa Queen's MarketPlace
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Interpretative Naturalist Guide
    • Binoculars
    • Filtered water
    • Raingear, day packs and walking sticks
    • Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages
    • Local taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Forest and Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea
    • Entry/Admission - Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Saddle Road
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Guests should wear sturdy closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and bring a light jacket
    • This tour has a maximum of 12 passengers per van
    • This tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full. It will be necessary for you to call 48 hours prior to your departure date to reconfirm (contact details provided on your confirmation voucher).
    • Not recommended for child aged 7 and under
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    Took the tour on March 14th, 2019 - absolutely sublime day. The only issue was the Sprinter Van’s rear speakers seemed to be faulty, so we could not hear the tour guide while driving up to the refuge.
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    We had a great experience with our guide Taj. Taj is very knowledgeable, personable and funny. He is an environmental scientist by training and his love for the island and its heritage and wildlife is clear. We went on a 12 hour adventure to the dry forest on Maunakea and the
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    On our last visit to Big Island 2 years ago we did the Hakalau bird watch with HF&T so decided to other bird watch to the dry forest and rain forest on this visit. Takes the whole day, 12 hours, from start to finish, breakfast and lunch provided. Taj is a great guide, we got to
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    What a wonderful experience. Get away from the contrived resorts and experience true Hawaii. The niche habitat of Hawaii is something to be treasured and this tour helps you and all of us to appreciate that.
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    My eldest daughter and I had a great time birding, hiking, and learning about Hawaii with Garry Dean, our guide. He picked us up at our hotel and we took off for a full day. The hiking was easy in the dry forest and got more challenging in the rain forest, but I did fine (and
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 12h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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