- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Hotel pickup Available
- Free Cancellation
- Duration: 12 Hrs
Departure Time :
6:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Departure Details :
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: All locations along the Kona/Kohala coast
Address: All locations along the Kona/Kohala coast
Directions: All locations along the Kona/Kohala coast<.. read more
Return Details :
To hotel of origin
Cancellation Policy : For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
OverviewHakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is a must see location for birdwatchers and those who enjoy getting out of town for the ultimate nature experience. Native birds and plants await nature lovers looking for a unique and publicly restricted view of Hawaii Island. If youve always wanted to see Hawaiis native birds this is the tour for you.
- Close encounter with wildlife
- Breakfast included
- Free snacks included
- Lunch included
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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The Hakalau Birdwatching adventure travels mauka (inland) from the West coast of the island making our way towards the Saddle road area. Along the way your guide will introduce you to habitats past and present and youll learn how the island was formed and has changed since western contact.
The old Saddle road area is home to many different birds including Pueo, Pheasants, and Francolins which are fun to spot as the tour winds its way up into the Saddle area between Maunaloa and Maunakea. Around 8:00 AM a continental breakfast is served at Mauna Kea Recreation Area including hot tea, Kona coffee, bagels, and fruit. The recreation area sits at the base of Maunakea and offers a beautiful view of Maunaloa across the saddle area.
After the breakfast rest stop, the tour continues on Saddle road until the Maunakea access road where you begin to climb before turning onto Keanakolu road. This is an almost 50 mile unimproved road that circles Maunakea at around 6000 of elevation offering amazing views of the island's East side and volcanoes areas.
After only 10 miles you will find yourself at the beautiful Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. Once gear has been passed out and an introduction to Hakalau been completed you will begin your descent on foot into the refuge. As soon as you step out of the vehicle you will begin to hear a chorus of beautiful voices from our native birds who call Hakalau home.
Although the walk is along a service road and not much more than a mile one way, it is downslope and somewhat uneven at times which requires participants to be comfortable with this kind of environment.
The time spent in the refuge is usually around 5 hours and guests will carry their lunches in and picnic along the way enjoying the beautiful sounds of the birds while they eat.
When our time in the refuge comes to an end the birding and fun doesnt stop there. After some refreshments back at the vehicle, guests relax in comfort as they car-bird on the way home.
An additional stop is made at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area on the way home to stretch, chat and have a rest stop before continuing back the Kona/Kohala Coast area.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum age is 12 years
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Availability for shows cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately