Spend a day on the island as few ever do. Visit beautiful Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge of a day of birdwatching and exploration
Tours depart at 6:00 AM from pickup locations along the Kona/Kohala Coast. Departure times can vary. 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 you'll 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 center of the island between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Around mid-morning we serve continental breakfast overlooking beautiful vistas. Breakfast includes, hot tea, local coffee, bagels, and fruit. After breakfast, the tour continues on Saddle Road until the Mauna Kea access road where you begin to climb before turning onto Keanakolu road. This is an almost 50 mile unimproved road that circles Mauna Kea at around 6000' above sea level offering amazing views of the island's East side an volcanoes area. 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 sites and sounds along the way. When you time in the refuge comes to an end the fun doesn't stop there. After some refreshments before departing, guests relax in comfort as we look for more species on the way home. There are several locations available along the way for restroom breaks and photo opportunities.
Includes beverages, snacks, continental breakfast & lunch. Departs Kailua Kona areas at 6:00 AM. 12 hours in length. Adult $205 (Not recommended for children under 12)