The Solomons archipelago stretches from Bougainville (PNG) in a south-westerly arc across the Pacific and consists of some large islands and numerous small ones, many of which are uninhabited. There are about 85 endemics and another 20 shared only with other isolated Melanesian islands, so it is a must see destination for serious …Read More »
The Solomon archipelago is remarkable for the high degree of endemism amongst pigeons, monarchs, fantails, myzomelas and white-eyes. It also has a couple of near legendary flightless rails and some of the least known birds on the planet. Many of these endemics are limited to specific islands and a great deal of island hopping on small boats and small planes is required to see as many of them as possible. Hiking up into the mountains to reach the more remote bird sites is also a feature of Solomons birding and visitors need a good level of fitness for many of the itineraries below.
Tourism has only recently taken off in the Solomons and there are still a number of places where the more intrepid birder will need to camp or stay in a very basic village guest house but in other places there is the option of comfortable western style hotels and very pleasant resorts. Diving, FIshing, Surfing and War Tourism are becoming increasingly popular and there are some very interesting initiatives for those wanting to find out more about local culture and the local wildlife in general.
We offer a number of itineraries both for the hard core birder, for wildlife enthusiasts and and for those who would like to combine birding with looking at culturally based activities.
The Solomons archipelago stretches from Bougainville (PNG) in a south-west arc across the Pacific. Consisting of several large islands and numerous small ones, many of which are uninhabited, it is a must see destination for serious birders. It has a high degree of endemism amongst pigeons, monarchs, fantails, myzomelas and …Read More »
This 6 day short tour divides its time between the island of Rennell and the area around Honiara on Guadalcanal. Rennell is the largest raised atoll in the world and has 43 species of breeding birds with 6 species being endemic, plus 11 species of bat including 1 endemic. Extra days can easily …Read More »
This 8 day short tour concentrates on the island of Santa Isabel in the northern part of the Solomon’s archipelago. This is the home of some of the least known and rarest birds on the planet including the shy and retiring Black-faced Pitta, the Solomon’s Frogmouth, Woodford’s Rail and the awesome Fearful Owl. …Read More »
This 10 day tour concentrates on the islands of Gizo & Kolombangara but also visits other small islands with their own endemic White-eyes. Gizo is a a great divers destination while Kolombangara has much to offer both the hardcore birder and the more general naturalist. While the climb up to the rim of …Read More »
This 10 day tour takes you to an island of forested mountains which support the most single island endemics in the Solomons archipelago. With a total of 13 species, of which two are basically unknown, it is necessary to hike right up into the mountains to see them all. Previously known as San Cristobal, Makira …Read More »