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Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018



Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative because the local flight schedules are only released at quite a late stage, and this often changes the itinerary a little.

Tour Summary

New Caledonia (6 days)
New Caledonia is an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan origin. Most of the islands are covered in tropical evergreen forest in the higher elevations, while savanna and maquis dominate the lower elevations. Most famous for being the home of the unique Kagu, they host a total of 20 island endemics as well as about a dozen additional Melanesian endemics. The strict island endemics include White-bellied Goshawk, Kagu, Cloven-feathered Dove, Goliath Imperial Pigeon, Horned Parakeet, New Caledonian Parakeet, New Caledonian Myzomela, Barred Honeyeater, Crow Honeyeater, New Caledonian Friarbird, New Caledonian Whistler, New Caledonian Crow, Yellow-bellied Flyrobin, New Caledonian Thicketbird, Large Lifou White-eye, Small Lifou White-eye, Green-backed White-eye, Striated Starling, and Red-throated Parrotfinch.
We will spend time in the following areas: Parc provincial de la Rivière Bleue, Mont Koghi, and the Farino area. The main targets will be the endemic birds found on Grande Terre (the main, largest island). The prime target will be finding and photographing the star bird of New Caledonia, the endemic and charismatic Kagu. Most other endemics found on Grande Terre should also be encountered during the time we have in New Caledonia.

Fiji (10 days)
Fiji is an archipelago of beautiful tropical islands, scattered across the southwestern Pacific, with numerous endemics. There is high diversity of pigeons and doves, especially fruit doves, monarch flycatchers, and parrots. By visiting three islands (Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, and Kadavu) we can observe up to 24 of the 28 extant endemics available in the islands, along with numerous Polynesian regional endemics. The Fijian endemics include Fiji Goshawk, Orange Fruit Dove, Golden Fruit Dove, Whistling Fruit Dove, Barking Imperial Pigeon, Crimson Shining Parrot, Maroon Shining Parrot, Masked Shining Parrot, Collared Lory, Fiji Wattled Honeyeater, Kikau, Yellow-billed Honeyeater, Giant Honeyeater, Kadavu Honeyeater, Fiji Woodswallow, Silktail, Kadavu Fantail, Slaty Monarch, Azure-crested Flycatcher, Fiji Bush Warbler, Long-legged Thicketbird, Fiji White-eye, Fiji Parrotfinch, and Pink-billed Parrotfinch.

Samoa (3 days)
Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) is a nation of laid-back, tropical islands to the east of Fiji, with its own smattering of endemics and specialties, which include Flat-billed Kingfisher, Mao, Samoan Triller, Samoan Whistler, Samoan Fantail, Samoan Flycatcher, Samoan Starling, and Red-headed Parrotfinch. The near-endemic Blue-crowned Lorikeet, of a genus endemic to Polynesia, also occurs here. We will spend our time on the island of Upolu, focusing on these birds.

Duration: 19 days

Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8

Date Start: September 08, 2018

Date End: September 26, 2018

Tour Start: Nouméa, New Caledonia

Tour End: Apia, Samoa

Price: US$7,308 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,448 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants

Single Supplement: US$2,723

Price includes:
Expert professional guiding fees
Meals
Accommodation (except on the night before the tour starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and on the night the tour concludes in Apia, Samoa)
Entrance fees
All land-based and boat-based transport while on tour
Tolls

Price excludes:
International flights to Nouméa, New Caledonia, for the start of the tour
International flights from Apia, Samoa, at the end of the tour
Seven flights during the tour (Nouméa to Nadi, Nadi to Suva, Suva to Savusavu, Savusavu to Suva, Suva to Kadavu, Kadavu to Nadi, Nadi to Apia) – allow between US$1,700-US$2,000 per person
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
Alcoholic drinks
Personal insurance
Gratuities

Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 08, 2018
Date End: September 26, 2018
Price: US$7,308 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,448 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 08, 2018
Date End: September 26, 2018
Price: US$7,308 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,448 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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New Caledonian Crow - Andy Walker

Biding Tour New Caledonia 2018

Duration: 6 days
Limit (Group Size): 1 - 8
Date Start: December 03, 2018
Date End: December 08, 2018
Price: US$7,298 per person based on 1 participant, US$4,678 per person based on 2-3 participants sharing, US$3,324 per person based on 4 participants sharing, US$3,091 per person based on 5-8 participants sharing
Details: This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island. Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continental) origin.

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New Caledonian Crow - Andy Walker

Biding Tour New Caledonia 2017

Duration: 6 days
Limit (Group Size): 1 - 8
Date Start: December 09, 2017
Date End: December 14, 2017
Price: US$2,785 per person based on 5-8 participants sharing, US$2,995 per person based on 4 participants sharing, US$4,315 per person based on 2-3 participants sharing, US$6,575 per person based on 1 participant
Details: This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island. Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continental) origin.

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Australia and Barry Davies: When I found out it was Barry Davies that was leading the trip, I was thrilled as I had been in contact with him years ago when I was with Jaeger Tours, at the recommendations of a number of my friends that had travelled with him, so we knew each other! He was extraordinary – knew his stuff in and out about OZ and its flora and fauna and was great with the participants. We did Cairns & Darwin then an extension to Perth & Tasmania. Not sure how you would pick a favourite place from that. Each region is different and of course getting to see different parts of the country is something that I would have thought one would want to do if doing OZ. I would have loved to have seen more butterflies, mammals and reptiles than we did, but maybe that requires different locations and more time in the field. We did however get Platypus and Echidna. Butterflies are pretty much restricted to the north east. Timing for birds is tough as there is so much movement amongst them depending upon food sources, but I would have said we did pretty well. While obviously we wanted to see all we could, it was not the end of the world if we missed anything, and a huge list was not our goal. We were there in the dry season, I would hate to think what it would be like in the wet season, as a number of places/routes would have been under water, especially in the Darwin region. Accommodations on the whole were very good – I loved the different lodgings, many of which we had to do our own breakfast, with kitchen facilities in the cabins. The country is huge, and with very few people, less than SA!, so some of the locations there was little choices, especially for a large group, but Barry did great in getting what he did. At each region we had to get a bus, there were 14 of us – these varied between great to OK, as the on the extension we had to have one with a trailer.

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