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Hawaii Nature and Birding Tour Led by Renowned Authority on Hawaii Announced by Naturalist Journeys

August 1, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Naturalist Journeys, a top nature and birding tour company, is proud to announce a February 13 – 25, 2014 tour to three of Hawaii’s Islands – Oahu, Hawaii, and Kauai. A fourth island, Maui, can be visited on the optional extension from February 25 – 27, 2014.

Photo by Peg Abbott

Photo by Peg Abbott

The company owner, Peg Abbott, states, “On our Hawaii birding and nature tour, you will quickly find out that the islands hold more than golden beaches, swaying palm trees and luxury resorts. It is a land rich in history with a great variety of landscapes including snow-covered mountains, luxuriant forests, extensive lava flows and semi-deserts, lovely beaches, cascading waterfalls, pounding surf and calm turquoise waters.”

The guide for this tour, Doug Pratt, has written numerous guide books about Hawaii, including The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific and the Pocket Guide to Hawai‘i’s Trees and Shrubs. His extensive knowledge of the natural history of the islands make this tour much more than just a birding trip.

“The tour begins in Oahu and then moves on to the big island of Hawaii,” Abbott continues. “We have five nights on this island; three in Kona, whence we will journey with Hawaii Forest & Trail to the Saddle Road and Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, and two nights at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where we have a chance to see an active lava flow and to learn about the earliest stages of island formation. Finally we will travel to Kauai, the ‘Garden Isle’, one of the world’s lushest and most beautiful tropical islands, where Jurassic Park was filmed. We have four nights on this wildest of the 4 main islands, a treasure of biodiversity. We’ll walk the trails of Alakai Swamp and Pihea, visit incredible Waimea Canyon, enjoy a boat trip along the scenic Na Pali Coast and out to Lehua Islet where we have the opportunity to snorkel and swim with monk seals, and visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge to see nesting Red-footed Boobies and other seabirds.”

Those who wish to visit Maui on this tour can continue on the optional 2-night extension. In Maui, participants will visit Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge to look for migrant shorebirds and waterfowl, the spectacular aquarium at the Maui Ocean Center, and the dormant volcano Haleakala. They will take a quiet-water boat trip to watch Humpback Whales, and visit Haleakala National Park.

Find full details of Naturalist Journeys’ Hawaii Birding and Nature Tour at

More about the February 13 – 25, 2014 Hawaii Birding and Nature Tour:
This tour, which is limited to 8 participants, begins in Honolulu, Oahu and end in Lihue, Kauai. The optional Maui extension, which visits Haleakala and features whales and endemic birds, begins at the conclusion of the main tour in Kauai and ends in Maui.

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