A short birdwatching trip to the island of New Britain, part of the Bismarcks of the eastern end of the PNG mainland. Staying in Rabaul in East New Britain and at the famous Walindi Dive Resort in West New Britain there is access to a large number of habitats and height bands. Although primarily designed for birders both of these areas also offer alternative activities with Walindi being good for diving and snorkelling and Rabaul while offering both these experiences also has a very interesting active volcano and a number of war sites. In addition, the Mask Festival held in July each year makes this a making this a tour that the whole family could enjoy.
While there are some steep and muddy trails to be negotiated for some species much of the birding can be done along the road and in the lodge grounds. Half day trips into the surrounding countryside are often along dirt roads which are often not well maintained, but distances are not great.
Melanesian Scrubfowl, Pink- legged Rail, New Britain Sparrowhawk, New Britain Goshawk, Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Nicobar Pigeon, Knob-billed Fruit Dove, Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, Black Headed Kingfisher, Island Monarch, New Britain Friarbird, Bismarck Crow.
Both venues offer comfortable, western style, ensuite rooms. While Walindi has only fans and no air conditioning the sea breezes help the rooms cool.
Day 1: Depart Australia and arrive on New Britain at Hoskins airport where you will be met by staff from Walindi Dive Resort and transferred to your accommodation. The balance of the day will be spent exploring the lodge grounds where Bismarck Crow, and New Britain Friarbird are amongst the species to be found. D
Day 2: A Full day with activities and excursions from Walindi. Starting with a lowland rainforest tour looking for Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, Knob-billed Fruit-Dove and Black-headed Kingfisher. Later in the day a visit to the Garu Melanesian Scrub owl colony will give us not only these interesting megapodes but also other lowland birds. B,L,D
Day 3: Morning trip by boat out into Kimbe Bay where the islands are home to Nicobar Pigeon and Island Monarch. In the afternoon there will be more exploration around the lodge and a chance to snorkel if desired. B,L,D
Day 4: Afterr a morning bird tour you will return to the lodge for lunch before transferring to the airport for the late afternoon flight over to Rabaul. B,L,D
Day 5: An early start today heading up into the Baining Mountains and the Wild Dog Mine area where a number of rarely seen birds can be found. Pink-legged Rail, New Britain Goshawk and New Britain Sparrowhawk are among st them. Later in the day return to Rabaul town to look for local birds and some of Rabaul’s most famous sites including Yamamoto's bunker. B,L,D
Day 6: Another morning at Wild Dog and afternoon birding the Rabaul area. A boat trip across the harbour to the slopes of Mt Tarvurvur allows close looks at the “Volcano Scrubfowl” nests where the eggs are incubated by the heat from the volcano! B,L,D
Day 7: After breakfast transfer to airport and take your onward flights.
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Prices are for 2015 itineraries, in AUD, and subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations and other unforeseen circumstances. Prices cannot be guaranteed until full payment has been received. A 20% deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full to secure. All international bank fees and credit card surcharges will be borne by the client. Additional nights' accommodation and meals are not included in the costs.