A short 7 day 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.
Walindi Lodge is an extremely comfortable lodge in the idyllic setting of Kimbe Bay. Primarily a dive resort it is popular with birders as it allows access to areas of lowland rainforest with a number of New Britain specialities. Unfortunately in recent years oil palms have been planted all around it and we have to travel out of this bird desert to find the native forest with a better assemblage of species. Bismarck Crow can be found around the bungalows and further afield we hope for Black-headed Paradise Kingfisher, New Britain Kingfisher, Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, Knob-billed Fruit-dove and New Britain Friarbird and more. In Rabaul we will be staying in a friendly and relaxed western style hotel.
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.
- 6 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Airport transfers within Papua New Guinea
- Transport including driver and fuel where required
- Guide services of the tour leader
- Site Fees
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Drinks & Snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Arrive New Britain
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.
Day 2 - Walindi area birding (1)
A Full day with activities and excursions from Walindi. Staring 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 Scubfowl colony will give us not only these interesting megapodes but also other lowland birds.
Day 3 - Kimbe Bay & Walindi area birding (2)
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.
Day 4 - Walindi area birding (3) & fly to Rabaul
After 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.
Day 5 - Baining Mountains & Wild Dog Mine birding
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 amongst them. Later in the day return to Rabaul town to look for local birds and some of Rabaul’s most famous sites including Yamamotos bunker.
Day 6 - Wild Dog Mine & Rabaul birding
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 Scubfowl nests where the eggs are incubated by the heat from the volcano!
Day 7 - Take onward flights
After breakfast transfer to airport and take your onward flights.