Tour overview

A great short 7 day birdwatching trip to the island of Manus where the target bird is the beautiful Superb Pitta. While the number of other endemic species is limited and some need good weather and a trip to Tong Island, the Pitta makes the trip a must for serious birders.

Tour Accommodation

Accommodation on Manus Island is in western style accommodation.

Tour Difficulty

This is not a difficult tour. There are no long hikes or journeys along bumpy roads. However, some of the walking tracks around the pitta sites can be rough and muddy.


  • 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

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Airfares
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature

Day 1 - Arrive Port Moresby

Arrive Port Moresby. Transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Port Moresby to Manus Island

After breakfast return transfer to airport and fly from Port Moresby to Manus where you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. A short walk around the town may get you the Chauka or White-naped Friarbird.

Day 3 - Superb Pitta & Manus Island birding (1)

Full day exploring Manus visiting the Superb Pitta sites and also looking for Meek’s Pygmy Parrot, roosting Manus Boobook plus Black Sunbird, Chauka, Manus Pied Monarch and more.

Day 4 - Superb Pitta & Manus Island birding (2)

Second day on Manus. Another chance for the Superb Pitta, There are a couple of places to visit. Alternatively a trip further inland towards Ndroia can also be  made as some species are more easily seen in this area.

Day 5 - Manus Island birding (3)

Third day on Manus. If the weather is good a boat trip to Tong Island should get us birds such as Ebony Myzomela, McKinlay’s Cuckoo-Dove, Island Monarch and Beach Kingfisher.

Day 6 - Manus to Port Moresby

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly back to Port Moresby. Begin your onward journey. It is possible to complete the journey from Manus to Cairns in one day but for most onward flights you will need another overnight in Port Moresby.

Day 7 - Take onward flights

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly out of PNG.