Tour overview

This 6 day short tour divides its time between the island of Rennell and the area around Honiara on Guadalcanal. Rennell is the largest raised atoll in the world and has 43 species of breeding birds with 6 species being endemic, plus 11 species of bat including 1 endemic. Extra days can easily be added for further exploration of either area.

Lake Tengano in the eastern part of Rennell was the former lagoon of the atoll and has many islands. Mt Austen on Gudalacanal is quite easy to cover along the roads and is well worth more than a single visit.

Difficulty

There are no long steep hikes on this tour. On Guadalcanal most of the birding is done from the roadsides. On Rennell there are a number of logging tracks running into the forest patches, but the surface of these tracks, and the forest floor, is uneven coral rag which can make walking difficult at times.

This tour involves flights in small planes.

Included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
  • Transfers for duration of tour
  • Guide services of the tour leader
  • Site fees

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic & International)
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature

Day 1 - Arrive Honiara

Fly Brisbane to Honiara.

Day 2 - Fly to Rennell

Take the early plane over to Rennell. Check into guest house and head out to explore the local forest patches looking for the Rennell endemics.

Day 3 - Exploring Rennell

Full day exploring Rennell.

Day 4 - Fly to Honiara

Fly back to Honiara. Spend the balance of the day birding the Honiara environs including the Betikama Wetlands.

Day 5 - Mt Austen

Take an early morning guided bird tour up Mt Austen just outside Honiara to look for Buff-headed Coucal, Yellowbibbed Lory, Guadalcanal Boobook, Ultramarine Kingfisher, Brown-winged Starling and White-billed Crow. Later return to Honiara and where a visit can be made to the Botanic Gardens for Duchess Lorikeet and Black-headed Myzomela.

Day 6 - Honiara birding before onward flights

Fly back to Australia.

Extensions to this tour can include:

• A few days at Lake Tegano in East Rennell
• An extra days guided birding on Mt Austen
• Visits to the war sites around Honiara