Remote but accessible from Sydney, Auckland and LAX, this tour combines a world-leading ornithologist; rare, glorious and delightful birds; and South Pacific island magic by way of the habitat and the people.
Just over a week's tour in the Cook Islands is enough time to see six island endemics and two regional endemics plus snorkeling, relaxing, botany and culture. Internal airfares are inclusive and we will visit four islands starting from Rarotonga on Avarua and flying to Mangaia, Aitutaki and Atiu.
Each island is unique. Our meeting and acclimatising point Rarotonga on Avarua Island is the most populous yet still stunning with its sapphire-blue lagoon trimmed with sparkling white beaches and thundering breakers beyond on the reef. The brooding peaks dominate from every angle and this is where the lush forest houses our target species: Rarotonga Starling and Cook Islands Fruit-Dove.
After a couple of days enjoying island culture Dion will join us as we fly to Mangaia, the most remote, and perhaps the most heart-warming of the outer islands. Rarotonga Reed-Warbler abound here and the locals call this favourite bird the "island canary". The singing will follow us as we travel the swamps in the centre of the island looking for the much-harder-to-find Mangaia Kingfisher. Two nights here give plenty of time for our quest, plus we have our own cook!
Aitutaki has the world's most beautiful Lagoon and the flight in and out will floor you, as will the sweet Blue Lorikeet.
Finally Atiu is environmentally the most impressive with almost all Black Rats eliminated as well as the Common Myna. An inspiring beautiful island, and very civilised. The endemic Atiu Swiftlet and Cook Island Fruit-Dove complement the regionally endemic Chattering Kingfisher, the dazzling Kuhl's Lorikeet and Rarotonga Flycatcher.
The Cook Islands has friendly people, laid-back island tempo, good infrastructure and relatively easy endemic and regional endemic birding
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Contact us for an Itinerary. We are happy to discuss with you the easy access with Virgin and Air New Zealand to Rarotonga.
$AU6880.00 per person Twin Share/Double subject to internal airline price rises (excludes airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands)
Note: includes internal airfares to 3 other islands
$AU340.00 Single Supplement
Please phone or email Follow That Bird to check if seats are available then fill in the booking form and mail with the deposit or full payment to Follow That Bird, 3/59 Central Road, Avalon, NSW 2107. Your place on the tour is not guaranteed until we receive the payment.
Follow That Bird aims to provide a high standard of interpretive guiding on each trip to make your birdwatching holiday a special one. With small groups, attention to personal service and lots of good fun, we're sure you will enjoy your time with us.
If you have any unanswered questions, please phone or email Follow That Bird