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Discover Maui’s Diverse & Unique Birdlife

Join us inside Haleakala National Park for this exclusive tour for all the birders, bird lovers, and other wildlife enthusiasts. This tour is perfect for those who want to discover Maui’s unique species and hopefully add a few “lifers” to their eBird list, as well as for anyone who wants to enjoy being outdoors, learn about Maui’s birds and visit the various ecosystems in which they thrive. A checklist will be provided for all birds living on Maui, including their Hawaiian names, and you can borrow our binoculars if you didn’t bring your own. Birding in Hawaii doesn’t get any better than this!

Trip Details

Price

  • $845 for 1-2 pax
  • $185 per additional passenger

Included

  • Entrance fees to Haleakala National Park ($15pp)
  • Water, juices & soda, hot beverages, snacks
  • Rain ponchos/umbrellas
  • Hiking poles
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Eco-friendly insect repellent

Departure time

8 am


Meeting point

  • We’ll pick you up from your hotel, cruise ship harbor, airport, or meet you at a park & ride
  • Ask for details/select your pick-up option in the booking form
  • Pick-up fee applies for West side locations

Season availability

Our birding tours are available all year round!


Weekly availability

Monday to Friday


Duration

8 hours


Group size

1-8 people


What to bring

  • Layered & warm clothes
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Your own binoculars or scope
  • Phone/camera

Highlights

Find our endemic honeycreepers—I’iwi, Apapane, Amakihi, and Alauahio—at Hosmer's Grove Nature Trail

Drive up to the 10,023 summit Pu'u 'ula'ula or the Red Hill observation point

Walk around the native and alien-looking silversword endemic plants

Catch sightings of native Hawaiian birds such as the Nene, Pueo, & Chukar

Find endemic birds on the beautiful Hosmer's Grove Nature Trail

Pay a visit to the Kealia National Wildlife Refuge for shore birds and migrants

Discover more exotic species on the scenic Kamehameha Golf Course

What You'll Do

On this tour, we start with visiting the summit of Haleakala National Park in search of the endemic Pueo (Hawaiian Short-eared Owl), the Nene (Hawaiian Goose), and the Chukar. We’ll make our way above the clouds and marvel at the amazing views into the “crater.”

At Hosmer’s Grove, we spend a while looking at our endemic ‘Apapane, ‘I’iwi, ‘Amakihi, and if we’re lucky the ‘Alauahio (Maui Creeper), as well as other non-native birds that live in the park, such as the Red-Billed Leiothrix, the Chinese Hwamei, the Ring-Necked Pheasant, and the European Skylark.

After a picnic lunch in the park, we head to the Kealia National Wildlife Refuge to find shorebirds and migrants. Local residents include the Black-crown Night Heron, Hawaiian Coots, the elegant Hawaiian Stilts, and various species of ducks. Depending on the season and our luck, we might find Kolea (Pacific Golden Plover) Wandering Tattlers, White-faced Ibis, Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Shovelers, and others.

We finish our Hawaiian birding tour with a drive through the most beautiful and scenic golf course on the island where we usually find a few more species of native birds like the Kolea (Pacific Golden Plovers) and more Nene, as well as exotic species like Java Finches, Red-crested Cardinals, Northern Cardinals, Chestnut Munias, Rey Francolins, and sometimes even Northern Mockingbirds. If you prefer to spend more time with our endemic honeycreepers in the National Park, we can modify the itinerary and skip the wetlands and/or golf course.

We will provide a checklist so you can keep track of your progress. On any given day, we can find a total of between 18 and 32 species–although this would include the ubiquitous Common Mynah and Cattle Egret!

Enjoy complimentary juices, fruits, snacks, and a full picnic lunch while learning about the ecology, history, myths, and legends of Maui.

All levels of birding enthusiasm welcome–from hardcore listers to first-timers!

Important Details

  • Binocular use is available at no extra charge. Hiking poles are available.
  • Please note: It is extremely important to ensure that all shoes and gear are free of potential debris from the Big Island & Kauai in attempts to help stop the spread of the rapid Ohia death fungus that is killing Ohia Lehua trees.
  • Due to the fact our native honeycreepers have been decimated by avian malaria, we have to drive to 7,000 ft elevation to find them. We also drive to the summit of Haleakala for a chance at finding Nene, Pueo, and Chukars (and breathtaking views too!) We do our best to spend as much time as possible at the viewing spots, however, be aware that we have to do a fair amount of driving on this tour.
  • Temperatures at Haleakala can be 20-40 degrees cooler than sea level, and the weather is unpredictable, so we recommend bringing a rain jacket and a hoodie.

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group of birdwatchers use binoculars to look for birds on Maui
guests take photos of stunning ocean view by the rocks