Western Pacific Ocean is dotted with numerous archipelagos including
those of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New
It may be surprising
for some that rugged volcanic islands dominate these countries.
Mossy montane forests dominate the higher altitudes with humid
tropical forest in the lowlands. Of course these scenic surroundings
wouldn’t be complete without palm-fringed sandy beaches
and superb coral reefs offshore.
During a long period
of isolation these archipelagoes have evolved a highly endemic
avifauna of many colourful and interesting birds including an
endemic family, represented by the Kagu.
We will be delighted
by the diversity of species, ranging from the soaring Solomon’s
Sea-Eagle to the tiny Pygmy-Parrots.
Coastal waters support a good variety of seabirds including the
rare Heinroth’s Shearwater.
On these island’s,
located west of Fiji, we were welcomed by the extremely friendly
Some of the endemic
birds we expect to find here are the forest-dwelling Chestnut-bellied
Kingfisher, the grass-green Tanna Fruit-Dove
amongst the fruit bearing trees, the forest-dwelling New
Hebrides Honeyeater with it’s rich and varied song
and the strangely behaved Vanuatu Scrubfowl.
We have created an
excellent itinerary that will provide us the opportunity to see
as many of the endemic species as possible in the amount of time
we have allowed. For a detailed itinerary, bird list and more
information please contact us.