12 hrs
Minimum Age
Big Island

Hakalua Forest Reserve Exclusive Adventure

Our Hakalau birdwatching adventure is run in one of our 4WD Short Wheel Base Mercedes Sprinters.

These vehicles are perfect for our birdwatching tours as they are designed for smaller, more intimate groups (9 passengers max) and deliver a rugged build that allows access to those off-the-beaten-path locations. Riding in style with our best in class field guides to a restricted access nature preserve, you’ll experience a truly unique Hawaii Island adventure.

Highlights include:

  • Gain entry into a restricted-access National Wildlife Refuge
  • Discover rare native plants and animals, including carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders
  • Search for native & endangered birds including Amakihi, Apapane, Elepaio, Akepa, Akiapolaau, and Iiwi
  • Our interpretive guides are expert bird trackers
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Departures are dependent on the availability of restricted-access permits. Tour time is 11 – 12 hours round trip, departing from Queen’s Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort, and Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

73-5593 A Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
WHATS INCLUDED Continental breakfast with 100% Kona coffee and hot tea. Deli-style lunch with assorted beverages.

Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, and rain jackets.

  • Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation.
  • Private tours: Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours notice of cancellation.

Cancellations within the cancellation period and “no-shows” will be charged the FULL AMOUNT of the tour.

Hakalua Forest Reserve Exclusive Adventure
Per Person 8+

This adventure is operated by Hawaii Forest & Trail

  1. How much hiking do we do? Expect to cover approximately 2 to 4 miles in 4 hours
  2. Is there elevation gain? Over the course of the hike, the elevation change is approximately 650’
  3. What is the difference in the birds seen on Hakalau vs. Rainforest & Dryforest? The Akepa and Hawaii Creeper are found on our tour through Hakalau, while the Palila is found on the Rainforest & Dryforest Adventure. Akiapolaau can be found on both adventures, though is more dependably seen on Rain/Dry
  4. Is it possible to use a spotting scope? Due to the behavior of Hawaii’s endemic birds, the use of a spotting scope can be challenging. If you feel up to the test, we do encourage you to bring your own birdwatching gear. We do provide binoculars on the tour for guest use
  5. Is it possible to get photos of the birds? Typically, there are many opportunities for a determined photographer to photograph birds along the way