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Get your binoculars ready for a small group adventure tour to Mauna Kea Forest Preserve for fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Visit both rainforest and dry forest habitats for a great introduction to Hawaii's wide variety of bird species, with guidance from an expert local guide and bird enthusiast.

Description:

Puu Oo Trail is a historic cattle drive route located at the 6,000 foot (1800 meters) level of Saddle Road on Mauna Loa's northeastern flank. This is the windward side of the island and is often cloaked in misty clouds. It is enchanting to be serenaded by the forest birds as you cross three to four miles (5-6 km) of lava trail. At the Humuula hunter check-in station just off Saddle Road, you'll go into the Kaohe Game Management Area and four-wheel up to nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) on the western side of Mauna Kea.

Some of the avifauna you may spot along the way are iiwi, apapane, amakihi, omao, elepaio, and the elusive akiapolaau, with its unique multipurpose beak. In the dryforest, the track leads to a locked gate that is the entrance to the Mauna Kea Forest Preserve. Here, you'll have the opportunity to disembark from the van and take in the spectacular views. Then get down to some serious bird watching on foot in the mamane-naio forest.

You'll particularly focus on sighting the critically threatened palila, which feeds almost entirely on the green pods of the mamane tree. There are two other endemics of note to be found here: the Hawaii amakihi, and the local species of the Hawaii elepaio (noted for the white feathering on its head).



Highlights:

    Location: Big Island of Hawaii, United States of America

    Duration: 12 hours

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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    Additional Information


      Operates: Monday to Friday


      Departure Point:
      Tour departs from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, or Waikoloa Kings Shops

      Departure Time: 6:30am - Queen Kaahumanu Highway 7:10am - Waikoloa Kings Shops

      Return Details:
      Returns to original departure point

    • Inclusions:
      • Guide
      • Binoculars
      • Bottled water
      • Raingear, day packs and walking sticks
      • Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages
      • Local taxes

    • Exclusions:
      • Gratuities (optional)
      • Hotel pickup and drop off

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
      • Guests should wear sturdy closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and bring a light jacket
      • This tour has a maximum of 10 passengers per van
      • This tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full. It will be necessary for you to call 48 hours prior to your departure date to reconfirm (contact details provided on your confirmation voucher).
      • Not recommended for child aged 7 and under
      • Adult pricing applies to all travelers


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