Birds and Wildlife of Oahu Tour in Kapolei, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail"Hotel Pick-up Only"Kapolei, HI 96707
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Wildlife fans will have the time of their lives on the Birds and Wildlife of Oahu tour. Follow expert birding guides to discover native and exotic wildlife species on a private access forest reserve, beaches, wetlands, and other natural areas of the island. Along the way, keep an eye out for the Hawaiian Monk Seal, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, and other endangered island species.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kapolei Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 10 hours long.
  • Appropriate for all ages.
  • Breakfast, snacks, and water are included.
  • Tour groups max out at 12 people.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Waikiki area hotels are included.


from Birds and Wildlife of Oahu
Take advantage of this tour’s exclusive access to private lands while expert birding guides show you the wildlife of Oahu. Begin your birding expedition at the coast to orient you with the district's cultural and natural history. Then track native and exotic species that can’t be found anywhere else in North America on a private access forest reserve high in the Waianae Mountains. Here, you will be able to visit one of the last habitats of the Oahu Elepaio.

Enjoy lunch from a scenic view point as your knowledgeable guide shares the history and present state of unique Hawaiian birds. After lunch you will cruise through some of the best sighting spots to see the endangered sea wildlife and coastal birds.

The founder of this company is an avid birder, interpretive guide and the premier bird guide in the Hawaiian Islands. This organization is dedicated to creating bird experiences that are rich, unique and authentic to the places you visit. A dollar from every booking goes to our Iiwi Fund, which benefits the birds and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands.

• Access private land that is exclusive to Hawaii Forest & Trail to visit one of the last habitats of the Oahu Elepaio.
• Bird from high elevation to sea level to see a wide range of species and habitats.
• During certain times of the year, we'll take advantage of opportunities to find seasonal visitors such as the Laysan Albatross, Pacific Golden Plover, and Bristle-Thighed Curlew.
• Along the coast, we'll also keep an eye out for rare sea life, including the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.

Schedule: Tours depart daily from all Koolina resorts and select Waikiki locations. Duration: 10 hours

Rated: Easy to moderate; short walks varying in length from .5 mile to 1.5 miles

Included in the Tour: All entry fees, breakfast & lunch (deli sandwich), day-packs, binoculars, rain gear, walking staffs, and water.

Breakfast: Coffee & Tea with locally made poi banana bread
Lunch: Your choice of deli fresh sandwiches. (Turkey, Tuna, Italian Sub, Veggie Hummus Wrap)

Group Size: Tour limited to 12 guests

What to bring & wear: Closed toes comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket

Restrictions: Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances on uneven and rocky terrain.

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Peter M
Budgewoi, Australia
"Hilo volcano Discovery Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
We booked the Volcano Discovery Tour with Forest and Trail because we had 2 kids with us - 11 and 9 - and we wanted something that was not too long and involved getting the kids involved but at the same time did not mean being involved in a large group.. Forest and Trail were prompt in answering our questions and we felt they met our needs. On arrival, we found Brett, our guide at the airport and he advised that the other couple had pulled out so we were his exclusive guide for the whole day! He was great, easy going and very knowledgeable. He interacted well with the kids and he was able to give us the tour we wanted. The vehicle was comfortable for a 4WD - a MB Sprinter 4 x 4. It was air conditioned. The food and drinks included in our package were sandwiches which had heaps of filling in them, all healthy and filling, canned soft drinks, icy cold water and iced teas and also cake and packet chips. We made it clear that we didn't want the commercialism of the other tours on offer - we wanted something simple and direct. There was a 45 minute volcano walk and a 20 minute lava tube walk and a black sands swim included. Brett also made sure we were back in time for our return flight. The tour started at 9am and finished at 4pm. Definitely recommend Hawaii Forest and Trail. This tour was one of the shorter ones and even though the flight there and back made it a long day, it was still shorter than many of the others. The difference was in the knowledge and experience. Well worth it! Thanks Brett!
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Toronto, Canada
"Mauna Kea Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
We were told we were gonna go 14,000ft to the mountain but instead went 7,000ft on another mountain. The Guide was very nice. But the tour itself needs to improve.
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"unforgettable experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
great trip! clear skies and very informative tour guide, justin. would have been awesome if they extended the tour that includes a campfire and marshmallows.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
Excellent day checking out Volcano National Park with several walks and scenic vantage stops. Unique lava tube was impressive. Importantly the guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. Highly recommended.
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"birding the endangered species"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
Good trip. Loved the birding guide, Mark, who was Knowledgeable, Attentive and a Patient guide. He is a keeper.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Birds and Wildlife of Oahu

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 10 hours long.

Is the tour appropriate for all ages?

Does the tour have any physical restrictions?
Yes. Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances on uneven and rocky terrain for short walks varying in length (.5-1.5 miles)

Are food and beverages offered?
Yes. Your tour will include a light breakfast, as well as snacks and water.

Will I be picked up from my Waikiki area hotel?
Yes. Please refer to the instructions on your tour confirmation for scheduling tour pick-up and drop-off.

What should I wear?
Wear closed-toe comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket.

Will I need to bring my own birding binoculars?
No. Walking sticks, binoculars, raingear, and daypacks are provided.