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Birdwatching in the Philippines

Birdwatching in the Philippines. (Photo courtesy Philippines Department of Tourism)




Birdwatching Tours of the Philippines

Birdwatching in the Philippines.


Our Philippines Birding Itineraries


Please note number of days indicated is a guide only, and may change depending on your arrival and departure dates


Calamian islands Resort with Birding Guide

This holiday is based in a Busuanga island resort. There is no minimum stay, and you will have the attention of a local birding guide. Please request.


Birding - South Luzon - 4 Days


Birding - North Luzon - 4 Days


Birding - Palawan - 4 Days


Birding - Davao, Cagayan de Oro, & Mt. Kitanglad - 6 Days


Birding - Bohol & Cebu - 7 Days


Birding - South & North Luzon - 8 Days


Birding - South Luzon & Palawan - 8 Days


Birding - North Luzon & Palawan - 8 Days


Birding - South Luzon, Bohol, & Cebu - 10 Days


Birding - North Luzon, Bohol, & Cebu - 10 Days


Birding - South Luzon, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, & Mt. Kitanglad - 10 Days


Birding - North Luzon, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, & Mt. Kitanglad - 10 Days


Birding - Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, & Mt. Kitanglad - 11 Days


Birding - South Luzon, North Luzon, & Palawan - 12 Days


Birding - Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Mt. Kitanglad, & Palawan - 14 Days


Birding - Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Mt. Kitanglad, Palawan, & North Luzon - 17 Days


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Birdwatching Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Mt. Kitanglad, Palawan & North Luzon

- 17 Days


Philippines BirdwatchingN.B. This is a Private Bird Watching itinerary, and as such, is flexible, and may be taken at a time to suit you. Local Guides are employed for each section.


ITINERARY


Day 1 - Manila

Arrival. Airport Meet & Greet and Transfer to Hotel.


Day 2 - Bohol - Raja Silatuna Park

Pick up Hotel. Transfer to Airport for flight to Tagbilaran, Bohol.

Arrive Tagbilaran. Transfer to Bee Farm. Lunch. Afternoon Birding at Raja Silatuna Park

Some bird species often found in Rajah Sikatuna National Park are the following: Silvery kingfisher, Rufous-lored kingfisher, Philippine Hawk-Owl, Philippine Frogmouth, Philippine Trogon, Brush Cuckoo, Black-faced Coucal, Philippine Nightjar, Philippine Coucal, Large-billed Crow, Pygmy Swiftlet, Spangled Drongo, Drongo Cuckoo, Nightbirds, Yellow-wattled Bulbul, and Streaked Ground-Babbler.


Day 3 - Bohol - Raja Silatuna Park

Breakfast. Continue Birding at Raja Sikatuna Park


Day 4 - Bohol

Birding, or option of snorkeling at Balicasag Island with whale and dolphin spotting cruise, inclusive of lunch


Day 5 - Cebu

Check out Accommodation. Fast Ferry to Cebu. Transfer to Accommodation. Free Time at Leisure


Day 6 - Olango Island

Bird Watching at Olango Island, Cebu

The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary has become a major tourist attraction as it is one of the seven best-known flyways in the world for migratory birds. The 920-hectare sanctuary is a haven for birds migrating from Siberia, Northern China, Japan, and other parts of northern Asia during the winter months.

Some species of the migratory birds that stop at the wildlife sanctuary are considered endangered.

Among the migratory birds in the island group are Chinese egrets, Asiatic dowitchers, Eastern curlews, plovers, sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, and Red Knot.


Day 7 - Cebu to Davao

Transfer to Airport. Flight to Davao. Arrival Davao. Transfer to Accommodation. Afternoon Free Time


Day 8 - Eden Park and Philippine Eagle Centre

Full Day - Eden Park At 3,000 feet above sea level. Eden now serves as home to over 100,000 pine trees, beautiful gardens, orchards, animal sanctuaries, endemic and lowland birds and other flora and fauna thriving in their natural environment.


Day 9 - Cagayan De Oro

Check out Accommodation. Transfer to Airport. Flight to Cagayan De Oro

Arrive Cagayan. Transfer to Mt. Kitanglad Park Range. Check in Accommodation. Late Afternoon Birding

Mt Kitanglad National Park includes an extensive mountain range with about a dozen peaks, and is an important bird area and popular birdwatching site, with many threatened species, including the Philippine Eagle.

We search for Mindanao specialties including Apo Sunbird, McGregor’s Cuckooshrike, and the Mindanao Raquet-tail.


Day 10 - Mt. Kitanglad

Mt. Kitanglad - Full Day

Searching for one of the world’s rarest raptors, the monstrous Monkey-Eating Eagle, which competes with South America’s Harpy for position as the world’s largest eagle.

There are plenty of other great birds at Kitanglad, like Blue-capped Wood-Kingfisher, Rufous-headed Tailorbird, Black-and-Cinnamon Fantail, Cinnamon Ibon, and Apo Myna.

Nights will be spent camping and birding on the mountain where there will be time to search for Giant Scops Owl and the recently described Bukidnon Woodcock.


Day 11 - Palawan

Transfer to Airport for Flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Arrive Puerto Princesa. Check in Accommodation - Bambua Nature Park Resort


Day 12 - St. Paul's National Park, Palawan.

In the beautiful untouched forest within the park we will expect to find most of Palawan's endemics.

Species hopefully including the spectacular Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Blue Paradise-Flycatcher, Palawan Tit, Palawan Hornbill, Sulphur-bellied Bulbul, and Palawan Blue Flycatcher. Others may require more work, like the dazzling Palawan Peacock-Pheasant and Falcated Ground-Babbler.


Day 13 - Rasa Island and Balsahan Trail

Rasa Island is now the most reliable site in the Philippines for the endangered Philippine Cockatoo. The Balsahan trail is where we will have further chances to see some of the specialties like Palawan Flowerpecker, Yellow-throated Leafbird, and Melodious Babbler, an endemic that is absent from St Paul’s. Later in the day we drive to Narra where we will board a boat to the tiny island of Rasa. A small population of the critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo still comes to roost here from the mainland in late afternoon.


Day 14 - Return to Manila

Check out Accommodation. Transfer to Airport. Flight back to Manila. Transfer to Hotel.


Day 15 - Candaba Marsh, Luzon

Travel to Subic via Candaba Marsh. Birding at Candaba. Continue journey to Subic. Arrive Subic Check in Accommodation

We search for Luzon specialties like Green Raquet-tail, White-lored Oriole, and other more widespread endemics like Philippine Falconet and Philippine Pygmy-Woodpecker. In addition to birding the forest, we will visit some wetlands loaded with waterbirds like the rare Philippine Duck, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Yellow & Cinnamon Bitterns, and Barred and Buff-banded Rails.


Day 16 - Subic, Luzon

Continue birding at Subic and Surrounding Areas


Day 17 - Subic, Luzon

Continue birding at Subic and Surrounding Areas. Return to Manila


END OF TOUR


INCLUSIONS:


16 Nights Accommodation

All Meals and Drinks (during meal, non alcoholic)

Transfers

Domestic Flights & Ferries

All Land Transportation - Private AC Vehicle

Local Guides, Local Tax, Service Charge and Environmental Fee


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