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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 South Luzon, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, & Mt. Kitanglad

- 10 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.


Day 1 - Manila

Arrival. Airport Meet & Greet and Transfer to Hotel.

Birds of the PhilippinesDay 2 - Villa Escudero

Pick up Hotel Lobby. Early Morning Start. Travel South of Manila to Villa Escudero. Afternoon Birding.

In Villa Escudero you can see the Common Koel, Philippine and Lesser Coucals, Grassbirds, Philippine Scops Owl, Sunbirds and Flowerpeckers, water birds among others. You can also see the Indigo-banded Kingfisher and if lucky enough see the Spotted-wood Kingfisher. You can also go to nearby places in Villa Escudero for birding like Bangkong Kahoy Valley about 30 minutes drive up from Villa Escudero. Here you can see Blue-headed Fantails, Citrine Canary Flycatcher and if lucky enough the Ashy Ground Thrush a

mongst others.

Overnight at Villa Escudero

Birdwatching, PhilippinesDay 3 - Villa Escudero

Continue Birding at Villa Escudero and Surrounds

Overnight at Villa Escudero

Day 4 - Mt Makiling

Early Morning Start. Travel to Mt. Makiling. Mt. Makiling Birding and Surrounding Campus.

Birding in the PhilippinesMount Makiling is a forest area that hosts a remarkable number of Philippine endemic bird species. Some of the best-looking birds in the Philippines can be found on the flanks of this mountain, that borders the chilled-out university at Makiling.

The campus itself holds some special birds, like the Luzon endemic Spotted Buttonquail. Others include the crazy-looking Scale-feathered and Red-crested Malkohas. Other great looking birds there include the well-named Luzon Bleeding-heart and Ashy Ground-Thrush.

Late Afternoon Return to Manila

Day 5 - Manila to Davao

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

Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - Mt. Kitanglad

Continue Birding at Mt. Kitanglad

Day 10 - Return to Manila

Check out accommodation. Return Flight to Manila.



9 Nights Accommodation

All Meals and Drinks (during meal, non alcoholic)


Domestic Flights

All Land Transportation - Private AC Vehicle

Local Guides, Local Tax, Service Charge and Environmental Fee

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