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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 & Palawan

- 8 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 - Palawan

Check out accommodation. Transfer to Airport. Flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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

Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - Return to Manila

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



7 Nights Accommodation

All Meals and Drinks (during meal, non alcoholic)


Internal Flights - Manila - Palawan - Manila

All Land Transportation - Private AC Vehicle

Local Guides, Local Tax, Service Charge and Environmental Fee

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