Fiji is a group of islands in the South Pacific and forms part of Melanesia. The island group is found some 2,000 kilometres to the North East of New Zealand and consists of over 300 islands, of which a third are inhabited. The population is around 900,000 and the Fijians are known to be some of the friendliest people on earth. The three larger islands of Viti Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu host the majority of the endemic bird species found in the island group. Each island has its own menagerie of exciting endemics and near-endemics.
Among mist-draped montane forests one will be treated to such spectacular surprises as Orange Fruit Dove (an almost unbelievable colour!), the enigmatic Silktail, Azure-crested (Blue-crested) Flycatcher (a real humdinger!) and a plethora of other attractive endemics including Fiji Goshawk, Golden and Whistling (Velvet) Fruit Doves, Tongan (Friendly) Ground Dove, Barking (Peale’s) Imperial Pigeon, Collared Lory, Maroon (Red) Shining and Masked Shining Parrots, Polynesian Triller, Fiji Bush Warbler, Slaty Monarch, Vanikoro Flycatcher, Fiji Shrikebill, Fiji Whistler, Fiji (Layard’s) White-eye, Sulphur-breasted (Orange-breasted) Myzomela, Wattled Honeyeater, the spectacular sounding Giant Honeyeater, Fiji Woodswallow, and the handsome red-headed Fiji Parrotfinch. We will also seek out some of Fiji’s most elusive and least-known species including Long-legged Thicketbird (Warbler), Black-throated Shrikebill and Pink-billed Parrotfinch. Of the 149 species to be observed, 27 are endemic to Fiji!
If weather and sea conditions permit, its suggested totake a pelagic trip out of Taveuni where one might encounter various seabirds including Tahiti Petrel and, with a great deal of luck, perhaps Murphy’s, Kermadec and/or Trinidade (Herald) Petrels.
Fiji is also known for its balmy, sun bleached beaches and snorkeling and diving is superb.
The only mammals native to Fiji are bat species, including Flying Fox, and marine mammals.
Fiji does have a variety of herpetofauna including multiple species of Iguanas, Skinks, and Geckos.
Fiji is surrounded by fabulous coral reefs that are excellent for snorkeling and diving
Birding tours in the Southwest Pacific Islands: New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa with Rockjumper
April-November is the most optimal time to observe the most species