If you went on a birding trip to Melanesia, where would you be?  Any guesses?

Melanesia extends from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji. The region includes the four countries of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Now you know.

Each of these island groups has their own history and reputation.  Vanuatu is perhaps the least know of the group. It is also known as the New Hebrides and includes New Caledonia.

Fiji is known for its beautiful beaches and Papua New Guinea for its famous Birds-of-Paradise.

The Solomon Islands are best known to many from World War II and the Battle of Guadalcanal, one of the islands in the Solomon island chain.

All of these distant islands can be difficult to reach and are seldom visited by birders.  Rockjumper Birding Tours is one of the few companies that regularly provides birding and nature tours to the area. In October of 2017 they are offering tours to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.  These are great trips that provide birders with the opportunity to see birds found no where else in the world.

Blyths Hornbill

Blyths Hornbill. © Markus Lilje

Their Secrets of Melanesia 2017 expedition features birding, wildlife and cultural tours as it takes birders into a world that few have ever experienced, including visiting idyllic islands and isolated villages.

Ducorp's or Solomons Cockatoo

Ducorp’s or Solomons Cockatoo

Commencing in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, the tour sets sail to discover the beauty of the outer Solomon Islands. Birders can relax as their ship glides into secluded bays. The trip extends into Vanuatu where birders will search for several endemic bird species.

In addition, the waters of the Solomon Islands provide some of the greatest diving in the world. The trip offers various opportunities for participants to snorkel and appreciate the beauty beneath the waves. An optional scuba-diving program includes an opportunity to explore wrecks from World War II.

This would certainly qualify as a trip of lifetime.

Rockjumper Birding Tours

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