Endangered Native Habitats

Formerly known as Rainforest and Dryforest Birdwatching Adventure, we have updated the name to reflect the special opportunity we offer our guests by entering these rare native eco-systems. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will delight in exploring two exceptional habitats revealing the evolutionary epic of Hawaiian biology and observing native flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.


  • Exploration of a cloudmist forest on Maunaloa and a sub-alpine dryforest on Maunakea
  • Visit the last wild Palila habitat in search of this rare & endangered bird
  • Hike in native forest amongst unique endangered plants animals, and insects
  • Discover the jewels of our forest including Amakihi, Iiwi, Elepaio, Apapane, and our endangered Akiapolaau

Important Information

Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.


  • Continental breakfast including fresh local fruit, baked goods, 100% Kona coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Deli-style lunch, with assorted beverages.
  • Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos.

What to Bring & Wear: Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots, long pants, and a light rain jacket

Additional Information

Morning trips depart weekdays only (except holidays). 11 - 12 hours round trip, departs from  Queen's Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the junction of Highway 19 and Waikoloa Road and Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Cancellation Policy

  • Guests will receive a full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation.
  • Private tours: Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours notice of cancellation.

Cancellations within the cancellation period and “no-shows” will be charged the FULL AMOUNT of the tour.

from $209 Add to activity notebook

Price may vary depending on the date you select
Kailua-Kona, Big Island