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8-Day Jamaican Birdwatching Tour

  • Our 8-day birdwatching tour is organized with local birding experts to make sure you see all 28 of the island’s endemic bird species, including the Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Tody and many more. In addition to time on the Caribbean coast, we explore a variety of habitats, including montane and rainforest, quiet rivers and lush valleys.

    Your guide will do their best to ensure that you discover Jamaica’s unique bird species, the island’s flora including a variety of ferns, butterflies, orchids (66 endemic species) bromeliads and other unusual genera, and fauna, such as the Venus lizard. Your guided walk will include mountain trails, imbibe the local culture and take time to relax on the beach or go snorkeling.

    The package is perfect for the serious and the leisure birder and ideal for couples with a world of opportunity even for non-birding partners.

  • Day 1

    Our journey begins in Kingston, where we will arrange transfers for you upon arrival to Forres Park which will be your birding base for the first 3 nights in Jamaica. This is a nature resort/spa set within a 60-acre coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains.

    During your 3-night full board stay here, a packed breakfast and picnic lunch is included as well as a 3-course meal each evening. Your stay will be in a Superior Room with King or Queen Sized bed, jacuzzi and an uninterrupted view of the Blue Mountains.

    This bountiful plantation is quite a draw for both local birds and neotropical migrants. It’s located in the centre of the Blue Mountains where they grow the finest coffee in the world.

  • Day 2

    Transfer to the Old Mine Trail, accompanied by a local bird guide. Afterwards lunch at Forres Park followed by some relaxed birding.

  • Day 3

    Early morning departure for birding at approx. 5.30 am to Abbey Green with a local Bird Guide and packed breakfast and lunch. Return to Forres Park for dinner.

  • Day 4

    Early morning departure for birding at between 5.00-6.30 (depending on time of year) to Hardwar Gap accompanied by a local Bird Guide. From here you will be transferred through the mountains to Hotel Mockingbird Hill in the north coast’s Port Antonio with a replenishing packed lunch to sustain you. After enjoying a relaxing time in the gardens at Mocking Bird Hill there will be a 3-course evening meal at Mille Fleurs, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, after which you can retire at your leisure to your Garden View Room.

  • Day 5

    An early morning departure with packed breakfast and accompanied by a local Bird Guide to Ecclesdown, with optional trip to the Reich Falls for a cooling dip. Enjoy lunch at the village  pub on the way back before returning to the hotel to swim or relax before dinner.

  • Day 6

    A morning’s birding exploring Hotel Mocking Bird’s extensive gardens, listed as one of the best places for birdwatching in Jamaica, followed by a full breakfast on the Mille Fleurs terrace. Transfer to rafting on the Rio Grande, with rustic, traditional lunch picnic on the riverside. Opportunity to visit market and stroll in Port Antonio on the way back or be driven to Frenchman’s Cove beach.

  • Day 7

    Breakfast at Mille Fleurs, then an option to either return to Ecclesdown (starting from the south side) or go birding at New Eden. After a light lunch relax and enjoy birding in the gardens at the hotel.

  • Day 8

    Leisurely morning at the hotel with lunch, before departing for Kingston.

 

Tour Notes

Tour Duration 8 days with 7 nights including accommodation and meals as outlined in the itinerary, guides, transportation, rafting.

Entrance prices to attractions such as Reich Falls, beverages and private incidentals  such as items of a personal nature such as beverages from the bar, porterage, phone calls, or gift items are not included. We also recommend a gratuity for our local drivers and guides, which is left to your discretion.

Price List

Winter 2014

US$ 2,662.00 per person

Summer 2014

US$ 2,432.00 per person

In a Garden View Room

Optional upgrade to Superior Room:

US$ 275.00/US$ 250.00 (high/low season) per couple

 

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