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Fiji

Birding, Natural History, and Culture

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We’re excited to offer a tour of the beautiful country of Fiji in 2020. Fiji is an isolated archipelago in the Pacific Ocean that in many ways fits the definition of a tropical island paradise. But beyond the resorts, Fiji has a less-traveled wild side. Its forests are filled with outstanding birds and small reptiles, many of which are endemic to Fiji or unique to the West Pacific. Fiji’s vibrant coral reefs teem with countless species of colorful fish and invertebrates, offering excellent opportunities for snorkeling fun.


Our goal on this tour is to create wonderful opportunities for you to learn about and experience the natural history of Fiji— its birds, wildlife, ecology, and geology— as well as its native culture.


We’ll visit three of Fiji’s largest islands: Viti Levu, Kadavu, and Taveuni. Our adventure across the islands will be a fun mixture of birding, snorkeling, experiencing Fijian culture, and some time to relax and enjoy the tranquility of nature.


There are three dozen bird species found in Fiji and nowhere else. We have good chances of seeing most of them on this tour. Birds we’ll be looking for include multiple species of fruit dove, shining parrot, and wattled honeyeater. Each island we’ll visit has a different combination of endemic species. Examples of birds we’re sure to see include the charming Orange-breasted Myzomela, Peale’s Imperial Pigeon, and one of the islands’ top predators: the Fiji Goshawk.


The people of Fiji are famously friendly and down-to-earth. We’ll have opportunities on our journey to meet locals and learn about Fiji’s culture, both past and present. The Kava Ceremony is central to life in Fiji and we’ll have a chance to participate in this fascinating ritual with native Fijians.


Fiji is a special place in our hearts and we can’t wait to share its natural and cultural wonders with you!

Tour Highlights

 Searching for Fiji's beautiful endemic birds, such as the Golden Dove and Masked Shining-Parrot.

 Snorkeling on the fabulous Great Astrolabe Reef off the island of Kadavu.

 Taking an extended tour by canoe up the Navua River.

 Walking through a mangrove forest to look for birds and other wildlife.

 Participating in an authentic Kava Ceremony with native Fijians.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 and 2

Arrive in Fiji and, after one night on the main island near Nadi Airport, fly to Kadavu Island to the south. Enjoy the birds and scenery of our resort on Kadavu.


Day 3 and 4

We have two full days to enjoy the wild side of Kadavu. Options include searching for the island's endemic birds, snorkeling on the local reef, kayaking, and simply relaxing.


Day 5

We transfer back to Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island, where we'll be exploring for the next few days. We arrive in Suva and do some local birding in the forest and along the shore.


Day 6

Early morning birding in the forest, followed by a visit to a remote village for a traditional lovo feast and Kava Ceremony.


Day 7

Heading west from Suva, we spend most of this day on an exciting canoe tour up the Navua River. We'll be birding and enjoying the sights, such as waterfalls.


Day 8

Birding in the Sigatoka Dunes National Park, followed by fun in the sun on a beautiful white sand beach.


Day 9

Fly north to Taveuni Island, where we'll spend the remainder of our adventure. Do some light birding around the grounds of our resort in the afternoon.


Day 10

A big birding outing to the eastern side of Taveuni, where we'll look for endemics such as the Orange Dove.


Day 11

On our last full day, we have options for exciting snorkeling, local birding, or just soaking up the beauty of Fiji.


Day 12

Fly back to Viti Levu and say our goodbyes as we catch flights home from Nadi.


PRICE of TOUR: $4,295

START DATE: Nov 5, 2020

DURATION: 12 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 10

TRIP FOCUS: Birding, Snorkeling, and Culture




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees
  • Guiding services


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YOUR GUIDES

Ivan Phillipsen, Co-owner of Wild Latitudes, is a passionate naturalist with a background in scientific research. He holds an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in zoology. Natural history is Ivan’s true passion and what he is most excited to teach to others. Although he is fascinated by just about every aspect of nature, Ivan is particularly fond of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, and geology. Everything is interconnected in nature and Ivan takes a holistic approach when teaching about the natural world.


A true lover of the natural world, Steve Robertson has been a student of nature his entire life. First, as a little boy, who caught every creature he could for the mini zoo he kept in the garage, then later as an adult, leading scientific research expeditions into some of the most remote regions of the world, searching for rare species in such places as Tasmania, Madagascar and the upper Amazon Basin. With degrees in Wildlife Biology, advanced biology & education, Steve has worked in the field of Environmental Education for over 30 years. From 1998 to 2017, he served as the Education Director for the Audubon Society of Portland, creating a number of innovative programs including International Ecotours, a program that has won hundreds of accolades from around the country. During his time with Audubon, Steve personally designed and led Ecotours to over 20 countries, spanning six continents.




If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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