Christmas Island – Bird & Nature Week 2022

Join our team of dedicated researchers and natural history experts for a week-long immersion in Christmas Island’s birds and wildlife with daily activities such as banding the Christmas Island goshawk, monitoring brown boobies, and spotting and identifying the island’s many species of crabs.

AT A GLANCE

Dates30 August–6 September 2022
Activity levelModerate
Duration7 days, 7 nights
PricesFrom $3,620 per person twin share
Single supplements on request
Group sizeMinimum 10, maximum 30 guests
Featuring regionsChristmas Island, Indian Ocean

WHAT TO EXPECT

Explore the unique birdlife on Christmas Island! The annual Christmas Island Bird & Nature Week offers bird lovers the opportunity to get up close and personal to nature and all Christmas Island has to offer. Experienced guides, working on research and specialising in birds, help bring guests and the unique fauna and flora of Christmas Island closer together.

Bird & Nature Week guests are also offered the option to extend their stay in Australia’s Indian Ocean islands and participate in the Cocos (Keeling) Island add-on, which is all-inclusive.

Bird & Nature Week – Trip Highlights

  • Actively participate in citizen science working alongside scientists as they band birds including the Christmas Island goshawk, monitor brown boobies, and collect data – all in a safe, low-impact and educational atmosphere.
  • Capped numbers for the event keep the group manageable and the experience intimate for guests. Enjoy small group sizes to rotate through the different activities each day.
  • Expert guides to manage varying abilities throughout the program for safety and comfort.
  • Plenty of opportunities for spotting and identifying the island’s many species of crabs.
  • Take part in nightly presentations offering comprehensive information about conservation projects on and off the island, and topics relevant to the program.

ITINERARY

30 August: Arrival

Guest arrival and evening welcome dinner

Overnight: The Sunset, ocean view room

Dinner provided.

31 August: Welcome to Christmas Island

Morning: Welcome tour

Afternoon: Christmas Island National Park Conservation Programs

Overnight: The Sunset, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

1 September: Bosuns and Boobies

Day tour: Bosuns and boobies

Evening talk: The ecology of Christmas Island

Overnight: The Sunset, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

2 September: Naturalist Tour

Day tour: Naturalist tour

Evening talk: Threatended species

Overnight: The Sunset, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

3 September: Goshawk Banding

Day tour: Goshawk banding

Evening talk: Cat control and eradication

Overnight: The Sunset, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

4 September: Abbott’s Boobies

Day tour: Tracking Abbott’s boobies at sea

Evening talk: Tracking boobies and frigatebirds

Overnight: The Sunset, ocean view room

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

5 September: Dolly Beach and RAMSAR Wetlands

Day tour: Dolly Beach and Hosnies Springs (RAMSAR Wetland) walking tour

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

6 September: Departure or optional extension to Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Free time: Relax, shop, enjoy the township.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER to participants of Bird & Nature Week 2022: Choose to extend your trip and discover the pristine turquoise waters surrounding the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. With spectacular corals and beautiful marine life, there are lots of water-based activities included on your itinerary to experience Cocos Island.

Read more here to find out more about this exciting Cocos (Keeling) Islands add-on itinerary and enjoy your time on these stunning islands!

Breakfast provided.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Return airfares ex-Perth with Virgin
  • 7 nights accommodation at The Sunset, Ocean View room
  • Return airport transfers
  • 5 days guided touring
  • Daily breakfast, dinner
  • 6 x lunches
  • Applicable taxes.

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Domestic or international airfares other than specified
  • Pre- or post-tour accommodation
  • Guide services other than specified
  • Meals/beverages other than specified
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Optional tours/services.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 3 nights add-on package

Discover the pristine turquoise waters surrounding the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. With spectacular corals and beautiful marine life, there are lots of water-based activities included on your itinerary to experience Cocos Island.

Contact us to find out more about this exciting add on itinerary and enjoy your time on these stunning islands !

COVID-19

Until further notice: from 1st October 2021 we will require that all participants on our tours must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine against COVID-19 with the final dose administered no later than two weeks prior to departure. See terms and conditions for more details.

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