Superb Pitta © Nobuo Matsamura
8. New Ireland - Nicobar Pigeon

Taste of New Guinea 8: Manus Island

A great short 7 day birdwatching trip to the island of Manus where the target bird is the beautiful Superb Pitta. While the number of other endemic species is limited and some need good weather and a trip to Tong Island, the Pitta makes the trip a must for serious birders.

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  • Tour Duration
      7 Days
    • Difficulty Level Fairly Easy
      2/8
    • Group Size Small Group
      6
    All about the Taste of New Guinea 8: Manus Island.

    A great short 7 day birdwatching trip to the island of Manus where the target bird is the beautiful Superb Pitta. While the number of other endemic species is limited and some need good weather and a trip to Tong Island, the Pitta makes the trip a must for serious birders.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • Checklist
    • Guide services of tour leader
    • Group tips & gratuities
    • Transfers once tour has started
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel insurance and other emergencies
    • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
    • Flights (Domestic & International)
    • Drinks
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Laundry
    1. Day 16 Arrive Port Moresby

      Arrive Port Moresby. Transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.

    2. Day 2 Fly Manus Island

      After breakfast return transfer to airport and fly from Port Moresby to Manus where you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. A short walk around the town may get you the Chauka or White-naped Friarbird.

    3. Day 3 Manus Island birding (1)

      Full day exploring Manus visiting the Superb Pitta sites and also looking for Meek’s Pygmy Parrot, roosting Manus Boobooks plus Black Sunbird, Chauka, Manus Pied Monarch and more.

    4. Day 4 Manus Island birding (2)

      Second day on Manus. Another chance for the Superb Pitta, There are a couple of places to visit. Alternatively a trip further inland towards Ndroia can also be  made as some species are more easily seen in this area

    5. Day 5 Manus Island birding (3)

      Third day on Manus. If the weather is good a boat trip to Tong Island should get us birds such as Ebony Myzomela, McKinlay’s Cuckoo-Dove, Island Monarchand Beach Kingfisher.

    6. Day 6 Fly back to Port Moresby

      After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly back to Port Moresby. Begin your onward journey. It is possible to complete the journey from Manus to Cairns in one day but for most onward flights you will need another overnight in Port Moresby.

    7. Day 7 Onward flights home

      After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly out of PNG.

    This is not a difficult tour. There are no long hikes or journeys along bumpy roads. However, some of the walking tracks around the pitta sites can be rough and muddy.