EIGHT DAYS OF SPECTACULAR BIRDING ACROSS JAMAICA
Take the opportunity of seeing a larger portion of Jamaica and its birdlife while birding with us across this paradise island of natural beauty. During the winter months, Jamaica hosts over three hundred (300) species of birds. These include its twenty-nine (29) endemic species, migrant species, resident species and vagrant species. With more leisure, you will be able to have timely views of large numbers of these birds within a eight (8) day period.
This seven (7) nights eight (8) days birding tour is designed by the vacation and activity planners of Attractions Link Tourism Services to afford birdwatchers the opportunity of enjoying bird watching in Jamaica and to experience the joy of viewing at least one hundred and fifty (150) of the over three hundred (300) species of birds, depending on the time of year you are visiting.
This birding tour is two days longer than our six days birding tour of eastern Jamaica. Having two additional days allow its participants to have more time in each location or habitat visited, during the eight days period. Similar to our other multi day birding tours, this tour is organized to use one additional accommodation site, in order to have our birders staying closer to the habitats which will be visited.
This idea significantly decreases the driving time between accommodation sites and the various birding habitats which are close to the accommodation sites which are chosen to provide hospitality for our birders. This idea also enables precise arrival time in these hot spots and decreases the possibilities of missing important target species.
YOUR ITINERARY IN PICTURES
Arrival in Montego Bay. After our meet and greet session, we will be transported to our first night's accommodation site in Runaway Bay. This small tourist resort town is located west of Ocho Rios and only thirty minutes north of the main habitats which are located in the mass forest reserve areas of the northern Cockpit Country. 1st night's dinner and overnight in Runaway Bay.
On our second day, we will depart our hotel rather early, for birding in the Northern Cockpit Country. We will bird until mid day, Looking for mainly endemic species. For sure there will be other species around. Having this privilege, we will be making sure of every opportunity to get good views of all three Parrots and other endemic species; as spotting will be more difficult in the more lush forests to come later on the tour. After our morning here, we will head back to the north coast and continue to lodge in northeastern Jamaica. Second night's dinner and overnight in northeastern Jamaica.
Today marks our third day of our trip, and our second day was a long one. Taking this into consideration, we will have a leisurely breakfast before departing our lodge at 9:30 am for our birding while rafting down the Rio Grande. This is a relaxing drift down-river on a 38ft. bamboo raft. This trip will take place during mid morning to early afternoon. We should expect to se birds like the Belted King-fisher, Herons, Sandpiper, Gallinules, Grebes, with some endemics showing up every now and then. After our birding while rafting adventure, we will head back to our lodge for optional garden birding before dinner. Third night's dinner and overnight in northeastern Jamaica.
On our fourth day, we will depart our lodge with a packed breakfast for birding in the forests of the lower John Crow Mountains. This will be another woodland forest birding day which will see looking for all the rare species of endemics and other species. We will bird until about mid day before departing for lunch on the beach. After lunch, we will head back to our lodge stopping in other habitats which may surprise us with rewarding birding. We will have our fourth night's dinner and overnight in northeastern Jamaica.
Today again, we will leave our lodge again very early with a packed breakfast to a further easterly point of Jamaica, in search of the White-tailed Tropicbird. After viewing these birds, we will head back to our lodge via the forests we were in on the previous day. soothing our apatite with the viewing of more rare birds. About mid day, we will head to our lodge for lunch. At or about 2:30pm, we will go for more birding in other habitats of the John Crow Mountains. Our fifth night's dinner and overnight, will be in northeastern Jamaica.
Today, we will have a leisurely breakfast then pack our bags and leave northeastern Jamaica, for the northern Blue Mountains. Departure time will be about 9:30am. This will allow us enough time to have a look at the mouth of some rivers, plus other stops along the edge of other rivers before coming to the lower habitats of the northern Blue Mountains. On reaching the habitats, we will be looking for the Jamaican Black-bird and Crested Quail-dove. We will have lunch on rout. Our sixth night's dinner and overnight will be in the northern Blue Mountains.
Today, we will have an optional early rise in order to look around the gardens of the lodge, before taking a break for breakfast. After breakfast, we will depart our lodge with a packed lunch for birding in the numerous habitats, which are located in that area. We will return to our lodge late afternoon. Our seventh night's dinner and overnight will be in the northern Blue Mountains.
Unfortunately, Today, marks our eight and final day. Departure time from our lodge, will depend on flight departure times out of Kingston. I we have enough time we could look around the gardens before leaving or do some birding while going down the southern sloops of the Blue Mountains. We could even have a look at some sights in Kingston, before going to the airport.
Our eight days birding tour comes to an end at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Here we will disembark our motor vehicle, say goodbyes, get our bags and board our flights. THANKS FOR DOING THIS TOUR!
Cost for this tour package includes the following:-
- Seven nights accommodation with seven breakfasts.
- Seven lunches per person
- Seven Dinners per person
- All transportation for driving distances mentioned
- Access fees to attractions that are recomended and are listed in this package.
- Bird watching guide fees.
- Twelve page birds of Jamaica checklist.
Utilize the benefits from the rates quoted below for this birding vacation or tour package. Ask about available discounts by contacting us or by viewing the information on the discount page. Please note that if you are joining this tour as a single person, and do not want to share your room with anyone, a single supplement charge of fifteen percent (15%) will be added to your per person cost which is given for numbers of persons exceeding two persons.
Please contact us regarding any additional information you may need regarding this bird watching tour; as the information given is limited. We will be happy to provide you with precise information regarding accommodation sites, bird species, habitats, departure times from accommodation sites, driving times between accommodation sites and habitats, meal arrangements and more.
This tour is now done using three (3) interesting itineraries. One starts in Montego Bay and finishes in Montego Bay, One starts in Kingston and finishes in Kingston and the other one starts in Montego Bay and finishes in Kingston. Please contact us regarding a detailed itinerary.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Our first nights dinner, bed and breakfast on this tour, will be at a three stars economy class hotel in Runaway Bay. Unfortunately, we will only have one night here being that this hotel is only thirty minutes (30min) from the main forests which we will do our first day's birding.
After a long traveling from your home to Jamaica or from other parts of Jamaica to join the tour in Montego Bay, your rest prior to your birding week should be comfortable. Enjoy a spacious, clean and comfortable room which you may want to return to after your birding tour.
Our second, third, fourth and fifth nights will be in a spectacular lodge type accommodation which is located within thirty minutes (30min) from all major habitats in northeastern Jamaica.
On this segment of our eight days birding tour, we will be having breakfast at the lodge on the morning of the third day. On the morning of the fourth day, we will be taking a packed breakfast with us to the forest; as we will be leaving rather early. on the morning of the fifth day we will again take a packed breakfast with us to the habitats. On the morning our sixth day, we will have breakfasts at our lodge. We will have our dinners throughout the tour at our lodge and nearby restaurants. Lunches will be taken mainly on the road.
At this accommodation site, the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Here, the average birder will feel at home after a long day in the fields.
After having five nights in the lower regions of northern Jamaica, we turn our eyes to the high mountains which will take us across Jamaica, on this magnificent birding tour. We will be having two nights in one of the best places to be if you are in for rare birds.
It will be hard for you to believe that we will only be spending two nights here! We will have two dinners, two breakfasts and possibly two lunches here, before departing the northern Blue Mountains, for northeastern Jamaica.
Having a cup of coffee, tea or even our whole breakfast here on the terrace will be ideal; as we will have constant visits from various garden birds like the Jamaican Oriole, Orange Quit, Banana Quit, Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager and surprisingly, the Rufus-throated Solitaire and the Red-billed Streamer-tail Hummingbird.
Spectacular accommodation. What more could we want? IT is going to be hard if we try to compare our first night on this tour, with our last two nights.
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