The island of Kadavu is Fiji’s birdwatching capital and you can see many species wherever you are on the island, whether you’re exploring the quiet coastal areas, paddling in a kayak searching for seabirds among the mangroves, or are literally just outside of your hotel.
To increase your chances of sightings, however you’re better off in the rainforest. Walk the Naikorokoro Cascades Trail to get deep into the forest, Starting from Naikorokoro Village, the hike will take around one hour. You’ll likely see Fiji’s endemic birds, such as the Fiji goshawk and the collard lory. Listen out for the peale’s ‘barking’ pigeon, also native to Fiji.
There are also four birds that are native just to the island of Kadavu. The Kadavu honeyeater can be distinguished from the Fiji spotted honeyeater by its green eye patch, while the Kadavu fantail is missing the three spots on its head that the streaked fantails have. Easier to spot are the Kadavu shining parrots that brighten up the canopy in shades of blue, red yellow and greens. Listen out for the Kadavu whistling dove – you’ll likely hear it before you see it as its forest colours keeps it well hidden.