Two birdwatchers from Michigan, just 1 day from leaving Oahu, & not spotting the Oahu Elepaio, despite trying for 12 days. We were VERY fortunate to have Mandy as our guide. She brought us to the right spot and was on the bird within 10 minutes! We had great looks at this species, thanks to Mandy’s knowledge of WHERE to look and how to get us on the bird. We will be forever grateful to Mandy’s knowledge and her expertise. She got us other birds, but knew what our target bird was, and delivered. If anyone wants to hire a bird guide on Oahu, you MUST go with Mandy. She definitely knows her birds, and as a bonus, it’s great fun to spend a day with her. -Therese of Perry, Michigan
“My parents and I went on the Oahu birding tour with Mandy. She was fantastic! She knew so much about all the birds on the island, as well as the trees, plants, mammals, etc. We were all blown away by both the depth and breadth of her knowledge. She was able to lend us binoculars since we didn’t have any, gave us a check list, and quickly and easily spotted birds for us to find. We saw the Amakihi (native Hawaiian bird) pretty quickly and also some other new-to-me birds. We were able to later spot birds we wouldn’t have known if we hadn’t taken the tour. Mandy was very kind and considerate. My parents are elderly, and she tried to adapt the tour to make it more doable for them. It was also just a really gorgeous, lovely tour because we got away from the densely populated city and up into the hills and into the forests. I really enjoyed trekking through the mud and up in the clean air. This birding tour was one of the main highlights of my trip. I can’t recommend this birding tour highly enough.” -Sharon of Northampton, Massachusetts
“We had an excellent experience on a coastal birding adventure. Our private guide Mandy picked us up at our hotel and drove us around the island in search of rare, beautiful, and endangered birds. Mandy was extremely personable and knowledgeable. We would definitely book another birding tour with her next time we are in Hawaii. Highly recommended for all nature enthusiasts.” -S.T. of Newark, Delaware
“Mandy picked up my wife and I at Turtle Bay at 7am. We proceeded to explore all the birding hot spots for the target species. The “big” ones were the Laysan Albatross and the Bristle Thighed Curlew. We saw these and many more species that we would’ve never seen without our wonderful guide, Mandy. She is an expert at knowing where the birds will be, plus she is friendly and knowledgeable about the Hawaiian culture and landscape. If we were staying in Oahu longer or ever come back, we would definitely book Mandy again!” -B.K.
“We had a great birding outing to see forest birds on Oahu while attending the World Conservation Congress in Honolulu. Our guide Mandy was excellent – well-informed, great ID skills, passionate about saving by these threatened birds. I recommend Mandy highly.” -Rich B. of Madison, Wisconsin
“Mandy was our guide and she was great. She took us to some great birding spots and we found the birds that I had hoped to see. We got great looks at two juvenile Oahu Elapaio. When I told her I had an interest in shorebirds she made time in our tour for a short stop at a nearby lagoon where she knew Pacific Golden-plovers (out of season in July) were. At the lagoon we also got Wandering Tattlers, Ruddy Turnstones and Hawaiian subspecies Black-necked Stilts. She also gave me some tips for seeing other birds on the Island later in my trip. My cousins (both 17 year old boys) who are not birders had a great time on the tour. Mandy did a great job of explaining different aspects of birdwatching and general wildlife conservation to them.” -W.A. Britton of Searcy, Arkansas
“My husband is an avid bird watcher – me, not so much – but I saw the birding tour and thought that it would be a treat for him, and I might as well tag along. Mandy, our guide, was awesome and really knew all about birds. Not only was she able to teach my husband about Hawaiian birds, she made the trip enjoyable for me the non-birder. We would definitely recommend this tour.” -Bill and Mary of Alabama
“On our honeymoon we spent a morning on the North Shore looking for birds. Seeing an albatross had been a dream of mine for most of my life and Oahu Nature Tours made it happen. Mandy, our guide, picked us up from the hotel. She was phenomenally knowledgeable and friendly and we wouldn’t have achieved any of what we did without her. She found us the birds we were looking for and taught us a lot along the way, both about the birds and about the island. I’d really recommend this tour for two reasons. First, because it is personalized you can really see what you want, at your pace, and with a guide who’ll help. Secondly, it is a great way of seeing more of a beautiful island than you can manage from a hotel in Honolulu without hiring a car. Fantastic experience and we’ll be trying another of her tours if we can get back to Hawaii!” -B. Edredon
“Set up tour months ago to see rare and endemic birds of Oahu. We thought we would have to squeeze the four for our party into our rental plus guide, but super-Mandy showed up with a big van! We fit all of us and gear for a wonderful 7 am – 12 noon adventure, Mandy was a great bird guide, we found possibly the rarest bird we have ever seen, the Oahu Elepaio. She was so ethical and there are ethics standards for birders that not everyone follows! She showed us the bird and played the call by the van, then after nothing more for sounds from devices in the forest. There are probably less than 2000 Elepaio left on Oahu so seeing is super but not disturbing them is also very important. I highly recommend Mandy! Fantastic trip!” -Robyn P. of Bridgewater, Virginia
“Professional Wildlife photographers from France, we booked one forest bird tour with Oahu Nature Tour to photograph endemics rare birds of Oahu Island. Mandy lead a great tour. She is very knowledgable about birds, their song, and where to find them in the middle of the forest trees. Thank you for this great experience. We will highly recommend Mandy for finding Oahu birds : we succeed to photograph the two endemics : Oahu Amakihi and Oahu Elepaio.” -Bruno of Annecy, France
“We recently did a bird watching tour with Mandy. Our 7 year old is an avid bird enthusiast and the tour did not disappoint. We saw 90% of birds from Hawaii in natural habitat and also got to sea some great countryside and hear some interesting facts about Hawaii. It was enjoyable and informal with a personal touch. Thoroughly recommend.” -Kerry of Japan
“We took a birding tour with Mandy which was a fantastic introduction to birding on Oahu. Mandy, did a great job of figuring out our interests and birding style. She took us to a few roadside locations, where we saw Oahu Amakihi, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Japanese White-eye, Yellow-fronted Canary, Common Waxbill, Red-billed Leiothrix, and both Bulbuls species. We then headed for a short forest hike to see the Oahu Elepaio and the White-rumped Shama. We rounded out the tour with a few minutes of shore birding since we had some extra time. In addition to being a great guide for the morning, Mandy suggested a great hikes for us later where we were able to see the other Oahu honeycreeper as well as shore birds. I’d whole-heartedly recommend this tour to novice and experienced birders alike!” -Jim P.
“I was picked up at 7:00 AM by Mandy, my Tour Guide. Friendly and an Ornithologist, she drove us up to a ridge overlook of Honolulu. Good Bird sightings there. Then over to a trail, up a valley for a little hike. Elepaio, Waxbill, White eye and others were found. I enthusiastically recommend.” -Martin P.
“My son and I did an endemic bird tour where you get the chance to see some of the endangered birds native to Hawaii. Our tour guide, Mandy, was extremely knowledgeable about birds – it really is a passion for her, and we really learned a lot from her. She offered us a choice of going on a longer hike, or going to several specific spots, then taking a shorter hike in a different location to see more of a variety. We chose the later choice. The views from Tantalus are spectacular, and we saw several different bird species. We are new to birding, and my binoculars were sub par, but Mandy had extra. The hike was in the Hawaii Kai area, and wasn’t too strenuous, but it was a hot day, so recommend plenty of water. Also, get to see a variety of native plants. Nice tour that is off the beaten path – probably one of the few tours on the island that you won’t see many other people at all.” -Alice S. of Honolulu, Hawaii