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  • Where to watch BIRDS and

  • other wildlife in the world
  • Photograph of White Tern

    A beautiful White or Fairy Tern, the classic tropical island bird, around the equator in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Pacific, photographed by Mike Hunter on the Seychelles.


    The destinations listed and linked below are the ones we believe are the best small islands for birds and other wildlife in the world.

    If there are any other destinations you think should be on the list then please Email us.

    The destinations are listed alphabetically with very brief summaries. For more details click on the destination name.

    One of the greatest concentrations of large mammals in the world; over one and a quarter million Northern Fur Seals, one of the greatest concentrations of birds in the world; about three million seabirds, all on the Pribilof Islands.

    Arctic Russia
    Polar Bear, Walrus and Musk Ox, as well as Snowy Owl and other birds on remote and rarely visited Wrangel Island.

    Atlantic Odyssey
    Whales, dolphins, 40 seabird species and endemic landbirds on great ocean islands including South Georgia, Gough, Tristan de Cunha, Nightingale, St Helena and Ascension.

    Australia - Eastern (Queensland)
    Seabird colonies on islands in the Great Barrier Reef including Lady Elliot and Michaelmas Cay.

    One of the best places in the world to swim with dolphins, as well as sharks and Sting Rays.

    Christmas Island
    Million of migrating Red Crabs in November-December, giant Coconut Crabs, and seabirds.

    Commander Islands- Russia
    Numerous Northern Fur Seals and Steller's Sealions, forming one of the greatest concentrations of marine mammals in the world, and as many seabirds, on the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea, accessible on cruises which also visit Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands.

    Falkland Islands
    King Penguins, Black-browed Albatross colonies and Southern Elephant Seals.

    Quintessential tropical islands with outrageous birds and fantasy fish on the coral reefs.

    Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguana and tame nesting seabirds such as Waved Albatross.

    Humpback Whale, Manta Ray, Bristle-thighed Curlew, seabirds and the endemic honeycreeper family.

    Hebrides (Outer) - Scotland
    Corn Crake, White-tailed and Golden Eagles, and a chance of Otter.

    Komodo - Indonesia
    Komodo Dragon, rich coral reefs with Green Turtles and birds such as Yellow-crested Cockatoo.

    Hundreds of beautiful coral atolls surrounded by seas rich with whales, dolphins, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and coral reef fish.

    Mull - Scotland
    Otter, White-tailed and Golden Eagles, and Puffin.

    (Western) Pacific Odyssey
    An incredible selection of seabirds and endemic landbirds on great ocean islands including Norfolk Island, New Caledonia for Kagu, various Solomon Islands, Truk, the Bonin Islands and Torishima for Short-tailed Albatrosses.

    Island paradises with lots of seabirds and endemic landbirds such as Tuamotu Sandpiper.

    Rare endemic landbirds like a paradise flycatcher, and seabird colonies.

    Shetland - Scotland
    Otter, Red-necked Phalarope, seabird cliffs and a chance of Killer Whale.

    South Georgia
    One of the greatest concentrations of life on Earth; fur seals, Southern Elephant Seals, penguins, albatrosses and millions of other seabirds including Snow Petrels, all in one of the most amazing settings on Earth make this A Top Ten Destination.

    Subantarctic Islands - New Zealand
    A wonderfully wild part of the world where there are Southern Elephant Seals, fur seals, penguins, albatrosses and millions of other seabirds as well as the very rare Shore Plover on the Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie, Snares, Bounty and Chatham Islands.

    Trinidad's smaller neighbour where manakins, motmots and Ruby Topaz enliven the land and Red-billed Tropicbirds, Magnificent Frigatebirds, and Brown and Red-footed Boobies the sea.

    Indonesia - West Papua
    Fantastic birds-of-paradise including Wilson's and Red on the islands of Batanta and Waigeo in the Rajat Ampat archipelago surrounded by the richest coral reefs in the world!

    Yap - Micronesia
    One of the best places in the world to snorkel or scuba-dive with Manta Rays, five endemic landbirds and seabirds such as White Tern.