This birding adventure started at 6:00 a.m. with our guide Golden. He drove us to the Mayflower Bocawina National Park about 15 minutes away from Hamanasi Hotel. Armed with our mosquito repellent and our cameras, we had breakfast, directly on site of Mayflower, which consisted of a warm egg burrito that was delicious along with apple juice. After a full stomach, we were ready to walk the trail and search for birds. Golden, our guide, was very excited to hear all the birds' songs and pointed the birds to us. We saw, right there in the jungle before our eyes, the shy Emerald Toucanet (a prized bird to see), pygmy Kingfisher (another prized bird), smokey-brown woodpecker, a brown headed parrot and admired a soaring solitary eagle, just to name of few of the 52 species we've encountered that morning. We also found a jaguar's print in the mud, but no sightseeing of the animal itself. Time flies when you have fun. . . so at 10:00 a.m. we were back at the Hamanasi with wide eyes and a smile on our face. We had such a great time birding that we kept looking around our Tree house to identify the birds living among the trees surrounding our ''vacation home''.
We changed into our bathing suits and jumped in a refreshing pool. Relaxed and swam a bit before lunch. The rest of the day was spent kayaking in the ocean, taking a nap in a hammock, swimming in the pool or just relaxing while reading a good book by the pool and sipping some Blue Hole and Tequila Sunrise drinks. . . while munching on homemade tortilla chips and salsa mmmm! Dinner time was approaching, so after showering, we were ready to enjoy another delicious dinner sitting at a table overlooking the pool and the ocean. This table was indeed our favorite spot at dinner time.