Welcome to Kaiyote Tours

International Birding and Nature Tours

Olympic National Park Tours and Adventures

International Birding Tours

We are based in Port Angeles, Washington and our travel company has two parts: One is providing tours in Olympic National Park and the other is organizing International Birding and Nature Tours; specializing in Birding, Botany, Wildlife Viewing and Nature Travel.

Olympic National Park: We offer trips for all levels and interests, from driving tours to week-long treks across the park. Check the Olympic pages for more info. 

International Travel: If you love birds, wildlife and the thrill of getting to remote places, the trips we offer are for you. On all trips, it is our goal to see as many birds and interesting critters as possible.  But we also appreciate that travel is always more than that: The places you will get to in your life and the people you meet along the way will be some of the most memorable experiences you will have.

Unique Experiences and great opportunities for learning and adventure. We travel in small groups of 4 - 8 travelers with knowledgeable guides. If you prefer private trips, we have on-demand and custom tours as you like.  We are outdoor educators; teaching you about the natural world is our focus.

Adventure levels:  We have classified the level of difficulty for each international trip to help you understand and to decide if a trip is right for you.  These classifications are based on our specific tours.

  • Easy: These tours do not require you to be in any particular level of fitness; everyone is welcome.  Everywhere we stay will have reliable electricity and we will be close to “state of the art” medical facilities.  Public health and transportation standards are considered excellent. Countries:  Taiwan, Iceland (all 5 trips), Sweden (all 3 trips) France (both trips), Santa Fe New Mexico, Chicago IL, Washington state 5-day and 10-day tours.
  • Moderate: These tours require a minimal amount of physical abilities, you need only be able to walk short distances and be able to handle heat, humidity, cold and/or high-altitude conditions.  Most places we stay at usually have reliable electricity, but there have been short periods of electric outages in the past.  The countries generally have “fair - good” medical facilities that are usually 1 – 4 hours away.  Public health and transportation standards are considered “fair – good” depending on the specific country. Countries:  Argentina (both trips), Colombia Andes, Nicaragua (3 trips: Cloud Forest, Volcanoes, Pacific), El Salvador, Guatemala, Uganda, Cambodia, India, Korea, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  • Adventurous: These trips require you to be in good physical shape and be healthy.  You will need to carry your own luggage and/or backpack. Some of the places we stay at do not have electricity, some might have a generator for a few hours a day. Sometimes the lodging does not have hot water.  The countries generally have “good” medical facilities, but access might be 1 – 2 travel days away.  Countries:  Borneo, Mongolia, Colombia Amazon, Nicaragua (2 trips: Rainforest and Corn Islands).
International Birding Tours

Our Favorite Travel Quotations

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - H. Jackson Browne Jr

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. - Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.  We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. - Cesare Pavese

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. - James A. Michener

The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore... unlike the mediocre, the intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible... it is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors... to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown. - Ferdinand Magellan

Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. - Ana’s Nin

I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. - Bill Bryson

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. - Martin Buber

One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more, happy. - Sir Richard Francis Burton

A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. - Katharine Butler Hathaway

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. - Caskie Stinnett

I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us. - Lord Byron

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel's immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way. - Ralph Crawshaw

Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of food, your closet full of clothes - with all this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That's not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating. - Michael Crichton

When one realizes that his life is worthless, he either commits suicide or travels. - Edward Dahlberg

The journey not the arrival matters. - T. S. Eliot

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

All the pathos and irony of leaving one's youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time. - Paul Fussell

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases. - William Hazlitt, "On Going a Journey," Table Talk, 1822

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. - Frank Herbert

Some minds improve by travel, others, rather, resemble copper wire, or brass, which get the narrower by going farther. - Thomas Hood, Ode to Rae Wilson

Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and stranger than anything I had hoped for or imagined - how is it that this safe return brings such regret? - Peter Mathissen

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it. - George Moore

A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which i cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place... - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled. - unknown

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, un-forgiveness, selfishness and fears. - Cesare Pavese

Ah, if I had known this was my last time here, I would have stayed a little longer - savored it a little more. - Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. - Moslih Eddin Saadi

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list. - Susan Sontag

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. - Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey, 1879

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Travel like Ghandi, with simple clothes, open eyes and an uncluttered mind. - Rick Steves

Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones. - Anne Sophie Swetchine

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect. - Paul Theroux

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going. - Paul Theroux

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. - Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. - Henry David Thoreau

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. - Mark Twain

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao Tzu

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from. - Lin Yutang

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. - Lin Yutang

To see once is worth more than hearing a hundred times. - African Proverb

Walking ten thousand miles of world is better than reading ten thousand scrolls of books. - Chinese Proverb

Good company on the road is the shortest cut. - Italian saying

The Journey Is The Reward. - Taoist Proverb

Venture all; see what fate brings. - Vietnamese Proverb

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. - unknown

I have wandered all my life, and I also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. - Hilaire Belloc

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

Travelers never think that THEY are the foreigners. - Mason Cooley 

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing". - Daniel J. Boorstin

There is nothing nobler than to put up with a few inconveniences like snakes and dust for the sake of absolute freedom. - Jack Kerouac