offering tours aimed specifically at finding and photographing dragonflies and damselflies around the world


Welcome to the Odonatours website, a travel company offering tours aimed specifically at finding and photographing dragonflies and damselflies around the world. Odonata-based tourism is currently an activity only truly appreciated by the very few and so we will only be offering a few tours each year. Publication of this website heralds the 'soft' start of the business (the larval stage) and it may take a little while to iron out all the wrinkles that inevitably appear when setting up a new tourism venture if you are to comply with the regulations that protect you, the customer. Rest assured though that we are working hard to ensure your money will be safe and protected by a client trust account.


Our first tour - a two week trip to Madagascar in 2016 - with KD Dijkstra - was incredibly successful, with at least five new species new to science. Our second tour in 2017 - 18 days in Indonesia - bagged two more new species we think.


You might like to check out participation in one of Phil's reconnaissance trips (see here) or register your interest in our tours scheduled for 2018.


Tours will be led by Phil Benstead together with an appropriate identification consultant for the region being visited. Our tropical tours especially therefore will give you the chance to travel with some of the big names in modern odonatology. The focus during daylight hours on these tours will be on Odonates, although there will be time to pursue other taxa at night if you have the energy... (Phil is also very keen on amphibians and mammals.)


As mentioned above we will be offering a number of 'at-cost' recce trips to countries with good fieldguides, eg Australia, North America and within the Western Palearctic. These will necessarily be more informal and ad hoc than organised tours but may appeal to people on a tighter budget with a sense of adventure.


Tours will be offered without an international flight but will include internal flights (if any). It will be the clients responsibility to arrange appropriate flights to meet up at the start point of the tour and to return home.


Vietnam tour 2018 Filling fast!

15-day SE Asia tour

Join Tom Kompier and Phil searching out odonates in northern Vietnam between 2nd and 16th June 2018. Click here for details. Just £1950! This is a guaranteed departure.


Sri Lanka recce tour 2018 One place left, guaranteed to go

15-day S Asia recce with Phil

Join Phil for a recce tour designed to take place before the Vietnam tour above which aims to see as many endemic odes as we can at Sinharaja, Kitulgala and Peak Wilderness NP. Price is £1975. You will never have a cheaper opportunity to chase odos with us on this stunning island!


Sulawesi and Halmahera 2017


Although the tour failed to fill enough for us to take Rory Dow, a few intrepid clients accompanied Phil on this fantastic tour. We almost certainly found two new species for the world on Halmahera, you can read the report here. I want to go back if anyone is keen...



Trip report hosting


I want to use part of the website capacity to host trip reports from other Odonata enthusiasts. If you have a trip report you want to share, send it to us as a .pdf.



Oz recce report

The Far North Queensland recce recorded 84 species and was a great introduction to the odofauna of Australia. Read about it here and remember we are returning to Australia to tackle the South-east in 2019.



Madagascar 2016 tour a huge success

The Madagascar tour exceeded expectations, we recorded 90+ species and found at least five new species to science! Read about it here.


Morocco tour 2017


By all accounts the Morocco tour was a huge success with all target-species bagged and lots of photos taken. The report is here.


© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead

© Phil Benstead