Where the hills reach the shore, on top of the famous tunnel near Makhinjauri, Batumi’s botanical garden stretches from the seaside all the way up towards raptor watch-point Sakhalvasho. The botanical garden is well maintained with sections for every continent. It makes for a pleasant walk, and the place is good for both resident and migratory birds.
The botanical garden is the best site near Batumi for Krueper’s nuthatch. Check the pine trees along the asphalted road that leads towards the entrance of the garden, and listen out for its characteristic sound. Green Warbler and Caucasian Chiffchaff can be found.
After you have been birdwatching, you can celebrate your lifers with a fresh beer at one of the seaside cafes. This area also has some of the cleanest and most natural beaches near Batumi, which makes it a pleasant place for some relaxation. Moreover, the sea watching from one of the cafes on the beach, like those to the north of Makhinjauri train station, can be very rewarding on bad weather days.