Pelagic Birding Trip North Atlantic Ocean

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Price: € 125
Duration: (14h30 - 20h30) 6h00 h
Minimum: 4 Persons
Maximum: 8 Persons
Available days: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

In this trip in Atlantic Ocean, the targeted species are pelagic seabirds nesting in the islands and other species sighted in the archipelago’s seas. The trip start from Madeira Island and is made in a rigid inflatable boat of 7,5 meters length. The tour is in the afternoon to get the peak of the species activity near land.

Zino's Petrel © René Pop

During these trips and depending on the annual cycle of each species it’s may be possible to observe and photograph a great variety of species. The two seabirds: Zino's Petrel and Desertas Petral are without a doubt the targeted species for any birder visiting the island. But these aren't the only breeding species that can provide you with magic moments. In this waters you usually spot pther seabirds such as the Macaronesian shearwater (Puffinus baroli), Madeiran Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma castro), Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea borealis), Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus puffinus) and Bulwer’s Petrel (Bulwera bulwerii).


Cory's Shearwater © B&C

Depending on the season we can also spot the Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis), Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus), Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus), Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus), Parasitic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), Great Skua (Stercorarius skua) and many others.

The sea conditions on this area could change very quickly, please try to book your trip to the first days of your stay on the island, because we might have to change it due to the bad weather conditions and if you have more time we will do our best to run the tour.

Pelagic, Madeira Island © B&C

birds and company highlights INCLUDED IN THIS TOURBOOK NOW

  • Naturalist guide, Field guide, Personal insurance, Taxes, Pick up from Funchal and Caniço (other locations available on advanced request)
  • Recommendations: Warm/water proof jacket, hat, sunscreen, water. For photographic equipment we strongly suggest taking waterproof bag to protect it from the salt water.


  • Also available Pelagic Birding Trip (4 hours) 85

    Thursday and Sunday only between April 15 and October 15
    15:30h to 19:30h
    min 4 pax, max 10 pax

highlight   This tour is only available between April 15 and October 15. 
        Please contact us for information and availability.

Related articles

Madeira Birding Pelagic Trip Report August 2014

Madeira Birding Pelagic Trip Report May 2014

Madeira Pelagic - Petrel Emotion by Killian Mullarney, Dave McAdams and René Pop
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