Close views and excellent photo opportunities of Zino's, Desertas and Bulwer's Petrels, White-faced, Madeiran storm-petrels, Cory's shearwaters and other seabirds on a Madeira offshore pelagic!
Only run on the scheduled dates and after a minimum of 4 bookings. Please check the dates and contact us before you book your flights!
The trip departs from Machico harbour wall, in Machico and rides towards a different area each day. Approx. 7 hours trip each day.
540 EUR per person (18+ years old)
Minors (below 18) are only allowed if accompanied by parent
Great and close views of Petrels, Storm-Petrels and Shearwaters
High chance of whales and dolphins sightings.
Enough chum for 3 to 4 hours drifting
Good photo opportunities E-mail us for a detailed information kit
By Machico harbour wall, in Machico city (Southeast Madeira, VR1 Dual carriageway, exists 25 and 26). Easy parking by the harbour.
Minimum people to run the trip: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Staff to Guest ratio: 2/10
Pack warm, waterproof clothing (trousers, jacket, and shoes), a hat, sunscreen, and water. Get a good night's sleep and eat well before heading out to sea. Consider staying in Machico and for an extra day in Madeira after your pelagic expedition dates, as bad weather may cause delays. And don't forget: rough seas are the best for spotting petrels!
The crew are ornithologists dedicated to the conservation of Zino's Petrels
Trips developed from the research of Hadoram Shirihai and Wind Birds
Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira, Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae/deserta, Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis, Macaronesian Shearwater Puffinus baroli, Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii, Cory's Shearwater Calonectris borealis, Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea, Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris edwardsii, Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus, Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus, Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis, Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro (winter & summer populations), European Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus, Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis, Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus, Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa, White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina, Black-bellied Storm Petrel Fregetta tropica (1st Record for the Western Palearctic)
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini, Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis, Lesser black-backed Gull Larus fuscus, Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea, Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii, Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis, Common Tern Sterna hirundo, Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus, Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus, Great Skua Stercorarius skua, Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus, Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus, South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki, Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius, Northern Gannet Morus bassanus, Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus, Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus, Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni, Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus, Northen Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris, Blainville's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon densirostris, Gervais' Beaked Whale Mesoplodon europaeus, Short-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala macrorhynchus, Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus, Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis, Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis
This is a package of three long afternoons of a pelagic adventure on the Western North Atlantic Ocean, around Madeira Island. An ultimate birdwatching experience aiming to observe at a very close range the greatest number of tubenoses on the Western Palearctic and some close encounters with whales and dolphins too.
These are real pelagic trips run by birdwatchers for birdwatchers and where the participants learn how to distinguish Zino's from Desertas Petrels! Three days of ultimate pelagic expedition focused on Petrels, Storm-petrels, Shearwaters and any other vagrant bird species that might be around the North Atlantic Ocean.
Since 2008 Madeira Wind Birds, together with Hadoram Shirihai, have been researching Madeira sea to find the hotspots for seabirds as Zino's Petrels, Fea's/Desertas Petrels, Madeiran Petrel and White-faced Storm Petrel. During these long days at sea, they developed the chum technique and found the right and safest boat for this kind of trips. So now Catarina and Hugo, owners of Wind Birds, are the most experienced team to organise and run deep sea pelagic trips in the North Atlantic and the 11-meter rigid-hulled inflatable boat, Oceanodroma, is the best boat ever used for this kind of sea expedition.
On the first two afternoons of this pelagic expedition around Madeira Island, we will search for different bird species at different areas, being one day for Zino's Petrels and Madeiran Storm Petrels while on the second pelagic trip we look for Fea's Petrels and White-faced Storm Petrels. The third afternoon at sea is kept for missing species or to increase the sightings of seabird species. Every day we will look for cetaceans, and if we spot any whales or dolphins, we will spend some time watching them.
Before booking your flights contact us, availabilty is always changing, with several clients pending.
2024 Trips Accepting Bookings
May 13, 14, 15 (confirmed trip, 4 places available) 🇪🇸
May 23, 24, 25 (needs 4 bookings to confirm trip) 🇩🇪
May 27, 28, 29 (needs 2 bookings to confirm trip)
June 17, 18, 19 (confirmed trip, 4 places available) 🇳🇱 🇬🇧
June 22, 23, 24 (confirmed trip, 2 places available) 🇳🇱 🇫🇮 🇺🇸
July 25, 26, 27; July 31, Aug 1 & 2; Aug 7, 8, 9; Aug 15, 16, 17
2024 Fully Booked
June 1, 2, 3 🇫🇷 🇵🇹 🇬🇧; June 27, 28, 29 🇬🇧 🇺🇸
Other dates available by request. The flags represent the birdwatchers nationalities already booked.
If you have other questions, please contact us.