For the past 6 years Archipelago Choice, in conjunction with Azores Nature, have been operating this specialist birdwatching holiday to the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and the lesser-visited island of Graciosa.

The trip is ideally suited to experienced birders who have an interest in pelagic birds of Macaronesia and a particular interest in the rare Monteiro’s Petrel which has breeding sites on the island of Graciosa. However, there are other target species which will also be of interest, for example, Barolo Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black Capped Petrels.

Our next birdwatching holiday will start on Saturday 25th August 2018 (and finish on 1st September)  and will be led by an experienced pelagic guide with a maximum group size of 12 and includes a full day birdwatching on São Miguel and 4 days on Graciosa with boat trips to the Bank of Fortune (weather permitting). Our day on São Miguel includes a visit to Tronqueira in Nordeste where we go in search of the Azores Bullfinch (Priolo); a local endemic which has been saved from extinction by the hard work of local enthusiasts and support from International birding organisations.

The boat trips to the Bank of Fortune, off Graciosa, tend to be full days out and although birds will be the main focus there are usually plenty of opportunities to observe some of the fascinating marine life of the islands, in particular, sperm and fin whales but also smaller cetaceans such as common, striped and bottlenose dolphins.

Evening meal arrangements : Evenings are free, however your guide will make a reservation each night at a local restaurant for those wishing to come along. The evenings are relaxed and informal, with an average 3 course meal with wine costing around £15-£25pp.

Contact one of our team to find out more about this unique birdwatching holiday.

Pelagic: adjective
1. of or relating to the open seas or oceans.
2. living or growing at or near the surface of the ocean, far from land, as certain organisms.



Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Ponta Delgada.
Full day bird watching on Sao Miguel with local ornithologist (lunch included).
Early morning flight to Terceira followed by a morning of bird watching on Terceira. Afternoon ferry to Graciosa. On arrival transfer to your accommodation.
Morning and afternoon pelagic trip to sea.
Morning and afternoon pelagic trip to sea.
Morning and afternoon pelagic trip to sea.
Transfer to the airport and fly back to Sao Miguel. On arrival transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.


























On this birdwatching holiday we have included several boat trips out to see the sea birds and marine life of the Azores.

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