Hugely popular pelagic bird watching trip to the Azores in search of the elusive Monteiro’s Storm Petrels and Swinhoe’s Petrel.

The trip is ideally suited to experienced birdwatchers 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 planned trip will start on Saturday 20th August 2022 (and finishes on 28th August)  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 (approx’ 7hrs per day) 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).
Flight to Terceira followed by PM bird watching on Terceira. A
Fly or Ferry to Graciosa. On arrival transfer to your accommodation.
Morning and afternoon pelagic trip to sea, where we plan to visit the Bank of Fortune.
Morning and afternoon pelagic trip to sea.
Morning and afternoon pelagic trip to sea.
Transfer to the airport and fly back to Terceira. Where you'll spend the afternoon exploring various birding sites on the island.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

From: £1980pp

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

Includes: return flights, guide, accommodation (twin share basis), 3 x 7hr boat trips from Graciosa (subject to the weather), birdwatching day on the island of Sao Miguel and the island of Terceira, transfers and ferry. Not included: Meals other than breakfast


You will be staying in comfortable hotels and guesthouses throughout your pelagic trip.


The focus of this trip is to search for the Monteiro's Storm Petrel which is found off the island of Graciosa in the Azores


This guided bird watching holiday covers two beautiful islands in the Azores - Graciosa, Terceira and Sao Miguel.

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