Leader: Nick Bray and local guides.
Ground Price: £tba - Funchal/Funchal
Single supplement: £250.00
Group size: Maximum of 8.
Included in cost: Access to private lounge in Stanstead Airport, 5 nights accommodation in a hotel, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6, bottled water, 3 pelagics in total, ground transport throughout, night visit to Zino's Petrel colony, a full day's birding with local expert/naturalist, entrance fees to reserves, and services of leaders.
Not included: Alcoholic drinks, insurance, and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: We will stay in a very good hotel, centrally located for our birding requirements.
Tour Code: Relatively easy. It is tiring spending 7 or so hours on a pelagic. We will be using a 'rib', a kind of zodiac for our pelagics and we will be sat down for the entire duration of each outing. The timings are roughly 3pm-dusk, so any morning excursions will be optional, as eating regularly and having plenty of rest are fundamental conditions to spending a nice day out at sea! However, there is always the option of some easy birding if you don't want to rest.
The night-time Zino's Petrel excursion requires a 45 minutes ride up to Pico do Arieiro and then a 25 minutes walk at 1800 meters (5900 feet) to get close to the petrels’ breeding grounds. Add same times for the return and we will not be returning to the hotel until around 01:00. Warm clothing will be required. No birding is planned for the morning following the night time excursion - please rest!
You will also need warm and waterproof clothes (trousers, jacket and shoes), hat and plenty of sunscreen for the pelagics, and a waterproof bag for cameras etc. And remember rough sea is the best for petrels!