2018 Pelagic Trip with seabird guide Mark Maftei

Pelagic Trip With MArk Maftei

This trip will be an all-day excursion to some of the offshore banks and canyons in search of albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and other pelagic birds.

Exact route to be determined based on local weather, fishing activity, and up-to-date recon of where birds seem to be concentrating. Our goal is to bird out to, and then along, the shelf edge near one of the large offshore canyons about 35 miles off the coast.

Previous years have turned up some amazing birds and marine mammals! This is a one-of-a-kind experience and a unique opportunity to explore the pelagic waters off of Vancouver Island.

Early May is the transition when wintering species begin to move out and summer migrants arrive. Highlights of past trips include Sabine’s gull, Arctic tern, short-tailed sooty, and flesh-footed shearwater, fork-tailed storm petrel, large flocks of both red and red-necked phalaropes, and several species of albatrosses.

This is a trip specifically designed around finding seabirds, led by seabird scientists, and is not a pleasure cruise.

Dates & Times:

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 7:30am (depart dock) to 4:30pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 7:30am (depart dock) to 4:30pm


Ocean Outfitters Ltd. (368 Main Street, Tofino, BC)


$220 + taxes. To book please call our office (1-250-725-2866), or book online.

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  • Space is limited to 12 people/trip, and seats are first-come, first-serve.
  • The trip is weather dependent. In the event of cancellation, there will be a 100% refund.
  • No refund for no-shows.
  • Please dress warmly. Hats, Gloves & Sunglasses.
  • Bring your own lunch and drinks (no glass please).


About Mark Maftei:

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Mark's passion for seabirds has taken him around the globe, from Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic to South Georgia Island in the Southern Ocean. Although he specializes in Arctic species, Mark’s recent work has focused on learning more about some of BC’s most interesting and enigmatic seabirds including rhinoceros and Cassin’s auklets - two species which breed and winter in our waters. Mark spent many years living in Bamfield and now resides in Victoria where he works for the Wildlife Research Division of Environment Canada studying colonial seabirds. In addition to his work with the government, Mark is also a founding member of the High Arctic Gull Research Group, a collaborative team of scientists currently conducting research on some of the rarest and least-known seabirds in the world.