A Pelagic Trip With Seabird Guide Mark Maftei

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 we are hosting seabird guide, Mark Maftei, for a full-day pelagic trip to the Clayoquot Canyon.

Part of the Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival— 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 and 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 6, 2017 – 7:30am (depart dock) to 4:30pm


$220 + taxes. Please call our office or email ocean@oceanoutfitters.bc.ca for reservations.


  • Space is limited to 12 people, 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 arrive 15-30 minutes ahead of time as the boat th
  • Please dress warmly. Hats, Gloves & Sunglasses.
  • Bring your own lunch and drinks (no glass please).