Join one of our deep sea pelagics trips - we travel 20 nautical miles south of Cape Point - a hotspot for trawlers. We use high speed recreational speedboats and navigate to fishing shoals and trawlers using radar. Thanks to our highly experienced guides who'll identify seabirds for you. You're likely see at least three and possibly as many as seven albatross species, passage migrants and other pelagic species. Cetaceans and other sea mammals are frequently seen in the coastal waters.
Email us for the cost of a trip. For trip dates please check our 2021 trip calendar.
If you have a group we might be able to arrange a trip for you outside of our scheduled dates, please e-mail for details.
7 August 2020: Good News !! We are please to announce we can run our pelagic trips once again. We will be following COVID-19 health protocols to keep our guests and crew safe. First trip scheduled for Friday 14 August. Please email email@example.com
12 January 2018: Highlights from Saturday 6 January's trip - 4 Albatross species, Spectacled Petrels
, Great-winged Petrel, Manx Shearwater, Parasitic & Long-tailed Jaegers, & a Sperm Whale
. Click here for trip report & species list
Exciting to see a Sperm Whale
on 6 January 2018 !
Lots of highlights on our 6 February 2017 trip, including this special bird - Spectacled Petrel
5 October 2016: A Wanderer plus a Southern Royal Albatross
on Saturday's trip. Black-bellied and Soft-plumaged Petrels, and a couple of whale species.
25 September 2016: Close-up views of Killer Whales
yesterday, and some great birds too!
19 September 2016: 5 Albatross species, including a Wanderer and Southern Royal
; and a Flesh-footed Shearwater seen at sea on 18 September.
- 31 March 2016
18 February 2016: 29 species
recorded on our trip today. 4 Albatross species
, a Southern Giant and a Spectacled Petrel, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Grey (Red) Phalarope, ±100 Bottle-nosed Dolphins.
(immature) - seen on 18 February 2016
Indian yellow-nosed Albatross
photographed during the 11 April 2015 trip.
photographed during our 12 January 2015 trip.
(immature) seen during our 20 September 2014 trip
1000's of birds around our boat in the vicinity of a trawler.
Leaving Cape Point behind as we head out to the trawling grounds on 24 March 2014
Cape Town Pelagics trip.
21 January: We start 2014 with TWO rarities
: Grey-Backed Storm Petrel
and Spectacled Petrel
- both seen on our exciting 11 January trip. Click for the trip report and full species list
Grey-backed Storm Petrel
on 11 January 2014 with Cape Town Pelagics.
16 September: New Trip Reports
from 1 September: Highlights include Southern & Northern Royal Albatross
, Great-winged Petrel, Sabine's Gull and Humpbacked Whales, Wandering Albatross
, Great Shearwater, Great-winged Petrel, Atlantic and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross. Click to continue
- © Barrie Rose on 2 September 2012 with Cape Town Pelagics.
Southern Royal Albatross - © Barrie Rose on 22 August 2012 with Cape Town Pelagics.
Southern Giant Petrel - © Marine Drouilly on 4 August 2012 with Cape Town Pelagics.
Juvenile Wandering Albatross - seen on the Cape Town
Pelagics trip of 12 February 2012 © Jon Hartley.
Sabine's Gull - seen on the Cape
Town Pelagics trip of 29 January 2012 © Dalton
Blackbellied Storm-Petrel - an unusual winter
Flesh-footed Shearwater - a local rarity,
seen on Cape Town Pelagics trip of 23 January 2010
© Barrie Rose.
Grey-backed Storm Petrel - photographed on 27 December 2009 during a Cape Town
Pelagics trip © Rob Leslie.
Only the second recorded sighting
in Southern Africa!
Southern Royal Albatross - on the Cape Town Pelagics Trip
of 16 August 2008 © Jan Kube