Pelagic Gold with the Monterey Seabirding Pioneer!

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RESERVATIONS: Payment, in full by check or money order will secure your booking. Please include the name, home address, phone/email of each person in our part as required by the USCG. For reservation from outside of the USA, please contact Debi. Send reservations to: Debi Shearwater, PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. Email: Please see our blog for more information and updates.
Looking forward to birding at sea with you in our 43nd year offshore! — Debi Shearwater


Welcome to Shearwater Journeys, the oldest pelagic birding company offering seabirding trips off California's central coast. Since 1976 more than 67,000 birders and marine enthusiasts have joined our trips from every state in the USA and more than 30 countries worldwide. We offer the most comprehensive selection of pelagic trips in the entire USA. The combination of deep water canyons close to shore makes this region one of the world's premiere seabirding hot spots. Offering the highest ratio of leadership in the business, we are second to none. Many of our leaders have been with Shearwater Journeys for several decades and have worldwide experience with seabirds.

Our signature Monterey Bay trips have been the backbone of seabirding in North America, producing many “first” records. A JOUANIN'S PETREL observed on our September 12, 2015 Albacore trip set a first record for mainland North America! (Prior to that, the only records were from Hawaii.) This was followed two days later with a record of a WHITE-CHINNED PETREL on our September 15, 2015 Half Moon Bay trip. On our September 18, 2016 Half Moon Bay trip, a HAWAIIAN PETREL was briefly spotted. The ongoing NORTHERN GANNET was found on many of our 2016 Half Moon Bay trips as well. Every year for decades, our trips to the Farallon Islands have sold out early. This is the single best trip to see TUFTED PUFFINS in all of their breeding splendor, along with thousands of other nesting seabirds. One never knows what will show up. In 2016, both BLUE-FOOTED and BROWN BOOBIES were present at these islands. Our twelve hour Albacore Grounds trip departing from Monterey also sells out every year. Book early! Without a doubt, the marine mammal show, especially at Monterey Bay is one of the most spectacular in the entire world!


Monterey Harbor copyright Jeff Bleam
Monterey Harbor Sunrise © Jeff Bleam

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Complete 2018 Schedule White-chinned Petrel © Doug Koch 2015

White-chinned Petrel © Doug Koch 2015
Our trips to the Farallon Islands have a 100% success rate in finding Tufted Puffins, and always sell out early. Departing from Sausalito on a very stable catamaran, we sail under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for a unique perspective. Monterey Bay trips this past fall season were over the top with seabirds and lunge-feeding and breaching HUMPBACK WHALES. Breaching Humpback Whale © Beth Hamel
Humpback Whale © Beth Hamel 2015

Every single day is completely different - just ask the folks who did 5 trips in a row from Monterey with us! Our friendly and knowledgable leaders are ready to enchance your day at sea! Join us!


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