BirdLife Malta Shearwater Boat Trips 2023

May 24, 2023 4:47 pm

Dates: Thursday, 22 June & Friday, 23 June 2023 (fully-booked); Thursday, 6 July 2023 (fully-booked)
Time: 18:30-21:00
Location: Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs, Gozo

Our biggest summer adventure is back again for 2023, let’s set sail!

Join us for a delightful sunset sail by the dramatic and breathtaking Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs in Gozo where we will witness the little-known spectacle provided by flocks of Scopoli’s Shearwaters (Ċief) rafting on the surface of the sea before they head back to their nests in the cliffs after sundown. This is one of Malta’s most spectacular natural phenomena – something you should not miss!

Dates, meeting points and times:

We have two sunset boat trips occurring this June:

And another boat trip occurring in July:

The boat trips will be departing and returning to Ċirkewwa Comino Ferry Jetty, beneath the kiosk, here.

Scopoli’s Shearwaters rafting before they return to their nests at Ta’ Ċenċ (This photo and the top banner photo are by Corinna Cianci)

Please arrive at 18:30 for a 19:00 departure. The boat will not wait for latecomers, so be sure to leave with plenty of time to spare. The boat will return to the jetty at around 21:00.


Members: Adults €13, Children (5-12 years) €10
Non-members: Adults €15, Children (5-12 years) €10

Booking and payment (required):

To book, visit our online shop and click the boat trip you wish to board and select the appropriate ticket/s depending on your member status and age. You can purchase more than one ticket at a time, but please provide details of all those booked on the checkout page. To purchase a reduced Member’s (Adult/Child) ticket, you will need to insert your BirdLife Malta Membership Number on the checkout page. Please note that no form of payment other than through the online facility will be accepted. There is a maximum of 40 people per boat trip and bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

BirdLife Malta’s sunset shearwater boat trip (Photo by Mario V Gauci)

After booking, you will be issued an automatically generated email receipt, which will act as confirmation of your booking. Please bring this with you on the day of the boat trip as proof of booking. You need to register and present this receipt to be allowed on the boat.

Refunds will not be made if cancellations are made after the booking closing date. In the unlikely event of cancellation due to bad weather, we will reschedule the cancelled trips.

Booking will be open until Thursday 29th June 2023 unless all seats are taken up before.

Photos and footage will be taken before and during the trips for promotional purposes by BirdLife Malta. Depending on sea conditions, safety of birds or any other factors deemed important by the boat captain, the trip could return ashore earlier than planned.

While sailing along the coasts of the Maltese Islands, we would like to celebrate with you World Seabird Day. World Seabird Day was created to raise public awareness for seabird conservation. The date was chosen because July 3, 1844, was the last recorded sighting of the now-extinct Great Auk (Pinguinis impennis). Even if with a few days of delay from the official day, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate with the general pubic the good fortune of having three seabirds species nesting on the Maltese coasts that we absolutely need to protect!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. Follow the event on our Facebook page for updates!

Have a look at this video from last year’s trips!