Monday, April 1, 2024

OPT Update -- Repo Cruise, Ilwaco Tour and more

Oregon Pelagic Tours is poised for a great year, starting this month. We will be providing pelagics out of Ilwaco for the Washington Ornithological Society on April 26 and April 27. The Friday trip is full, but the Saturday trip has plenty of spaces. Cost will be $257 per person ($200 for WOS members attending the conference). Don't pass up this chance to do some pelagic birding in Pacific County, WA waters. 

The guided repositioning cruise with Russ and Tim aboard the Sapphire Princess May 7-11 from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. has eight birders plus the guides. We will have three full days of ocean birding. Highlights are Murphy's Petrel (likely), and possibly Hawaiian and Cook's Petrels, as well as other species. We would be happy to have one or two more birders join us. 

This summer, in addition to our regular tours August through October, Oregon Pelagic Tours will be offering a short pelagic in July for those people who are not certain they want or are able to spend a full day on the ocean. This trip fits in well with summer vacations, and while not offering all the seabird diversity of our later trips, still offers a very good chance at seeing albatross. This trip will be Saturday, July 13, and will leave from Newport. 

And this year, we are again offering trips out of both Garibaldi and Newport. Book your trip today! 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Oregon Pelagic Tours Schedule Set

 Please go to the Schedule and Prices page to see our complete 2024 schedule. 

Besides our normal 8-hours trips out of Newport and Garibaldi, we offer the following special trips:

April 26-27  Ilwaco Pelagics for WOS Meeting (Meeting attendees only, please. This may change.)

May 7-11  Accompanied Cruise Ship birding on Sapphire Princess. LA to Vancouver. 

July 13  6-hour Newport Pelagic. Great for beginners, and we should still see albatross! 

August 25  Newport Deepwater Trip. A 12-hour pelagic heading out to the real "blue water". 

OPT to provide WOS Meeting pelagics this April

Oregon Pelagic Tours is happy to announce that we will provide two pelagics at the Washington Ornithological Society Annual Meeting this spring. The 8-hour pelagics will be offered on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, leaving from Ilwaco. Registration is currently open only to WOS meeting attendees. Cost will be $200 for adults, and $100 for young birders. Email Tim @ for young birder defintion or with questions.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Join Russ and a Tim for a Spring Repo Cruise!

Join experienced seabirders and Oregon Pelagic Tours guides Russ Namitz and Tim Shelmerdine on the Sapphire Princess May 7-11 for a guided repositioning cruise. Russ and Tim are among the most experienced seabirders on the West Coast and are familiar with all expected seabirds of the Northeastern Pacific (and many other parts of the world). 

On this cruise, we may see up to three species of pterodromas (Murphy's, Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels), two species of albatross, storm-petrels and more. Parakeet Auklet has been seen on other spring cruises. 

Our price of $300 for three days of birding is a great bargain. Compare with Wings at $525. To sign up, email Tim at