Zino's Petrel breeding night expedition

On land



About this activity

The Zino’s Petrel expedition is a nocturnal visit to the Petrel's breeding grounds that allows you to hear the calls that they use to communicate. After 40 minutes driving from Funchal, we reach Pico do Areeiro (1818m), the third highest peak in Madeira Island and part of the central mountainous massif.
Then we'll visit Madeira’s Petrel Center, where it's possible to know more about the conservation history through an exhibit that describes the work done in the last 25 years.
From Pico do Areeiro we'll have a short walk of about 25 minutes. After arriving at the spot we will turn off all the lights and wait to hear the calls of this rare Pterodroma.



Highest peak






  • • Visit Madeira’s Petrel Center and discover history through an exhibit that describes the work done in the last 25 years.
    • Visit one of the highest points of the island of Madeira: Pico do Areeiro, located at 1810m altitude.

What's included

  • • 3€ donation for the conservation program of the Petrel
    • Visit to the Center
    • Naturalist guide
    • Torch
    • Personal insurance
    • Taxes
    • Pick up at hotel from Funchal and Caniço (Other locations available on booking request)

Out of curiosity

  • • The Zino's or Madeira's Petrel (Pterodroma madeira) is one of the rarest birds in the world and the most threatened seabird in Europe - this species nests in Madeira's Central massif.
    • Seabirds spend most of their lives at sea and each year they return to land to breed.
    • In the night visits to the breeding colony, they use their calls to communicate and orient themselves.

What to bring

  • • Appropriate shoes with a good grip
    • Warm/water proof mountain jacket
    • Warm hat

Minimum age




Monday At 20:30
Tuesday At 20:30
Wednesday At 20:30
Thursday At 20:30
Friday At 20:30
Saturday At 20:30
Sunday At 20:30
Adult (12+) € 50,00
  • This activity can be cancelled and fully refunded up to 24 hours after making the reservation, given that there are more than 24 hours until the scheduled departure. After that period cancellation fees may apply.
  • You must be at the agreed location 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Check your digital ticket after the reservation is made for more information.
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€ 50,00 Adult