As more countries and regions become accessible to foreign birders, we find ourselves looking to the oceans and more remote land masses of the globe, in search of new birds and experiences for our lists. Not only do distant islands and the open oceans offer the experienced birder a chance of augmenting their already big lists, they also offer the opportunity for more casual birders to experience birds and amazing landscapes that are rarely seen by anyone. There’s no better way to do this than on a birding cruise, where access is made possible to incredibly difficult to reach locations and comfort is of a high standard. Rockjumper’s birding cruises are operated on vessels with the excellent standards of comfort, safety and professionalism and crew with a sense for adventure.
So, where can we take you? Rockjumper operates birding cruises in both Polar Regions, as well as in a number of tropical and temperate areas in both hemispheres. Our southern birding cruises include such spectacular places as South Georgia, the Weddell Sea, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands and the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands. To put that into perspective, every species of penguin in the world is available on Rockjumper’s cruise and tours offerings! Not to mention the host of other rare birds and animals to be found in these scenically unequalled regions, including spectacular albatrosses and other seabirds, pinnipeds and, of course, whales and dolphins. Our tours to the Arctic and northern Temperate regions are no less diverse or amazing and we cover the icy shores of Canada, Spitsbergen and the Russian Far East, throughout the boreal summer. Board one of these magical cruises to experience close-up encounters with numerous species of alcid, rare and beautiful gulls like Ross’s and Ivory, Polar Bears, Walruses, Musk Ox and even Spoon-billed Sandpiper!
If the idea of a birding cruise to warmer climates is more to your liking, we do, of course, have some truly exciting trips at lower latitudes. Try a trip to the Maldives for some of the best whale and dolphin watching on the planet, all in a setting of fantastic scenery, above and below the water! Or perhaps you would prefer one of our ground-breaking cruises to Melanesia, in search of such tropical gems as the endemic birds of Vanuatu, New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands? Finally, our epic Atlantic Odyssey will satisfy any birder’s craving for a taste of cold and warm waters, very rarely seen birds and seldom-visited island with names like Deception, Nightingale and Inaccessible! Be sure to check out our calendar for the birding and wildlife cruise of a lifetime.