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Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise

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    What to Expect
    This cruise departs from a private dock in Bay Bulls, about 25 minutes from downtown St. John's, Newfoundland.

     

    At the dock, step aboard a catamaran equipped with a spacious viewing platform. The catamaran can accommodate up to 100 people on its outside decks, and its interior cabin can fit all passengers comfortably in the event of inclement weather. This is the only tour vessel in Newfoundland with such capacity.

     

    Your captain navigates the boat to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, located at the end of Iceberg Alley. Icebergs drift along the coast from Greenland each spring and summer, and by the time they reach the reserve, they have been sculpted by the seas, sun, waves and shoreline to create incredible shapes.

     

    On board, crew and naturalists share insight into the 2.5 million seabirds and the large populations of whales that call the reserve home. Peak whale watching takes place from mid-June through mid-August. (Your crew will do its best to make sure you see whales, but sightings are not guaranteed.) The guides and crew are equipped with wireless microphones and are happy to answer your questions or repeat information as you like.

     

    The boat will stop along sheltered areas of the islands that comprise the Reserve. Snap photos of nesting sites and watch seabirds in their natural habitat. Some species you may see include Atlantic puffins, common murres, black guillemots, northern gannets, greater shearwaters and northern fulmars.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch, 90 Northside Rd, Bay Bulls, NL A0A 1C0, Canada
    Duration
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • All tours hosted by an experienced, local guide
    • All safety equipment is provided as per requirements set forth by Transport Canada Marine Safety
    • Passengers are provided a pre-departure safety briefing
    • Free parking available on site
    • Vessel is washroom equipped
    Exclusions
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Participants are advised to regard all instruction provided by the vessel crew
    • Direction/guidance is provided to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all passengers
    • Depending on vessel movement/sea conditions, passengers may be advised by the crew to refrain from standing or to remain seated during certain portions of the cruise
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Whales and or icebergs cannot be guaranteed on any given cruise.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was a wonderful experience! The crew was helpful, informative, and entertaining. Lots of good information was shared about the puffins, dolphins, and whales that we saw. We got as close as we safely could to whales. An overall great experience! Thank youMore

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank julie_bean8
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Hi Julie, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. Sounds like you really lucked out on the wildlife sightings during that cruise. So glad that you found the tour to be informative and entertaining. If you ever find yourself in the...More

    Reviewed 13 September 2019

    Reserved on line, check in and boarding went smooth. Staff friendly and attentive to needs of guests. Safety rules reviewed in a humorous way. One staff sang Newfoundland songs, another told us about a Minke whale we unexpectedly saw, and told us about the Puffins...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Paula V
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi Paula, Wow, Mother Nature was certainly on your side during that trip! Such a bonus to get to see whales this late into the season. Glad to hear you enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. Thanks for choosing to set sail with Gatherall's. If...More

    Reviewed 12 September 2019

    What a great crew! They were so much fun and funny while commentating the tour. We new seeing a whale in September was not likely but the crew spotted a humpback and the Capt. made sure everyone had the chance to see it. All while...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi there! Amazing! To get a chance to see a whale this late into the season is such a bonus! Captain Al will always make sure everyone gets a good glance at the wildlife during cruises. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!...More

    Reviewed 10 September 2019 via mobile

    This is a fantastic company that really knows their wells in Poppins. Explain the whole lifecycle and lifestyle. We happen to see a humpback whale feeding, lots of Poppins and a Siegel eating a pop and check. Unfortunately that’s part of the lifestyle. Great job!More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Annie R
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi Annie, So glad to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of the cruise and found the crew to be informative and entertaining. Wow! Getting to see a whale this late in the season is always a bonus. Thanks so much for taking time and...More

    Reviewed 8 September 2019

    Booked tour direct ourselves before cruise August 2019. Pickup and return simple and with interesting drive. Maybe 5 minutes into trip still in the bay we started seeing immature whales, Then their parents and then dolphins up close. Captain actually sort of apologized after about...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Charles G
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi Charles, Wow! It's such a bonus to see whales so late into the season. Mother Nature was certainly on your side during that cruise. Glad that you found the crew to be informative and entertaining throughout the tour. Thanks for choosing to set sail...More

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    Response from Tcole1974 | Reviewed this property |
    I believe they do just have to prearrange. I think it’s $25/person.
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    Climber219482
    21 July 2019|
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    Response from Lynda L | Reviewed this property |
    Puffins spend four months of the year on rock nests in Newfoundland raising their young. The other eight months are spent at sea. Puffins are in NL in June so still might be there in early September. I know whales arrive... More
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    16 July 2019|
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    Response from jhutchin2016 | Reviewed this property |
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