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Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise

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    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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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Great day on the water. Crew were fantastic and knowledgeable. Saw whales 🐳 and lots of birds Thank-you.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Elizabeth S
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Had an amazing cruise with Gatheralls- the crew are knowledgeable, fun and entertaining- saw whales and puffins and lots of other birds!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Patti D
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    A great day and a wonderful crew. These are just a few pictures of what we experienced. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for this type of tour. Very knowledgeable staff and fun to be withMore

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank articfox7
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hello there! Wow! Sounds like you lucked out on the whale sightings. What a treat, Mother Nature was on your side that day. Every cruise is different with sightings. The staff really enjoy sharing their knowledge of the local wildlife with others and they also...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We did the puffin and whale watch cruise, it was amazing! We saw whales right away several times, couldn’t believe it since it really isn’t whale season right now. Cool to see Gall Island loved all the puffins. The crew was amazing and quite funny!...More

    Thank Tcole1974
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hello there! Thanks for your kind words. Wow! Sounds like you lucked out on the whale sightings. What a treat, Mother Nature was on your side that day. Every cruise is different with sightings. The staff really enjoy sharing their knowledge of the local wildlife...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This is a wonderful tour with very experienced guides and crew. While they were very safety conscious, they had lots of fun, had lots of stories and were extremely knowledgeable about the area. We were so excited to see the sea birds but the most...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Bobbi P
    Michael G, Owner at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hi Bobbi! Thanks for your kind words. Wow! Sounds like you lucked out on the whale sightings. What a treat, Mother Nature was on your side that day. Every cruise is different with sightings. The staff really enjoy sharing their knowledge of the local wildlife...More

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    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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    However you booked is who you should contact for the refund.
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    Response from Jennifer C | Reviewed this property |
    I believe they will still be offering the shuttle then but you can call them at 1-800-419-4253. You won't see icebergs then but likely more whales than we saw. It would be worth asking them when the baby puffins hatch as... More
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