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Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise

Highlights
  • 90-minute marine-wildlife watching catamaran cruise in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
  • Travel to Iceberg Alley, strewn with melting icebergs of various shapes
  • See a wide variety of seabirds, including Atlantic puffins
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Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise
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Tour time is the departure time at Gatherall's dock, Bay Bulls. Check-in at least 15 minutes before departure.
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Departs Gatherall's Dock at 2:30pm. Check in at least 15 minutes prior.
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Departs Gatherall's Dock at 12:30pm. Check in at least 15 minutes prior.
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Overview
Marvel at marine wildlife up-close on this 90-minute cruise through the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve from St John’s, Newfoundland. The reserve is home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the largest populations of whales in the North Atlantic. Aboard a spacious catamaran with ample viewing areas, admire icebergs and watch for puffins, whales, razor-billed auks, black legged kittiwakes and more (wildlife attractions vary with the time of year). Hear live commentary from crew and naturalists on board about Newfoundland’s heritage as you travel to Iceberg Alley.
What to Expect
This 90-minute cruise departs from a private dock near 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.
Reviews (71)
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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile
Fantastic!

Corny jokes, great boat and crew. We were at the end of the major puffin season, but still saw lots of puffins. No whales, not too surprising at this time of year. But they made the trip fun and relaxing! I highly recommend this trip,...More

Thank Kevin L
Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Hi Kevin! Thanks for the taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted to know that you felt so great about your time spent with us. We are happy to hear that you saw lots of puffins. You are correct to say that...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018
Puffins, Puffins, Puffins

My wife, daughter and I went on this Tour with Gatheralls. We did not expect to see any Whales, or Ice bergs as it was too late in the season. We did see a lot of Puffins, as well as many other Sea birds. The...More

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KathrynL1312, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Hello! Wonderful to hear from you! We are happy to know you enjoyed viewing the largest puffin colony in North America and enjoyed receiving information on the puffins as well as the many other seabirds in the area. We are also happy to hear the...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Couple of hours in da bay with da boys.

We had a great time on board with the Gatherall Cruise Clan. Serenaded with Newfoundland truths, occasional tall tales and song. Cruised up and down shores of Gull Island all the while admiring the marvels of the little "Puffin". Caught a glimpse of a basking...More

Thank Dave M
Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Hello Dave! Thanks for choosing to set sail with us at Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch. We are delighted to hear you had a good time and that you enjoyed the entertainment provided by Captain Al and the crew. With hundreds of thousands of puffins...More

Reviewed 2 September 2018
A fun time!

This was our second time out with Gatherall's. The first trip (2017) was so amazing that we absolutely HAD to book again this year. We saw at least one humpback (over and over!) and a minke whale. Not as spectacular as the previous year when...More

Thank Ange W
Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Hello! Great to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Happy to hear you came back to tour with us again and happy to hear you were in luck with the wildlife.Our staff are very enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018
One of the highlights of our trip to Newfoundland. Not to be missed

This is a trip on a large-ish boat out to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. It is about an hours's drive from St. John's. There was nothing much to see along the way, but well worth the effort. We chose this particular trip--there are others--because...More

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Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hello! Wonderful to hear from you! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time spent on the water with us. Our crew are enthusiastic about being on the water and the local wildlife. Tthey love sharing their knowledge with our guests. We are...More

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Response from Bespoke_Adventures | Reviewed this property |
We have no idea. This year not many ice bergs. It seems to vary year by year. But even with no ice bergs it’s worth the trip!
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