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This 90-minute cruise departs from a private dock near downtown St. John's.
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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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch
Marvel at marine wildlife up-close on this 90-minute cruise through the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve from St John’s. 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.
  • 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
  • Spot whales during the summer
  • Learn about the wildlife and geology from crew and naturalists on board
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule
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Reviewed yesterday
Entertaining, funny, and knowledgeable

My husband and I took a morning whalewatching tour with Gatheralls during our Newfoundland vacation. Purchasing tickets was very easy, and getting checked in for our tour was simple as well. There was some confusion and lack of communication while we were lined up for...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Great Gatherall Tour!

Fantastic tour. Entertaining, knowledgeable Captain & crew. Safety was high on their agenda as crew were observant and attentive of all passengers. Highly recommend to all.

Thank Naomi J
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great Tour

The boat tour was great. From the lovely ladies in the giftshop to the crew onboard could not have asked for a better experience. Although we didn’t see any whales we had an amazing time viewing the thousands of puffins and other birds in the...More

Thank Lorraine M
Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Lorraine! Great to hear form you. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and for the wonderful feedback. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds and they certainly are a sight to see! As for the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fabulous whale watch cruise!

We went on the cruise Saturday and it was fantastic! We saw several whales and they stuck around for quite a while. We really enjoyed seeing the puffins up close as well. The staff was so friendly and entertaining. We even got screeched in! We...More

Thank Janet M
Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Janet! Lovely to hear from you. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, it means a lot. Happy to hear you saw whales. When exploring in nature you never know what you may see. It sounds like you were in...More

Reviewed 6 days ago
Whale of a Time

Witless Bay is a top pick for conservation thus whales and puffins abound as well as many other types of birds. Friendly staff with great voices as they gave info but also treated us to songs of NFLD. Nice! Kudoos to the captain who brought...More

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Kathryn L, Guest Relations Manager at Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello! Wonderful to hear from you and to know that you enjoyed your time spent with us on the water. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is home to hundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds so you are bound to see a variety on our tour...More

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Sharon P
9 June 2018|
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!