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Newfoundland: 1.5-Hour Puffin and Whale Watching Cruise

Newfoundland: 1.5-Hour Puffin and Whale Watching Cruise

From $61.64 per person

Enjoy a memorable 1.5-hour wildlife experience aboard a stable catamaran. Explore the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and admire spectacular coastal vistas. Pick up insights from your knowledgable, live guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Set sail on a wildlife cruise to see the incredible sights of the Atlantic
  • Observe the largest colony of Puffins in North America in their natural environment
  • Feel the chill of icebergs and learn all about them (in May and June)
  • Explore one of Newfoundland's best whale watching sites (from mid-June to mid-August)
Full description
Step aboard a stable catamaran for a 1.5-hour wildlife experience departing Bay Bulls, a convenient 30-minute drive from St John's, Newfoundland. Discover the incredible sights of the Atlantic from icebergs, puffins, and whales, where sightings vary by season. After checking in and receiving your boarding pass, prepare to explore the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the largest populations of whales in the North Atlantic. You'll receive a pre-departure safety briefing and will travel aboard a stable catamaran with a comfortable viewing platform. Enjoy live interpretation along with local stories and songs from an experienced, local guide. Learn a mix of information about the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Discover the sheltered areas of the islands of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve for great opportunities to view and photograph the nesting sites and activities of several seabird species. Puffins are in large numbers for most of the season. Whale watching is a big part of your adventure with the peak season for encounters typically between mid-June through mid-August. Sightings before and after are a bonus. The Reserve is located at the end of Iceberg Alley, where icebergs pass along the coast each Spring and Summer, while on their journey from Greenland. Early in the season, most often during May and June, icebergs make their last stand in the cold waters of the Atlantic before they melt away.
  • 1.5-hour wildlife cruise
  • Experienced local guide
  • Live commentary in English
  • Pre-departure safety briefing
  • Free parking on site
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

90 Northside Road, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, Canada. Check in 30 minutes before your tour start time at the reception desk located inside the lower level of Gatherall's building. You will receive a boarding pass for your cruise and be directed to where you can board the vessel.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Cruise is not wheelchair accessible
  •  The vessel is equipped with a washroom
  • Youth and children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately and warmly
  • Alcoholic drinks and snacks are available to purchase onboard
  •  Please follow all instructions provided by the crew to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all passengers
  • Depending on vessel movement and sea conditions, you may be advised to remain seated during certain portions of the cruise
  • Wildlife sightings vary by season, whales and/or icebergs cannot be guaranteed on any given cruise
  • All reasonable efforts are made to provide you with an opportunity to encounter wildlife in their natural environment, however, the level of activity and interaction is entirely at the discretion of the whales
  • All safety equipment is provided as per requirements set forth by Transport Canada
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