Puffins  Whales  Icebergs

TOP RATED TOUR!

Gatherall’s has welcomed guests to join our informative, entertaining and educational cruises for over 35 years.  Cruise focuses on the world renown Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – home of the Atlantic Puffin and one of the top whale watching locations in North America.  At the start of each season, incredible icebergs often arrive just in time to enchant & astound our guests.  

Puffins, whales, icebergs, spectacular coastal scenery combined with our knowledgable, professional & entertaining guides make this a “must do” activity.   Please be sure to check below for recommended “Best Times” to visit as everything has a season.

COVID19

Summer 2020 Gatherall’s and O’Brien’s are partnering to offer a limited tour schedule.  Together we will operate a single vessel (provided by O’Brien’s) to be crewed jointly  and will utilize Gatheralls shore facilities for reception and sales.  It will be a little different but we are committed to continuing to provide our top rated service.

Rest assured that, together, we are committed to continuing to provide a safe environment for you within the COVID19 protocols established by Department of Health & Community Services, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.  If you are not feeling well, please refrain from booking.  We respectfully request that all guests respect and adhere to physical distancing requirements and any specific guidance provided by our staff.   Click for more info

Puffins  Whales  Icebergs

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch exciting 90 minute cruise focuses on the wildlife of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  Home to over 2 million seabirds including 500,000 Atlantic Puffins, the reserve is regarded as one of Newfoundland’s best whale watching sites.  Add in spectacular coastal vistas and the most personable, knowledgable & entertaining crews and you know you’re in for a great time.  

Learn about Newfoundland’s incredible natural heritage during this top rated wildlife cruise.  Professional, knowledgable and friendly guides offer a live interpretation during each cruise. Our interpretation program details the lives of the birds & whales along with the journey of the icebergs and is interspersed with a colourful mix of local humour, stories & song capturing the essence of Newfoundland’s culture. Gatherall’s crew is a blend of youthful exuberance balanced with decades of seagoing experience.  Our shore staff and vessel crew are all here to make sure that you have a wonderful experience from start to finish.

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FIVE STARS on Google, Facebook and Yelp!

BEST TIMES

Puffins  Whales  Icebergs

Like you, we would love to experience puffins, whales, and icebergs on every tour.  However, please remember that nature has its own schedule. Be sure to check below for the suggested “best times” to experience each attraction.  Time of day generally doesn’t affect sightings but time of the season sure does. 

Whales and / or icebergs cannot be guaranteed on any specific cruise.

Puffin Season

Puffins arrive early May and can be viewed in large numbers through till mid September with a few staying till the 3rd week of September. Timing for the other seabirds (murres, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, fulmars & more) varies by species.

Whale Season

Whale encounters typically peak mid-June through to mid-August (may vary slightly year to year). Whales may arrive mid May and stay as late as September but please remember that sightings outside of the peak season are a bonus! Whales are not guaranteed.

Iceberg Season

Iceberg season around the St. John’s area typically runs May through to mid / late June. Although we are at the end of Iceberg Alley and see fewer bergs than northern Newfoundland, the bergs here are often very dramatic as they near the end of their journey.

RESPONSIBLE WHALE WATCHING

Gatherall’s makes every effort to ensure you have a great experience but please remember that respect for wildlife comes first.

All whale watching boats – big and small – are governed by the the same regulations regarding approach distances and practices.  In our experience, patience and a cautious approach are often rewarded.  Whales may be plentiful and curious, while other times they are busy feeding, sleeping or travelling doing long, deep dives – this is a matter of chance.  To improve our success, our catamaran can travel further in less time and its high decks enable our crew (and you) to spot the whales from greater distances  so as to not miss any of the action.

Our captains are familiar with their behaviour will try to provide you with the best possible experience without disturbance.   Our Captains communicate with the other boats to co-ordinate visits to ensure as few boats are around them at any given time.  Sometimes the encounter is a short, fleeting glimpse as a whale passes through our area.  Other times it may be a profound and intimate interaction as a whale(s) comes alongside to check us out.  Either way we are tremendously lucky to be in their presence.

Interactions are entirely up to the whales.
We’re just there to observe in a respectful manner.

Puffins  Whales  Icebergs

Please note that the cat will not be in use due to COVID19.  All tours in 2020 will operate on a conventional, monohull tour boat that meets the same safety requirements as set forth by Transport Canada. 

Gatherall’s catamaran is designed to provide our guests with the best experience. The upper deck allows you to spot whales even when they are further away and seemingly disappear in the ocean swells (think view from ground floor versus rooftop).  Abundant deck area and rail space provides more unobstructed views of the action.  If you’re lucky, the whales  may choose to visit for a closer look!   When they do, the superior viewing angles of the cat enable you can see further into the water to watch as they slip effortless beneath.  While viewing puffins, the upper viewing decks of the cat keeps you at eye level with their nests for the best views and pictures.  

Riding the cat means that your carbon footprint is smaller too.   The cat was designed to be ultra efficient which means that we consume less fuel per guest per mile traveled than other vessels.   Click to learn more about the best tour boat.

COMFORT

Big is Better

Gatherall’s cat is the largest tour boat in Newfoundland. It offers the most space and the smoothest ride plus it has room for everybody inside in the event of rain.

INTERPRETATION

Live Commentary

Gatherall’s guides use wireless microphones so that they are free to move about to answer your questions and chat one on one. A full commentary is provided throughout the cruise.

RANGE

More Sightings

The unique design of the cat allows it to travel further than other vessels. This means that we can travel further to find whales & icebergs and spend more time.

SAFETY

Foremost Priority

The cat & crew are Transport Canada Certified. All required life safety & fire safety equipment is in place and our crew are expertly trained.

Open May 14 through September 20

2020 dates & times subject to change.

We’re open 7 days a week in season.
Only 25 minutes from downtown St. John’s.
Shuttle service available.
Fabulous selection of local crafts & gifts

 

Group rates & packages for 30 adults or more.  Great for staff parties, reunions, wedding socials, conferences & events.  Beach BBQ & bonfire facilities make a great addition to your event.  Group transportation is available too.

Puffins  Whales  Icebergs

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether its your first adventure or you’re a returning friend, we know you have questions and we’re only too happy to answer them.  A few of the most common questions and answers are provided below and you’re welcome to reach out to us if you have others.

Puffins  Whales  Icebergs

35 Years of Great Service.  We’re proud of our commitment to providing incredible experiences and stellar customer service.  We’ve been around for 35 years so we’ve learned a few things and with so many great reviews, you know Gatherall’s should be your first choice for your boat tour in Newfoundland to see puffins, whales and icebergs.

  • Awesome Trip

    The crew were so friendly& entertaining, the scenery & birds incredible, and we got to see a couple of whales! Definitely met and exceeded our expectations.  Thanks

    Jenny Hatt
  • Highly Recommended

    Great Tour with excellent staff! From the check in to the onboard staff, everyone was friendly, efficient, and professional.  This is our second whale watch with this company. Highly recommend for an authentic experience.

    Kerry Smith
  • Fantastic Experience!

    Fantastic experience!! Crew were informative and very entertaining!! Boat was very clean and safe, and we learned a lot about the birds and the whales we saw! Highly recommend it!!

    Kim Gray
  • Recommend Them Thoroughly!

    Thanks guys. It was an awesome trip. Enjoyed the whales and trillions of birds. Terrific songs and commentary too! Great job!

    Jean Reiser
  • Awesome Experience

    It was an awesome experience and really enjoyed the view and everything the staff  and crew were very informative and funny I got to taste some of the iceberg.

    Sam Palmieri
  • Excellent!

    The trip was excellent.  The captain and crew  were fantastic.   Also seeing the first humpbacks of the season.  We will recommended you to friends and family

    John Reid
  • Enjoyed Every Minute!

    Great day, we enjoyed every minute! The staff was helpful and provided good information all through the cruise.

    Roy Parteno
  • Excellent Trip!

    An excellent trip. Although we knew that seeing whales could not be guaranteed the crew did their utmost to make sure we did. 

    Geraldine Cook
  • Highlight Of Our Trip!

    Our experience with Gatheralls was by far the highlight of our trip to St. John’s! My 7 year old keeps talking about how amazing the sights were and how funny the tour guides were. We can’t wait to come back and do it again!

    Leah Kays
  • Definately Recommend!

    Great tour, fun and friendly staff! Very knowledgeable and great sense of humor!  Very helpful and accommodating for my mother who was in a wheelchair. Definitely recommend!

    Dyanna Retzlaff
  • Absolutely Awesome!

    Foggy Day but that didn’t dampen the experience. Absolutely awesome

    Reuben Pike
  • Very Impressed!

    We were very impressed with the knowledge of the staff on-board our tour regarding the Puffins, Razorbills and Murres as well as their commitment to conservation. We commend your efforts and thank you for your excellent work and learned a lot too. Absolutely great experience. 

    Sheila Kuja
  • Highly Recommend!

    Was absolutely amazing.  Not to be missed experience when visiting St Johns. Highly recommend.

    Michael Courtney

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CONTACT INFO

TEL. 709-334-2887

Email  [email protected]

Address  90 North Side Rd., Bay Bulls, NL Canada, A0A 1C0

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Shuttle service will not be available Summer 2020.

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