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Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch 

If you’re searching for an incredible adventure Boat Tour for Whales, Puffins, Icebergs in Newfoundland be sure to check out Gatherall’s.

The Gatherall family and staff have welcomed visitors on our exciting and educational cruises for over 35 years.  We love to share the natural and cultural heritage of our home, with our guests.  During summer, whales along with puffins and a multitude of other seabird species return to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  At the start of each season, incredible icebergs arrive just in time to enchant and astound our guests.

National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine‘s experts rated the Avalon Penninsula Number 1 out of 99 of the world’s great islands, coastlines, and beaches!

 

Gatherall’s Signature Cruise

This exciting 90 + minutes cruise focuses on the wildlife of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and spectacular coastal vistas.  

Gatherall’s professional, knowledgable and personable guides and crew offer a live interpretation interspersed with a colourful mix of local humour, stories & song.  Our crew features a blend of youthful exhuberence balanced with decades of seagoing experience.  Learn about Newfoundland’s incredible natural heritage during this renown wildlife cruise.  

A favourite of visitors for over 35 years, Gatherall’s is rated FIVE STARS on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp and is among the highlights of thousands of visitors to Newfoundland each and every season. 

Puffins are observed in large numbers for most of our season. Whale & iceberg sightings vary with time of year – be sure to check below for suggested best times. 

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We recommend scheduling your experience with Gatherall’s early during your stay in the St. John’s area.  Should the weather be inclement and warrant cancellation you’ll have an opportunity to reschedule for an alternate date / time. 

Wildlife and iceberg sightings vary with the time of the year. 

When is the best time to visit?

 

Photo of a group of puffins on a rock with a gannet gliding past in the background.

PLAYFUL
PUFFINS

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.

A close up photo of a Humpback Whale as it lazily breeches.

WONDERFUL
WHALES

Whale sightings typically peak during the period from mid-June through to mid-August. While whales can arrive any time after the middle of May and stay through to the end of September, sightings outside of the peak season are a bonus!

Photo of a fisherman in a small dory by the high cliff face.

SPECTACULAR
SCENERY

Iceberg season in our region is typically during May & 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.

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INCREDIBLE
ICEBERGS

Spectacular coastal scenery abounds during our cruise throughout the entire season!  Learn more about the incredible geological formations and how the sea has nurtured & impacted our culture for thousands of years!

Adventures for Groups

Gatherall’s offers adventures for groups both large and small.

For your enjoyment and comfort, Gatherall’s cruise features our spacious catamaran – the largest tour boat in Newfoundland (max 100 persons) with room for all guests indoors, multiple viewing decks and ample rail space to ensure you get the best view.

Additional options and activities are available for group bookings including transportation, beach bonfire & BBQ’s, entertainment & more!  Please enquire with one of our friendly staff to discuss your event.

Our Group Tour packages (groups of 30 or more adults) provide a fabulous opportunity for convention delegates to get a true taste of Newfoundland.  A Group Tour with Gatherall’s is an ever popular option for family reunions & office parties too – be sure to ask about our Beach BBQ & Bonfire facilities & packages. Transportation options available.

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WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK

"Amazing cruise with the whales and puffins. Very professional and courteous crew on tour.  Overall an amazing experience.  First time for some friends of ours to the island. You made their experience one to remember."

Tony Mercer,

“Amazing cruise with the whales and puffins. Very professional and courteous crew on tour. Overall an amazing experience. First time for some friends of ours to the island. You made their experience one to remember.”
"We had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and we loved the singing. We saw a mother and baby whale plus thousands of puffins. What more could we ask for! My daughter did not want the boat tour to end."

Jessie McMillin

“We had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and we loved the singing. We saw a mother and baby whale plus thousands of puffins. What more could we ask for! My daughter did not want the boat tour to end.”
"We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. You provided an extremely courteous service from the moment it was booked. Your staff is very pleasant and humorous. That I like. The tour guides shared fabulous knowledge about the birds . Very informative . Will be happy to recommend you to family and friends."

Ethel Bachewich

“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. You provided an extremely courteous service from the moment it was booked. Your staff is very pleasant and humorous. That I like. The tour guides shared fabulous knowledge about the birds . Very informative . Will be happy to recommend you to family and friends.”

Small Boat Adventure

If you are more adventurous or prefer an exclusive experience, select our Puffin & Whale Expedition adventure our smaller tour boat (max 6 persons).

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Expedition is offered for the more intrepid travellers. This small boat expedition led by one of our senior naturalists with a maximum of only 6 explorers per departure on select dates throughout the summer season.  Our Exclusive Expedition option let you make your booking private (additional fees apply). 

NOTE: 

Small boat tours are more likely to be cancelled / rescheduled due to weather conditions than our large boat cruises.  

All tour boats – both large and small – are governed by the same regulations regarding marine mammal approaches & encounters.  

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Three generations of the Gatherall family work to ensure that you have the best experience possible.  Together with our dedicated, professional and engaging staff, we look forward to introducing you to one of the world’s most incredible natural sights.

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Before planning your vacation or outing be sure to check out the best time to visit – we don’t want you to be disappointed!  We’re always happy to answer any questions.

Gatherall’s online reservation system makes it easy to book this incredible experience – just click on the BOOK NOW button, select your adventure, choose a date and time – it’s really that easy!

Located in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, we’re only 25 minutes away from downtown St. John’s.  Loads of free parking available on site.  A convenient shuttle service is available (additional charges apply).

Feel free to drop us an email, message us via our social media channels or chat with one of our friendly staff .  

Where To Find Us

Gatherall’s Puffin
& Whale Watch

90 Northside Rd., Bay Bulls,
Newfoundland  Canada
A0A 1C0

1-800-419-4253 CAN /US
(709)334-2887  Local
info@gatheralls.com

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