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Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch

Newfoundland Puffin Boat Tour

Discover the Ultimate Wildlife Adventure With Gatherall’s

Experience the thrill of witnessing puffins in their natural habitat on this TOP RATED Newfoundland puffin boat tour.

Image showing Gatherall's award for "best of the best" on TripAdvisor - top 1% of activities worldwide

BEST OF THE BEST” by TripAdvisor, Gatherall’s is among the top 1% of things to do worldwide! 

Best Place to See Puffins

Embark on our award winning Newfoundland Puffin Tour to marvel at playful puffins nesting on the cliffs and diving in deep waters. While this tour is past peak whale season, our watchful crew keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, ocean sunfish and other marine wildlife that may appear. With expert and entertaining guides and the most comfortable boat, Gatherall’s ensures an unforgettable wildlife encounter!

Tour Dates: August 16 – September 05.  Check below for more tours & dates.

Gatherall's 2023 Viator Experience Award

Expert Guided Tour

Professional, knowledgable and friendly guides offer a live interpretation detailing the lives of the birds, the surrounding geology and of course any whales or other marine wildlife encountered. Commentary is interspersed with a colourful mix of local humour, stories & song capturing the essence of Newfoundland’s culture.  Gatherall’s crew blends youthful exuberance balanced with decades of seagoing experience. 

Tour duration between 90 to 110 minutes.

Tour Add Ons

Round out your Newfoundland Puffin Boat Tour with one or more of Gatherall’s most popular offerings.  Shop our great selection of Newfoundland arts & crafts for that special memento.  Get inducted to the Royal Order of Screechers by Gatherall’s crew and become an Honorary Newfoundlander on board.  Need a ride?  Book our convenient door to door shuttle (most St. John’s hotels).


Get Screech’d-In by Gatherall’s

Shuttle Service

Pickups from most St.John’s hotels


Gift Store

One of Newfoundland’s best craft stores

Gatherall’s Catamaran….Designed to Provide the Best Experience

Treat yourself to the best views! Elevated viewing decks keep you at eye level with nesting puffins for the best pictures and make it easier to spot whales and other marine life even when further away (think penthouse view versus ground floor view).  

Abundant deck and rail space provide unobstructed views.   If we’re lucky should a whale, dolphins, or ocean sunfish appear, the superior viewing angles of the cat enable you to see deeper into the water to watch as they slip effortless beneath. 

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. 


Spacious & Comfortable

Gatherall’s cat is the largest tour boat in Newfoundland.  The cat offers the most space and the smoothest ride.  Multiple viewing decks provide rail space for everyone.  Room for all guests inside the cabin in the event of rain. Washrooms and canteen service on board.


Certification & Training

Vessel & crew are Transport Canada Certified and inspected annually. All required life safety & fire safety equipment is in place and our crew have been expertly trained in Marine Emergencies Duties, Domestic Vessel Safety, Marine First Aid plus more.


Range & Speed

The unique design of the cat allows it to travel further than other vessels. Featuring dual engines and slim hulls means that the cat can travel more quickly than other tour boats. It can also travel further to find whales & icebergs and spend more time.

More Times & More Tours 

Gatherall’s offers tours daily May 14 to September 20 

Great adventures still await even if you’re visiting outside peak whale season. The seabird colony is at its finest May through to late August (puffins stay through till mid / late September). Icebergs may be present early season and whales sometimes appear outside of peak season. Incredible coastal vistas await all season! 

For 2024 we’ve added a couple of new special tours …

Newfoundland  Puffin Boat Tour


We would love to experience puffins, whales, and icebergs on every tour but please remember that nature keeps its own schedule. Time of day generally doesn’t affect sightings but time of the season sure does. Planning your visit?  Click below to discover the best times to visit for each attraction.

Seasonal guidance regarding suggested “Best Times” for puffins and whale encounters represents historical norms but can vary from year to year. 

Whales & / icebergs cannot be guaranteed on any specific cruise.

Top Rated Newfoundland Puffin & Whale Boat Tour 

Close to 40 Years of Great Service.  
We’re proud of our commitment to providing incredible experiences and stellar customer service.  We’ve been welcoming explorers since 1984.  We’ve learned a few things along the way.  With so many great reviews, you know Gatherall’s should be your first choice for your Newfoundland puffin and whale boat tour.