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Tour Rates 2019
Tour Rates 2019
Tour Rates 2019

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch

The Gatherall Family & Staff have been welcoming visitors on our exciting and educational puffin and whale watch cruises for over 30 years.  We love to share the natural & cultural heritage of this place, our home, with our guests.  Each summer, year after year, numerous species of whales, along with puffins and a multitude of other seabird species return to the rich waters of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  Occasionally, incredible icebergs arrive just in time to enchant and astound our guests.

Three generations of the Gatherall Family are involved in the daily operation so you can rest assured that we are commited to making sure that your clients have the best experience possible.   We are big enough to be professional while still small enough to care.

 

Want to speak with one of our friendly staff – just call 1-800- 419-4253.
Feel free to drop us an email or message us via our social media channels.

Learn more about our activities and services.
Before planning your Newfoundland itinerary be sure to check out the best time to visit – we don’t want your clients to be disappointed!  We’re always happy to answer any questions and assist with itinerary planning.

Gatherall’s electronic reservation system makes it easy to book this incredible experience for FIT reservations.  Contact us and we can set you up with direct access to our reservation system and activity inventory.   Group bookings are administered by our staff – please contact us to reserve your cruise dates & times!

Located in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, Gatherall’s is only minutes away from downtown St. John’s.  Loads of free parking available on site – including coach parking dockside.   A convenient shuttle service is available (additional charges apply) for FIT guests from St. John’s hotels & B&B’s.

A Real NEWFOUNDLAND Experience!

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!

 

No visit to Newfoundland is complete without experiencing our incredible marine wildlife & scenery first hand.  As one of Newfoundland’s preeminent attractions, it’s no wonder Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch has been a favourite of visitors to Newfoundland for more than three decades and why so many of our guests return time and again.

Make the most of your group’s time in St. John’s and make their holiday an event to remember.
Only 25 minutes by coach from many of the downtown St. John’s hotels, Gatherall’s is the perfect opportunity to let your guests experience a part of what makes the Avalon region Nat Geo’s Traveller Magazine top pick!

 

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!

SIMPLE.  EASY.  CONVENIENT.

We’re all about making it easy for you.

We understand the Travel Trade industry – we’ve been working with many of you for over 30 years!  You have a lot of responsibility and it takes a tremendous amount of planning to make sure that everything runs smoothly.  Your reputation depends on our ability to fulfil on your promise to your clients of a fabulous experience. 

Our guaranteed departures make it possible to ensure that your clients receive the services that they requested.  Of course, Gatherall’s friendly & professional staff are always available to discuss and work with you to create a great experience for your clients.

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch makes it easy for Travel Trade partners to provide their clients with an opportunity to experience Newfoundland’s incredible marine wildlife & landscapes. 

Gatherall’s Experiences ….

We specialize in a limited number of activities to ensure that our guests are treated to the best experience possible.
Gatherall’s Signature Experience – our venerable Puffin & Whale Watch cruise – is sure to delight travellers of all ages and is available for both group & FIT reservations.

We offer up to 6 convenient departure times each day throughout the entire season for our Group Tour clients.  Coach parking is available dockside to make it easy and stress free for your guests.  We have a spectacular craft store on site featuring a fabulous selection of Newfoundland crafts and souvenirs along with a comfortable waiting area for guests to relax before or after your cruise.

For our partners who feature FIT & small group travel, Gatherall’s also offers its exciting & exclusive Picnic With The Whales experience – a truly special event and sure to be a highlight of their Newfoundland get-a-way.

Puffin & Whale Watch

Group & FIT

Picnic With The Whales

FIT & Small Group

Why we believe that you should
choose Gatherall’s …

Since 1984 the Gatherall Family, along with our valued crew & support staff,  have strived to provide the highest level of service to our guests.   Our tours operate exclusively in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  Home to over 2.5 million seabirds including over 250,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins.  The Reserve is also widely regarded as one of the best places in Atlantic Canada to encounter and experience whales in their natural environment.  Our stretch of coastline – both rugged and breathtaking – is conveniently situated at the end of Iceberg Alley and is a real treat for our early visitors.  
We believe that Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch should be your first choice for 3 simple reasons …
Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - the largest puffin colony in North America and the best place to watch Humpback Whales. This area has no equal in Atlantic Canada for the volume and diversity of wildlife and consistency of sighting.

1. Best Location

Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – the largest puffin colony in North America and the best place to watch Humpback Whales. This area has no equal in Atlantic Canada for the volume and diversity of wildlife and consistency of sighting.
The Gatherall Family

2. Friendliest Staff

The Gatherall Family & Crew are excited each and every day to share the incredible natural wonders with our guests. We love to share our knowledge and stories of the sea, its life, and our attachment to it.
Gatherall's catamaran is the largest, most stable, and comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland.  Its custom design enable us to explore farther and spend more time  time with the birds

3. Best Boat

Gatherall’s catamaran is the largest, most stable, and comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland. Its custom design enable us to explore farther and spend more time time with the birds & whales and less time getting there.

Gatherall’s Catamaran

Learn why the cat makes
for the most enjoyable experience.

LEARN MORE 

 

Not sure where to start?

We’ve made it simple for you – our most popular activities are provided below.  Of course, we’re always available to chat with you about creating a custom package or event for your clients. 

Please contact us to chat about your needs or to learn more about the packages below.  We’re here to help you decide which package and or services will best meet your needs.  Gatherall’s facilities (Tour Boat & Event Centre) are licensed and a host of bar service options are available.

ACTIVITY  &
PACKAGES 2018

Net rates exclusive of applicable taxes.
Packages with meal services available for group bookings (30 or more persons) only.

ADD ONS

Round out your group’s visit with one of our popular services.
The Express Lunch is a great value option for an included lunch (group bookings only).  Buffet style service with fresh prepared selections at a great rate.

Gatherall’s Screech In ceremony is an added touch of fun & foolishness and is always an entertaining time.

 

TOUR SCHEDULE


Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch cruise is  available for Group Tour bookings (30 or more adults) at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm from May 15 through to September 30.   FIT reservations available on scheduled / guaranteed departures.  Private departures offered subject to availability & conditions.
Gatherall’s Picnic With the Whales experience is offered July 01 through to August 10 only.

Recommendation!

We recommend booking your clients’ experience on their first day in the St. John’s area. Should the weather be inclement we will happily reschedule the service for the next available cruise (cruise / cruise & transportation only – meal services cannot be rescheduled)!

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.”
"It was Fabulous. The tour guides were excellent very informative and entertaining. The captain as well was great. All staff made the excursion a very enjoyable one. Would definitely recommend doing it."

Lucille Vey

“It was Fabulous. The tour guides were excellent very informative and entertaining. The captain as well was great. All staff made the excursion a very enjoyable one. Would definitely recommend doing it.”
"Thanks so much for a fine day on June 29. We appreciated the knowledge and professionalism of the crew as they showed us puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, Minke whales and more. We were also glad that they were willing to wait at sea long enough to see at least three humpback whale. We couldn’t have asked for more."

Jane Hopkinson

“Thanks so much for a fine day on June 29. We appreciated the knowledge and professionalism of the crew as they showed us puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, Minke whales and more. We were also glad that they were willing to wait at sea long enough to see at least three humpback whale. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
"Loved our trip. I was so excited to see whales and puffins for the first time ever!! The boat ride was a blast and the crew were so entertaining. Highlight of my trip to Newfoundland so far."

Wendy Fraser

“Loved our trip. I was so excited to see whales and puffins for the first time ever!! The boat ride was a blast and the crew were so entertaining. Highlight of my trip to Newfoundland so far.”

Our Features

Value

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch offers great value.  The high quality of our tour, consistent wildlife sightings, safe, comfortable tour boat, friendly, knowledgeable & professional staff all work to ensure that you and your clients get the best value for your money. 

Schedule

Gatherall’s offers up to six tours daily during the wildlife season.  Full departure schedule available for group tours throughout the entire season.  Confirmed reservations are guaranteed sailings regardless of minimum numbers (departures may be rescheduled due to weather of course).

Online Reservations

Group reservations are administered directly by Gatherall’s staff.  Individual reservations can be booked directly through Gatherall’s on-line reservation system 24 /7.   Individual reservations can be rescheduled without penalty.

Shuttle Service

Guests can relax and take in the scenery and leave the driving to one of our curtious drivers – they’re always to have a chat along the way.  Shuttle service is offered from the major hotels and B&B’s in St. John’s for individuals or group pick up at a predetermined location. 

Cancellations

Last minute schedule change.  Flight delayed. Weather not so great.  Don’t worry.  Gatherall’s is happy to reschedule individual bookings without penalty at any time.  For our Group Tour bookings, we’ll work directly with the Event Co-Ordinator to work around the weather whenever possible.  

Chat

Have questions?  Need more information?  Please be sure to contact us at any time even during the off season.  You can reach us by phone, email, or social media.  We are more than happy to answer your questions and to provide suggestions & or recommendations. 

Tour Length

Puffin & Whale cruises average 90 minutes in length.  Gatherall’s catamaran tour boat allows us to travel further in less time than any of the other large tour boats (and most of the smaller ones too) and still spend more time with the birds & whales. Event timing can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Safety

Safety is Gatherall’s foremost priority.  Our vessels and crews are Transport Canada certified and the cat is constructed to the highest safety standard for vessels in its class.  The cat is also designed to be the most comfortable and stable platform for your enjoyment.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need more information, we would be more than happy to respond.  Feel free to contact us directly by phone, via social media, or by email. 

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
mgwhales@nf.aibn.com