Destination – Gatherall’s is licensed to operate in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – home of the Atlantic Puffin (sightings guaranteed mid-May to mid-September) and one of the undisputed best places to encounter whales in their natural environment. Location. Location. Location.
Quality – Trip Advisor designated Gatherall’s the “Best of the Best” on the strength of unbiased guest experiences. We’re rated five stars on Google / Yelp / Facebook too for our consistently great experience and attention to service. Gatherall’s has been welcoming guests since 1984 and strive to maintain and exceed this incredibly high service standard with each and every single guest.
Staff – Gatherall’s is a team effort. We are so incredibly proud to work with a truly outstanding group of dedicated, professional, engaging, entertaining and hospitable individuals who are committed to providing you with the best possible experience.
Equipment – Gatherall’s catamaran tour boat is simply the most spacious and most comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland. It has been designed to provide you with the best possible experience.
Gatherall’s is one of the oldest and most trusted tour operators in Newfoundland and is the preferred supplier for many local, national and international tour operators. Your enjoyment & safety continue to be our foremost priority. Our family & staff take great pride in our reputation and work hard to ensure that each and every guest is treated with the respect and care they deserve.
We cannot guarantee whales but we will do our very best to spot them. All local boats chat but it is best to visit during the season. Whale sightings typically peak during mid-June through to mid-August however whales may arrive mid May and sometimes stay through September. Please remember that sightings outside of the peak season are a bonus!
Our Puffin & Whale cruises are typically between 90 to 110 minutes in duration. Actual tour time & route can vary depending on weather conditions and presence / location of whales and or icebergs. Gatherall’s can travel further in less time than any of the other large tour boats (and many of the smaller ones too), so more of your tour time is spent with the wildlife and not just getting there.
We sail rain / shine but sometimes have to cancel when sea conditions warrant. If we cancel your ticket will be refunded or rescheduled. Safety is our foremost concern. When booking ahead we recommend that you don’t wait for the last day of your stay – leave room for flexibility.
Gatherall’s catamaran is design to make the cruise as comfortable as possible. Everybody is different though and some days are nicer than others. On average less than 2% of our guests get seasick. If you are prone to motion sickness then we recommend an anti-nausea medication. Vessel is equipped with two washrooms.