A Real Newfoundland Experience!
National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine‘s experts rated the Avalon Peninsula 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 almost 40 years and why so many of our guests return time and again.
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 Traveler Magazine’s top pick!
Gatherall’s has the distinction of being recognized as
“BEST OF THE BEST” by TripAdvisor placing our tours in the top 1% of things to do worldwide!
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 which means that there is always something to see. 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.
YOU’RE IN GREAT COMPANY!
Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch works with many established professional tour operators in Canada, the United States, the UK, Germany, Australia, and many other countries. Our long standing relationships with these industry leaders assures you that you are in good company when choosing Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch as an activity for your clients.
Whether you choose to contract directly with Gatherall’s or through a receptive – either way your in great hands! Gatherall’s has partnered with many Canadian and regional receptive operators so its easy to add your incredible experience to your itinerary. guaranteed departures provided for both escorted group tours and customized FIT adventure. Of course we’re always looking to establish relationships with new operators as we believe that “a rising tide lifts all boats”.
Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch cruise is available for bookings (30 or more adults) at the following times May 15 through to September 30.
9:00 AM / 10:30 AM / 12:30 PM / 2:30 PM / 4:30 PM / 6:30 PM
FIT reservations are available on scheduled public cruises. Scheduled cruises operate regardless of guest counts to minimize disruption to your guests’ itineraries. If your client gets delayed or needs to change their travel plans, our staff will be delighted to reschedule their cruise without penalty (subject to availability).
Rates (Net Group & FIT)
Gatherall’s offers great rates to Group & FIT clients.
We understand that you have many attractions so we try to keep it simple and uncomplicated for your accounting office and booking agents!
Rates below are subject to applicable taxes (HST @ 15%).
We recommend scheduling your guests’ experience with Gatherall’s during 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 & shuttle only) and will add in a departure if need to accommodate your schedule (group bookings)!
2024 Travel Trade Rate
ADULT: $62 / person (ages 18+)
YOUTH $44 / person (ages 17 to 2)
2025 Travel Trade Rate
ADULT: $65 / person (ages 18+)
YOUTH $47 / person (ages 17 to 2)
Tour Add Ons
Round out your visit to Gatherall’s with one or more of of our 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. For FIT guests who need a lift Gatherall’s offers convenient shuttle service from major St. John’s hotels. Need a ride?
Get Screech’d-In by Gatherall’s
Pickups from most St.John’s hotels
One of Newfoundland’s best craft stores
Best Times for Puffins, Whales & Icebergs
Gatherall’s tours are based around the migrating wildlife. While it would be great to experience puffins, whales, and icebergs on every tour, we’re ever mindful to remind guests that nature runs on its own schedule. Suggested “best times” to experience each attraction are noted below.
Time of day generally doesn’t affect sightings but time of the season sure does.
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 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 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.
More reasons to choose Gatherall’s.
Gatherall’s catamaran & crew – the best experience.
The cat 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.
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.
Gatherall’s Travel Trade Media page offers great images and video clips to help you spread the word about your Newfoundland Experiences. Images and video clips are available for download and free use for your promotional activities. We’re going to be adding more content through the season so that you have a supply of fresh, original content to choose from. Loads of high quality wildlife stills, panoramic shots, drone clips, and we even hope to add in some 360 and virtual reality footage in the coming months. We’re looking forward to sharing all of our content with you so that you can reach out to your markets and give them that extra nudge to come and explore Newfoundland.Just click on any of the images below to access the Trade Media page on our site. When prompted for a password simply type in Trade
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For reservations and or questions please feel free to contact us by phone during business hours, email, or through our social media channels.
Address 90 North Side Rd., Bay Bulls, NL Canada, A0A 1C0