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Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise

Bay Bulls, Canada
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Marvel at marine wildlife up-close on this cruise through the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The reserve is home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the largest populations of whales in the North Atlantic. Aboard a spacious catamaran with ample viewing areas, admire icebergs and watch for puffins, whales, razor-billed auks, black legged kittiwakes, and more (wildlife attractions vary with the time of year). Hear live commentary from crew and naturalists on board about Newfoundland’s heritage as you travel to Iceberg Alley.
  • Marine-wildlife watching catamaran cruise in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
  • Travel to Iceberg Alley, strewn with melting icebergs of various shapes
  • See a wide variety of seabirds, including Atlantic puffins
  • Spot whales during the summer
  • Learn about the wildlife and geology from crew and naturalists on board
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule
This cruise departs from a private dock in Bay Bulls, about 25 minutes from downtown St. John's, Newfoundland.


At the dock, step aboard a catamaran equipped with a spacious viewing platform. The catamaran can accommodate up to 100 people on its outside decks, and its interior cabin can fit all passengers comfortably in the event of inclement weather. This is the only tour vessel in Newfoundland with such capacity.


Your captain navigates the boat to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, located at the end of Iceberg Alley. Icebergs drift along the coast from Greenland each spring and summer, and by the time they reach the reserve, they have been sculpted by the seas, sun, waves and shoreline to create incredible shapes.


On board, crew and naturalists share insight into the 2.5 million seabirds and the large populations of whales that call the reserve home. Peak whale watching takes place from mid-June through mid-August. (Your crew will do its best to make sure you see whales, but sightings are not guaranteed.) The guides and crew are equipped with wireless microphones and are happy to answer your questions or repeat information as you like.


The boat will stop along sheltered areas of the islands that comprise the Reserve. Snap photos of nesting sites and watch seabirds in their natural habitat. Some species you may see include Atlantic puffins, common murres, black guillemots, northern gannets, greater shearwaters and northern fulmars.


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very pleasant
, Aug 2019
saw several whales, including two breaches. bird islands were great as well. very unexpected to see all of this. fun hosts
An excursion for the books!
, Aug 2019
We used this tour outfit off of a cruise ship and it went like clockwork as far as pick-up and drop-off which is always nice. Very fun, knowlegeable commentators aboard the nicely appointed boat. We saw 5 humpback, 3 fin whales up close and personal along with 3 dolphin. The trip to Bird Island and 2.5 million puffin, common murre and assorted gulls along with several raptors was wonderful. Take this trip for an experience dtos remember!
The Best Whale Watch/Puffin Tour!
, Jul 2019
Ticketing process and crew was friendly, quick, and efficient. Boat crew was both knowledgeable and entertaining. We saw a good number of whales (one of them was VERY close to us), Puffins, an iceberg, and the music on board was great. We even got to sing! A great experience that we highly recommend.
great trip, whe have seen whales, puffins and iceberg! The crew did a very great and friendly job
, Jul 2019
The boat was clean, the staff very polite and gave us many informations. Also the Transfer to the boat has been in a well climated new van. I can recomand this trip to everybody!
Tour on time, great commentary, fun...
Erin F
, Aug 2018
Tour on time, great commentary, fun and interactive staff! Loved hearing about the puffins and other birds, along with bits about Newfoundland. Highly recommend!
Easy to work with the tour company...
, Jul 2018
Easy to work with the tour company. The trip was amazing. Don't expect to see whales and don't complain to the tour guides if you don't see one - not within their control. We enjoyed your singing tour guides. We had a fun time and highly recommended.
What an awesome cruise !!! Saw whales...
Paulette S
, Jul 2016
What an awesome cruise !!! Saw whales up close and lots of puffins.

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