Whales, Puffins, &
Icebergs Boat Tour Newfoundland.

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch 

Photo of an Atlantic Puffin taking off from the water with wings and its orange webbed feet outstretched.
Watch Whales, Puffins, Icebergs in Newfoundland With Gatherall’s Tour

If you’re searching for an incredible adventure Boat Tour for Whales, Puffins, Icebergs in Newfoundland be sure to check out Gatherall’s.

The Gatherall family and staff have been welcoming visitors on our exciting and educational puffin and whale watch cruise for over 30 years.  We love to share the natural and cultural heritage of 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.  At the start of each season, 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 determined to make sure that you 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.

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch Cruise
Incredible Experiences

Our Puffin & Whale Watch Cruise is a favourite of so many individuals and families who visit our province each summer it’s no wonder that most of the national and international tour companies include this tour in their Newfoundland tour itineraries.

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.

Gatherall’s  original Puffin & Whale Watch Cruise  has been finely tuned over three decades to provide you with an incredible experience.  Each adventure on our largest tour boat is a minimum of 90+ minutes.  Our exciting adventure features the islands of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and the surrounding waters and headlands. For your comfort and safety, service is provided on our large modern catamaran.  Relax and enjoy the sights while our professional, knowledgable and personable guides provide a live interpretation of the fascinating sights above, below and around us.  Wildlife & iceberg sights vary with time of year so be sure to check below for best times. 



Have Questions?  Need More Info?

Learn more about our tours and services.
Before planning your vacation or outing be sure to check out the best time to visit – we don’t want you to be disappointed!  We’re always happy to answer any questions.

Gatherall’s online reservation system makes it easy to book this incredible experience – just click on the BOOK NOW button, select your adventure, choose a date and time – it’s really that easy!

Located in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, we’re only 25 minutes away from downtown St. John’s.  Loads of free parking available on site.  A convenient shuttle service is available (additional charges apply).

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Choose Your Adventure

Gatherall’s offers both large and small boat adventures.
For the most comfort and space choose our Puffin & Whale Watch Cruise on the largest tour boat in Newfoundland (max 100 persons) or if you are more adventurous, select our Puffin & Whale Expedition adventure our smaller tour boat (max 6 persons).  Group Cruises & Event Packages available too.


Your enjoyment and satisfaction matters greatly to us.  For over 30 years the Gatherall family and crew have been delighted to share this incredible experience with travellers from the world over.  The Gatherall family, crew and staff are committed to providing you with the best possible experience each and every time you visit.  We know your time is valuable and vacation time always seems too short.




When is the best time to visit?

We want to make sure you have the best experience possible and that means you need to know when to visit.   We want to remind you that wildlife and iceberg sightings vary with the time of the year. 


Photo of an Atlantic Puffin running on the water trying to get airborne.

Puffins arrive early May and can be viewed in large numbers through till mid September with a few staying until the 3rd week of September. Timing for the other seabirds (murres, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, fulmars & more) varies by species.


Photo of a humpback flashing the underside of its flukes.

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!


Watch Whales, Puffins, Icebergs in Newfoundland With Gatherall’s Tour

Iceberg season in our region is typically during May and 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.


Photo of the lighthouse on the north side of Bay Bulls harbour.

Spectacular coastal scenery abounds during our cruise throughout the entire season.  Learn more about the incredible geological formations and how the sea has nurtured and  impacted our culture for thousands of years.



Adventures for Large & Small Groups

Have a large convention or group event and looking for an activity that’s different – we have a tour to suit.

Want a special, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter for you and your closest friends – we have a tour to suit.

The great thing about working with Gatherall’s is that we understand that one size fits all doesn’t always work. We’re here to help. Whether you have a special request or need to customize a tour for your event we’re ready to chat.  Choose from one of Gatherall’s popular adventures or let us custom design an experience for you.

Our Group Tour packages (groups of 30 or more adults) provide a fabulous opportunity for convention delegates to get a true taste of Newfoundland.  A Group Tour with Gatherall’s is an ever popular option for family reunions & office parties too – be sure to ask about our Beach BBQ & Bonfire facilities & packages. Transportation options available.

Gatherall’s newest experience, our Puffin & Whale Expedition is intended for the more intrepid travellers. A small boat expedition led by one of our senior naturalists with a maximum of only 6 explorers per departure and Exclusive Expedition booking option so you can limit it to your booking only (additional fees apply). 

Group Tours

Puffin & Whale Expedition

Small Boat

Why Gatherall’s?

While our staff, services, and equipment have grown from humble beginnings, we strive to remain true to our roots – providing a real experience for our guests. Three generations of the Gatherall family are active in the daily operation of our Newfoundland whale watching tour. Together with our dedicated, professional and engaging staff, we look forward to introducing you to one of the world’s most incredible natural sights.  Gatherall’s is proud to be included in so many Newfoundland Tours offered by the leading national and international tour operators. 

Guest Reviews

Your opinion matters to us and we value all feedback provided by our guests. We try to incorporate helpful suggestions and recommendations whenever possible. Our guests are our best ambassadors and we like to share their comments with you.


Gatherall’s large, stable and spacious catamaran is used for all of our Puffin & Whale Watch cruises. The type of boat used can have a huge impact on your experience. Learn more about why the cat is the best vessel for your wildlife adventure.

Our Partners

Gatherall’s works with many of the world’s leading tour companies which feature Newfoundland as a destination.
Prefer the flexibility of a Self Drive program or the hassle free travel convenience of a professionally guided MotorCoach, Gatherall\’s partners with many of the world\’s leading tour operators.
Like to bring your home along? Why not join one of the many caravan tour groups that travel to Newfoundland, you\’re sure to find yourself on board too.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to start your adventure, just click on any of the Book Now buttons and our easy, secure booking system will let you select the experience that is most convenient for you.  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