Watch Whales Puffins Icebergs in Newfoundland



Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch 

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 welcomed visitors on our exciting and educational cruises for over 30 years.  We love to share the natural and cultural heritage of our home, with our guests.  During summer, whales along with puffins and a multitude of other seabird species return to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  At the start of each season, incredible icebergs arrive just in time to enchant and astound our guests.

Gatherall’s Signature Cruise

This exciting 90 + minutes cruise focuses on the wildlife of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and spectacular coastal vistas.  

Gatherall’s professional, knowledgable and personable guides and crew offer a live interpretation interspersed with a colourful mix of local humour, stories & song.  No wonder this cruise has been a favourite of visitors for over 30 years and is rated FIVE STARS on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp.

Puffins are observed in large numbers for most of our season however whale & iceberg sightings vary with time of year and cannot be guaranteed.
Be sure to check below for suggested best times. 

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Puffin & Whale Watch

(Large Boat)

When is the best time to visit?

Each summer puffins and a multitude of other seabird + numerous species of whales, return to the rich waters of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.   On occasion, incredible icebergs arrive just in time to enchant and astound our guests.


Wildlife and iceberg sightings vary with the time of the year. 

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

Mid-May through till mid-September in large numbers – a few may stay till 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.

Encounters & sightings peak during mid-June through to mid-August. Whales may be present from mid-May till late September but please remember sightings outside of the peak season are always bonus!

Photo of a medium iceberg with light blue sky and deep blue seas.

Iceberg season in eastern Newfoundland is typically May and June.  While we 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

Gatherall’s offers adventures for groups both large and small.

For the most comfort and space or for your group event, choose our Puffin & Whale Watch Cruise on the largest tour boat in Newfoundland (max 100 persons).
If you are more adventurous or prefer an exclusive experience, select our Puffin & Whale Expedition adventure our smaller tour boat (max 6 persons).

Group Tours

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.

Puffin & Whale Expedition

Small Boat

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). 


Three generations of the Gatherall family work to ensure that you have the best experience possible.  Together with our dedicated, professional and engaging staff, we look forward to introducing you to one of the world’s most incredible natural sights.

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.
Gatherall’s partners with many of the world’s leading tour operators who offer Escorted Group Travel, Caravans and Self Drive vacations.

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).

Feel free to drop us an email, message us via our social media channels or chat with one of our friendly staff .  

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