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Whale Watching in Newfoundland


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We know you have questions ….

Please forgive us if you haven’t found all the info you’re looking for – sometimes we forget that you haven’t been on one of our great adventures before!   People always have questions – its expected.  A few of the most common questions are listed below. 

Be sure to check back as we update the site. We’re adding more content about our tours and services, as well as the many sights and attractions found in the area.  Of course if you can’t find the answer to your questions here on the site we welcome you to contact us directly by email, phone, or any of our social media channels.

We want you to be comfortable and secure in your decision to choose Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch.   We’d love to hear from you and look forward to answering all of your questions.

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We want you to have the best experience …

We want to make sure you have the best experience possible and that means you need to know when to visit.  Of course, we welcome you to join us any time in our season but we want to remind you that wildlife & iceberg sightings vary with the time of the year.  

Puffins arrive early May and stay till 3rd week of September. Timing for the other seabirds varies.

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!

Icebergs season in the Avalon region is typically from early May through to mid-June however sightings vary greatly from year to year. Feel free to contact us for updates!

Our coastal scenery is beautiful year round and is a treat in and of itself. Our cruise offers an incredible opportunity to experience wondrous seascapes, mighty cliff faces & pounding surf.

Value

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch offers great value.  The high quality of our tour, consistent wildlife sightings, safe, comfortable tour boat, friendly, knowledgeable & professional staff all work to ensure that you get the best value for your money.

Schedule

Gatherall’s operates daily departures during the wildlife season. Our convent schedule makes it easy to find a time that meets your schedule. Up to six tours are offered during peak season. Click any Book Now button to check availability.

Online Reservations

Gatherall’s on-line reservation system provides an easy and secure way to book your experience. You can check available departure times for each day of the season for our most up-to-date information. Not sure why time works best for you – our staff are happy to reschedule you without penalty.

Shuttle Service

Visiting St. John’s without access to a car? No need to miss out. Shuttle service is available from the major hotels and B&B’s in St. John’s is available (additional charges apply). Relax and take in the scenery and leave the driving to one of our curtious drivers – feel free to have a chat along the way.

Cancellations

Your schedule changed.  Flight delayed. Weather not so great.  Don’t worry.  You can reschedule your booking without penalty at any time.  Individual tickets can be refunded up to 1 hour prior to the tour start without penalty (not applicable to groups of 10 or more persons).

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Have questions?  Need more information?  Please be sure to contact us even during the off season.  You can reach us by phone, email, or social media.  We are more than happy to answer your questions and to provide suggestions & or recommendations.

Tour Length

Our Puffin & Whale cruises average 90 minutes in length.  The cat allows us to travel further in less time than any of the other large tour boats (and most of the smaller ones too) and still spend more time with the birds & whales. We’ve determined that this is the optimum tour length plus it leaves you with more time to explore more of Newfoundland! 

Safety

Safety is Gatherall’s foremost priority.  Our vessels and crews are Transport Canada certified and the cat is constructed to the highest safety standard for vessels in its class.  The cat is also designed to be the most comfortable and stable platform for your enjoyment.

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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
mgwhales@nf.aibn.com