Gatherall’s Puffin
& Whale Watch Cruise

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.

Newfoundland’s Whale and Puffin Tour.

Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

A true wildlife extravaganza!
A blizzard of puffins and a carnival of whales and the best hospitality you’re sure to find. Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch cruise features the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The Reserve is beyond compare in its ability to offer visitors a world class wildlife experience.

If you really want to experience puffins and whales in their natural environment, then why not visit them at home.
That’s right, the reserve is “The Home of the Atlantic Puffin”. With over 2.5 million seabirds including over 500,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins, it’s undoubtedly the absolute best place to see them. The Reserve is also one of the best feeding areas for whales in Atlantic Canada. There’s no better place to find them! If you happen to be visiting during the early part of our season, you will also find yourself at the end of Iceberg Alley. By the time these mountains of ice reach our area they have been intricately carved and crafted by the waves and rocks to create the most incredible shapes.

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GREAT EXPERIENCES.

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. 

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Puffin & Whale Watch

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch Cruise

Nature Happens!

Depending on the season, there are incredible sights in store.  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.

Photo of a Puffin with capelin in its beak and its wings outstretched.

2.5 million seabirds nest on the islands of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The islands are home to over 500,000 Atlantic Puffins – no wonder its the best place to see them.  The best time to watch for Puffins is from mid May through to mid September.

The waters of the Reserve is a favourite feeding area for the annual migration of whales that make their way to the waters of Newfoundland each summer.  The peak of the whale season here runs from mid-June through to mid-August.  Whales may be spotted before and after the peak season but we consider these sightings to be a bonus.

Photo of a humpback breaching out of the water in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

Photo of people on Gatherall's catamaran taking pictures of an iceberg in the middle of Bay Bulls harbour.

The reserve is located at the end of Iceberg Alley.  Early in the season, most often during May and June, icebergs make their last stand in our cold waters before they melt away.  Each season is different and some seasons we have many bergs while only a few during others.

Newfoundland whale and puffin tours
Newfoundland whale and puffin tours
Newfoundland whale and puffin tours

Reservations Recommended.

People often ask whether or not a reservation is required.

To better serve our guest we recommend that you book in advance to guarantee your space.  If you’re one of those folks who like to be spontaneous we still recommend that you call ahead – even if it’s only an hour or so before hand.  Occasionally, departures may be sold out or unavailable due to local weather conditions.  With a reservation, Gatherall’s staff can advise you of any delays or anticipated service interruptions so that you can make the most of your time.

Our most up-to-date tour schedule is available in real time online – just click any “Book Now” button. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Each of our puffin & whale cruises lasts a minimum of 90 minutes and may last up to two hours depending on sightings of whales and or icebergs.  Gatherall’s catamaran tour boat is designed to allow us to travel further in less time than any of the other large tour boats (and most of the smaller ones too) while spend as much and often more time with the birds & whales. 

  • Cruise departs from Gatherall’s dock located at 90 Northside Road in Bay Bulls.  Driving time from downtown St. John’s is approximately 25 to 30 minutes.  Parking is provided on site at no charge.

  • Reservations are recommended as availability is limited and cruises can sell out at any time. Individual reservations (parties of up to 10 persons) can be rescheduled at any time without can be cancelled up to one hour prior to the cruise without penalty.  You can check availability for any cruise by clicking on any Book Now button.

  • Cancellation for individual reservation (parties 10 persons or fewer) can be made up to one hour before departure with out penalty.  

  • Gatherall’s vessels and crews are fully certified, inspected and equipped in accordance with Transport Canada requirements.  Lifejackets and all required safety equipment is provided.   Due to the size of the tour boat, lifejackets are not required to be worn during the cruise.

  • Puffins are observed in large numbers during cruises operating from mid-May through till mid-September.
    Whale encounters peak mid-June through to mid-August. Sightings before and after peak season vary and are a bonus.
    Iceberg numbers and sightings vary each season. May and June is generally the best time for sightings in our area.

  • Layers and warm clothing is always recommended.  Weather conditions are quite variable so we recommend dressing in layers.  Flat shoes with a good sole along with gloves are suggested (flip flops / sandals are not recommended).

  • Shuttle service is available from the major hotels and B&B’s in St. John’s (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.  Pick up times depend on location and are noted in the booking confirmation.

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Why we believe that you should

choose our tour …

For more than 30 years, Gatherall’s has provided the highest level of service to our guests.   We’re so happy that our guests consistently honour us with the top 5 STAR rating on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp.  We believe that Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch should be your first choice for 3 simple reasons …
Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - the largest puffin colony in North America and the best place to watch Humpback Whales. This area has no equal in Atlantic Canada for the volume and diversity of wildlife and consistency of sighting.

1. Best Location

Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – the largest puffin colony in North America and the best place to watch Humpback Whales. This area has no equal in Atlantic Canada for the volume and diversity of wildlife and consistency of sighting.
The Gatherall Family

2. Friendliest Staff

The Gatherall Family & Crew are excited each and every day to share the incredible natural wonders with our guests. We love to share our knowledge and stories of the sea, its life, and our attachment to each.
Gatherall's catamaran is the largest, most stable, and comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland.  Its custom design enable us to explore farther and spend more time with the birds and whales and less time getting there.

3. Best Boat

Gatherall’s catamaran is the largest, most stable, and comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland. Its custom design enable us to explore farther and spend more time with the birds and whales and less time getting there.

Gatherall’s Catamaran

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for the most enjoyable experience.

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YOU’RE IN GREAT COMPANY!

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch is the choice for most national and international Tour Operators which offer Newfoundland tours.  These companies do extensive research and conduct regular site inspections to ensure that their suppliers and partners maintain the highest standards in quality of service, safety and  professionalism.   These professional companies continue to use Gatherall’s because of our ability to provide a real experience for their clients and dedication to providing great service.

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  • Newfoundland whale and puffin tours
  • Newfoundland whale and puffin tours
  • Newfoundland whale and puffin tours

WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK

"Amazing cruise with the whales and puffins. Very professional and courteous crew on tour.  Overall an amazing experience.  First time for some friends of ours to the island. You made their experience one to remember."

Tony Mercer,

“Amazing cruise with the whales and puffins. Very professional and courteous crew on tour. Overall an amazing experience. First time for some friends of ours to the island. You made their experience one to remember.”
"Loved our trip. I was so excited to see whales and puffins for the first time ever!! The boat ride was a blast and the crew were so entertaining. Highlight of my trip to Newfoundland so far."

Wendy Fraser

“Loved our trip. I was so excited to see whales and puffins for the first time ever!! The boat ride was a blast and the crew were so entertaining. Highlight of my trip to Newfoundland so far.”
"We had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and we loved the singing. We saw a mother and baby whale plus thousands of puffins. What more could we ask for! My daughter did not want the boat tour to end."

Jessie McMillin

“We had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and we loved the singing. We saw a mother and baby whale plus thousands of puffins. What more could we ask for! My daughter did not want the boat tour to end.”
"It was Fabulous. The tour guides were excellent very informative and entertaining. The captain as well was great. All staff made the excursion a very enjoyable one. Would definitely recommend doing it."

Lucille Vey

“It was Fabulous. The tour guides were excellent very informative and entertaining. The captain as well was great. All staff made the excursion a very enjoyable one. Would definitely recommend doing it.”
"Thanks so much for a fine day on June 29. We appreciated the knowledge and professionalism of the crew as they showed us puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, Minke whales and more. We were also glad that they were willing to wait at sea long enough to see at least three humpback whale. We couldn’t have asked for more."

Jane Hopkinson

“Thanks so much for a fine day on June 29. We appreciated the knowledge and professionalism of the crew as they showed us puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, Minke whales and more. We were also glad that they were willing to wait at sea long enough to see at least three humpback whale. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
"We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. You provided an extremely courteous service from the moment it was booked. Your staff is very pleasant and humorous. That I like. The tour guides shared fabulous knowledge about the birds . Very informative . Will be happy to recommend you to family and friends."

Ethel Bachewich

“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. You provided an extremely courteous service from the moment it was booked. Your staff is very pleasant and humorous. That I like. The tour guides shared fabulous knowledge about the birds . Very informative . Will be happy to recommend you to family and friends.”

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
info@gatheralls.com