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Gatherall’s Puffin
& Whale Watch Cruise

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.
Puffin & Whale Cruise
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Newfoundland Whale and Puffin tours.

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 tour centres around 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 & Whales is 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 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins, this is undoubtedly the absolute best place to see them. This is also one of the best feeding areas for whales in Atlantic Canada – what could be a 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.

Newfoundland whale and puffin tours

GREAT EXPERIENCES.

Your enjoyment and satisfaction matters greatly to us.  For over 30 years the Gatherall Family & Crew have been delighted to share this incredible experience with travellers from the world over.  The Gatherall Family, Crew & Staff are committed to providing you with the best possible experience each and every time you visit.  We know your time is valuable – and your vacation time always seems to be too short.  We appreciate and thank you for taking a few short moments to consider including our tour as part of your Newfoundland vacation. 

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Puffin & Whale Watch

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.

Why we believe Gatherall’s

is the best choice …

There are so many reasons why we believe that our tour is the absolute best experience.
First and foremost is the fact that Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch cruise features the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.
If you really want to experience Puffins & Whales is 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 300,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins, this is undoubtedly the absolute best place to see them.  This is also one of the best feeding areas for whales in Atlantic Canada – what could be a 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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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.

Amongst the 2.5 million seabirds that 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 around Bay Bulls and the Reserve is a favourite feeding area for the annual migration of the Humpback Whales that make their way to the waters of Newfoundland each summer.   The whales have chosen this area because of the abundance of food in the nearby waters – one of the many reasons that this makes this the absolute best place to take your tour.  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 sighting 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 – May & June – icebergs make their last stand in our cold waters before they melt away.  Sometimes, if the stars align, you may be lucky enough to encounter all three – puffins, whales & icebergs – in a single tour. Of course it would be great if you could see everything in a single trip but you must remember that there are times of the season are better than others.

BEST TIMES

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.  Click the calendar icon to see what’s in season.

Feel free to contact us for updates!

Why we believe that you should

choose our tour …

Sure there are many tour operators, and of course each one claims to be the best.  We’d rather let you decide though.  
For more than 30 years, we’ve strived to provide the highest level of service to our guests.   Our tours operate exclusively in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  Home to over 2.5 million seabirds including over 250,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins, the Reserve is also widely regarded as one of the best places in Atlantic Canada to encounter and experience whales in their natural environment.  The stretch of coastline encountered enroute is both rugged and breathtaking and is conveniently situated at the end of Iceberg Alley.  
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.
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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 it.
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  time with the birds

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 time with the birds & whales and less time getting there.

Location is Everything

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Gatherall’s Catamaran

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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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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.”
"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.”
"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.”
"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.”
"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.”
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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 your 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.

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Our most up-to-date tour schedule is available in real time online.

Gatherall’s staff are more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have – we’re only a phone call / email / text or tweet away!  If you’re in the area please feel free to drop by (regular business hours of course).  Don’t be disappointed.

 

FYI & FAQ’s.

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.

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.

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! 

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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.

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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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