Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise

1 hour 30 minutes
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


Cruise to the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve for your chance to watch puffins, whales, and icebergs. Wildlife attractions vary with the time of year. Puffins nest May through to mid-September. Peak whale season is from mid-June through mid-August.  Whale sightings before and after peak period are a bonus. Icebergs typically appear May to mid-June.  Whales and or icebergs cannot be guaranteed on any given cruise.

Enjoy entertaining and educational live commentary provided by on board naturalists and crew. Learn about Newfoundland's marine wildlife and heritage from your enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional guides during this awesome adventure (minimum 90 minutes).  Our catamaran offers the most space for your comfort and provides the greatest range to increase your chance of finding whales.


  • All tours hosted by an experienced, local guide
  • All safety equipment is provided as per requirements set forth by Transport Canada Marine Safety
  • Passengers are provided a pre-departure safety briefing
  • Free parking available on site
  • Vessel is washroom equipped

What to expect


Explore the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the largest populations of whales in the North Atlantic (sightings vary by season). You'll travel aboard a stable catamaran with a comfortable viewing platform for your wildlife experience.

The tour includes stops along the sheltered areas of the islands that comprise the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The areas visited offer great opportunities to view and photograph the nesting sites and activities of several seabird species.

Whale watching is big part of the adventure with the peak season for encounters typically mid-June through mid-August annually. We make all reasonable efforts to provide you with an opportunity to encounter whales in their natural environment, the level of activity and interaction is entirely at the discretion of the whales.

Tour narrated by an experienced, professional crewmember providing commentary, with a mix of information about the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Stop At:

• Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch, 90 Northside Rd Box 281, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 1C0 Canada
• Bay Bulls (Bull Head), Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
• Witless Bay ecological reserve, Harbour Rd, Witless Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

Additional information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Participants are advised to regard all instruction provided by the vessel crew
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Direction/guidance is provided to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all passengers
  • Depending on vessel movement/sea conditions, passengers may be advised by the crew to refrain from standing or to remain seated during certain portions of the cruise
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Whales and or icebergs cannot be guaranteed on any given cruise.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If in the event that the activity is cancelled on the part of Gatherall’s at any time prior to or during the scheduled activity, participants can elect to either reschedule at no additional charge or will receive a full refund.
  • Transportation is available from select hotels - additional fees applicable - must be confirmed two hours in advance of tour. Contact Gatherall's
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
May 2022

The crew were great. We saw hundreds of puffins and different seabirds and learnt loads. The boat was clean and we loved the bumpy ride at times. Dress warm and take gloves! It is well worth the trip!

Janice M
June 2022

From the captain on, each crew member was knowledgeable, approachable and helpful - and great singers! I hope I have all the names right: Luke, Liam, James and Luke were onboard for our tour. The safety rules before we sailed were taken very seriously but presented by the captain in a memorable w...

Robert L
May 2022

Hotel pickup with Scott was great and on time, the boat was comfortable and felt safe throughout, the crew were very pleasant, entertaining and knowledgeable about the birds and wildlife...... got to see the puffins and a whale and lucky enough to have a sunny day!

June 2022

Super friendly staff in the shop and amazing crew aboard the boat. Captain Al kept us safe and the crew kept us informed and entertained. Great singing by the crew and very knowledgeable about the area. Can’t wait to come back.

May 2022

This tour is fantastic. The crew is very entertaining and obviously enjoy what they do. Lots of great information was provided. The service that provided to assist our group was above and beyond Would highly recommend to anyone

June 2022

Although we did not see any whales on our tour, the staff on this boat are well informed, entertaining and pleasant to be with. The tour was well worth it, we would recommend this to everyone. Of course we saw lots and lots of puffins and other local birds. Even Bald Eagles!

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