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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

1099 Hwy 312 | POBox 33, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada
1-902-929-2563
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours is one of the 100 Must-See Destinations in Unforgettable Atlantic Canada! On the 2 1/2 - 3 hour boat tour you'll be amazed... more » Owner description: Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours is one of the 100 Must-See Destinations in Unforgettable Atlantic Canada! On the 2 1/2 - 3 hour boat tour you'll be amazed at the beautiful rock formations on the way to the Islands , a stop to look at an old sea cave as well as a stop or two to feed some Bald Eagles. The Bird Islands are home to Grey Seals, Bald Eagles ,Atlantic Puffins and other sea birds. Our vessel, Highland Lass has all removable windows down both sides (refit 2012) for easy viewing and taking pictures from the comfort of your seat.Our tour spends over an hour at the Islands viewing birds (more if necessary) this does not include the time spent feeding Bald Eagles on the way to and from the Islands or stopping for anything else of interest, whales dolphins, gannets etc. The tour is offered in English , however there are written transcripts ( limited numbers of each ) of the whole tour available on the boat in English, French and German to make your experience more enjoyable. Please note that tours can be cancelled due to unsafe sailing conditions. « less
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

For travelers who enjoy time on the water and birds this is a fantastic way to spend several hours at a very affordable rate! You might even want to go again the next day. The owners who are hands ,on have years of experience and provide a very informative and gracious tour. While there is never a guarantee with any... More

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new jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A trip to the Bird Islands with Donelda is a must do in Cape Breton. For photographers, bring a telephoto lens (at least 300 mm) and use your sporting exposure; the photos of the Bald Eagles, among others, will be fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

After a delayed departure on an older boat requiring maintenance we were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful sights and the knowledge of our tour guide Donelda. Numerous eagles along with seals and sea birds sighted. The puffins were a bit more elusive being at the tail end of their season, and not comfortable near boats. But we spotted several and... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip to the Islands We do regular maintenance on the vessel to try and make sure that we have no break downs during sailing times . but sometimes things happen that are out of our control . The boat worked fine the previous day but if... More

Halifax, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Really enjoyed this tour. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the scenery is beautiful. Saw lots of eagles, puffins, seals and many others. Highly recommend.

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for sailing with us and sharing your pleasure with the tour. Hope to see you again . Regards, Donelda More

Toronto, Canada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This 3 hr boat trip to the bird island was absolutely thrilling. On the way the conductor lady fed fish to the bald eagles who appeared in the sky from nowhere and swooped down in the water to pick up their catch. At the islands we saw so many different birds like plenty of bald eagles, puffins, cormorants etc. Will... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for sailing with us .We're happy that you enjoyed your time on the tour. We appreciate your high recommendation ! Regards, Donelda More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

One of the highlights of my time in Nova Scotia!!! Great photo opportunities and have never seen so many eagles up close!

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your time on the tour. We're happy that were able to give you such special memories of your time on Cape Breton island. Regards, Donelda More

Oswego NY,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It was a last minute decision to take this tour. We called at 3 to see if there was room, and took a 4:30 trip. We absolutely loved it! There were only 5 passengers (1 family, my husband and myself), so it was almost like a private tour. The husband/wife team that operate this charter were terrific. They took fish... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write the review . We do appreciate your kind words and we are happy that we were able to give you special memories of your time on Cape Breton. Regards, Donelda More

New York City
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful boat tour of bird islands-- fascinating wildlife, lots of bald eagles, puffins, seals and Donelda was great guide- lots of local information about fishing, lobsters... Very friendly non-corporate non-fancy fun tour. Highly recommended.

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of your tour. We enjoyed having you. Regards, Donelda More

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a fantastic 2-3 hour trip from Cape Breton Island. Donelda is really knowledgeable and her husband does a great job as the ship's captain. Donelda gives an overview of the kinds of birds you'll see while on the trip to the bird preserve. She knows the eagles' general locations on the way to the preserve and tosses fish... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words . We do try to make sure that everyone enjoys their time with us. Hope to see you again. Regards, Donelda More

Madison, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We loved this trip! Donelda really tells you a lot during the 2 and a half hour cruise- some of the history of the area, the ecology, the life of a lobster fisher. It was all quite interesting. Her brochure said to come prepared for cool weather, so we brought down liners for our raincoats, but on this particular August... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your time with us. We are happy that you got great pictures and special memories . Regards, Donelda More

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