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Island Quest Marine

205 Water St, left of Market Wharf, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E5B 1B3, Canada
506-529-9885
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Ranked #2 of 11 Activities in Saint Andrews
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: For whale watching Island Quest Marine delivers a true Bay of Fundy whale & wildlife adventure...
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Owner description: For whale watching Island Quest Marine delivers a true Bay of Fundy whale & wildlife adventure. Explore the Bay of Fundy tides aboard our custom-built cruiser, the 13.41-m (44 ft.) M/V Island Quest. Enjoy comfort and speed along with the experience of our LOCAL captain's, whose lifetime on the bay makes for a unique and authentic adventure! Cruise past scenic lighthouses, herring weirs and aquaculture sites on the way to the whales' playground. Knowledgeable marine biologists provide interpretation while you spot humpback, finback, minke and North Atlantic right whales, along with seals, porpoises and eagles. Discover the sea creatures in our onboard touch tank, feel samples of whale baleen and indulge in a seafood snack and refreshment on the way back from your ultimate adventure!

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Such friendly folks! Comfortable boat and whales! There is not a moment wasted, we not only saw whales and a seal we learned about salmon fishing and farming. Thank you for a wonderful trip.

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Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

my husband and I visited Saint Andrews in September, 2014 for our anniversary, and I chose Island Quest for our whale watching experience solely due to Trip Advisor. I wasn't disappointed. The Captain made sure that we got out far enough to see the humpback whales and their tails. The trip was perfect--informative, fun, and memorable. Nicole, a marine biologist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

This is the best whale watching tour that I have been on yet. I will definitely come back again. The staff is very knowledgable and make the trip a fun time.

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

On my "bucket list" was a whale watching tour, so I reserved a spot with Island Quest. Everyone from the lady on the phone/in the store, to the captain, to the cruise director was friendly and eager to please. In addition to seeing Harbour Porpoises and a Minke whale, we saw bald eagles, herring weirs, a seal and wonderful scenery.... More 

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Russell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was our first-ever visit to St Andrew's, although we have driven past the exit many times on our way to Nova Scotia. This trip, we decided to make the detour and try a whale-watching trip from here. We chose Island Quest Marine's "Cruisin' with the Whales" , as the options available seemed to be either a Zodiac excursion (uh,... More 

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annapolis
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6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Do not leave St Andrews without doing this. The captain is from a fishing family and his daughter is a marine biologist and they are a fountain of information about everything from the whales to the fishing weirs. We loved it. It is worth it just to see the huge 40 foot tide shift while you are out there. Dress... More 

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This was our first time Whale watching & we had an absolute blast! I would defiantly recommend taking a trip with Island Quest, The staff were extremely helpful and being marine biologists very knowledgable and always there to answer any question you may have. We saw seals, porpoise eagles & 3 Finback whales including a mother and her calf. We... More 

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Beamsville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Had a great time on this trip. The captain and his crew were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I went with my mom who has a really bad knee and the captain himself came to help her down the dock and onto the boat, from that moment on I knew these were good people who care about their passengers. Saw... More 

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was my fifth time out on the Bay of Fundy with Island Quest Marine. Every time has been a great experience! The fact that they have marine biologists on the boat to answer all of our questions is terrific. Today, we saw 3 fin whales, including a mother and her young one. It was spectacular! In addition, we saw... More 

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Brockville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Awesome experience. Captain Chris and crew were outstanding! Saw so many whales & seals. Very knowledgeable and personable crew. Still reliving the whale diving under the boat. Thanks for the great experience, will never forget it!

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