On my trip I saw 6+ Minke whales and 4+ dolphins along with the puffin island. Since I went in Summer my trip included the puffins. The closest whale was 50m away. The guide informed us that the boat does not use sonar to attract the whales. The company does seem to pride itself on being environmentally friendly. I went in July and I was freezing. Thankfully they give you insulated fisherman's overalls. I was still cold, but it was live-able. Take gloves! The trip lasted 3 hours. For the first and last 35-40 minutes you are going to the area where the whales are, further from the city. While the boat was not overly crowded there did not seem to be enough seats for everyone to sit outside, so if you go with people hold on to your seats. Plenty of seats inside. Well worth it. I almost went back out the next day. I would recommend allocating 3.5-4 hours for this excursion because you have to get to the boat and secure a seat and get to and from the pier.
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