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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

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Address: 1099 Hwy 312, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 1-902-929-2563
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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours is one of the 100 Must-See Destinations in...

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.

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Great Tour!

I was looking forward to seeing puffins up close and personal, but realized quickly that they are way too shy and small for that. We did see a number of them, but fleetingly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Heidi T
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Maryland
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Positives: The amount of seals that we saw, although I didn’t find we spent enough time looking at them when we passed by them sitting on the rocks. You do see a lot of puffins, but they are far away and very small so binoculars is a must. We saw many bald eagles and other birds. Sit on the left... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your time with us. If you had spoken to me before you left I could have addressed the speakers .I don't have speakers on the back of the boat because if the seals are on the rocks and I use the PA then the seals hop off the rocks. It also spooks the Puffins to fly... More 

Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to seeing puffins up close and personal, but realized quickly that they are way too shy and small for that. We did see a number of them, but fleetingly. The bald eagle sightings were much more spectacular. Donelda throws fish along the boat, so the eagles swoop down to grab them. Great photo opportunities. We also... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your time with us .The Islands have an abundance of wildlife for sure. I purposely did not put speakers outside so that it wouldn't scare the birds and seals while we are at the islands. I usually talk for about 20 minutes on the way out and most people pop in to see if it is... More 

Oberwil, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew at Donelda's was very professional and knowledgeable about the local wildlife. We saw many different species of seabirds (bald eagles, puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, and others), as well as seals lounging around on the rocks and swimming near the boat. At the beginning of the tour, the crew threw some fish to a bald eagle that swoops down close... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your time on our tour. We are happy that you enjoyed the time you spent with us. More 

Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I could not get over how many bald eagles we saw. Also many seals, comorants and puffins. Donald's love of what she does is obvious. Tour was 2 hours and we loved it.

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

We are happy that you enjoyed our tour . Thank you for your kind words about me. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun tour with a knowledgeable guide. Lots if good information about the area and the local wildlife and the captain went out of his way to find puffins. We saw eagles, seals, cormorants, herons and guillemots as well as puffins. Dress warmly as it can be much more chilly once you get past the harbour.

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

Thank you for coming on our tour . We are happy that you had a good time . More 

Lee, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Donelda is knowledgeable and friendly and seems to love sharing her knowledge with her guests. We saw all of the advertised birds and witnessed her personal relationship with four bald eagles who followed the boat until she threw fish in the water for them to swoop down and catch in their talons. It was a one of a kind experience... 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 your review about your time with us . The Bald Eagles are truly special ! We are happy that we were able to help you check one off your bucket list . More 

Oxford Mills, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say , I love puffins, we could not get too close to them as they are very shy birds and they are just so darned cute and so small. But the seals and bald eagles were so close lots of great pictures, windows of the boat are removed before departure, Donalda is a great narrater and makes... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your time with us. We are happy that you enjoyed the tour . More 

La Peche, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Donelda gives an excellent tour of the Bird Islands in St Ann's Bay, which are well worth it for the beautiful scenery alone. Good, stable boat with padded bench seats (not a lot of leg room, but you'll be moving around a lot). Not difficult to board. Donelda is very knowledgeable about the birds, the area and lobster fishing. We... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us .We're happy that you enjoyed our tour .I have to agree with you the scenery is beautiful especially the rock formations . More 

Blue Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Cape Bretton specifically because I wanted to see puffins. We were not disappointed! Great trip with lots of information. Donelda knows her birds, the islands, and educated us on lobster fishing too. The trip is longer than I expected, and just being on the water was wonderful. We saw lots of puffins, seals, eagles, and more. We learned... 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. We are happy that you enjoyed the tour and that it would be a highlight for a trip to Cape Breton. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a tour with Donelda's after seeing all of the great reviews here and were so happy with our tour! We saw tons of puffins, bald eagles, seals, blue heron, and other birds. The bald eagles know Donelda's boat, and they circle it looking for fish -- meaning you'll get some impressive shots of bald eagles scooping fish out... More 

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

Thank you for you kind words about our tour and that you enjoyed it enough to recommend it. More 

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