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Capt. Mark's Whale and Seal Cruise

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Address: 126 Harbour Rd, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 902-224-1316
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This was an awesome experience, and well worth the money. If you're in this part of Cape Breton you must go on this tour. We went out on me research vessel on a fairly calm day... read more

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Baltimore, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was an awesome experience, and well worth the money. If you're in this part of Cape Breton you must go on this tour. We went out on me research vessel on a fairly calm day and seen dozens of whales. This is an awesome experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Super friendly captain Ron. The boat ride was fast smooth and awesome. We came upon a whole pod of pilot whales with babies and even white sided dolphins with a baby! It was incredible being right among them. The kids loved it. The whole experience was exactly what we were hoping. The best part of our trip to cape Breton.

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Thank dfrayne
Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been on other boat tours before in same area (none of them exist anymore) and this tour by far is the best one. You have researchers from Dalhousie answering questions and the captain is full of knowledge and great around children. If you are in the area, this is a MUST. I've sent two groups of friends and... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went out on the Zodiac, which had comfortable seats and a pretty smooth ride. It was a nice warm day so a windbreaker was all that was necessary to keep warm on the chilly water. Ron was our captain on this trip and he was great. Knowledgable about the whales we saw and the land around the ride. We... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on the zodiac tour on Canada Day and had a great tour with Captain Ron. No flotation suits for us, just life jackets. Glad I wore my rain shell underneath even though it was a nice day because I got some good splashes sitting in the front on the zodiac. It took us about an hour before we spotted... More 

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had read many reviews of various whale watching tours and settled in on Captain Mark's. What a great choice. We rode on the expedition boat, which includes a guide who is studying whales. She was an excellent resource and a wealth of information. We found a large pod of pilot whales (19 in the pod) and we were able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the accounts of our zodiac captain Ron (Captain Mark was apparently fishing for lobsters that day), whale watching was not an exact science because whales were never guaranteed to be readily available. We were very fortunate to find several clusters of pilot whales who passed around and under our craft. We were also luck enough to see a large... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The thing about a whale watching tour is that you don't always see whales. The reviews here make you think you will see them, and all the websites and signs have "guaranteed sightings" on them which is not true. When everyone is craning their necks to look for whales after being tipped off by a local fisherman that the whales... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time spotting whales and seals on the zodiak tour. I was worried I'd be cold in the water but the floatation suits are cozy, if a bit unattractive. We saw 6-7 minke whales and a handful of seals. A couple of the whales were pretty close to the boat. Would have liked to have seen more... More 

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Sacre-Coeur-Saguenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

i didnt go whale watching with Mark Timmons but I did go lobster fishing. Real friendly, hard working, thanks again for bringing me along!

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