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Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises

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Address: 3395 hwy 217 | Box 719, Tiverton, Nova Scotia B0V 1G0, Canada
Phone Number: 902-839-2417

Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises is the maritimes ORGINAL Zodiac...

Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises is the maritimes ORGINAL Zodiac ("ocean rafting") whale/seabird adventure! Celebrating 25+ seasons, founded by biologist Tom Goodwin, in 1986! "one of the best" (Lonely Planet) and the most recommended by accomodation providers in the area. Ask them "who is the BEST?" and go with THEM (ie.we'll see you then)

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A great trip with a young family

We asked captain tom ahead of time if he thought our two young boys (age 4 and 6) would be ok and he thought as long as they didn't get bored easily it should be okay. We had an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Dan M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We asked captain tom ahead of time if he thought our two young boys (age 4 and 6) would be ok and he thought as long as they didn't get bored easily it should be okay. We had an amazing trip out (1 hr blasting out on the boat) after which we found 3 hump backed whales and some seals... More 

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Antigonish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my family had a great time with guide Tom! We saw humpback whales, seals, puffins... and the whales came close enough you could almost touch them! It was an incredible experience, once in a lifetime! Highly recommend for Nova Scotians and tourists alike!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the best whale watching I have ever done. You are so close, you can almost reach out and touch the whales. From now on, only way to see them is in the Zodiac. Tom was a wonderful Captain. Very knowledgeable and extremely personable. If your in and around Digby, NS it's a must do!!

1 Thank DMintz22
Centreville, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Tom knows his whales, ecology, boats, and safety. You can rest assured that you will have an amazing experience and be safe. He even provides high quality dry suits that will keep you warm in the cold bay breezes. We've been doing whale watches with him for over 20 years, and no other company makes it as personal and fun.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We were in Nova Scotia for 12 days, and this was the only day with bad weather - fog! Tom did his best to find whales, but after 2.5 hours we saw a few seals but no whales. It was raining on land and there was lightning and very loud thunder claps but no whales! Then Tom called some friends,... More 

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tivertontom59, Owner at Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this great review! ... I just read it, alerted to a new review that just arrived. Well said. .... it is a constant struggle in marketing, especially involving wildlife .... you want to 'sell' but not lead to unrealistic expectations. Everyone expects when you see a tropical resort in sunshine, that it might rain. People... More 

Regina, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Oceab Explorations Whale Cruises in Tiverton Nova Scotia is by far the best whale watching cruise we have been on yet ( have gone 3 other times, different locations). Our "captain" was Tom - who happens to be an Oceanography and Marine Biologist. The day we went out was a bit foggy and fairly windy. We felt completely safe and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We knew right away, when we mentioned our next mornings whale watch with Tom to our hotel bartender and he replied with "I can promise you 100% you'll see whales. No one has ever reported back to me they didn't see whales on this tour!" that we chose the right guy for us! The Zodiak, although it might seem scary... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

A great experience! As a solo traveler I enjoyed that we were a small group, only 9 plus our Captain Tom. It was a very sunny day but windy which meant it was touch and go as to whether the tour would happen, in the Bay of Fundy the waves can get very high and we were advised, by Tom,... More 

Thank Passionpie
Charlottesville, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We keep telling our friends that this adventure with Ocean Explorations was the highlight of our month-long trip to Nova Scotia! It was a life-altering, absolutely breathtaking experience. We were expecting to see a couple spouting whales in the distance, if we were lucky. Instead, we were greeted to up to a dozen humpbacks at close range, some actually swimming... More 

Thank Alison S
Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

After a lot of research to find the best place to whale watch, Ocean Explorations was the tour we decided to go with. We had the most amazing time. Tom is very knowledgeable and makes you feel safe the entire ride. It did get a little rough, as the tide was coming in but what was discovered after it calmed... More 

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