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“A Great Day Out”

Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch
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Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Bay Bulls
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Owner description: Experience Whales, Puffins & Icebergs in Newfoundland with the Gatherall Family & Crew. Gatherall's original cruise has been finely tuned over three decades to provide you with an incredible experience.  This 90 minute tour features the islands of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and the surrounding waters and headlands. For your comfort and safety, service is provided on our large modern catamaran.  Relax and enjoy the sights while our professional, knowledgeable and personable guides provide a live interpretation of the fascinating sights above, below and around us. Sightings of wildlife varies by season.
Pleasant Plains, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A Great Day Out”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

We pulled up to Gatherall's without a reservation, but this was no problem and they booked us on their next boat out. We had some time to kill, so they kindly directed us to a nice walk that we might do along the coast while we waited. The tour itself was very well organized and narrated, with lots of good information and funny anecdotes. Once we spotted whales, they were able to get in very close and while we spent 30 minutes enjoying and admiring two gorgeous humpbacks who were apparently very interested in our boat, the guide continued to provide lots of interesting facts and information. After we'd had our fill of the whales, we headed over to the Witless Bay Ecological Preserve which was a real treat. The puffins were spectacular! They fly right over your head while you are standing on deck and they are everywhere -- on the island, in the water around the boat, in the air. They are gorgeous! We got loads of information on the islands, the preserve, and all of the birds who nest there. It really was a super day out and I highly recommend Gatherall's for your Bay Bulls whale watching experience.

Visited August 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
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“educational and fun”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We took a whale/puffin watch tour at the begiinning of August. We did see a couple of humpback whales frolicking close to the boat and we also saw many puffins which was a highlight for us. The cruise takes you by an island which is inhabited by many species of birds and you can enjoy watching them in their natural habitat. The crew is entertaining, singing some traditional Newfoundland songs, and also very educational with lots of information on both the whales and the birds we were viewing.

Visited August 2012
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Zikhron Yaakov
1 review
“One of the best whale cruises anywhere”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We just wanted to say that we had a really enjoyable trip on your boat. We have been on a number of cruises in the past and yours is one of the best to date. The boat was fast and steady and the guide was both knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank you very much
Orna and Nissim Hadar

Visited July 2012
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“Great tour!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

We went out on a tour yesterday. Despite the foggy conditions, it was fairly clear out at sea. We saw a minke whale and lots of sea birds including hundreds of puffins. The crew was quite accommodating and knowledgeable about the wildlife. I would highly recommend this tour!

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Dallas, Texas
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723 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
“It doesn't get better than this”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

For whale watching and puffins, it is hard to imagine a better experience. We have seen whales before, but never so easily and so many. The staff is humorous, very knowledgeable, and safe. They educate about the humpbacks and puffins. Intriguing experience. Fabulous to experience the huge whales so close and witness the life of the puffins so close. Great experience. You cannot imagine the sight of seeing thousands of puffins--really seeing, not a dot out-there-somewhere.

Visited July 2012
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