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Lunenburg Whale Watching Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are one of the oldest boat tour operators in Nova Scotia. Our three-hour tours include a variety of activities depending on the route and weather conditions. We don't always see whales but you will have an exceptional family outing. You will discover and can photograph Old Town Lunenburg from the water, see miles of rugged Nova Scotia coastline and observe and hear the rush of waves plunging ancient sea caves. We pass iconic lighthouses, stop briefly near Pearl Island (one of the few colonies of Puffins in the province) and often see dolphins, a variety of seabirds, leatherback turtles, sunfish, harbour seals and other marine species. As for whale watching, the variety of species we see is impressive. There are Fin Whales, Minke Whales and Humpbacks. And on very special occasions (and with a bit of luck) we have seen rare species, like the great Blue Whale, the largest whale (and animal) on earth.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 24, 2014

Our group of 25 adults and children really enjoyed our trip. It was a damp day and calling for some weather so we opted for the shore tours of lunenburg, the ovens. We also saw some seals which the kids really enjoyed. We were lucky to also see some lobster fishermen pulling traps. Some of our group is from here and they have never seen that. Walter was fantastic to deal with. He answered numerous emails swiftly. He also had another fella that was fantastic with the stories all along the way. We were out for 1.5 hours.

Thank samhamscooter
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

The trip started out great, the women at the counter was very friendly and I boarded the boat with the attitude that if we see whales great, but if we don't at least I got to spend some time on the water with my boyfriend and his family, my favourite place to be.

The crew was great, gave us a good safety talk and we were on our way. The first mate gave us information about the history of Lunenburg front the boat and what all the boats and buildings were used for. We went to puffin island and saw many many puffins nesting on the island, we continued on and seen a propoise and many seals. As we passed islands with things on it the first mate would tell us information about the buildings. I think they could improve the amount of information about the puffins, porpoise, and seals. As I found myself answering lingering questions the boy we were with had.

There is a bathroom on board I thought this would be handy information for those people who are traveling with kids. Not enough room if someone wanted privacy to change a diaper. But, this wasn't our issues as the child we were traveling with was in grade 5 so it met our needs just fine.

HOWEVER, our aunt had stayed behind because she knew she didn't want to spend forever on the boat. She over heard the lady at the front desk tell someone who was thinking about signing up for the next tour that we were seeing whales RIGHT NOW and we WERE NOT so that is false advertisement. I think that is shady, and she should have told the lady about all the things we were seeing even thou the whales had not shown up for us.

1  Thank Clarissa S
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We chose a beautiful and sea calm Saturday afternoon.
Our attitude going in was to enjoy the boat ride, some incredible scenery including caves...and that everything else would be a bonus.
We saw absolutely nothing during the 3 hours except for 1 porpoise.
Instead of becoming upset, we chose to go the social route and had fun and chatted with the others.
The ocean is a big place, and with no other boats to share info, finding the whales is akin to finding a needle in a hay stack. No needles found.
No Expectations-No Disappointments

Thank Ron C
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Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

This was the most disappointing whale watching trip we've ever been on with not even a sighting in the distance. We had been told the humpbacks had moved on but that sighting of minke whales was likely. First there was a trip round the harbour then we saw The Ovens sea caves and a couple of seals. The mood on the boat quickly became despondent when it became obvious that we weren't going to see any whales. Whilst the guide was knowledgeable about the harbour it was soon clear that the 'high tech' searching for whales with binoculars wasn't going to yield results. This was an over priced trip and they should perhaps stick to harbour trips and charge a realistic price.

Thank TAR2403
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

As others have said, its a tricky business looking for whales. Unless as in many places with multiple boats, the captains are sharing locations and visiting the whales in groups or one after the other, they are not easy to find. We were out on a good day the crew did find whales.

The boat left roughly on time and on vacation we aren't clock watching so five minutes one way or the other was not a problem. We were on the first boat of the day so no previous trip caused delays.

We got a bit of description of the harbour and its history on the way out but like other's said we didn't get a lot of interpretation. That being said, the crew was cheerful and they answered questions quite happily.

It took a while but they searched diligently, and included all eyes aboard in the search, even cutting the engine and drifting for few minutes to listen for whales blowing on the surface. (As my wife pointed out to our 11 year old "Its whale watching ...not whale seeing")

We found a group of at least two humpbacks and Captain Flowers did an amazing job of quietly and respectfully adjusting our position so we could all see the whales as the surfaced a few times and did a few dives. We could see others humpbacks in the area as well.

After an amazing encounter that was very close to boat with multiple presentations we moved a half kilometre to three huge Fin whales that were in the area. They too were beautiful and the Captain got us a wonderful look at group of three Fins running side by side in the water, not more than a couple meters apart.

Our time on the whales was not cut short and we returned about 20 minutes late. We stopped to see a huge ocean sunfish lolling on the surface on the way back in.

Brian, one of the crew, showed us books and info on the sunfish and the whales but mostly he tried to make sure nobody went overboard in their excitement at seeing the whales! He was friendly and obviously an old hand at the sea.

We have been on other whale watching tours and this one was a nice trip. With no whales we would have been satisfied at having a nice ride from a beautiful harbour and in a beautiful bay to the open sea. (We were at least 15 kilometres off-shore).

I can't speak to how the crew would have helped fill in if no whales were found. They spent a long time looking for the whales and their happiness at having showed them too us was genuine. They could do more interpretation but all in all, we feel that the chance of an encounter like we had was more than worth the price of admission.

There was nothing slick about the operation but to us thats a good thing. We prefer honest experiences to packaged products and thats what we got. A clean boat in great shape, a friendly and experienced crew with a ton of local character and an experience with the whales that wasn't rushed. The next folks left half an hour late and I'm sure they got the same honest attempt to find whales that we did.

Our advice is ask their policy on seeing no whales whenever you go out on a whale watching trip and if you have questions when you get back, be polite.

We would go again in a heartbeat.

Thank ModerateCdnFamily
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