When Eco-Tours took the two of us out for a zodiac tour, we were given the highlight of our Newfoundland experience! Not only did Skipper Bob show us gorgeous scenery and give us a great boat ride, we even got to experience cod fishing!! Since we've been back to Saskatoon, people listen to our whale and puffin stories, but many people out here have been whale watching when on holiday. NO ONE, though, has caught a cod!!
The whales we saw were an absolute delight, as we're the puffins :) , and we appreciated Bob's knowledge of and care for the whales and their comfort and safety, but what made the trip really special was the way Bob and Gerald talked to us like we were old friends instead of paying customers. When describing the tour to people, I've said it was like kids being taken out on the ocean by their uncles. The teasing, the laughter, the fact that Bob was wearing a wet suit and planning to jump in with the whale (!), the fishing, the bird chasing, chatting with other boats, and careening wildly into a bank of fog... Eco-Tours gave us the most memorable and wonderful adventure! The many whales we saw were icing on the cake. When people hear we were surrounded by 8 whales at once, and one went right under the boat, they think it sounds scary. Far from the truth. We were never scared or concerned, just delighted beyond measure, and we knew Bob and Gerald were always in control of the situation. It never even occurred to us to be scared.
Close runner up to our best NL experience was kayaking the next day with Melanie!!! She took us an amazing distance, letting us set the pace and allowing us to truly experience sea kayaking. Other tours have been more of a gentle paddle, but given that we were the only 2 with her, Malina allowed us to really kayak. Out of the harbour, to the sea stacks and caves, all along the Skerwink Trail, to her special quiet spot and waterfall, past the lighthouse twice, and through the mussel farm - we really appreciated her love for the water, her knowledge of the area, and again the sense that we were out with a friend instead of paying customers.
Skipper Bob, Gerald and Melanie gave us the most wonderful experience and memories that will last a lifetime. We were in NL for three weeks, kayaking and whale watching several times. We saw amazing things, including a massive iceberg, and met all sorts of wonderful people. We did crazy hikes and saw incredible scenery. That said, without a doubt, we both agree that the zodiac tour and kayaking tour were our absolute two favourite experiences. We will be sure to tell people not to miss out on Trinity Eco Tours while in NL, because the tour itself is worth every penny. And you might even see whales!!!
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