Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Get Personal With Puffins & Whales

  • 500,000 colourful puffins
  • 40-tonne humpback whales
  • 03-hour private tour

Step aboard a speedy and stable private catamaran—reserved for you and up to five friends—and explore the dramatic coastline of Newfoundland & Labrador’s Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Skim over the remote North Atlantic as an interpretive guide points out leviathan humpback whales spouting nearby or colourful puffins frolicking in the surf. Witness a pod of dolphins playing in the ship’s wake. Moor in a secluded cove and savour a gourmet picnic lunch—complete with wine and local craft beer. Marvel at the abundant and spectacular natural wonders of a pristine wildlife preserve. Embark on a private whale and bird-watching tour with Gatherall’s Puffins & Whale Watch, a family-run tour operator with 25 years of experience. Experience a deep connection with nature as you explore the striking Atlantic coast.

Why you should visit
  • Experience an intimate whale- and bird-watching tour onboard a private catamaran, accompanied by up to five friends or family.
  • View 40-tonne humpback whales from a close but respectful distance; spot more marine mammals such as dolphins, harbour porpoise, orcas and fin and minke whales.
  • Watch playful puffins scoop up fish in their colourful bills; see nesting grounds for more than half-a-million birds.
  • View thousands of fluttering seabirds, such as murres, kittiwakes, shearwaters, razorbills, gannet, black guillemots and Leech’s storm petrel.
  • Be regaled by traditional Newfoundland sea chanteys, sung by entertaining and hospitable crewmembers; learn of the region’s native species and natural habitat from a senior naturalist.
  • Moor in a secluded cove—home to an abandoned fishing village and where the only sounds are the lapping of waves and the cascade of a nearby waterfall—and enjoy a picnic lunch with complementary wine and micro-brewed beer.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Picnic With Whales operates from June 15 to August 15, prime whale and puffin-viewing season.
  • Morning and afternoon departures are offered.
  • August sees the warmest and driest weather.
Need to know
  • Picnic With Whales is a personalized, private tour designed for groups of up to six people.
  • Picnic With Whales has a minimum group size of two adults; all participants must be over the age of five.
  • Tour is three hours in duration; whale sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Catamarans are renowned for reduced instances of seasickness.
  • All safety equipment is provided; crew is safety certified; vessel is washroom equipped.
Getting Here