Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Dive the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and swim with the humpbacks

  • 04 intact WWII wrecks sunk by German U-boats
  • 40 tonne whales
  • 500 million year old trilobite fossils

You're bobbing up and down in the Atlantic Ocean. A boat is behind you, but you feel completely alone until you see a brighter shade of blue in the distance. It grows and brightens to a luminous white. It's the underbelly of a humpback whale. The whale surfaces and sees you in the distance. Curious, the 40 tonne behemoth decides to take a closer look. Suddenly she is alongside and the two of you stare into each other's eyes. You try to remember to breathe. Does she feel the same way? Then your chest reverberates as she slaps a flipper on the surface and deftly rolls away, diving deeply and leaving you altered forever by the encounter.

Why you should visit
  • Find yourself eye to eye with a humpback whale in her natural environment.
  • Dive to visit intact shipwrecks sunk by German U-boats as well as other boats that have fallen victim to the waters of the north Atlantic.
  • Get up close and personal with a gargantuan iceberg.
  • Hike geological trails to see 100s of trilobite fossils whose closest relations are in Spain and North Africa.
  • Explore giant sea caves that pirates and rum-runners used as their hideouts.
  • Relax in a luxurious lodge and consider a spa treatment after a day on and in the water.


Visitor information
  • Whale snorkelling tours are available in July and August, but diving continues all year round with the peak season running from May to October.
  • Guests can stay at the Ocean Quest four-star Lodge or at other accommodations in the immediate area.
  • The Ocean Quest Lodge is in the town of Conception Bay South within walking distance to shops, restaurants and grocery stores.
  • There is a day spa on the premise.
When to go
Need to know
  • All necessary diving equipment can be rented on site.
  • Shipwreck diving is only available to divers with advanced certification - be sure to bring all certification papers and/or log books with you for verification.
  • All snorkelling equipment is included in the fees for the whale encounter tour.
  • The snorkelling with whales excursion does not call for any prior snorkelling experience or high degree of fitness - even people who can't swim can take part.
Getting Here
  • Ocean Quest is located in Conception Bay South, a twenty minute drive from downtown St. John's.
  • There is a complimentary shuttle service from the St. John's International Airport for package tour guests.
  • Taxis and car rental agencies are also available at the airport.
  • There is no public transportation available between St. John's and Conception Bay South.