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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours Inc.

#1 of 6 things to do in Bay Bulls Features Animals
22 Lower Road, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 1C0, Canada
+1 709-753-4850
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Went on a Whale and Puffin boat tour. Crew were brilliant - really knowledgeable and also very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mandy G
A 90 minute boat ride I'll never forget

My wife and I took the Coastal Adventure (i.e. "Kingfisher") boat tour in mid-July. It was a truly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rob F
Toronto, Canada
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Voted Best Boat Tour by Newfoundlanders! O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours is a family owned and operated business that has been offering Award Winning Boat Tours for over 30 years, in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador (just 30 minutes from St. John's). Cruise with us to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America (1/2 a million) and millions of other seabirds. Enjoy a spectacular performance by Humpback Whales as they frolic, breach and pectoral fin slap right before your very eyes. A show not to be missed! Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you sail past 10,000 year old icebergs. Come for the whales, countless seabirds and Newfoundland charm. Come to experience our rugged coastline and enjoy the famous O'Brien's hospitality. Ride in comfort during this two hour tour aboard our new custom built passenger vessels. The boat features a fully enclosed heated cabin with panoramic viewing, canteen, bar and restrooms. Ample rail space (upper and lower deck) providing picture perfect views for everyone! Wheelchair accessible. Daily departures May through September. Visit our website for tour times and rates. We also offer a Coastal Adventure Tour: For the more adventurous hop aboard the Kingfisher for a more intimate experience of the ocean, while getting a whale's eye view of our ruggedly beautiful coastline. Enjoy the fresh ocean air as you sail alongside breathtaking sea stacks, caves and cascading waterfalls. When conditions permit, explore the unique natural phenomenon known locally as the Spout, a natural wave-powered geyser. In season you could see Bald Eagles and Humpback Whales. Experience nature so close you can almost reach out and touch it!
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22 Lower Road, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 1C0, Canada
+1 709-753-4850
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went on a Whale and Puffin boat tour. Crew were brilliant - really knowledgeable and also very amusing! One even sang some real Irish songs to us. However, the best bit by far was the boat being surrounded by about a dozen humpback whales, which...More

Thank Mandy G
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I took the Coastal Adventure (i.e. "Kingfisher") boat tour in mid-July. It was a truly memorable experience and one that I can wholeheartedly recommend. The Kingfisher boat is much smaller than the "main" tour boat that O'Brien's uses, and only holds a...More

Thank Rob F
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is my third, and best whale watching tour. The boat crew/staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, informative, entertaining, and most important to me, we saw lots of magnificent whales, beautiful puffins, and other wildlife (mostly birds). Trip includes a visit to an island with birds,...More

Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a windy but beautiful day. It is a 2-hour tour, which seemed a great amount of time - didn't seem rushed at all. We saw many whales feeding and were well entertained by the crew. Be sure to bring a video camera (the...More

Thank Anne-Marie F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Sun, warmth, calm seas and tons (and tons) of humpbacks!!! That's not always the case on whale tours, but it was for a recent trip myself and my siblings (in St. John's for a brother/sister reunion) recently experienced. Of course, the staff at O'Brien's know...More

Thank AlbertaBob
Reviewed 3 days ago

I give O'Briens top marks for running this whale watching trip, along with a good close look at the birds of Gull Island, in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. We were fortunate that day to have excellent weather and, even more so, dozens of whales...More

Thank Dalyght
Reviewed 3 days ago

What an incredible time had on O'Brien's Boats, knowledgeable, friendly and funny tour guides, a great boat and for us an amazing amount of whales!!! We couldn't get over the number of humpbacks we saw on our trip not to mention the "too many to...More

Thank GordonK49
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved this trip, we saw dozens of whales and many came very close to the boat. The boat was comfortable and not over crowded. We had plenty of time to watch the whales and Justin was great about pointing out where to look. We highly...More

Thank Robin W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very knowledgeable tour guides, seamless operation, and TONS of wildlife! This excursion surpassed our expectations. Also, if there is limited activity they will cancel the trip and refund your money.

Thank Robyn B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful tour. We saw the island of birds and then drifted among a school of whales. It was an amazing tour. And Joseph helped to keep all the landlubbers safe when we got too excited about the whales.

Thank TMcCrorie
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23 June 2017|
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Response from Kate F | Property representative |
Hi, September is a great time for a Coastal tour- we take you along the rugged coastline, past sea stacks and caves and to a natural wave powered geyser. The whales, puffins and other seabirds are mostly left the area come... More
Krista S
4 June 2017|
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Response from Ss987 | Reviewed this property |
The day we went there was wind. The boat has quite a bit of movement during parts of the journey. I did not notice anyone who seemed ill, tho i talked to a young guy later who was. When the boat is on the lee side of gull... More
2 June 2017|
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Response from Frotripping | Reviewed this property |
July is busy time and i would book ahead. The boat only carries 100 people. How much ahead of time I am not sure but call them directly and ask. They have very good customer service and they will be able to know what... More