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“Excellent trip”

Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours
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Owner description: Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours is one of the 100 Must-See Destinations in Unforgettable Atlantic Canada! On the 2 1/2 - 3 hour boat tour you'll be amazed at the beautiful rock formations on the way to the Islands , a stop to look at an old sea cave as well as a stop or two to feed some Bald Eagles. The Bird Islands are home to Grey Seals, Bald Eagles ,Atlantic Puffins and other sea birds. Our vessel, Highland Lass has all removable windows down both sides (refit 2012) for easy viewing and taking pictures from the comfort of your seat.Our tour spends over an hour at the Islands viewing birds (more if necessary) this does not include the time spent feeding Bald Eagles on the way to and from the Islands or stopping for anything else of interest, whales dolphins, gannets etc. The tour is offered in English , however there are written transcripts ( limited numbers of each ) of the whole tour available on the boat in English, French and German to make your experience more enjoyable. Please note that tours can be cancelled due to unsafe sailing conditions.
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Donelda makes a wonderful tour guide, caring and knowledgeable. She tells us what we're seeing and makes sure we can see it also. And there's lots to see! Great trip. I'd do it again!

Thank charlottemi
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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

So happy that you enjoyed the tour .Your kind words are appreciated .
Thank you for writing the review.
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Donelda

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We went on this tour today and it was wonderful! Saw hundreds of puffins and seals, and over a dozen bald eagles. Not only is Donelda a most knowledgeable tour guide, but she clearly loves the sight of these animals and her enthusiasm is contagious! I give this tour my highest recommendation, and know that I am pretty picky. Thank you Donelda!

Thank Ilovestcroix
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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Thank you for your high recommendation . It is great to hear that our passengers have such a wonderful experience.
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Donelda

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I have visited Cape Breton 5 out of the past 6 years, and this is the only tour I have done 5 times. I am not a "birder", but for 3 hours on the boat I become one. The 3 hour boat ride around bird island is an unforgettable experience as you see the eagles, puffins, seals, gulls, and many other birds up close. Donelda has an eye for spotting the eagles and puffins and explains where on the rocks they are sitting to make sure that everyone can get a look or snap a picture. Donelda and her Husband (the captain of the boat) are very friendly and knowledgeable. It's always a great experience and I am excited to go back again next summer.

Thank jimmyh62
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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Thank you for the review. When I have people return year after year then I know that I'm doing something right . Hope to see you again.
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Donelda

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

While we are 'birders' that is not a requirement for enjoying this experience. Every one with an appreciation of wildlife would enjoyed it. We saw all the birds that we had hoped to see, up close and more. Bring your camera for close-ups of the eagles. Seals, razorbacks, murre, puffins of course, kittiwakes.
The hosts are hard-working lobster fisherman, but also very knowledgeable about the bird life.
Great opportunity to support a family run business.
Don't let the little ticket shack or the roadside parking dissuade you from a trip highlight.

Thank Teresa C
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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're happy that you enjoyed your time with us and that you enjoyed all the wildlife. The ticket booth that I rent from one of the fishermen is small but it does the job .
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Donelda

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Everything about this tour was fantastic. Having Donalda as the tour guide is itself worth the experience. She is incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. We learned so much about so many different kinds of ocean birds, and while puffins are the focus, bald eagles made themselves part of the adventure, and Donalda and her husband welcomed them to join us. When we saw an eagle overhead on the way to or from the puffins, Donalda tossed a fish overboard. She taught us to "watch the fish", and we had the most amazing experiences of close up viewing of bald eagles. The trip was the right length, but I wouldn't hesitate to go again, and soon. The boat was comfortable and spacious, the safety features were terrific, but not intrusive. It was wonderful.

Thank Barbara G
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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Thank you for sharing your time with us . We do enjoy sharing the experience with so many wonderful people. We're so glad that you appreciate the length of the tour as well as the way the boat is laid out with the large windows that open to allow glass free viewing and picture taking.
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Donelda

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