My husband and I have been on many whale watches in many locations over the years and Sea Watch Tours is on the top of our short list of favorite operators. Captain Peter Wilcox and Mate Durlan make every trip a pleasure. The combination of experience and passion that they have makes the odds of a successful trip greatly in their passengers’ favor. We have gone out with them on 4 different occasions, every one of them memorable. When asked if we saw any whales, we have been able to answer enthusiastically every time, “TONS.” Our first trip with Sea Watch, we were treated to courting right whales, the second time out it was finbacks feeding near the surface, close to the boat and large numbers of seabirds. This past week, (mid-September), we were blessed with humpbacks, white-sided dolphins, harbor porpoise, Atlantic puffins, northern gannets, and other seabirds as well as a few migrating hawks. The weather and whale-watching conditions were so great, we could not resist going out twice during our five-day stay on Grand Manan. Both days the humpbacks put on remarkable “shows” to everyone’s delight – swimming close to the surface, breaching, flipper-flapping, tail lobbing and appearing in number all around us. It’s super soul-satisfying everytime –highly recommended.
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