O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours
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Boat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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!
Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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(185 reviews)

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Kelly Ransom
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We had an amazing time! C9n and Patrick were so much fun! We saw a humpback whale and LOTS of puffins. My daughter, her husband and our friend got screeched in which was a great time too!! Literally cannot recommend this tour enough. This was the highlight of our entire trip!
Written June 12, 2024
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Apple C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Don’t miss a chance to join a boat trip while staying in Newfoundland. We got so much fun with this amazing 2-hour boat trip to see a ton of seagulls and puffins. Very lucky to see whales too (once in a lifetime for me lol)
Meet up point at Bay Bulls and there are plenty of parking space. The crew is so friendly and entertaining.
Do prepare yourself with jacket and headband. Cold and windy even in June.
Written June 12, 2024
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NorthStar38171749731
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This tour was great. We saw all kinds of birds, puffins etc, and we even saw a whale. The crew was informative and funny. Highly recommend Obriens Boat Tours.
Written June 11, 2024
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Hello, We're glad to hear that you had a great time on board with us! Thank you for the recommendation, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back with us in the future!
Written June 12, 2024
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Maria D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great well organized boat trip out to see amazing birds. Lots of birds which were well described by competent crew. Highly recommended.
Written June 10, 2024
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Hi, Thank you for your positive feedback! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the boat trip to see the amazing birds. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back for another adventure in the future!
Written June 12, 2024
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David R
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The guides were incredible. They really did createa good athmosphere at the boat. Brilliant work 👌
I wish I har knew that early June is to early to spot whales - or at least the chances are small. I didn’t know - and I din’t recall I have read about this..
Written June 10, 2024
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Hi David, Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate your feedback about the timing for whale spotting in early June. . Your feedback is valuable to us, and we hope to be able to welcome you back for another adventure in the future!
Written June 11, 2024
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DLCAlberta
Ontario, Canada377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was a great trip. We had an unexpected rental car issue but O'Brien's picked us up on their shuttle for a reasonable cost and delivered us back to our hotel. The ride was the equivalent of a city tour! Drivers were both delightful. The boat was comfortable and the crew great. We did not see any whales but saw all the birds on two different islands. It's just fun to be out on the water. Some of the passengers elected to be screeched in at the end of the cruise. There was also some singing by crew members. A very pleasant time. They are a responsible company...I have no hesitation in recommending them.
Written June 10, 2024
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Hello, We're happy to hear our shuttle service was accommodating for you! Our crew always strives to provide exceptional service, and it's great to hear that they were able to make your experience comfortable. We appreciate the kind words and we look forward to welcoming you aboard on another adventure in the future!
Written June 11, 2024
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Carol H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Couldn’t have been better! The staff were phenomenal! Very knowledgeable, amiable and downright fun. The millions of seabirds were unbelievable! I got screeched in and had a great time. CarolH
Written June 9, 2024
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Hi Carol, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Witnessing millions of seabirds at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is an unforgettable experience, and we're delighted you enjoyed it. We're thrilled to hear that you got screeched in - congratulations on becoming an honorary Newfoundlander! It was great having you on board, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure in the future!
Written June 11, 2024
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Morris G
Winnipeg, Canada67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great tour. Shawn was a super guide. Very informative and funny. Got to see tons of Puffins and lots of other birds. This was well worth it. Unfortunately no whales around this time.
Written June 8, 2024
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Hi Morris, Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great tour. We appreciate your acknowledgement that the experience was well worth it. We look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure in the future!
Written June 10, 2024
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Chris L
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The tour guide and music were wonderful. The best part were all the birds in significant groupings. We have never seen anything like it. I appreciated that you could move around the boat to get the best view. We did not see any whales or icebergs.
Written June 7, 2024
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us. We appreciate your compliment regarding the flexibility of the boat, allowing you to move and get the best viewing angles. We apologize that you were not able to catch a glimpse of the whales or icebergs, but we hope you had an overall enjoyable experience with us. We hope to see you on board again someday!
Written June 10, 2024
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Mark W
Whitby Ontario Canada74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
My wife and I signed up for the Obrien's Whale and Bird tours at the guidance from a friend. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. As we did NOT rent a car, we paid for the shuttle and were picked up at a local hotel close to our Airbnb.
Our driver Loyola was the perfect host, providing all sorts of information about St. John's and NFLD. Our boat tour was simply amazing, Noah provided all sorts of detailed information about the birds on the islands we visited in Witless Bay. We brought the sunshine from Ontario for which our fellow passengers enjoyed. We did not see any whales as it was still a bit early, but some folks saw a seal. Nevertheless, if you want an afternoon to see nature live, and not on your phone, this is the place.
Written June 7, 2024
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Hi Mark, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your tours with us. It's great to know that you found the shuttle service convenient with Loyola! While you may not have spotted whales this time, the sighting of a seal sounds exciting! We look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure in the future!
Written June 10, 2024
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