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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EveBob
Miramichi, Canada130 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great scenic boat trip to see the Puffins. Unfortunately no whales or ice bergs. The crew were very informative, especially Liam who keep us informed and entertained.
Written October 25, 2023
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Trail56916929011
Region of Waterloo, Canada2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Awesome tour. We saw thousands of puffins but no whales that day. A young gentleman entertained us with his singing and all sorts of Puffin and other bird infomation. The scenery was fabulous as we travelled down the coast a bit in search of whales. totally worth the money and would highly recommend. The ocean happened to be pretty choppy the day we were out but that just added to the excitement of the tour.
Written October 13, 2023
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Stephanie T
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Sept 2023 • Couples
My partner and I had a wonderful time on the boat tour :) we knew we were going late in the season so our chances of seeing some of the iconic aquatic wildlife were slim, but we did spot a tuna and some dolphins! The crew still managed to make the trip special for us with songs, history, and even jigged a cod! It was such a beautiful landscape especially from the perspective on the water! We also had a mixup with our pickup time and Noah was so understanding and flexible with us!
Written October 1, 2023
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Hello, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us. We're glad to hear that even though it was late in the season, you still had the opportunity to spot some great sightings! We apologize for the mixup with the pickup time, but we're glad that Noah was flexible! We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back for another memorable experience in the future!
Written October 12, 2023
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Christamas
Toronto, Canada13 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
The tour was great, the team onboard took great care to make the trip a memorable one. It was the second last tour of the season so there weren't many people onboard which made it easy to move around and get great pictures. We were also grateful the weather cooperated and it was a beautiful day. Overall, highly recommend this tour with this company.
Written September 28, 2023
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Hi, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you had a great time on the tour and the weather cooperated for you to fully appreciate the beauty of the day. We appreciate your review and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another memorable tour in the future!
Written October 12, 2023
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Peter K
Canada32 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Although we went in the last half of September and there were no whales or many birds, we did see some puffins! Also saw a seal! We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour tour. Learned a lot about the birds in the area. On the boat, there was good balance of providing commentary through the PA system, providing Newfoundland music (recordings and live singing) and periods of no commentary or music. Overall, would highly recommend this tour.
Written September 26, 2023
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Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed seeing the puffins and seal, despite being late in the season. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back for another tour in the future!
Written October 12, 2023
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Richard G
2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The trip was excellent, we got to see 2 Minkie whales right in the harbour. They came up and surfaced at least a dozen times. The crew was excellent and Frank was very entertaining on the microphone. We also saw alot of Puffins at the islands. We will certainly be back.
Written September 21, 2023
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Hi Richard, Thank you for your feedback! We are thrilled to hear you were able to see two Minkie whales right in the harbor up close! We are happy to hear that you were able to see a lot of puffins at the islands. Thank you for choosing our tour, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written September 25, 2023
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BGC O
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Sept 2023 • Couples
Did the tour on Sept 18th. There were still puffins and other birds on the nesting grounds but in very much smaller quantities. No whales to be seen but once again, not high season. Tour was fun despite the low bird count and I learned a ton from Joseph and Con about puffins and the wildlife in general. The area is beautiful and took a lot of pictures. If you go, bring a few layers of warm clothing. Winds were strong and boat was rocking quite a bit so stayed put on top deck but bar was open. Con sang a few Newfoundland songs and we were well entertained. Great family outing as well as one for seasoned photographers. Take this tour - you will not be disappointed!
Written September 20, 2023
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Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We're glad to hear that despite the smaller quantities of puffins and birds on the nesting grounds, you still had a fun and educational tour with Joe and Con. It's great to hear that you had a great family outing and that the tour catered to seasoned photographers as well. Thank you for recommending our tour, and we look forward to welcoming you on board in the future for another enjoyable experience in the future!
Written September 25, 2023
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Robin H
London, Canada17 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a great trip! Even though we visited late in the season we saw lots of Puffins in their habitat and learned about their predators. We missed the season to see icebergs or whales, but the ocean was gorgeous with long rolling swells. I’d definitely do this sightseeing tour again.
Written September 18, 2023
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Hi Robin, Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great trip, despite visiting late in the season. While you missed the season for icebergs and whales, it's great to know that you still enjoyed the gorgeous ocean with its long rolling swells as well as the puffins in their natural habitat and learned about their predators. Thank you for your joining us on board and we hope to have you on board for another memorable experience in the future, perhaps in July for whale watching!
Written September 25, 2023
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Jorja M
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Even on a rainy day in Newfoundland captain Joe and his crew with Noah and Duncan did a spectacular job of keeping g everyone’s spirits up enjoying the beautiful views of the puffins. No whales out this late in the season but we had a lovely time on board enjoying the Irish music and a few sea shanties. We even got screeched in as honorary Newfoundlanders in our way back. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the area looking for a unique experience.
Written September 15, 2023
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Hi Jorja, Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that Captain Joe and crew, Noah and Duncan, did a spectacular job of keeping everyone's spirits up despite the rainy weather. Getting screeched in as honorary Newfoundlanders must have been a memorable experience for you! Thank you for recommending us to others looking for a unique experience while visiting the area. We hope to welcome you back in the future!
Written September 25, 2023
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Linda N
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
A must do if you are traveling to Newfoundland. A friendly and knowledgeable crew. Great song, whales and birds. What more could you want? Oh ya, don't forget to get screeched in!
Written September 10, 2023
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Hi, Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience on board! We're glad you enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable crew. Getting screeched in is definitely an unforgettable part of the Newfoundland experience. Thank you for choosing us and we hope to welcome you on board in the future once again for more fun adventures!
Written September 25, 2023
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