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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

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Bay Bulls, Canada
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About O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours
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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DeanneMorgan wrote a review Yesterday
Conception Bay South, Canada10 contributions1 helpful vote
We took our cruise later in the season after the whales and icebergs, but it was still a very enjoyable trip. There were lots of sunfish and some seabirds. The crew were very knowledgeable and provided entertainment. It turned out to be a beautiful day.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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dive_ability wrote a review Sep. 17
Toronto, Canada1326 contributions180 helpful votes
Crew were excellent ambassadors for ALL the humpback whales that came to see the O'Brien's whale watching vessel. We were certain that Captain Joe has a magical way of herding the magnificent creatures 'practically onto the boat!" Read more about O'Brien's Puffin viewing and whale watching tours on the RetiredAndTravelling dot com blog.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Kevin L wrote a review Sep. 11
Tiny, Canada228 contributions54 helpful votes
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Too late in the season for whales or icebergs but got to see Puffins on the island. Staff were very engaging and entertaining. Make note that the boat leaves the Gatheralls site on the north shore. Dress accordingly as you may need to sit on top of uncovered deck. Very professional and safety conscious crew
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Obrienstours, Guest Relations Manager at O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Kevin, thank you for the review. We appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you on board again someday!
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ytranger wrote a review Sep. 10
186 contributions88 helpful votes
Weather was not the best, but the tour was great! Staff were super nice, and knowledgeable. Did a tour of the island sanctuary at a leisurely pace. Everyone on board had a chance to see the variety of birds, habitat, and sea life, including molla mollas, or Sun Fish. Lots of room below deck for the bad weather, but I think most everyone was on the upper deck. We also got screeched in, which was great! Where else but on a boat in NFLD to get screeched in?!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Obrienstours, Guest Relations Manager at O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Hi, thank you for joining us! We greatly appreciate the feedback. Congratulations on becoming an honorary Newfoundlander! We hope to see you on board again someday. :)
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E. Van Bergen wrote a review Aug. 2021
Toronto, Canada128 contributions5 helpful votes
Great boar tour! The guide is also very funny and knowledgeble. We saw lots and lots of birds (those puffins were actually smaller than expecations) and also some mink whales sightings! Make sure to book in advance to get the date/time slot desired. WE also enjoyed their gift shop, many unique items and a nice coffee shop too. Washrooms also very clean.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from Obrienstours, Guest Relations Manager at O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello, Thank you for joining us on board! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with us.
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