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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours Inc.

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About O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours Inc.
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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Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Although it was late in the season, we were pleased we had taken this tour to the Witless Bay reserve. We saw several bald eagles and plenty of sea birds. The commentary from our host was excellent, and he also entertained us with two songs....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Julie A
Reviewed October 8, 2018

I took this tour on September 25th, well past the puffin and whale time to see them. I had also booked a shuttle pick up from downtown. I was warned that the puffins and whales would not be present and was fine with their alternative...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karina R
Reviewed October 2, 2018

O’Brien staff are friendly and helpful. their tours are amazing and there is lots to see especially when the whales are there.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Suzannemichelle
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We visited NL this July and lucked into O'Brien's for a tour. It was a bit wavy and the cap't made sure we were aware to hold on and walk carefully. No danger, but just be smart. It was fine. The tour director, a retired...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TinajoeB
Reviewed September 27, 2018

The staff and crew were all very good and very helpful and, although we did not see any puffins (too late in the season; only a handful left) or whales, we did see enough (bald eagle, close up seal, various seabirds) and stopped to watch...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sonia A
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We had so much fun out on the tour with Con. Within the first 5 minutes we saw a whale come up for air and he came back at least 6 times. It was a beautiful day and we loved learning about the ecosystem and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

We did not do the cruise. Had a Farewell Dinner in their banquet room. They need to serve a nice hot biscuit or bun with the salad. Cod Fish was excellent. Plate was ICE cold. Need to heat plates ! Service was excellent. Cake for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Even though I got a bit seasick, this was a highlight of the trip! The guide and crew were excellent, and the guide was packed full of knowledge and answers to any questions he was asked. It was tons of fun, filled with songs, information...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kristicollin
Reviewed September 20, 2018

We had a beautiful afternoon on the water with their friendly, knowledgeable crew. Though late in the season for whales, we followed two fin backs for about 10-15 mins As they made their way to wintering grounds. There were still thousands of puffins still in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carolyn H
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Great tour ....... Captain Jo made the tour so interesting explaining the geography of the land and the species of fish, mammals and birds with a fantastic sense of humour. We saw a school of tuna feeding, a mola mola and plenty of puffins and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Susan G
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Response from Charles C | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine there will still be lots around and yes you do get very close to them.
Iris L
August 8, 2018|
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Response from Mary L | Reviewed this property |
HI Iris we went on the 4:30 sailing.
June 10, 2018|
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Response from Kate F | Property representative |
Hi Taran, we've been seeing Minke and Humpback whales sporadically over the past couple of weeks. The best time for whale watching in Newfoundland and Labrador is during the month of July, you are coming at the perfect... More