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Very informative and enjoyable boat tour!

Like other reviews, we really enjoyed the narration of the father/son team (basically the whole... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rockville, Maryland
Puffins and so much more

We had a great time on this tour of the bird islands. The captain and his son were so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Loads of Puffins, plus seals and bald eagles - boat tours daily from early May until early Sept. Puffins guaranteed from early May until mid-late Aug. Over 45 years running. Our new tour boat, 'Puffin Express' was built in 2010. A coastal experience...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1672 Old Route 5, Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia B1X 1B1, Canada
+1 800-661-6680
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like other reviews, we really enjoyed the narration of the father/son team (basically the whole duration of the tour!), and saw so, so many puffins, bald eagles, seals, and many other birds to create a spectacular life-long memory. We got so close-up - our pictures...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time on this tour of the bird islands. The captain and his son were so knowledgeable and truly love what they do. We brought our 9 year old daughter and she loved it too. It's a great local, family-owned business.

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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are happy that you enjoyed yourselves on our tour. Thanks fro the great review. Sheila

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour, Captain Vince and his son were terrific hosts and really knowledgeable about the wildlife, location, geology, economy - non stop information. The boat was great, we didn't have full capacity so lots of room to move about...More

Thank Valerie57
Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review. And we are really glad you enjoyed your trip with us. Sheila

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw lots of different species - puffins, bald eagles, seals, gulls, blue herons. We brought our toddler and he was fascinated with the tour for awhile until he surrendered to calming rocking motion of the inland sea. We suggest sitting near the center where...More

Thank JCheungTCM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second time going on the boat tour. First went two years ago and enjoyed it so much that I made a special trip to see t again. It’s a small, family-run business in a quiet part of Cape Breton Island. We stayed...More

Thank ShanMonster
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We got to see seals and puffins!!! We also saw a whale and loads of other birds. The scenery was also very nice. It’s around a three hour tour with 45 min each way for the boat to get to bird Island. Bring a sweater...More

Thank Eli K
Reviewed June 28, 2018

I did this tour with my husband and two teenage children. Everyone enjoyed it. The tour was comfortable, let us have plenty of time to go around both islands and included a good balance of natural history and local history. The gift shop was very...More

Thank Maria M
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff on every aspect from gift shop , to boat crew. Had an exceptional day for it weather wise and saw tons of various species of birds. Saw puffins as well but difficult to get good photos of them as it was such a...More

Thank IsaacNewtonPelle
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

Great experience today. Crew made sure everyone was comfortable and warm. Great stories and add sure everyone saw the puffins and seals. Highly recommended!

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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Thanks, we are glad you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Even on a rainy day it was a very enjoyable trip. The guys are knowledgeable and very enthusiastic to share their knowledge. We saw everything on the list except the bald eagle. We even saw a few birds that weren’t on the list — including...More

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Tina W
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Julie T | Reviewed this property |
For the birds floating on the water, as close as they want the boat to get before they fly away. A lot of them are in the cliffs of the islands. The captain will get you as close as they can, but it’s rather rocky around the... More
June 12, 2017|
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Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
Yes, you can bring a babe in a carrier . Both our boys were on the boat before their first birthday. Very safe, and they tend to fall asleep with the rocking motion. Sheila
April 14, 2017|
Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
We are closer to Sydney port. But the cruise ship has already pre-booked all the seats on our tour boat for that day's tour to see puffins. And they have arranged a bus to bring you the 40 minutes out to us, and provided box... More