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Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises

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Even better than expected

Based on the other reviews we had read, we had expected a lot. We got even more. The most amazing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
Once in a lifetime experience!

This whale watch was amazing! We got very close to dolphins and humpback whales, which circled our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steph C
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“captain tom”(53 reviews)
“see whales”(24 reviews)
Ocean Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises is the maritimes ORGINAL Zodiac ("ocean rafting") whale/seabird adventure! Celebrating 25+ seasons, founded by biologist Tom Goodwin, in 1986! "one of the best" (Lonely Planet) and the most recommended by...more
3395 Hwy 217 | Box 719, Tiverton, Nova Scotia B0V 1G0, Canada
+1 902-839-2417
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on the other reviews we had read, we had expected a lot. We got even more. The most amazing thing about the trip was that Captain Tom was just as excited, even after 28 years of doing this, as we were. He even took...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This whale watch was amazing! We got very close to dolphins and humpback whales, which circled our boat for about 15 minutes. The zodiak boat was great because we were almost at eye-level with these amazing creatures. We also saw plenty of dolphins, a puffin,...More

Thank Steph C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tom and his team helped facilitate a day that will last in our memories forever. They have thought trough all the things you might want or need on your whale watching adventure and have them ready before you even know to ask. Tom pointed out...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Winds from the North at 10 mph had the water churning with swells up to 10 feet. You hit a few of these swells at the wrong speed and end up flying onto the floor a few times and wonder if the boat pilot is...More

Thank drewswan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Tom showed us one of the most unbelievable trips on our trip to Halifax. With affordable pricing, personalized service and an unparalleled knowledge of marine biology, every bit of our visit was incredible. The Zodiac boat is exhilarating and the first mate is a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall, the trip was good - saw whales, seals and birds - however, we were very disappointed because one member of our party could not participate because Ocean Explorations does not have gear for people of all sizes. We were not told ahead of time,...More

Thank canadiantraveller640
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Although we didn’t see a triple breach like the lucky folks in mid-August, we saw three humpback whales and saw some tail slapping. Tom is an excellent guide. Don’t miss this trip!! It was well worth the drive!

Thank ParkerCharlotteRusty
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

This August we went out with Tom twice and neither time disappointed. The first time we saw it all - breaching, fin flapping and close encounters. The second time we saw a calf with its mother and a huge pod of dolphins. Tom is so...More

Thank Beth M
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Captain Tom is fantastic and knowledgeable. We saw dolphins, puffins and of course humpback whale. We were lucky enough to see a mother and her calf. One whale came up right beside the boat. Amazing experience. Loved it.

Thank MSB1967
Reviewed September 2, 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our whale watching tour with Ocean Explorations yesterday! Tom is highly skilled at finding and tracking whales. His Zodiac can quickly reach the whales he spots in the distance. A larger, slower boat could never do that. At the...More

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September 20, 2018|
Response from Tom G | Property representative |
unfortunately you will NOT find ANY tours open anywhere in the province I am afraid. (to the best of my knowledge) sorry
August 28, 2018|
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Response from Tom G | Property representative |
We probably won't be doing too many more 'sunset' trips, as this week is (typically) slowing down. August is normally very busy, but the week before Labour day weekend and the week after is a bit slower (before a mid Sept... More
March 18, 2017|
Response from Tom G | Property representative |
Sorry, short answer is 'no'. I have opened some years as early as june 4-6th, usually it is mid June 9-15th. This year it is END of June. In fact the last few years has been a bit disappointing in June. We (still... More