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“The experience of a lifetime”

Island Quest Marine
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Owner description: For whale watching Island Quest Marine delivers a true Bay of Fundy whale & wildlife adventure. Explore the Bay of Fundy tides aboard our custom-built cruiser, the 13.41-m (44 ft.) M/V Island Quest. Enjoy comfort and speed along with the experience of our LOCAL captain's, whose lifetime on the bay makes for a unique and authentic adventure! Cruise past scenic lighthouses, herring weirs and aquaculture sites on the way to the whales' playground. Knowledgeable marine biologists provide interpretation while you spot humpback, finback, minke and North Atlantic right whales, along with seals, porpoises and eagles. Discover the sea creatures in our onboard touch tank, feel samples of whale baleen and indulge in a seafood snack and refreshment on the way back from your ultimate adventure!
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We realized a childhood dream on that sunny afternoon when we sailed to the bay of Fundy. Not only did we get to see whales up close, but they were North Atlantic ''right'' whales, very rare as there are now only a few hundreds specimen left in the world ! We also saw porpoises and fin back whales ! We stayed for about four hours at sea around the same group of whales. Our captain and our marine biologist gave us a lot of useful information, and we got to touch starfish, a whale tooth, and we got offered a delicious salmon spread on toast and free drinks ! The whole experience was very enjoyable and we learned so much about the region and about marine mammals ! Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were very fortunate to see 4 finback whales. They put on a good "show" and the captain did a great job of staying close without crowding the whales. We also got to see some seals on the way out.

Island Quest is very organized and their web site provided a good explanation and set expectations appropriately. We got a web site discount when we reserved.

The boat was very clean, well maintained with a lot of shade inside the main hull and outside at the back. There was a lot of seating inside. The number of people that can go up top is limited for safety, but the crew made sure everyone got a chance.

I liked having the 2 naturalists on the boat to explain what we were likely to see. Even the captain gave a few descriptions of the salmon cages and islands.

2  Thank infolific
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Island Quest is one of the best tours. The Captain (Chris) and the two biological on board were very informative about the whales we seen. Nicole and Dean, the biologist on board, were very kind, hard working, smart, and dedicated to making sure everybody learned some information on the whales. Also on things we seen on our boat such as seals, birds, salmons farms ect. They also served crackers, smoked salmon and iced tea on the way back. Be sure to bring a camera. This is a trip I will remember forever. I would recommend anyone visiting St. Anderws to do this whale watching tour.

2  Thank lovnthebeach
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Took a large group of people for a whale watching cruise. The crew and captain told us a lot about the area and various points of interest. The people make a big difference with this company...knowledgeable, friendly, locals who know what they are doing. Once we got out in the water, they were able to interpret the whales behaviour and be where the whales were when they surfaced! Awesome! I could not have been happier with this company and the large group of teens were thrilled, entertained, and left very grateful for the experience. Well done!

2  Thank GNETT36
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

This had to be one of our best whale watching adventures ever , my sister and I have been going to Saint Andrews for our sister week for 10 years and have been other whale watching boats , the Island Quest Marine was the most friendly we have encountered , the Captain Chris was so informative and knowledgeable , probably from all of his years fishing in the area , with out exaggeration you could almost touch the whales when he turned off the boat they came right near , it was so exciting , we also saw a huge tuna jump up in the air , bald eagles , seals , porpoises and a number of birds , the boat was extremely clean and well maintained . The two biologists were very informative also . Marsha and I will be taking a tour with them next September for sure , we had a fantastic time with this great company . Thanks so much , Chris and family ! Also I have a walking problem and they were more than kind in helping me on and off the boat !

2  Thank Patricia R
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