Recommended Newfoundland Boat Tours or Recommended Boat Tours in Newfoundland

Newfoundland has dozens of boat tours that allow the visitor to get up close and personal to whales, icebergs, seabirds and great scenery. Here are some boat tours we have tried and can fully recommend. If you know of boat tours we should try let us know by contacting knicol@swgc.mun.ca All photos are copyrighted and are not to be copied.

White Island Boat Tours, St. Lunaire-Griquetnew4.gif (987 bytes)

We came across this new tour operation while in the St. Anthony area in 2011 and probably had the best iceberg tour of our lives. Tobias Hillier operates a small tour boat-it only takes 10 people so you need to book ahead to ensure your spot. We saw dozens of icebergs as well as gannets diving for food and some whales. Who could ask for anything more. You can reach Tobias in St. Lunaire-Griquet and be sure to watch for his signs since it is easy to miss the turnoff. he can be reached at: 709-623-2112.

 


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This was a first boat tour of the 2010 season and what a trip it was. We saw white sided dolphins and several minke whales including one that came up right beside the tour boat. There were also lots of bald eagle sitings and did I mention the excellent interpretation of the geology and cultural landscape that we saw along the way. The trip leaves from the wharf in Norris Point in Gros Morne National Park and is a must do activity for anyone wanting to see the ocean of scenic Bonne Bay. For more pictures and information click Bontours.

 



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Darren Park runs a unique boat tour that is a must do for anyone interested in ocean fishing and site seeing. It is based out of Cox's Cove in the Bay of Islands and he offers an authentic tour using a traditional dory. That means you get personal attention and Darren knows all the hot spots of fishing. On our recent trip we caught cod, mackerel, redfish, and flounder. We saw eagles and even had a mussel boil up at his sea side cabin. His largest fish caught on his tours has been a huge 35 lb cod and he tells me this summer (2010) he has always caught something on every tour. For more info and images click CRAZY. I have added some images from our 2010 summer trip with Darren where we caught our limit in no time.

 


Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

Gatherall's Boat Tours operate out of Bay Bulls in Eastern Newfoundland just south of St John's. This area is a popular for boat tours since there are generally whales and seabirds with icebergs making an appearance up until early July. We didn't see any whales or icebergs but did see loads of seabirds like the puffin you see in the photo to the right. There are also lots of kittiwakes and common murres and we also saw nature in action as an eagle flew over the puffin colony on Green Island. That sent all of the birds into the air in a frantic attempt to get away from the predator. For more photos and information click Gatheralls.


Twillingate Island Boat Tours

Cecil Stockey took us a fabulous boat tour recently and it was the best iceberg tour I have ever had. Cecil has been in the business for many years and the iceberg we saw was the second largest he had ever seen in the area. In fact, he measured it at close to 500 meters long. When we saw it had broken into over 15 smaller bergs but they are still very impressive. We didn't see any whales but Cecil says they are common visitors to the Twillingate area. He does a small boat, personalized style of tour and we really appreciated his comments and dedication in getting us in for good photos. Click Iceberg Man for more images and information


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Northland Discovery Boat Tours is a great tour based out of St Anthony on the Northern Peninsula. We have done the tour many times and have always seen something interesting. A few years ago it was a pod of killer whales and on our most recent trip  we saw whales and some fine scenery. We had another fine trip on the Gaffer 3 this summer. This boat tour likely has the longest iceberg season of any tour on the Island of Newfoundland due to its northerly location.  Click Northland for more pics and information.

O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

O'Brien's must be one of the oldest tour operators on the Island. We have sailed with them on numerous trips and have seen tons of puffins, whales and sometimes icebergs. We last sailed with them in June, 2008 and it was a banner year for bergs. One even broke apart in front of us. They are located a short distance from S. John's so it is easy to get to for anyone heading to the East Coast of the province. Click O'Brien's for more pictures and information.



True North Charters and Tours

We recently joined True North for their boat tour of the Middle and Goose Arm in the Bay of Islands near Corner Brook. They are located in Cox's Cove (on the north shore of the Bay of Islands) and their Explorer tour took us past 300 meter rock cliffs, resettled communities and soaring eagles. The route follows Middle Arm and at Penguin Head we turned right into Goose Arm. Penguin Head likely gets its name from the Great Auk which once lived in Newfoundland. At the Goose Arm Narrows we saw 4 eagles soaring along a huge rock cliff. We can't wait to check out their fishing tour later in the summer. For more info click True North

Crystal Waters Boat Tours

Crystal Waters Boat Tours has been operating for several years out of the Bay of Islands Yacht Club in Corner Brook. The 44 passenger tour boat usually does tours of the inner Bay of Islands, but we recently did a great combination boat tour and hike of Wood's Island. There are not many tour boats in Newfoundland that offer a hiking-boating experience. The Wood's Island hike is about 5.5 km long so is within the ability of most people. In fact on our tour we had almost as many kids as adults. We also saw a minke whale and the cruise offers great vistas of the scenic Blow me down Mountains and outer Bay of Islands. For more pictures click Crystal.


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