Newfoundland Whale Watching Tours
A Newfoundland Whale Watching Tour is a beautiful, exciting, and unique experience. Your journey in Newfoundland will be chocked full of epic landscapes, endless wildlife viewing opportunities, and friendly encounters with humble locals. Newfoundland is also very large. If you have limited time during your vacation, you’ll want to prioritize all the wonderful things to see and do in this place.
We truly believe that a Newfoundland whale watching tour is one of the most rewarding things you can do during your stay in Newfoundland. (We made a career out of whale watching. It’s that good.)
If you’re unconvinced, read on!
The largest population of humpback whales return here year after year
If you happen to be in Newfoundland during whale season, you’re in for a treat.During a Newfoundland whale watching tour season, The largest population of humpback whales come here every year, feeding on krill and capelin. Spend some time along the coast (especially in Eastern Newfoundland), and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see a spouting or breaching humpback whale.
Your chances improve once you move further west from St. John’s, where you don’t have to compete with dozens of other people in the province’s capital for the best views on a whale watching Newfoundland boat. Maybe we’re biased, but we think the best opportunity to see whales is by taking a tour from Trinity!
You can get up close and personal with the whales
The best thing about a Newfoundland whale watching tour in a small, intimate boat is how easy it is to get up close and personal with a giant 40-ton humpback (or a minke, or even an orca). Whether you’re kayaking around Trinity Bay or zipping along in a Zodiac, it’s so much easier to get close to these friendly giants when you’re eye level with them from a smaller boat.
Whales are curious by nature, and they’re not shy. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself eye-to-eye with one! (And don’t panic if you do; just give him/her a wave.)
You’ll see plenty of other wildlife, too
You’re probably planning on coming here for humpback whales, minke, orcas, sperm whales, and even blue whales. But even on the off-chance that you won’t see any of those behemoth creatures, you’ll still have so many great opportunities to interact with other wildlife. You’re guaranteed to have an incredible experience on the water.
It’s not uncommon to see puffins diving for fish, or bald eagles circling overhead. You might have dolphins trailing behind you, or gannets swooping around your boat. It’s a rare day in Newfoundland when you don’t encounter wildlife!
Even if you don’t see whales, you’ll love the experience
Take it from a Newfoundlander: there’s nothing like being out on the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Drink in the experience — the smell of briney water, the sun beating down on your head, and the sound of seabirds calling overhead.
We make our tours as informative and entertaining as possible, so you’ll learn plenty about your surroundings as you’re cruising along. Newfoundlanders are notoriously fantastic storytellers, and you’ll come away from the tour with some new friends and a few insights into the local culture.
Newfoundland Whale Watching season is the best time to visit!
Most whales migrate to Newfoundland from May to September, which just so happens to be the best time to visit. The weather is mostly favorable during this time, and you can pair your whale watching trip with other memorable experiences — including iceberg viewing! Icebergs usually start making their way down Iceberg Alley from Greenland in March or April.
Newfoundlanders (and visitors to the island) make the most of those glorious spring and summer months. There’s plenty of opportunity for hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying live entertainment and festivals. In the Trinity area, you can hike the Skerwink Trail, enjoy delicious meals at local restaurants (try the paninis at the Two Whales Coffee Shop), or catch some live music or theatre (especially at the Rising Tide Theatre).