Whales are watching in front of Newfoundland

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Whale watching off St. John's Newfoundland

Whales are watching in Newfoundland

We want to enjoy nature and watch whales up close - we experience that in one afternoon St. John's in Newfoundland, Canada. On this tour we will find out how successful whale watching in Newfoundland can be. But I'm getting ahead of myself: the capital of the Atlantic Province is very well protected on a harbor basin that is separated from the Atlantic by a narrow entrance. Not being very sea-savvy, it was with somewhat mixed feelings that I waited to board the small Iceberg Quest Tours boat that would take us out into the open Atlantic where we hoped to see whales.



Normally I always check what the waves are like in the region where such a boat tour takes us. Only then do I decide whether I want to take the risk of going out to sea with a small nut shell - especially if it's as big as the Atlantic. This was not possible here because Signal Hill on one side of the harbor entrance and the headland of Fort Amherst on the other side prevented a clear view of the ocean. I wanted to see whales, so I cautiously boarded the boat in St. John's Harbor - an excellent decision, as it turned out.


Port entrance St. John's, Newfoundland
Port entrance St. John's, Newfoundland
Fort Amherst
Whales are watching in front of Fort Amherst


Whales watching in St. John's, Newfoundland

The sea is calm as we follow a fishing boat out into the Atlantic Ocean. To the left of us is the Rock of Signal Hill, and on the right we see the defenses of Fort Amherst watching over the entrance to the port of St. John's. Then our captain turns south towards Cape Spear and after a few minutes we see the fountains of two fin whales near the shore. They quietly pull their tracks in the windless water and again and again their elongated backs emerge from the sea with the short, back-bent dorsal fins and plow through the small waves that arise off the coast. Our helmsman keeps his distance and waits patiently for some distance from the whales. He gives the animals the choice, whether they want to approach us.


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Whale breathing hole - whale watching Newfoundland
Whale breathing hole - Our whale watching in Newfoundland shows us the animals up close.


The whales are fine with us

We are lucky! The whales are curious and swim towards our boat. Closer and closer are the two colossi until they emerge right next to the boat from the depths of the sea. We hear the loud noise that comes from expelling the compressed breathing air with a lot of pressure and we can see how the breathing hole on her head opens and closes. Almost we can feel the small droplets of condensed breath that they spray into the air. They show no fear of us, but rather seem to play with us, because again and again they appear next to us. It's as if they are watching us too. They come so close that we can see every bump in their thick skin.


Whale Fluke - whale watching Newfoundland
Whale fluke
Whales are watching in front of Cape Spear
Whales are watching in front of Cape Spear

Whales watch with success

Only after a while do they get bored of the game and dive into the depths of the Atlantic. As a farewell, they show us their flukes before elegantly disappearing into the blue water. Since the two of them no longer show each other after a long wait, the captain decides to continue driving towards Cape Spear. And again we are lucky! This time it's humpback whales playing games with us. And they also show no shyness and come close to our boat. Between the cape and our boat they appear again and again and hit the water with their side fins with a loud splash - almost as if they want to attract the attention of onlookers on the boat and from land. In any case, you can be sure of our undivided attention.


Finn whale blas
Finn whale blas
Dive into the depths
Dive into the depths


A minke whale, humpback whales and fin whales

And so it continues. We see a minke whale, several humpback whales and our two fin whales again on the way back towards the port. They are very active and seem to want to demonstrate their behavior to us. Finally we drive back towards the harbor satisfied, while the captain allows us to look out for whales with him from his bridge. Even in the distance you can see the wind rising out of the water. Even the old sea dog who steers our boat gets the hunting fever and he steers towards the two whale fountains. But this time it's too late. When we get there, the two animals have already disappeared and are no longer visible. never mind In any case, my seaworthiness did not come to mind during our whale watching in Newfoundland. The experience was far too exciting for that.


Look out for whales
Whale watching in Newfoundland also means looking out for whales


The whale watching tours of Iceberg Quest Tours at St. John's are among the Signature Experiences in Canada, the best experiences the country has to offer - rightly, we believe.

Very important to us Whale Watching always so that the animals are not put under stress. There are a number of points that should be considered if you want to observe whales sustainably. Iceberg Quest tours follow these principles. You will depart from Pier 6 in St. John's, Newfoundland.


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Questions and answers about whale watching in Newfoundland

When is the best time to go whale watching in Newfoundland?

The best time for whale watching in Newfoundland is from June to September. During these months you have the best chance of seeing whales in their natural environment.

What whale species can I see in Newfoundland?

In Newfoundland you can see humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales and minke whales, among others. Sometimes even blue whales and orcas make an appearance.

How can I join a whale watching tour?

There are several providers of whale watching tours in Newfoundland. You can find out more online or look for offers locally. Make sure to choose a responsible tour.

What should I bring to whale watching?

Bring waterproof clothing, a camera, binoculars, and sunscreen. Don't forget to pack warm clothing and rain gear for the unpredictable Newfoundland weather.

Are there rules of conduct when watching whales?

Yes, it is important to treat the animals with respect. Keep your distance and avoid loud noises. Follow the tour guide's instructions to avoid disturbing the whales.


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Source Whale watching in Newfoundland: On-site research supported by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Newfoundland and Tourism St. John's. However, our opinion remains our own.

Text whale watching in Newfoundland: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Whales are watching in front of Newfoundland

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

4 thoughts too "Whales are watching in front of Newfoundland"

  1. Hello Monika and Petar!

    I've done whale watching three times (in Argentina, the US and Sri Lanka) and always thought it was awesome! Thanks for the great pictures that are really unique!

    Best regards,

  2. Dear Monika, dear Petar,
    that was certainly a great experience. I've only seen dolphins and seals live off the Irish coast so far. Whales are certainly something else again. At the moment I only travel Europe. But outside of our continent, I have always flirted with Canada. I recently had a brunch with Canadian specialties. Delicious.

    At some point I'll come there too. And then, hopefully, there are whales left.

    Sunny greetings,

    1. Dear Nicolo,

      oh, the whales will surely be there :). But experiencing dolphins and seals off Ireland's coast is also something special, is not it? Were you in Dingle?

      Best regards,

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