Boat Tours

Choose from one of our exciting boat tours or try both to truly experience the rugged coastline, marine life and Newfoundland hospitality. Step aboard and set sail to Atlantic Puffins, Humpback Whales, sea stacks, caves and geysers. Watch as seabirds dive for food, Bald Eagles soar overhead and the sun glistens off of towering icebergs.

The best time for seabird viewing is from May until early September each year and whale sightings are highest in the month of July. Icebergs can typically be seen from May to July, however it is important to note that icebergs do not frequent our waters every year. 

Tour #1 - Award Winning Boat Tour

Cruise with us to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America (260,000 pairs) and millions of other seabirds. Enjoy a spectacular performance by Humpback Whales as they frolic, breach and pectoral fin slap right before your very eyes. A show not to be missed! Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you sail past 10,000 year old icebergs. 

Come for the whales, countless seabirds and Newfoundland charm. Come to experience our rugged coastline and enjoy the famous O'Brien's hospitality. 

Ride in comfort during this two hour tour aboard one of our large passenger vessels. Each vessel is equipped with a fully enclosed heated cabin with panoramic viewing, canteen, bar and restrooms.

Wheelchair accessible. 

Tour #2 - Coastal Adventure Tour

Aboard the Kingfisher you will have a more intimate experience of the ocean, while getting a whale’s eye view of our ruggedly beautiful coastline.

Enjoy the fresh ocean air as you sail alongside breathtaking sea stacks and caves. When conditions permit, explore the unique natural phenomenon known locally as the Spout, a natural wave-powered geyser. In season you will see countless seabirds, Bald Eagles and Humpback Whales. Early in the season you may even have the opportunity to feel the chill from towering icebergs.

This 90 minute tour has seating for 10 and can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Recommended 12 years and older. 

Click here to book your tour online or call (709) 753-4850 Toll free 1-877-639-4253

Sail & Stay Package (2014 season) 

Set sail on our Award Winning Boat Tour for the thrill of a lifetime! View the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Watch playful Humpback Whales frolic right before your eyes. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you pass by 10,000 year old icebergs.

Return to the award winning Courtyard by Marriott St. John's, conveniently located in historic downtown St. John’s for a relaxing evening.

Package includes: 1 night accommodation, 2 hour tour and shuttle tickets for two adults and a delicious box of gourmet chocolate.

$315.00 per couple + tax

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Valid 1 May - 14 Sep 2014. Based on double occupancy, standard guestroom with city view, valid Thursday-Sunday, blackout dates may apply, 1 box of gourmet chocolates per package, 2 hour boat tour, return shuttle service with pick up 1 hour before scheduled tour, sightings vary by season and cannot be guaranteed

Tours, Tastings and Tails (2014 Season) 

Set sail on an Award Winning Boat Tour that will leave you breathless. View the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America, watch playful humpback whales and sail past 10,000 year old icebergs. Enjoy a beer tasting of 7 Award Winning ales and lagers at Quidi Vidi Brewery while learning the history of the charming fishing village.

*Full brewery tour available on Saturday’s and Sunday’s

Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, return shuttle service, brewery tasting, 2 pack Quidi Vidi beer.

$90.00 per person + tax

Please call us at (709) 753-4850 to make a reservation for this package. 

Click Here to learn more about Quidi Vidi Breweries Award Winning Beer. 

Valid June 1st- Aug 31st, 2014. June package-11:30am boat tour with Quidi Vidi Brewery tasting at 3:00 or 4:00, July and August 9:30am boat tour with brewery tasting at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 or 4:00 or July and August Brewery tasting at 2:00pm with 4:30pm boat tour. Shuttle service is to and from O’Brien’s Boat Tours with pickup and drop off locations at a hotel/B&B in St. John’s or Quidi Vidi Brewery. Sightings vary by season and cannot be guaranteed. Full brewery tours only available Saturday and Sunday. 

Shuttle Service

For your convenience shuttle service is available to and from our tours with pickup locations at all hotels and B&B's in the downtown St. John's area. A return trip costs $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for children and youth, taxes extra.


O'Brien's recommends The Narrow's Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart and soul of downtown St. John’s. Click Here to visit the website.