From the historic shores of Saint Andrews, across the green-blue waters of the Bay of Fundy, beyond where the Old Sow whirlpool churns and the East Quoddy lighthouse shines, live some of the last great wonders of the world. Yes! We have feeding whales, playful porpoise, soaring eagles, sunning seals, sometimes Puffins and more. Much more! Incredible tides rush between the islands, whilst you ‘zip’ over the waters and experience the fullest of the ocean salt air and Bay of Fundy wonders.
Larger rigid-hulled vessels: at 33 and 36 feet, these vessels allows for more space for our guests, improved seating comfort with back rests, forward facing seating and a private bathroom on board. Speeds up to 40 MPH and will be adjusted for comfort and sea conditions.
Safety: Additional safety include the life rafts on all vessels, (you will note that smaller zodiac vessels in the Bay do not carry life rafts). This affords maximum safety when traveling further offshore where the whales may be located that day. We also have the added onboard Certified life jackets for adults and children, positioning locator devices and certified Captains.
Optional Flotation suits: full flotation suits are available (sizes Mens small to 3XL) but not required. Lift jackets in child and adult sizes are also provided.
Successful encounters with whales is normally 95%-100% during the season. There are four main species of whales in our area. The Minke whale normally arrives first in early June, then the Fin whales follow in early July and the Humpback whales in mid July. If you are really fortunate, you may spot a North Atlantic Right whale in September or October. We offer pre-season zodiac tours with the seals, porpoise, nesting eagles, Lighthouses and more. While we can never guarantee any sightings, we can assure you that a tour on the waters of the beautiful Bay of Fundy is an experience of a lifetime with wonderful lasting memories.
Longer tours: The tours are approximately 2.5 hours in duration allowing you to have the extra time to relax and enjoy the whale sightings. The all important bathroom on board our two high speed vessels allows us to spend more time with the whales plus ensure you experience all that the Bay has to offer that day. Our high speed vessels provide opportunities to see whales further off shore (season and weather conditions depending).
Ride in improved comfort Spacious forward facing bench seating with backrests and 4″ cushioning. The owner, Joanne, worked previously as a physical therapist and recommended the improved comfort seating. Speeds will be adjusted for guests comfort and sea conditions.
Small group size: limited to 12 passengers, excellent viewing for all.
Bathroom: Both of our motor vessels have a private bathroom on board which provides you that extra reassurance in case it is needed.
AGES: 5-75. Weight limitation 350 lb.
Your hosts Joanne and Robert Carney purchased the 72-foot ‘Jolly Breeze’ Tall Ship in 2004 and have taken out over 135,000 guests on whale watching and sailing adventures departing from Saint Andrews NB. We expanded in 2016 with our new high speed jet drive Zodiac vessel and in 2019 with the VIP Nautica Motor vessel.
Although our high speed vessels are a fun way to get out on the water, this can sometimes be a bumpy ride and is not suitable for everyone. This tour is not recommended for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions. This includes but is not limited to, anyone who is pregnant, those with back or neck problems, osteoporosis, or recent surgery. There is also a weight and age restriction for the speed vessel.
Our vessels follow Transport Canada regulations for 12 passenger vessels, are equipped with advanced navigational equipment and a life raft.
NAUTICA MOTOR VESSEL: (starting May long weekend) You will be provided a flotation suit or life jacket for this tour depending on the weather conditions. We also have some wind breakers to borrow if needed. Flotation suits are not required on this vessel though we may recommend them on a colder day. Weight Restriction 350 lb. For ages 5+.
The whales, seals, Bald Eagles and dolphins of the Bay of Fundy are graceful and spectacular and sure to be a highlight of your vacation!