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 zodiacs: at 33 feet and 36 feet, these vessels allow for more space for our guests, improved seating comfort and space for a private bathroom on board.
Safety: Life rafts. Additional safety include the life rafts on all vessels, (you will note that smaller zodiac vessels in the Bay may 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.
Successful encounters with whales exceeds 95%. Experience the excitement of the high speed on the way out and back from the whale feeding area and of course we stop for all the sights and for guide information. Our high speed vessels provide opportunities to see whales further off shore (season and weather conditions depending).
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.
Ride in improved comfort with Individual forward facing shock absorption seating (Seaspension ™ seating!) on the jet boat or with new 4″ padded and spacious forward facing bench seating on the Nautica motor vessel. There is also a back rest on all seats on both vessels! The owner, Joanne, worked previously as a physical therapist and recommended the improved comfort seating.
Bathroom: Both of our motor vessels have a private bathroom on board which provides you that extra reassurance in case it is needed.
Touch Aquarium: our crew will show your group the touch aquarium with starfish, urchins and more.
Snack: There is a snack provided of homemade cookies and refreshment after the tour.
Your hosts Joanne and Robert Carney purchased the 72-foot ‘Jolly Breeze’ Tall Ship in 2004 and have taken out over 120,000 guests on whale watching and sailing adventures departing from Saint Andrews NB. We expanded in 2016 with our new high speed jet drive VIP Zodiac vessel and in 2019 with the Nautica Motor vessel.
The VIP Zodiac: Previously used as an FBI boat, this 33-foot aluminum hulled Zodiac Hurricane is capable of speeds of 40+ MPH with dual 315 HP jet drives (630 HP!). It is equipped with very cool individual shock absorbing seats with back rests. This vessel is for recommended for ages for 10+, <275 lb.
The Nautica Motor Vessel is slightly larger at 36 foot fiberglass vessel equipped with two quiet 250 HP Honda outboard engines and travels at the same speed at the VIP Zodiac (40+ MPH). There are cushioned bench seats with back rests. Guests do sit when traveling but may stand up when the boat is stopped. This vessel is recommended for ages 5+, <350 lb.
Experience the excitement of the Bay of Fundy whales and wildlife in a small group atmosphere of up to 12 passengers each boat providing excellent viewing. Speed will be adjusted for sea conditions, guest comfort and wildlife viewing.
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 vessels.
Both vessels follow Transport Canada Blue Decal regulations for 12 passenger vessels, are equipped with advanced navigational equipment and a life raft.
VIP ZODIAC JET BOAT: (starting in July). You will be fitted for your flotation suit prior to your trip out on the water. Sizes XS to XXL, weight restriction is 275 lb. Children under 90 lb are provided with a jacket and life jacket. This is the only vessel in Canada with individual shock mitigation seats (Seaspension ™). There is a bathroom on board for your convenience. For ages 10+.
NAUTICA MOTOR VESSEL: (starting in June) You will be provided a life jacket for this tour. We 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!