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Booking whale watching tour

north west England
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Booking whale watching tour


Just one another whale watching question.

I will be in Annapolis royal for 3 nights, from the 10th of September.

Would it be better to book in advance for a tour, or can you just turn up on the day ?

Do they have tours through the day ?

If so, which is the best part of the day in relation to spotting the whales ?

What time do they usually begin the first tour ?

Thank you for any information.

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1. Re: Booking whale watching tour

I wish I could give better answers but I live far away from there and only went whale watching once. I booked a few days ahead but it was mid summer. They may not be fully booked in September.

I would contact the operators which interest you and ask for advice (knowing they will want you to book ahead.) Tell them you would like to know what the weather is predicted to be before booking and ask what flexibility is for the days you will be in the area.

As for time of day, again contact the operator, but these trips can be long so they may only go once a day.

In case you did not find them here are some links: http://goo.gl/maps/MszQ



http://www.brierisland.com/ Brier Island

http://www.brierislandwhalewatch.com/ Brier Island (regular boat and zodiac tours)

http://www.novascotiawhalewatching.ca/ Westport

http://www.oceanexplorations.ca/ Tiverton (They use Zodiac or similar inflatable craft.)

www.ppww.ca East Ferry

www.piratescove.ca Tiverton

New Minas, Canada
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2. Re: Booking whale watching tour

As maryann mentioned, contact a couple of the cruises that you are interested in.

The one at East Ferry (www.ppww.ca) would be the closest as you wouldn't have any ferry crossings to reach it. However, if you have the time, Brier Island is an interesting place to visit. I note that (www.brierislandwhalewatch.com) is having a special & one of the days is Sept 13th. Not sure if that would work for you.

The Balancing Rock in Tiverton (cross the ferry from East ferry) is an interesting place to visit. novatrails.com/trails/digby-county/balancing…

Toronto, Canada
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3. Re: Booking whale watching tour

Because whale watching is so dependent on the weather, my suggestion would be to wait until you're in Nova Scotia to confirm a particular day and specific time. Perhaps call the tour operator now and make a pencil booking only, which means they won't sell out until they've contacted you to either firm up or cancel your reservation. The weather in the area is difficult to predict and in my experience it's not wise to rely on the forecast more than one or two days in advance. Whale watching in the rain is no fun (for you, that is... the whales have a great time.)

Also, let me second Fundygirlr's suggestion to make the trek down Digby Neck, Long Island, and Brier Island. In my opinion, that would be a worthwhile way to spend a day. The whale watching is fantastic and there's lots to see along the journey. There are two small car ferries with nominal tolls.

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