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Very nice tour

Two mature couples took the trip to Bird Islands. Lots of puffins (focus of the trip) Many other... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
stevemu46
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Lancaster, Ohio
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Puffins, bald eagles, seals

We had a very successful trip. A lot of puffins, bald eagles, cormorants... other types as well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PDoug
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New Jersey, USA
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Loads of Puffins, plus seals and bald eagles - boat tours daily from early May until early Sept. Puffins guaranteed from early May until mid-late Aug. Over 45 years running. Our new tour boat, 'Puffin Express' was built in 2010. A coastal experience...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1672 Old Route 5, Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia B1X 1B1, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two mature couples took the trip to Bird Islands. Lots of puffins (focus of the trip) Many other birds including eagles. Lots of seal. The captains boys did the trip which made it extra nice. Pleased to see what a neat family business they have

Thank stevemu46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very successful trip. A lot of puffins, bald eagles, cormorants... other types as well, and seals on the rocks and in the water. The Captain was very informative (sometimes a bit too much, lol). We thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just planned to take a boat trip. We had no idea what a pleasure was in store!!! Seals galore. Bald eagles to beat the band. Puffin hopping around. Lots and lots of different birds And a very knowledgeable captain and crew. It was a...More

Thank joannalan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've wanted to see puffins ever since reading Enid Blyton's "Island of Adventure" (that dates me, but I don't care). Anyhow...fun trip, reasonably priced, very knowledgeable people, comfortable boat. We went mid August and I'd called up to check whether the puffins were still around,...More

Thank jac152
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there after most Puffins had migrated, but had a wonderful time anyway. Lots of birds, with a great narration of the birds, history, and geography of the area. Also a great place to stay the night before in their cabins -- #6 had...More

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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed yourselves on the boat tour. And again in our cottage. Have a great rest-of-your-vacation! Sheila

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best excursion on our Holland America tour. Lots of gray seals, puffins, bald eagles and beautiful views of this amazing area. I would love to come back and do it again.

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Bird_Island, Manager at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We love it that you enjoyed your boat tour with us. Hope you can come back to Cape Breton one day in the future. Sheila

Reviewed 19 August 2018

Great hosts of a father and son with alot of interesting information and stories to keep everyone entertained. We saw several types of birds and seals. It was a fantastic day!

Thank lunderfinger
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Like other reviews, we really enjoyed the narration of the father/son team (basically the whole duration of the tour!), and saw so, so many puffins, bald eagles, seals, and many other birds to create a spectacular life-long memory. We got so close-up - our pictures...More

Thank AmyandCraig22
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We had a great time on this tour of the bird islands. The captain and his son were so knowledgeable and truly love what they do. We brought our 9 year old daughter and she loved it too. It's a great local, family-owned business.

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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

We are happy that you enjoyed yourselves on our tour. Thanks fro the great review. Sheila

Reviewed 8 August 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour, Captain Vince and his son were terrific hosts and really knowledgeable about the wildlife, location, geology, economy - non stop information. The boat was great, we didn't have full capacity so lots of room to move about...More

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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thank you for your great review. And we are really glad you enjoyed your trip with us. Sheila

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Tina W
24 July 2018|
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Response from Julie T | Reviewed this property |
For the birds floating on the water, as close as they want the boat to get before they fly away. A lot of them are in the cliffs of the islands. The captain will get you as close as they can, but it’s rather rocky around the... More
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iMak80
13 June 2017|
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Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
Yes, you can bring a babe in a carrier . Both our boys were on the boat before their first birthday. Very safe, and they tend to fall asleep with the rocking motion. Sheila
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arlynbence
15 April 2017|
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Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
We are closer to Sydney port. But the cruise ship has already pre-booked all the seats on our tour boat for that day's tour to see puffins. And they have arranged a bus to bring you the 40 minutes out to us, and provided box... More
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