HOW TO WATCH (and listen)
Boats and kayaks offer excellent opportunities to spot the whales from sea level and at Linkum Tours we use both. Our concern, however, rests with the whales and we follow a strict policy of non-interference. While we may come near whales as we explore the coast in kayaks or during our ferry service to the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn, we do not pursue whales and we endeavour to minimize our impact on their feeding and other activities. That said, there are many times when the whale's curiosity will bring them close to us as we watch. The dolphins are another treat for those in kayaks - they will leap over the bow and look you in the eye. Our hydrophone allows you to hear their chatter and calls as you paddle with them. If you have a camera that can take a quick dunking, bring it along. You won't be the first to snap a shot of a whale under your boat!
We have found the ideal spot for viewing is at the Lighthouse itself. As you stand on the rocks, the whales are unaware of your presence and the deep water allows them to come next to you as they chase the capelin and other fish. With the right light you can actually look down through the water and see the Humpbacks as they swim by and feed at your feet. Be prepared to get wet if they blow as they surface a foot from you, just off the rocks. The helipad also gives you a view down the eastern and western sides of the island allowing you to see the whales as they come north to head down the other side of Newfoundland or on up the coast of Labrador.
Our new indoor whale watching station allows you to sit inside during inclement weather and continue to enjoy the show. Many days it is quiet enough to read in the station and still hear the whales as they surface. During calm early mornings you can sometimes hear the whales as they blow in the cove. With an alarm clock like this, you may want to be ready to start the day early.Our Inns offer perfect accommodation for whale watching. Quirpon Lighthouse Inn and Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn