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Spend your late summer days around the bay exploring the coastal waters of St. John’s with these top six experiences you can have at sea.

Please be sure to call ahead for reservations and any restrictions or guidelines to be aware of during COVID-19. 

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An Ocean Safari

The three hour ocean safari with Ocean Quest is the perfect trip for those who like to look and to touch. Imagine exploring an ancient “Jurassic Park” coastline, riddled with sea caves and cascading waterfalls. The sheer cliffs, exotic vegetation, the amazing seabirds, and if you’re lucky a sunfish or jumping tuna. All this and wide open seas leave the city feeling miles away.

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A Secluded Island Cookout

The Island cookout experience with Saltwater Society has a Newfoundland food experience mastered. Start your day cod fishing around Portugal Cove and finish up on a secluded island, feasting on a colourful charcuterie board and fresh seafood at a fireside cookout. Here you will get you a real taste for the bounty that our island has to offer.

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Kayaking the Open Sea

Experience the excitement of Sea Kayaking on the Avalon Peninsula’s spectacular world famous coastline. Explore these waters with a guided kayak tour with The Outfitters where you can spot soaring seabirds and breathtaking waterfalls. Discover our hidden coves and be sure to bring along your (waterproof) camera to capture all the unforgettable memories.

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Catching and tasting Cod

With their experienced captains, Quidi Vidi Charters will offer you a taste of Newfoundland fishing tradition onboard their fishing vessels. Tour along the craggy cliffs and into the vast Atlantic Ocean where you will learn how to catch a cod or two. After a tour past historic landmarks return back to the wharf and enjoy one of the freshest fish and chips you will eat while on the island.

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Magical Picnics

Enjoy a fairytale picnic while relaxing and enjoying the amazing scenery of Ferryland Lighthouse. Offering so much more than fresh handmade lunches and freshly squeezed lemonade, Lighthouse Picnics provide you with the ultimate backdrop. As you walk along a natural isthmus you are surrounded by the sea on both sides of the path to the lighthouse. Smell the sea, hear the seabirds and enjoy the never ending vistas on your day at the lighthouse.

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Hiking Along the Shoreline

Be prepared to be impressed by magnificent scenery along our spectacular coast. East Coast Trail Association volunteers lead public guided hikes on East Coast Trail paths on weekends from April to November where you can experience the trail for the first time, or enjoy it with a group. The environment of East Coast Trail is left as unspoiled and natural as possible.

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Published: August 26, 2019