A Whale (& Puffin & Iceberg) Tale with O’Brien’s Boat Tour, part 2

Continued… A bonus just as the tour was coming to a close! On our way back to shore, Captain Joseph took us back around the iceberg to view a seal spotted sunning itself: more photos to take of this very Newfoundland scene. You never know what the day will hold.

As the iceberg had begun breaking up, “Bergy Bits” were falling from it into the water where Justin netted one for us to see, hear and taste (in cocktails later?).

Home Cooking
As soon as we disembarked, I headed straight to Sailor’s Galley Restaurant for “a feed” after an afternoon on the water.


Would you like to taste the comforts of home, a Newfoundland home? Upstairs from the gift store in the bright, wood-beamed loft restaurant, the local kitchen staff prepare culture and quality — I have never tasted such delicious and fully-stocked seafood casserole. Generous, piping hot and perfect, the quality of the ingredients in this dish was the star with no filler to be found. As if that weren’t enough, the traditional dessert of partridgeberry cake with a hot rum sauce was, again, the best I have had. Both dishes were deceptively simple, made with an understanding and love of the local star ingredients, perfected by generations and highly recommended.

Seafood-Stew_sm Patridgeberry-Cake_sm

I cannot finish without mentioning the staff who took care of me from first contact to my delivery back at the DSJ office. That staff remain with the O’Brien’s for decades, are local and take great pride in what they offer all comes through with every interaction.

  • Loyola our driver, and O’Brien’s co-owner, entertained and informed us as he made the ride to Bay Bulls seem over too soon.
  • Joseph our captain clearly loves his job, posed with tourists for photos and took as much delight in the sights and experiences as we did
  • Justin our “triple-threat” tour guide regaled us with stories, sang with heart and engaged spontaneously with the crowd to keep us in smiles and photo opps.
  • Heidi, our server in the restaurant was delightful and quick, with a ready smile.

It was great timing for my day with O’Brien’s — the famous trifecta of Newfoundland: whales, icebergs and puffins, were all present and gave us a show. I grew up “around the Bay” in Newfoundland, and have seen whales and icebergs all my life. From a musical family (as are most here), I feel the traditions in my bones. However, my day with O’Brien’s returned me to my very first “AWE!”s for the nature, culture and the people here.

Read Part 1, my day on the water with O’Brien’s…

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