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Q. Do you guarantee whales?
A. Yes, we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.
Q. How close do the Whales come
to the boat?
A. Ever since the Captain rescued a Pilot Whale trapped in a net in 2001, the whales have loved the Oshan. Sometimes the
whales are shy, while other times they like to come quite close to the boat. We like to keep our distance and let the whales come
to us. Also, we like to remind people that every tour is different and sometimes the whales just want to feed instead of checking
out the boat.
Q. What whales do you see the most?
A. Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales and Atlantic White Sided
Dolphins are sighted the most often.
Q. Do you see the same whales every tour?
A. The same groups of whales return to our area
each year, we recognize them by their scars and markings, but on a daily basis each tour is different. It could be all Pilot Whales
one day, followed by all Fin Whales the next. There is a Humpback, Scratchy (pictured above), who comes every year and likes to get
close to the boat.
Q. What time of day is the best for Whale Watching?
A. At 10.30 am and 4.30 pm there are less people, but, there
are whales around all day, so pick the time which suits your schedule.
Q. Can you see whales in the rain?
A. Yes. Thick fog and
wind are detrimental to whale watching, but not rain.
Q. How long is each tour?
A. Roughly two and a half hours.
I book ahead?
A. The Oshan is quite large and can accommodate a large number of people, but we recommend you book ahead just to be
Q. How big is your boat?
A. 42 feet/10 Meters Long.
Q. How many passengers can you take at once?
A. 28 passengers with room
Q. What style of boat is it?
A. Northumberland Strait Style Fishing Boat, a modification on the design fishermen
have trusted for years.
Q. What are the advantages to the Northumberland Strait Style Fishing Boat?
A. The Northumberland
Strait Style boat was specifically designed for the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, combining size with speed; therefore, it is
one of the safest hulls for the area. In addition, the design/size of the hull (42 feet, 10 meters long) enables the Oshan to maintain
both speed and comfort in rough or windy weather, unlike smaller vessels.
Q. Are there life-jackets on board?
A. Yes. The
Oshan is Coast Guard Approved with enough life jackets on board for over twice our passengers, plus a pair of life rings, a life raft
and other safety equipment.
Q. Is the boat wheel-chair accessible?
A. Yes, but call ahead because if it is low tide the crew
will provide extra help. The Oshan moors beside floating docks, so when the tide is really low an extra set of hands makes maneauvering
the wheel-chair easier.
Q. Is there washroom facilities on board?
A. Yes, we have a modest but effective head aboard
Q. Do you allow pets on board?
A. Yes, if no other passengers object, or we can look after your pet onshore.
I get seasick?
A. If you get car sick, you will get sea sick. We recommend a gravol before the tour, and we have anti-seasickness bands
Q. What should we take with us?
A. It's always colder on the water, so dress warmer than it is on land. Take some water
and snacks if you like. Don't forget your sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, and other sight-seeing gear.
there a safe place to park my bike or motorcycle?
A. Yes, there is ample parking room away from traffic.
Q. Is there enough room
to park my camper or trailer?
A. Yes, the parking lot is quite large.