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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Cruise for Giants in Newfoundland


3. What to Do

A puffin colony seen on the O'Brien's tour boat, left, guide Rick Stanley on one of his diving expeditions for Ocean Quest Adventures, right.   

Look at the underside of icebergs by diving into Conception Bay with Ocean Quest Adventures (packages starting at $299). Owner Rick Stanley (709-685-4565) guides experienced advanced divers around hulking giants and medium-size growlers. For the less experienced, Rick also offers PAD and SDI certification-training classes at the lodge in his simulation tank.

Paddle a kayak behind whales, around icebergs, and inside caves on a tour with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures ($48 USD/two-and-a-half-hour tour). The father-son team will guide you around Cape Broyle; dock and walk the trails of this salty stretch of the Atlantic coast.

Question trained naturalists and marine biologists aboard an O’Brien’s Boat Tour (two hours for $50). Sail around the puffin colonies and whale-feeding waters of Bay Bulls. Admire the view with a drink in hand from the boat’s fully stocked bar.

Published on Jul 16, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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