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Meet your guide in the village of Cowichan Bay, just 45 minutes north of Victoria. After being outfitted in a warm flotation suit, set sail and begin your tour. From the boat, take advantage of the rare opportunity to snap photos of the Vancouver coast.

Going with a guide is essential, as some animals are difficult to spot without a trained eye. As you cruise through the water, listen to an overview of the area’s marine life, including orcas, humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, and bald eagles.

On your way back to Cowichan Bay, pass bluffs, tidal pools, and secluded beaches that most visitors never see. Say goodbye to your guide on arrival back at the dock.

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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching
Overview
Gain a new perspective on Vancouver with a whale-watching tour through the Gulf Islands. Going with a guide ensures you see wildlife difficult to spot if on your own, including orca and humpback whales, porpoises, and bald eagles. A small group size ensures the full attention of your guide and a personal experience.
Highlights
  • Family friendly
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
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All reviewsocean ecoventurescaptain simonwhale watchingcowichan baykiller whalestransient orcassea lionsfantastic tripj podhis passionsee whalesboat rideindividual whalesan amazing experiencepersonal experiencesaw sealsfour hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Amazing

We had an incredible sunset trip with lots of orca sightings. Very knowledgable captain Simon and overall an excellent experience. I have family coming out in a few weeks and I will definitely be going out again with ocean eco adventures!! Thank you so much...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the five star review! I'm glad you enjoyed your evening on the water with Captain Simon and some Bigg's/Transient Killer Whales. It's great to hear we will be seeing you again soon. Looking forward to it!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Best tour ever!

We travel all over the world and have done 3 other whale watching tours in Iceland and Norway and this was by far the best. We got lucky but our Captain made it happen. Gary was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with. The whole...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed your afternoon on the water with the whales and Captain Gary! It sounds like you are whale watching experts. Reviews like this from people who have experienced whale watching all of the world...More

Reviewed 3 days ago
A perfect Evening Whale Watching!

Wow! An absolutely amazing evening out on the water with our captain & guide Tasli . . . . Tasli was so knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm! We were so lucky to see many Orca, Tasli was able to identify them all! we spent a...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind review! I'm glad you enjoyed Captain Tasli's enthusiasm and knowledge. Captain Tasli has been working in this region for a decade, and she loves introducing people from around the world to the Salish Sea. I'm glad you enjoyed your time...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lovely zodiac trip on the ocean

Boat of 8 -10 people. Fun zipping across the ocean! Saw one humpback and some seals, but the trip itself was fun. Jeffrey was a great fun captain and knowledgeable too. Suggestions: We enjoyed the evening outing - not so hot, beautiful sunset. At the...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed your evening on the water. It souns like you had a great time out there! It's true, our evening tours can come back a little chilly, even on some of the hot August days! We...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Much more than whale watching

What a great tour. It included a fast boat trip out to and back from the sighting areas, wonderful views of transient and resident orcas, a very knowledgeable and passionate captain (Simon) and a feel good feeling that we made a (very) small contribution towards...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed your sunset trip with the whales and Captain Simon! Our sunset trips are indeed a real treat, especially when we are lucky enough to get one of our beautiful southern Vancouver Island sunsets to welcome...More

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