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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

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1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V9L 3X3, Canada
+1 250-748-3800
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Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise.A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.
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1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V9L 3X3, Canada
+1 250-748-3800
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A beautiful day out with many sightings in stunning surroundings with organised and well informed crew! Thank you Gary and Tass for a fantastic day!

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having grown up on the west coast and a lot of time spent on the water I had never seen Orcas and it was on my bucket list. Now living in Ontario I knew that I was going to have to search for them on...More

Thank debbiewalker7604
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time with captain Simon on our whale watch. We were not disappointed but so pleasantly thrilled at all the whales, sea lions and harbour seals. We were very cold en route both ways and would definitely recommend warmer hats and mitts....More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience with EcoVEntures. We went on the evening tour beginning of September and were not disappointed. They promised Orcas and we saw many Orcas, over 40! It was a super pod combined of the three resident pods. They were talking and...More

Thank Katrina J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in October in a pretty sunny day; despite of it was a tremendous experience because after leaving the harbour it is absolutely cold and windy. the boat have no indoor, nothing to repair in case of rain; we didn’t know that before getting...More

Thank Gilda S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The promise of whale sightings was accurate. On our particular trip we saw an entire Killer Whale pod. The ship is in good shape and reasonably comfortable.

Thank richarda855
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We all had a really great time with Simon on the water. He is obviously passionate about his work, and is keen for everyone on the boat to gain a greater understanding of the life of the whales. We felt very lucky to see the...More

Thank chai_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kind and very knowledgable guide, well organized and worth every penny, would highly recommend it, the supplied suits are a godsend as it gets very cool on the water, they even supplied us with hats and gloves

Thank Katie D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We cannot speak highly enough of this company and everyone who works for it, even when we had less than perfect viewings this time. We've never met whale watchers who are more dedicated or know more about the species and even individuals we view. As...More

Thank happytravellady
oceaneco, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow, thanks so much for such high praise! We always endeavour to find whales on every trip. The days when we do not see them we are happy to offer the ability to come back and get another chance to see them. This guarantee is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I booked a trip and also invited friends we had met on an earlier kayaking adventure!! So glad we did ...very friendly and knowledgeable staff and our guide Teiran was superb. The weather was perfect and we spent time with two different...More

Thank dean w
oceaneco, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for coming out on one of our tours! I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to write us a review. Captain Thyren is certainly a wealth of knowledge towards our Bigg's Killer Whale population. He loves introducing them to people for the first time. I'm...More

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Abigail M
29 July 2017|
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Response from Kate v | Reviewed this property |
Hey Abigail-- so it's not too difficult, it's more of the timing and having the time. My husband and I initially thought this was a day trip but we turned it into an overnight excursion to Vancouver island-- which was well... More
20 June 2017|
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Response from Klaus m | Reviewed this property |
try another company.. this one is defintely not recommended..
Kathleen B
19 May 2017|
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Response from OceanEcoVentures | Property representative |
HI Kathleen, Thanks for your enquiry. We actually have two zodiacs but we also have a fibreglass boat which also hold 12 people. That is the one we typically recommend for older people. We have taken many people before in... More