We stayed for three nights in Tofino and after a lot of research we decided to take two trips, both with Browning Pass Charters. This was as a result of all the positive comments made about Mike the skipper putting his customers and the wildlife first. We were not disappointed when we finally met up with Mike. We were instantly struck by the genuine warmth that exuded from him.
Our first trip was a bear watching one. There were only five customers on this trip so there was plenty of room to move around the boat. Mike was very engaging in explaining about the geography of the area as well as the local wildlife that we may see. Due to Mikes expertise we had nine bear sightings. As previous reviewers have stated Mike allows you ample time to observe the bears without intruding on their personal space. I am keen on wildlife photography and at no time felt rushed. In fact Mike left it to his customers on whether they want to stay with the current sighting or move on. Invariably it was to move on as we had been allowed plenty of time with each sighting.
The weather was mixed but Mike's boat was able to ensures his passengers were kept dry undercover if they wished. This trip lasted over four hours. I felt sorry for customers travelling with some of Mike's competitors who seemed be to flying from one sighting to another on their much shorter trips.
Our second trip was to Freedom Cove to see the 'Floating Gardens'. This is a location that I can highly recommend. The trip out there is very scenic with an abundance of wildlife being a bonus. The first sighting of the gardens in their sheltered cove setting is breathtaking. We were then greeted by one of the two occupants of the gardens, the world renowned ivory carver Wayne ADAMS. We were given a personal tour around the gardens and accommodation areas by Wayne. We were able to learn a lot about Wayne and the inspirations behind his beautiful carvings. It is difficult to adequately describe visiting Freedom Cove except to say I have not stopped talking about the experience or looking at my photographs since. It is a trip that I will never forget.
Back to Mike and Browning Pass Charters. The previous day I had asked Mike if there would be any opportunity to see any Sea Otters. He stated he would alter his return route from the Gardens to visit an area where Sea Otters had been sighted. Mike was true to his word and we stopped on three occasions to allow me to take some photographs.
This trip was once again over four hours in length and excellent value for money.
I can highly recommend Browning Pass Charters as Mike White will ensure that you will take away memories to treasure from whichever trip that you partake in!
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