We went on a whale watching tour on the Sea Wolf II on November 1st this year - it was the perfect day! Calm seas and we saw many orcas, humpbacks, rissos dolphins, and sea lions. (Note - this year has been an exceptionally good year for whale watching, the captain did say that the year prior was not so great.) The marine biologists aboard narrate over the loudspeaker what is going on and what we are seeing while the captain maneuvers the boat as close to the animals as possible - so I was able to take good pictures of the killer whales on my mediocre camera; I am sure my fellow passengers with their fancy professional cameras were able to take some amazing images.
Think you want to do this trip with your young kids? Here's the low-down. We boarded this boat at 9 am. We arrived back at the dock at 2 pm. That is 5 hours. The excitement of being on a boat and watching whales dies down at about 1 hour in. Then the hunger kicks in. Pack yourselves snacks and snacks and lunch. Then more snacks. Which leads to needing the potty. Oh, there is a toilet aboard. Try not to use it. Did I mention that it was a very warm day ... on land. At sea it gets quite chilly, so bring a jacket and hat. If you give your young children Dramamine, note that it may make your child drowsy. You know your child best - so if you think that 5 hours aboard a boat, in the cold, with nowhere for a hungry, cranky, drowsy child to take a nap is worth it... then by all means, welcome aboard! Bring your good camera!
By the way, don't forget to bring some cash for the tip jar that is out while the chipper staff helps you disembark.
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