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5 Things You Didn’t Know About a Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure

June 1, 2017

Ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself in the middle of an experience that was as exhilarating as it was relaxing?

That was the question I was trying to get answered a couple weeks back when I talked to Captain Mick Miller about what it’s like touring a group of people around on a zodiac whale watching tour.

And as with a lot of things Mick tells me, I was intrigued. Here are five things you might not know about zodiac whale watching tours (if you haven’t been on one).

1. Zodiac Orca Tours Are Faster Than Cruiser Tours

The classic red double pontoons you see? Those are zodiac tour boats, and they can flat out fly. Zodiac tours get you around the waters off the coast of British Columbia in a darn hurry.

For Mick, zodiacs are the reason he does what he does.

“In my opinion they’re just more fun. Life is precious, no point in waiting around!”

2. Zodiac Tours Are Intimate

No, we’re not talking about intimacy with your partner, although we’d be happy to welcome you on board for a honeymoon/date/outing!

The truth is that zodiacs are fast, but they’re also small.

“As the captain, I can position the zodiac strategically so a family of whales will swim right on by. On the bigger boats you can’t really just shut off the engine. There are fewer people on the zodiacs too so just the entire experience is more intimate for everybody.”

3. Zodiac Whale Watching Tours Lack the Finer Things

Captain Mick made sure I included the fact that zodiac trips aren’t going to satisfy people who want to really relax or drink coffee or tea. The Cruiser tours have those things, but not the zodiacs.

According to Mick, you’re more likely to be drinking seawater than have the ability to sip tea or flip through information books on a zodiac tour. Sorry!

4. It’s a Rougher Ride

Intimate, fast, no treats – oh, and it’s rough, too. Zodiac tours don’t like to waste time, plus with the size of the boat, there’s not as much stability.

It’s not for the extra sensitive.

Plus, when the rain starts to fall, there’s nowhere to hide.

Hmm, at first I was into this zodiac tour thing, now I’m not so sure…

5. You’ll Never Forget It

A few weeks ago Mick told me the biggest reason he drives zodiac whale watching tours is to give people the experience of a lifetime. “It’s not just the orcas you get to see,” Mick said. “It’s everything, the birds, the seals, the fish – and in a zodiac, you can get there faster and see more animals, more nature, and more of the natural side of our planet.”

Alright I’m back on team zodiac. Even though you might get rained on a bit, you’re bouncing off the water and racing toward adventure. That certainly sounds like a trip I’d never forget!

Zodiac tours still have their fair share of young children and the elderly, but it all comes down to what you’re looking for.

The experience of a lifetime? Yes please!




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