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Whale Watching Promotion for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2018

Moms are the best. On May 13th, we want to show our love and appreciation by giving them 50% off whale watching tours. Just show up (or better: call 250.800.3747 in advance and make a reservation to make sure we have seats left) and embark on an adventure of a lifetime filled with “oooh” and “wow” […]

July 24, 2017 – Killer Whales, Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve

July 24, 2017

10am Excursion We departed the dock on the MV Pacific Explorer and proceeded southwest in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). In the Strait of Juan de Fuca off of Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve, we encountered one of our southern fish-eating killer whale pods (L pod). […]

July 2, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales & Humpback Whale

July 2, 2017

This morning, we received a report of orcas near Albert Head shortly before leaving our dock. We headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer and soon encountered four orcas in Parry Bay. Our orca encounter started with some fantastic viewing of a large male Bigg;s killer whale named T49A1. He was traveling apart from his mom […]

June 24, 2017 – Humpback Whales, Harbour Porpoise & Southern Resident Killer Whales

June 24, 2017

The morning trip headed south and found ourselves in the enviable position of having to choose which whales to go to – there were too many Humpback Whales reported nearby to see them all! We started out watching a very sleepy little humpback before moving on to two who were swimming together and were much […]

June 11, 2017 -Killer Whales, Seals & Sea Lions

June 11, 2017

Another beautiful Sunday on the coastal waters of Victoria! Transient orcas have been all the rage as of late, and they did not disappoint us on this day! We were able to track a wonderful family of these mammal-eating orcas as they cruised the waters looking for harbour seals, sea lions and porpoises- all make […]

June 3, 2017 – Humpback Whale, Seals & Sea Lions

June 3, 2017

10am Tour On this morning’s whale watching excursion, we left the docks on flat calm waters, but were greeted by rolling waves as we entered the Juan de Fuca Strait. The fleet fanned out in search of marine life in the chilly waters that surround our little city. We searched to the south and west, […]

3 Orca Whale Encounters in Vancouver That Were Too Close For Comfort

October 11, 2016

This is going to sound slightly contradictory at first, but it’s important we establish some boundaries. Like, physical boundaries. We’ve made it our life’s work to watch and document the travels of British Columbia’s orca whale population, but we’ve done so based on a mutual respect between orca whales and human beings. We grant them […]

September 2, 2016 – Transient Orcas, Humpback Whales, Seals & Sea Lions

September 2, 2016

We were lucky on both trips today to see both species of whale most common in our area! This morning we headed out east of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we caught up with the T60 matriline of transient killer whales that had been hanging around the area for a few days. This matriline consists […]

June 30, 2016 – Humpback Whales & Transient Orcas

June 30, 2016

The morning tour found us out in the beautiful Juan de Fuca Strait heading in the direction of feeding humpbacks. When we approached the whales we were treated to a pair side by side showing off their massive 18 feet wide tail flukes as they dove down below the surface looking for breakfast. With the […]




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