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Full Day Whale Watching
Full Day Whale Watching

Join us for a full-day adventure in the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound in one of the richest marine environments on the planet!

Shortly after departing, we will travel through prime feeding grounds of migratory Humpback Whales. Encounters are likely and plentiful. These giants can weigh over 60 tons!

Clans of Transient Orca are constantly on the move, often spending long periods of time foraging throughout the endless shorelines and Coast Mountain fjords. In their search for prey, such as harbour seals, sea lions, and porpoises, we have the chance to encounter and witness the skill and intelligence of these incredible animals that thrive in their vast ocean world.

The Discovery Islands’ interconnected waterways have world-renowned tidal rapids that create an abundance of nutrients. Steller sea lions feeding by the dozen, Harbour Seals, Pacific white-sided dolphins and large congregations of Bald Eagles and gulls take part in the ebb and flow.

What’s Included

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water


What To Expect

Once aboard our large 12-passenger zodiacs, you will be in for a full-day immersion in an extraordinary setting as we adventure up Coastal Mountain Fjords through tidal rapids and island archipelagos in search of the great whales of the Pacific Northwest!

These adventures give us the opportunity to really explore the waterways and micro-habitats in search of all kinds of cetaceans: Migratory Humpback Whales, known for their acrobat tendencies, and Orca Whales, which can be one of two ecotypes in our area. Biggs (mammal eating culture) or Residents (salmon eating culture). In our travels we can at any time encounter Eagles, Harbour Seals, Steller sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dalls and Harbour Porpoises.

With a keen eye on the shoreline, there is hope to see Grizzly and Black Bears foraging in the intertidal zone. Halfway through our tour, we will stop at any one of the many islands nearby for lunch. This can be a picnic spot on a private beach or a stop at a public dock with shoreside amenities and shops. A local farm-to-table lunch is provided, as well as snacks and hot beverages throughout the tour. Washroom breaks are frequent, quick and convenient.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Traveller name, height & weight needed and for children name, age, height & weight
  • We have a minimum of 4 guests required to run a tour; if a tour does not reach our minimum, we will contact the guests to rebook or refund them.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers