See whales and all manner of marine life on this whale-watching expedition. From Nanaimo, head out into the Salish Sea on a semi-covered vessel. Humpbacks and orcas can be found off the coast of Vancouver Island, as well as sea lions, porpoises, eagles, and many more species. Your marine naturalist guide is there to answer any questions you have about what you see.
Your day begins by checking in at our office 45 minutes before your departure time and then you’ll head down to the boat as a group. You’ll then be introduced to the Salish Sea ecosystem and wildlife as you cruise through the Gulf Islands archipelago in search of whales and other marine life. You’ll learn about the different types of whales that use the Salish Sea, including their natural history and their roles in the marine food web.
Throughout your adventure, your captain will be in touch with other whale-watching companies over VHF radio and will plan your route to maximize the area covered between vessels. You’ll spend a full hour viewing whales, and your marine naturalist will provide real-time insights into their behaviours.
Onboard catalogues are used to identify individual whales, and this data will be collected throughout the season and sent to the Centre for Whale Research, Keta Coastal Conservation, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network. Your tour will wrap up with an educational talk on marine conservation focusing on threats to BC orca, and conservation initiatives will be discussed.
Whale watching is often at the top of visitors’ bucket list. Don’t miss out on this popular experience! Everything you need to know about whale watching off the coast of Vancouver Island.