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6 Hour Whale Watching
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6 Hour Whale Watching

By Discovery West Adventures
Recommended by 100% of travellers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
Our 6-Hour trips give us the opportunity to venture out further and explore some of the more pristine and remote areas of the coast. Increase your chances of seeing some of the larger marine life, like whales and dolphins! In the spring and fall we have a very good chance of spotting black bears and Grizzly's scavenging on the beach! We frequently encounter resident Orca's, humpback whales, pacific white sided dolphins, porpoises, bald eagles and more! Tour Length: 6 Hours Includes beverages, snacks, and lunch
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Ages 5-99, max of 8 per group
Duration:6h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Brown's Bay Marina, 15021 Brown's Bay Rd, Campbell River, BC V9H 1N9, Canada Please meet us at Brown's Bay Marina 10-15 minutes prior to departure. Our boat is located between the restaurant and the marina, on the right hand side of the dock.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 88839P5

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 88839P5

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

jbigl
jbigl
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Bubble feeding whale was the highlight
Josh went above and beyond to give us a fantastic experience. We saw 4 whales but quality not quantity was importa
muffincrumbs
muffincrumbs
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Fabulous!
Knowledgeable and skilled captain, who was very personable. Easy to arrange and book. Gorgeous scenery and a very
KielerSprotte2013
KielerSprotte2013
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Great Experience to see so much dolphins orcas and more!
It was a great tour, Our guide know how we must go to find orcas, dolphins, sealions and seadogs and we are lucky o
19arjaykay46
19arjaykay46
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WOW!!!
Favourite part if the trip?? Hands down the porpoises surfing our wake!!!! Some as close as 10'. Josh told us it
Howval2010
Howval2010
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Highly recommend this tour. Josh is very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Looking forward to enjoying more tours this su
Enjoying a trip down the Narrows, watching several Humpback whales. Having a grest lunch made by our captain Josh
Hank T
Hank T
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Best Whale watching yet
We spent the day whale watching with our niece and her family. It was by far the best trip we have had in over twe
NanL51
NanL51
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Excellent Coastal Adventure
We had an amazing morning with Josh out on the water today. We were the only two on board and Josh was extremely kn
2019arrivals
2019arrivals
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Dancing in the ocean
We really had a great afternoon on the ocean. We saw two humpback whales, they didn’t want to stop dancing in the w
Roach57
Roach57
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Humpack madness
A very pleasant day with spectacular show with two humpbacks who couldn't stop entertaining us. We had to let go an
708katharinec
708katharinec
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Orcas!
My partner and I are so glad we contacted Discovery West Adventures on our last-minute trip to Vancouver Island. We
FellowTraveler171517
FellowTraveler171517
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Better information on availability
We looked at this and thought it would be an ideal way to cap off our last day in Campbell River so we booked to go
Helen Z
Helen Z
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A successful last minute booking!
We booked this trip at the end of an amazing time in West Canada and were certainly not disappointed! We booked t
Kardog111
Kardog111
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Best rainy day adventure in years.
We went out on the three hour tour, on a rainy September day with Captain Josh. It was amazing! We only saw one gre
Maureen B
Maureen B
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Wonderful experience.
The boat was very comfortable, staff were excellent and knowledgeable and we saw whales. Very exciting afternoon,
449norbertv
449norbertv
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WoW WoW WoW
Patience rewarded by two humpback whales doing an amazing 30-40 humpy-jumpies for more than half an hour. Wonderful
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Kim H
Comox, Canada16 contributions
We’ve gone out with Josh several times and every trip is a new, different adventure but the experience never disappoints. This time, Josh treated us to “The Eagle Show” - literally hundreds of majestic bald eagles swooping down to grab hake fish that float to the surface due to seasonal tidal currents. It was something that none of us will ever forget. A superb lunch at Shoal Bay (his pulled pork is outstanding, BTW) and did I mention the breaching humpback and her calf? As always, Josh was thoroughly professional, engaging, knowledgeable and just fun to hang out with. His boat is always spotlessly clean and the safety of his passengers remains his top priority. And thanks to Chelsea for her work in managing our bookings!
Written July 11, 2022
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Kim H
Comox, Canada16 contributions
Jul. 2021
16 whales, countless humpback breaches, orcas, sea lions, eagles, bears, great lunch and a superbly knowledgeable guide and boat captain. If that isn't all you need to book a tour with Josh, then I'm not sure what you're looking for!!

It's the 5th of July and we've already taken 3 separate tours with Josh and each one never fails to disappoint - with more on the horizon. Josh is exceptionally accommodating, polite and a wealth of knowledge of the area and its natural inhabitants. And he can be pretty funny...at times ;)!

Logistically, it's easy to find Brown's Bay and there is lots of parking at the marina. Josh's boat is meticulously clean and he'll make sure you have everything you want or need for a great trip.

You can tell that we're fans of Discovery West and can't recommend them highly enough. All you need for this trip is sunscreen, a hat, your camera and an adventurous attitude. Thanks Josh! (and his hardworking partner Chelsea!)
Written July 6, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review Kim. We've really enjoyed spending time and getting to know you and your family and friends, and we love that you keep coming back for more! We hope you'll come out and join us again soon :)
Written July 14, 2021
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Bill Dewey
Marysville, WA8 contributions
Sep. 2022
My Adventure began with emails and phone calls to arrange schedule dates on short notice. This was the FIRST example of what marvelous people Chelsea and Josh are. I will leave the bad news to the end, hoping you will read all the way . I was able to spend a Sat/Sun/Mon on the boat with Josh, his interaction with the groups, the way he worked to keep things exciting for all, his local knowledge, these all truly added to the great experience I had. The last day we saw a Whale that was bubble and lunge feeding, a very rare experience this far South, the exuberance and wonder in Josh's voice, it was just infectious. All 3 days it was more like being out on a boat with groups of friends, not at all as if we were being "shown around" by a tour guide. To put things politely, Josh really worked his butt off to put us in the best position/environment to view the Humpbacks. They were not as plentiful as I had hoped, Josh got us to all that were showing up these three days. The only 2 "bad" things, I did not get to meet Chelsea and thank her personally. The other, i did not get my "breaching Humpback" picture, missed the Breach twice and I screwed up the third, this just means that poor Josh will have to put up with me again next season! Thank you both so much, a true pleasure knowing you.
Written September 24, 2022
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Gupster29
Monmouth, UK8 contributions
Stunning views and unique trip from Browns Bay.
The sea here has rapids and whirlpools expertly navigated by Josh.
Great knowledge and insight into the local ecology and environment.
Saw humpbacks,bald eagles feeding on Hake fish. Cool trip and highly recommended.
Written June 15, 2022
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Alaina D
Campbell River, Canada10 contributions
Sep. 2022
A big THANK YOU to Discovery West Adventures for an absolutely phenomenal tour yesterday! I went out on a 6 hour tour with Josh and Chelsea yesterday and had a blast. I live locally in Campbell River, so I've been on a number of whale watching tours before but this was my first with Discovery West Adventures and I will definitely be back next season. Started off with our first sighting of the day within half an hour of leaving the Browns Bay dock - saw a humpback breach twice! Sadly I was too slow to get any good photos, didn't get a chance to actually focus the camera before he was up and back down. Followed by some incredible viewing of two humpies lunge feeding off the south end of Quadra. Was able to see two orcas passing by leisurely for a bit, and then wrapped the trip up with an amazing experience of a large pod of dall's porpoises feeding and playing in our boat wake, we spent a good 45 minutes with them and it was unbelievable. Highly, highly recommend.
Written September 26, 2022
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Jackee G
1 contribution
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Be prepared to be “wowed”! Josh & Chelsea were extremely knowledgeable, professional and fun to be with on the boat. Mr. Hank was an added bonus. The orcas did not disappoint (all 15 to 18 of them). We would recommend Discovery West Adventures to anyone and everyone.
Written April 22, 2021
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Thanks so much for your five star review :) We're so happy to hear you had a great trip with us, and Mr.Hank (boat dog in training) of course :) Clearly the orca knew we were coming! We hope you'll come back and join us again one day :)
Written July 14, 2021
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Clément T
1 contribution
Jun. 2022 • Couples
I loved that we were sent an email to warn us about the bad weather, and asked if we would liked to change the tour's date.
I loved that Josh did his very best not only to show us the wildlife, but also provided us blankets and found a warm place for the lunch break.
His knowledge and his explanations were also very interesting.
Written June 11, 2022
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Emily C
Manchester, UK5 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
We’ve just got back from doing 2 whale watching tours with Josh at Discovery West. We originally booked one tour but it was so good we booked another. We are two couples travelling with young children and Chelsea kindly agreed to let us take the kids because we couldn’t leave them behind. The boat is small but comfortable and has a huge open back so great for seeing everything, the trip is very smooth and we saw Orcas, humpbacks and so much much more like bears and eagles. Josh was really knowledgable about the wildlife and area, he was a fantastic guide and these were our favourite days of our holiday. He really cares about the whales and makes sure not to disturb them. We stopped at the most idyllic lunch spot.. thanks so much Discovery West, we would definitely recommend.
Written August 25, 2022
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Meg
1 contribution
Jul. 2020
Such an amazing experience from start to finish! I've never seen whales before so I was so excited for this tour, and let me tell you it did not disappoint...we saw so many whales!

Not only was the trip amazing but Chelsea and Josh were too. Chelsea answered all of my questions in detail and in a timely manor during the booking process and Josh, the skipper, was a pleasure to be around on the tour! He was so knowledgable about the area and had great stories to keep us entertained in between the whale sightings! We even were lucky enough to spot a few dolphins.

I would recommend their tour to everyone!
Written July 14, 2020
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Ed Preece
1 contribution
Sep. 2020
On September 02 2020 what a spectacular day we had with Captain Josh (AKA tour guide, lunch provider and of course captain of the boat ) at discovery West Adventures. He is an exceptional guide and skipper. Josh explained everything to us in detail and answered all our questions pertaining to the wild life, whales and even the ocean as it is so different from lakes and rivers. He kept in constant contact with other whale watching companies and knows where the different whales are and spent less time trying to find them. He supplied an awesome lunch in a quaint cove for a mid day break and the buildings etc were all original from many years back. We saw plenty of wild life such as seals, killer whales and humpback whales. The mountain views and scenery were just out of this world. Thank you skipper Josh for a day out we will never forget and it far exceeded all our expectations. Hope to see you next year.
Written September 4, 2020
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