Adventures By H.I.P.
Boat Tours • Eco Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Photography Tours
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Eco tourism and Ocean Adventure attraction. Explore the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the experienced wildlife photographers of Adventures By HIP. We are Sooke, BC's premier ocean tour service for true wildlife enthusiasts. Adventures By HIP is located at the doorstep of the Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina and only steps away from The Prestige Oceanfront Resort.
Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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2022

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Henrietta V
Coalhurst, Canada2 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Friends
This was an amazing experience! Mike Is an awesome guide, you can tell he loves what he does. The zodiac is an experience on its own, to me I would recommend this over the larger boats. We seen lots in the approx. 3 hours we were out. He also does the photography and shares the photos so you can sit back and enjoy the whole experience. Great service !
Definitely follow their recommendations of dressing warm, and take a toque, gloves and sunglasses along!
Definitely a must-do tour when your on the island, take the drive out to Sooke for a great experience!
Written October 1, 2022
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Debby d
Sliema, Malta4 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Friends
Absolutely fabulous! Definitely recommend Mike Walsh company for a truly unforgettable experience to see humpback whales,orcas, seals and sea lions
Written September 18, 2022
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Kelley602
Charleston, SC43 contributions
Sep. 2022
Our whale watching excursion with H.I.P. was beyond excellent! Captain Mike was the most genuine captain and guide that I have ever experienced. He was honest from the start that there were no guarantee that we would see any whales. Wow, he under-sold the trip! We saw more than 25 whales when you counted the tails and the spouts! Then a small pod of humpbacks surrounded our boat - amazing!!! Mike was so good about choosing the best location to see whales. We saw maybe 2 other boats in distance; otherwise we had the sound all to ourselves. The boat was super comfortable and had seating for a maximum of maybe 16 - so it made for a great intimate trip in which everyone had a a great view! I would HIGHLY recommend this excursion!
Written September 12, 2022
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sandra s
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2022
The ultimate once in a lifetime whale watching tour. Way beyond any of my expectations and any other tours I have heard about. Captain Mike knew where to look (not in the usual places and no other boats) and soon our small group of 10 was literally surrounded by humpbacks in every direction and as far as the eye could see. A magical display of spouts, whale tails, dives and whales swimming in groups. Just had to sit, with jaw dropped, and watch in awe.

Hard to know how many but Mike had seen a similar pod of about 120 Mike in same area, so same pod? Definitely a steady stream of ones close by merging into spouts as far as the eye could see. Every time you looked at some there were more popping up in another direction. Seemed like a huge migration. An absolutely surreal experience that left me with unsurpassable lifetime memories.

Captain Mike is passionate, knowledgeable and well researched, yet humble. Provides interesting commentary and takes photos to send on.

Highly, highly recommend this whale watching outfit. A world class experience provided by an experienced local. Can’t wait to go again and take or send friends and family. Thank you Mike.
Written September 4, 2022
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Margaret Y
1 contribution
Aug. 2022 • Family
This experience was amazing! The boat ride in itself was an adventure on its own. We came across 30 humpback whales. Experiencing the sounds of all the blows, tail slaps and even one breach (jumping). We got some amazing photos. It was one of the highlights of our trip. We were the only zodiac boat out there so 12 of us and 30 whales it was incredible.
Written August 29, 2022
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StarAnise99
Pasadena, CA6 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
We were the only boat out there and completely surrounded by humpbacks for an extended period of time. You could hear the blowing all around and see them surfacing all around. We had a double tail wave and even a breach. Truly extraordinary to be on a small boat and feel the whales’ magnificence from up close. Captain Mike’s love for what he does is evident. From the moment we arrived, it was clear we were in capable and caring hands. Can’t recommend highly enough.
Written August 26, 2022
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BJHurst
Westhoughton, UK75 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Wow! Took my wife & children on an evening whale watch today. Mike was so professional and knowledgable, knowing exactly where to go to find the whales. We were hopeful to see one or two whales, but ended up in the middle of a pod of about 40-50! Water spouts and diving tails everywhere we looked. A once in a life time experience and something we will remember forever. Thank you HIP Whale watching!
Written August 24, 2022
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Laura P
Cambridge, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2022
What an excellent adventure. This was our first time whale watching. From the initial booking to the completion of our tour everything was perfect. Captain Mike has a wealth of knowledge of the area and the wildlife and made the trip very enjoyable. We had a great day.
Written August 22, 2022
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katiced
Swindon, UK76 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
What a fabulous experience this was on our recent trip to Canada to spend time with my son who has lived in Whistler for 4 years. So glad we avoided the companies and the bigger boats from Victoria. From the WhatsApp chat , late at night for me in England, to receiving Captain Mike's beautiful photos , all was amazing. We were surrounded by humpbacks and saw pelicans, sea lions, harbour seals and a sea otter. I really don't have the words to truly express my joy.
Thank you so much, if we ever visit Vancouver Island again, we will definitely be back
Written August 4, 2022
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Thanks so much for leaving this sweet review! Smaller boats do allow us to be closer to water level, ensuring a more intimate experience with any animals we may come across. We're thrilled that the booking process was simple considering our distance, and that you had such an eventful tour! Cheers :)
Written August 7, 2022
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Kristian L
Bristol10 contributions
Jul. 2022
From the initial enquiry through to the completed trip, this company felt like the right one to have gone whale watching with.
The crew in the office on the dock at Sooke Harbour and Captain Mike made the trip very easy and enjoyable. There was no hard sell, or corporate edge (as I had felt in some of the larger operators in Victoria) which was perfect.
We had spectacular weather and a calm sea, so were able to comfortably go at speed to track the whales. We saw humpbacks, porpoises, seals and a sea lion, which was amazing.
Captain Mike stopped the boat on a few occasions and we were able to sit in perfect calm and silence, so we could even hear the whales!
Great quality waterproof clothes with built in buoyancy were provided. Even on a hot day, it got cold when speeding across the ocean!
I would totally recommend.
Written July 22, 2022
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Thank you for leaving such a kind review! As a small family business, we aspire to provide the warmest service possible. We're so happy that you enjoyed the simple booking process as well as your tour while staying cozy and comfortable! Cheers!
Written August 7, 2022
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