Sooke Coastal Explorations
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Are you ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind exploration with Vancouver Island’s premium quality Whale Watching and Eco-Adventure company?Sooke Coastal Explorations can take you on an exhilarating West Coast marine adventure that will thrill your senses and leave you with a deep appreciation for the enchanting creatures that inhabit our local waters. Offering the perfect balance of excitement, safety and education, our experienced, knowledgeable crew will take you on an open water excursion lasting 3 to 4 hours in length, and travelling along the Island’s western shores.
Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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Jenna B
10 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
A highlight of Sooke so far. If you plan to be in the Sooke area for a day, I highly recommend taking this 3 hour tour on the water. Paul and Molly were fabulous hosts and very very knowledgeable about the whales in the area. If I'm ever back in Sooke, I'll be taking this tour again.
Written September 1, 2022
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Steve S
Chesapeake, VA14 contributions
Aug. 2022
What a great morning!! We saw a baby humpback whale, pods of Orcas, seals and Eagles. Amazing day for sure. The captain was very knowledgeable of the area and I would do this trip again in a minute.
Written August 23, 2022
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BCSurreyChick
Surrey, Canada59 contributions
Aug. 2021
good whale sighting with the entire boat keeping their eyes peeled for blows! Terrific photo opportunities!
Written August 17, 2021
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Tamara N
Lethbridge, Canada1 contribution
Jul. 2020
Paul was awesome!!
Once in a life time sighting
Whale swam right under our raft
I was a bit nervous in the beginning but Paul was reassuring that I would have a wonderful experience
It was that and more
Thank you
Written July 1, 2020
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NDJackson
Letchworth Garden City, UK17 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Solo
This was a truly amazing morning. Although, they are rightly proud of their 100% sighting record this year, there is still a part of you that worries that today might just be the day they don’t show up! I needn’t have worried, Dan knew exactly where to head and we saw many humpback whales this morning.
Despite staying a respectful distance, one headed straight for and under our boat, which was terrifying but wonderful at the same time. This isn’t a ‘you’ve seen one, we can go back now’ trip; we spent ages searching and waiting for the pods to resurface before heading to the ecological reserve to see basking sea lions.
This is an experience I will remember for a long time. Thank you
Written August 12, 2019
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B-pa
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had taken a whale watching tour with a larger company in Victoria the day prior and were left disappointed. We headed to Sooke with no real plans and ended up stumbling across Sooke Costal Explorations while driving to our hotel. We literally walked in and were put on the afternoon sailing with another couple. Captain Dan was great! The water was still without any wind. We were surrounded by Humpback whales. This was literally a once in a lifetime experience. We were on a smaller boat and at times were maybe 20 feet from diving Humpback whales. The staff were down to earth, knowledgeable and loved their job. I couldn't tell who was more excited about seeing the whales so close, us or Captain Dan! If you're looking for a whale watching experience second to none I strongly recommend Sooke Coastal Explorations.

Thanks guys for the amazing day!
Written August 4, 2019
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kerstie
Chepstow, UK16 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
I cannot speak highly enough of this experience and the company as a whole. So knowledgeable. Captain Paul made sure we were In The perfect position to see both orcas and humpbacks. One of my favourite experiences ever. Thank you x
Written August 3, 2019
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Cindy evans
1 contribution
Jul. 2019 • Friends
we took our Alberta friend out with captain dan around September of 2017 our friend was 78 years old and was smiling like a 10 year old we saw humpbacks and orcas seals and sea otters on a beautiful clear westcoast day with the Olympia mountains towering over us and the tall woodlands of the island.the open waters of the strait full of life.this is a must do bucket list event everybody should do.
Written July 28, 2019
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hsfm
Oxford, United Kingdom53 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
We have just had the most wonderful morning whale watching! Big Thankyou to Paul for finding room for us and to Dan our boat driver and guide! Thanks to The team we saw a pod of four Orcas - including a baby. Two hump backs - some were lucky enough to see one breach- it was over in seconds!! We also saw seals, sea lions and bald headed eagles! It was everything we hoped for and more.

The ride out on the boat was great fun too. All equipment was in perfect working order and we all were glad we chose to go with this group. Also felt we had our money’s worth as we’re out for a good three hours -Really recommend.

Felling very very lucky!
Written July 28, 2019
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Chuck Z
Thousand Oaks, CA61 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed a wonderful adventure with Paul and Deanna. It was cool and grey day but saw over 50 humpback whales. Team were wonderful guides and they provided gear so we could stay warm. Zodiac was a great way to get up close to the whales and the ocean was so calm. A must do in Sooke for a 3 hour adventure.
Written September 23, 2018
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