Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise.A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada
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sandra T
9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Absolutely fabulous from the start, our tour guide, was so passionate and knowledgeable. The trip was the realisation of a lifetimes, dream. A gift from family, the memories I have and the photos are something I will cherish forever.
Written January 24, 2024
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Elizabeth V
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Oct 2023 • Friends
My friend and I recently took a boat-tour on October 12, 2023. We absolutely loved our experience! We were able to see humpback whales, sea lions and seals. The best part was, there were only about thirty minutes left on the boat-tour, we thought we had missed our opportunity to see orcas, but Captain Simon really tried to find some! We hear "it's not over until it's over" a transient orca appeared! Captain Simon kindly took an extra hour for us to admire the beautiful lone male orca. This moment will be engraved in my memory and I would like to thank him! I realized one of my biggest dreams of seeing a wild orca. A big thank-you :)
Written October 21, 2023
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Tania L
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Very disappointed and agree with the previous reviewer, David H. We know whales are hard to find but we spent 3.5 hours travelling and less than 30 minutes anywhere near any whales which were too far away to see properly. We didn’t get anywhere near the safe recommended distance and certainly didn’t get close enough to take any photos. My husband took a few with his long lens but even they are really disappointing. We felt the female captain didn’t stay where the whales were for more than 5 minutes before moving on with no attempt to give us a good experience - why move on when that’s what we were there for? - and then our boat broke down so we limped along for 30 minutes to where the orca were. I’d estimate we were 500 yards away at the closest so we couldn’t see them properly either. We had to transfer to the second boat where we were all squashed together for the return journey. We know engine failure can happen but there was no apology and nobody from the company even seemed bothered that the trip turned out to be a bust which is pretty poor. Everyone on the boat on the return journey was quiet and subdued as we were all disappointed. When you wait your whole life to see orca but have a bad experience like this then it’s such a letdown, we were so disappointed. Worst whale watching trip we’ve been on.
Written September 22, 2023
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David H
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
My fiancée and I took a morning whale watching tour on 9/20/2023 on the Sonic vessel. We traveled about 2 hours south of Victoria where we finally reached the humpback whales, but spent little time with them. After about 5-10 minutes the female captain, who told us that she had known these particular whales for 15 years, was apparently not very interested in seeing these "known" whales again and to our surprise left the area quickly without us being able to really see such whales (only a few second glimpses). As we were leaving, one of the ship's engines broke down. We were heading in the direction where the orcas were supposed to be, but due to the engine failure it took us forever to reach the orcas, while other boats were there at least 15-20 minutes earlier than us. Once we reached the orcas, we only watched them for a short time (5-10 minutes) and then the captain said we had to leave and transfer to another boat - everyone from the Sonic boat was transferred to another boat with a capacity of 12 people, while there were about 20 people in total. Some people, including elderly people, sat on the floor for more than 1 hour during the bumpy and freezing ride back to Cowichan Bay. What was most ridiculous, the staff acted as if nothing happened - the female captain (can't remember her name) also made a stupid and childish joke by saying to the crowd - "what have we learned today? never buy a boat.. hahaha". Great joke for nearly CAD 400. No apology, no attempt at compensation. In the past we have done over 10 whale watching trips around the world and this was by far the worst experience.
Written September 22, 2023
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Daphne
Twickenham, UK7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Jane was at the helm for our trip and she made the experience so memorable. We had a glorious 4 hour trip, leaving fromFrench Creek and up the Strait of Georgia, the weather was wonderful, the seas, relatively calm and the views amazing. We saw a pod of 3 humpbacks initially and then moved further on and saw a mother and her calf. The calf was inquisitive and came close to the zodiac and then they both put on a show for us, truly spectacular and would thoroughly recommend Ocean EcoVentures for your whale watching experience.
Written September 20, 2023
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J B
7 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Really enjoyed this trip - Parksville Sunset Whale Watching trip - even if we hadn't seen whales - the boat tour itself would have been enough! Sean was our captain and we felt like we were in good hands from the moment we were welcomed. He was professional, welcoming and informative. He clearly enjoys finding and watching the whale behaviors - he took time to explain and welcomed questions. We found what we thought was 2 Humpbacks and then it turned out to be 4. - tail lobbing, pec slapping, the baby was breaching....really really fun. Sean was acutely aware of where the whales were headed, being sure never to get in front of them in their way - super respectul of the animals and their space. Highly recommend this company and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Written September 12, 2023
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Koen A
Airdrie, Canada46 contributions
Aug 2023
While it does not seem obvious, this company has 2 locations on Vancouver Island: Cowichan Bay and Parksville. My family of 5 took the Sunset Whale Watching tour out of the Parksville location. My 3 kids (14, 12, 10) first did not really think much of it, mostly because we did not really explain to them that this was a whale watching tour in case we didn't see any whales and they would be disappointed. I guess we were lucky as barely 10 minutes in we spotted 2 humpbacks. One of them was rather playful and was flapping his flippers around a lot, creating loud splashing sounds. The biggest surprise came at one point, during a quiet moment, when one of them actually jumped out of the water and we saw almost the entire body. Of course this happened so fast and unexpected that we didn't get a picture of it, but just witnessing this giant whale jumping relatively close to us was the highlight of the tour. My kids admitted this was better than they had expected. The last part of the tour we rode up close to some rocks with lots of birds and seals, but to be honest, I don't remember too much of that after witnessing a jumping humpback whale. Nothing could really top that experience, as brief as it was. Our captain was awesome and informative and we learned a lot from her. Every whale watching tour is different and unpredictable, so experiences will differ. If you are staying in Parksville, BC, then certainly you should book a tour with this company.
Written August 21, 2023
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canyoncresgirl
Whitehorse, Canada5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Our captain was amazing! His enthusiasm was infectious! We saw two families of orcas, and even got to watch the second family hunt and feed. Loved seeing all the seals too! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get out and see the ocean animals and the beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding islands
Written August 5, 2023
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Heather s
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We had an amazing trip- we left at 5 pm and saw many whales that included several pods for a celebration. We saw them breach, spy hop, and work together to have a meal. It was truly incredible! On the return home, we were treated to the majestic colors of sunset, a porpoise, and an amazingly full moon. The captain was very knowledgeable about the whales and provided lots of information. The boat is small and holds 12 people. I recommend this whale watching outfit!
Written August 1, 2023
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JoOsoyoos
Osoyoos19 contributions
Jul 2023
Wow. What an experience. Taz was our captain and her passion for whales was evident. Fantastic at explaining everything and an expert boat captain! The zodiac was cutting through the water like butter.

We were hoping to see a glimpse of a whale and hopefully some seals. Well, we started off seeing a bunch of seals and their babies (fat little cuties) and a colony of Cormorants. Then we got word of some whales and we headed off to find them. Boy, did we find them!

There were three families of whales hanging out together and they were definitely having a party. More and more just kept showing up! Then we happened by some sea lions (apparently not typically in the area right now) who were obliviously hanging out, relaxing, unaware of the 18+ Orcas heading their way.

Orcas got to the lions, yadda yadda Orcas 1 Lions 0...what a show of nature! Richard Attenborough was in my head the whole time. You could see that the whales were celebrating - slapping their tails, breaching, wow - we were speechless. I can't describe how incredible this whole experience was.

Taz even put a microphone in the water so we could hear them communicate. Wow!

Beautiful sunset on the way back on the right, full orange moon on the left - we live in the best place on earth. Thank you Taz for an experience that none of us will ever forget.
Written August 1, 2023
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