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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V9L 3X3, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An absolute must if passing through, has been on my bucket list for years to do but I get seasick so was always very wary. Went out on the zodiac for around 45minutes, very calm with the odd bumpy part, and came across a pod...More

Thank TracyB3216
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely fantastic trip - all safety explained and felt very confident in our knowledgeable and friendly captain Shaun throughout. Shaun showed commitment to our enjoyment while respecting the animals. We saw a pod of orcas playing and enjoying themselves for well over an hour -...More

Thank debbie Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding tour! To see Orcas was the main goal of our honeymoon week here in Vancouver Island, BC . We booked the spots on-line. The tour just went past 3 1/2 hours due to awesome Captain Gregory giving us extra time to watch the unexpected...More

Thank debralgutierrez
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you for such a thorough and kind review! I'm glad you had an amazing day on the Salish Sea with Captain Gregory. We always recommend a good layer of sunscreen on your face, it's pretty easy to come back in from a day...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We pre-booked our whale watching trip for July 3, 2018 for noon. Booking was done easily and efficiently. The day of was exciting. The staff were great. Passengers were fitted with outdoor gear for the zodiac. Captain Shaun made us feel safe at all times...More

Thank Geri S
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such a thorough and positive review. I'm glad you had a great day on the water with Captain Shaun. We always feel very fortunate viewing Killer Whales in their natural habitat. It is even more amazing when we can hear them vocalizing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tas and Gary took us out for an evening tour and we were able to see Orcas playing, breaching and hunting for porpoises. What impressed me most was the respect that the company shows the whales - always keeping an appropriate distance, slowing down to...More

Thank zacroff
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you had a great experience out on the water. Thank you for mentioning our commitment to conservation and sustainability. These are critical parts of our ethos that Gary and Tasli take especially seriously. We are dedicated to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a real must for all visitors to Vancouver Island. Riding a comfortable zodiac boat, your driver will guide you next to killer whales, seals and everything else this pretty spot has to offer. Be ready for an experience lasting 4 hours, but that...More

Thank BoThi
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you had a great day on the water with a variety of wildlife. Our tours do sometimes run the full 4 hours. We love to max out the time on the water to get the best experience!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hugely knowledgeable guide. Saw Orca, Humpbacks, Seals and plenty of cormorants. A fabulous, educational and fun afternoon. Thank you. Highly recommended.

Thank Sean G
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the 5 star review! I'm glad you had a great time on the water with an awesome variety of wildlife. Cheers!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently took the 4 hour Whale Watching tour. It was my 4th whale watching experience since moving to Vancouver Island 16 years ago. It was amazing and by far the best experience I've ever had. We saw 11 whales of two different species as...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! It's always such an honour to get such high praise from well versed whale watching experts. It sounds like you had a busy day on the water with many whales and a great variety of wildlife. Thank you again...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked from the UK before we travelled and we were so pleased to have chosen this company. Simon was very knowledgeable and we learned a great deal about the sealife here. He's passionate about what he does and that's infectious. We were lucky to...More

Thank ciderapple
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you had a great day out on the water with Captain Simon. Viewing hunting Orcas is incredibly amazing. It's great to hear you had such an amazing encounter. Our half day tours can go by pretty quickly,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a half a day tour and our captain was Simon, the owner of the organization. We had the best day of our holiday. Simon had so much knowledge about the orca's and the wildlife around Vancouver Island. We shared his love and passion...More

1  Thank nynkenicolai
OceanEcoVentures, Front Office Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed your day out on the Salish Sea with Captain Simon. It sounds like you saw a wide variety of wildlife including Orcas! Viewing Bigg's Killer Whales in the wild is such a treat, and I'm...More

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July 8, 2018|
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Response from Julia S | Reviewed this property |
It would depend on the time of year and weekends always get booked up quicker. We went in May and booked about a week before. There were three full boats on our trip. I would book as soon as you can if you want a particular... More
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The Victoria Airport code is YYJ ; you can fly non-stop from San Francisco (SFO) on United or Air Canada or save some dough by stopping over in Seattle (SEA) with Delta. Then, as others said, no Lyft or Uber, but you can... More
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Response from Kate v | Reviewed this property |
Hey Abigail-- so it's not too difficult, it's more of the timing and having the time. My husband and I initially thought this was a day trip but we turned it into an overnight excursion to Vancouver island-- which was well... More
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