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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

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Address: 1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V9L 3X3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-748-3800
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Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside...

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.

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Best Whale Watching Adventure Ever!

We took our visiting family out for a day, and being a group of 7 were lucky enough to have a boat and guide all to ourselves! IT was a FABULOUS Sunday adventure. We found a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lynda D
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Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When arriving we were told that there were around 60 orca's currently in the area. We were fitted with suits (which you need) then off we went, they divided the group onto 2 boats, there were 6 of us on our boat. Our skipper was very good and very knowledgeable. We encountered 1 pod of orcas, which had about 4... More 

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Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our visiting family out for a day, and being a group of 7 were lucky enough to have a boat and guide all to ourselves! IT was a FABULOUS Sunday adventure. We found a fairly large pod of Orcas, that gave us a great show. We then ventured a little further and found a group of Humpbacks! First... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live not far from Cowichan Bay and this is my go to every time friends or family visit and say they want to go whale watching. Simon is probably the most knowledgeable tour guide out there and there hasn't been a time when we have not seen whales and other ocean life. Rates are very fair also!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I (from the UK) went out whale-watching with Ocean EcoVentures in August this year. We had a great trip and were out for a long time, watching pod after pod of orcas just swimming around and enjoying themselves. We talked to a local lady afterwards who had been on eight trips with a different company and never... More 

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Thank CarolFry
St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This adventure was the highlight of our summer holiday! We had such a great time following a family of whales - they are truly magnificent. Our family enjoyed every minute of this experience, it was worth every penny!

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British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have done 2 previous whale watching tours with two different companies, two different locations. We booked with Ocean Adventures because a friend recommended them. We are so glad they did! We were seated at the back of the boat, where we didn't feel the bumps as we zipped out to find the whales. We were not disappointed - we... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour was small…only 11 people which made things intimate. Simon; the owner/driver is full of enthusiasm, I got an immediate sense that it wasn’t just another day on the water for him and that he truly wants all of his passengers to be amazed with/by the whales/scenery. A genuine tour provider who is filled with knowledge and tidbits of... More 

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Cowichan Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

September 8th 2016, Skipper Simon found several pods hanging out = Super pod! Largest to smallest including this years.calves. Lots of jumping, spy hopping. and backward flips. Safety is a priority. Over and above the survival suit heed the instruction to "DRESS WARMLY" including your feet. This was my third voyage with EcoVentures. Look forward to the 4th and more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was so amazing. We had a beautiful day, Sept. 21, 2016 and we got the Owner, Simon Pidcock, as our captain. He is so knowledgeable, he knew every whale he saw by name and which of the 3 pods the whale in question belonged to, He knew where they were going to play so that we were able to... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best Whale watching trip in Canada! I did two trips on the 6th of September 2016. The first trip was with Captain Gary who is just the best skipper/guide ever! He has such an amazing passion for these animals and knows the area really well. There was not a question he could not answer. This trip was... More 

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