As a tour guide and boat captain of a small company in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB., I have to say that from the moment I stepped foot into the ticket office to the time I said goodbye, I was truly impressed with the entire West Coast Aquatic Safaris experience. This company (owners, managers and staff alike) understand how to put on an informative, entertaining, enjoyable and professional tour!
I spent quite a bit of time researching a number of competing whale watching companies, before making my decision which to go with... I examined TripAdvisor reviews, read through company websites and printed brochures, and talked with a number of individuals that lived/worked in the Tofino area. But it ultimately came down to the ticket office experience where I inquired in person about a trip for Saturday March 24. Brent was friendly yet professional, extremely knowledgeable and managed to "sell us" on taking a cruise with WCAS without being pushy. It was truly a pleasure to interact with such an inviting individual.
Once out on the water, Captain Jeff and crewmate Diana were great! Diana was very friendly, outgoing and obviously passionate about what she does. She was constantly moving about the 47' NANUQ and kept a weathered eye on the horizon, looking for grey whales and other wildlife. Jeff was professional, yet calm and easy-going enough to make the experience most comfortable. He did a great job navigating towards some exciting whale activity and gave us plenty of time to enjoy and appreciate what we were seeing. During quite moments while we waited for wildlife to appear, Jeff would offer plenty of interesting facts about the local wildlife, natural history and human influences of the area.
The weather was absolutely perfect: sunny, warm, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky. The seas were quite mellow and my girlfriend (who's stomach doesn't always agree with the ocean) had a wonderful time and never once felt seasick. The NANUQ was a very quite, smooth, comfortable ride! In total, we saw 6 different pods of grey whales (each with anywhere from 2 to about 5 whales); a few random sea otters; a number of harbor seals; a bunch of Stellar Sea Lions; and about 6 different Bald Eagle!
I just wish to again reiterate how great the employees of WCAS are! Kudos to each one of you; you really made our whale watching trip a pleasure! Well done. Keep up the great work. And best regards for the coming season!
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