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Wonderfull Kayak trip around basecamp. On our 1st day we already saw orcas and humpback whales from... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
Ivar1970
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Kapellen, Belgium
Outstanding company with focus on safety and enjoyment - loved it

We nearly booked a tour with another company but so glad we went with Kingfisher. We also booked... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
NewcastleKiwigirl
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed August 11, 2016

I found Kingfisher on line and after having read various reviews, decided to get in touch to see if I would have the necessary abilities to join this tour.
Andrew, the owner of the company, got back to me very quickly and after we spoke about my kayaking experience, I decided to sign up. The trip was all that I hoped and more.
Kingfisher is a wonderful company. Andrew, who also happened to be a guide on this tour, is attuned to customer service and satisfaction. Safety is also a top priority. The ratio of guides to group size is excellent. The equipment is of great quality and if weather is not optimal for kayaking, then staying put at the camp site is part of the program. That's when you see the additional qualities of the amazing guides. Not only are they competent, knowledgeable guides but they are also great cooks and wonderful social convenors when it is raining! Allie, you rock!:)
Gwaii Hanaas is a magical place where human beings are visitors and wildlife are at home. So no trace camping is an integral part of Kingfisher's philosophy.
This trip also has a cultural competent allowing you to visit the Haida Totem Poles at Sgang Gwaii, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, weather permitting.
I would recommend Kingfisher to anyone and look forward to returning and joining other tours in the future.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Carol J
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2016

Hi Carol,

It was great to meet and kayak with you this summer. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am happy to know you enjoyed your trip with us. We look forward to seeing you an another adventure some time soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed August 5, 2016

Kingfisher is an amazing company! Guest safety and satisfaction are the top priorities, closely followed by minimal environmental impact (key reason we selected them). Kingfisher succeeds on all three objectives. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, making efforts all day long to ensure guest happiness. Imagine after a day of paddling you are told to relax and await the soon to be delivered appetizers! Which leads to the food; awesome and all that you could want! Imagine linen and dishware on a rock at lunch watching out for whales and you have it.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Brad C
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2016

Hi Brad,

Thank you for.taking the time to write a review and sharing your humpback whale photo. I am happy to know you enjoyed your trip with us. We look forward to seeing you an another adventure some time soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed July 16, 2016

We did the 4 day base camp with Orcas trip for part of our honeymoon in June/July. The experience was excellent. Wildlife all over the place. We saw humpbacks breaching the water on several occasions, loads of seals and sea lions, eagles, Dall porpoise, white sided dolphins.. It was incredible scenery too. Kelly and Kelsey were our guides. They were very experienced and had lots of knowledge. The food was delicious and such a great variety considering we were on an island for 4 days. The equipment was great and camp very well thought out. We can't recommend this company enough. We will be back for the 6 day trip as we must see those Orca. We will come at the right time next time haha.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Jennie T
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2016

Hi Jennie,

I am happy to hear that you had such a good time with us during your honeymoon. I will be sure to pass your comments on to Kelly and Kelsie.

We hope to have you join us on a longer adventure sometime soon (choose a trip in mid-July or later for the best chances of viewing orcas).

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed July 15, 2016

What a fantastic experience. Find a way to do this.

We had four days out with Andrew and Lexie on the Orca Waters Tour, base camping on Hansen Island.

The wildlife was amazing - big and small. Humpbacks and Orca right with us in the water. But also a myriad of life in the water (salmon, seals, sea lions) and flying around (eagles, ducks, and others).

And the scenery is spectacular.

Our guides were friendly , helpful and knowledgeable - and the food was delicious.
Campsite was well done - comfortable beds and private tent sites.

All the gear was well suited to the task - double and single kayaks. The paddling was not strenuous, but a good days exercise. Andrew and Lexie know the area very well, so we were always in the right place to see wildlife and not fight the currents.

Tip - follow the gear list - we had warm dry weather in August and it was still cold at night. And even polyprop didn't dry that well.

Another Tip - don't go for a swim, the water is freezing! Even if the top inch has warmed up during the day.

Totally recommend this to anyone who loves nature.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Bruce454
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2016

Hi Bruce,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. It was a pleasure having you join us at the base camp and I will be sure to pass your comments on to Lexie as well

We hope to see you on adventure sometime soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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Reviewed April 13, 2016

I took the "Orca waters explorer" tour two years ago, and all I can say is that it was the best experience of my life! We've seen lots of humpbacks, orcas, sea lions and other marine life, the scenary was very beautiful, the tour guides were extremely friendly, helpful and the most important..they are very respectful towards nature and wildlife!

Date of experience: September 2015
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KingfisherKayaking, Owner at Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Orca Waters Kayak Day Trips, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2016

Hi AdaCioban,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your trip with us. We hope to see you on the water again some time soon.

Regards,
Andrew Jones

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