I did the 6 day Orca Explorer in August. I was first of all incredibly grateful to the boss Andrew, who drove out of his way to pick me up due to a missed bus connection. Above and beyond kindness and very interesting to chat to. The Black Bear hotel resort where we stayed on the night before and final night after the tour was just the ticket and had a great spa to hang out in ease sore muscles after 5 days of kayaking and carrying heavy gear. In terms of the tour, it blew me away from the moment we got on the kayaks to the end at Telegraph cove. The scenery stunning, the wildlife plentiful and unrelenting. Every corner we turned there were balled headed eagles, sea lions, Humpbacks and seals. We even saw Orcas on our first day. Our guides Darren and Renee were amazing. They took care of us really well and made unbelievable meals 3 times a day that suited everyone's dietary needs. This tour however is not for the faint hearted. There is quite a lot of carrying of heavy kayaks on slippery rocks, toilet facilities are under a rock in the tideline and camping is remote. The weather in August was perfect - thick mist in the morning cleared for brilliant blue skies. The sea was perfectly flat. My favourite part of the trip was stopping for lunch; always stunning spots on little islands, great for wildlife watching. I would thoroughly recommend this trip and the 2/3 day one would be equally good, with basecamps and toilet facilities. Don't hesitate, book it and book on to the grizzly bear tour too - I wish I had. Factor in 50cd cab ride to leaving point early in the morning though. My only criticism is of this and that transport could be provided, given that the tour itself isn't cheap. Telegraph cove is really worth a visit - it's a stunning fishing port with great cafes and the whale museum is fascinating.
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