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Loved the tour, the boat was well equipped and staff were experienced and customer focussed. The office has suitable clothing for you to borrow which will keep you warm as it gets very cold when the boat is racing across the water at speed.
Give yourself plenty of time before boarding to get a coffee, the shop next to the office takes an AGE to make one cup I've never seen a person work so slowly also they put coconut in your coffee as a sweetener without asking! one of our party tasted it and threw it away as it was revolting.
As the fishing village is so nice and there are many places to eat, you may want to consider staying on at the village and having dinner, over looking to sea and not take the free shuttle back.
Absolutely brilliant in every way! As a first time Brit visitor to Canada this completed a wonderful trip and exceeded all my expectations!! From the knowledge of Karl our naturalist and the skill of John our skipper when locating the array of wildlife we saw...... to killer whales diving under our super-fast Zodiac ( JUST EXACTLY like the pics!)....this amazing experience is not to missed........I am carrying the memories still from weeks ago.....and smiling still at the wonderful pictures in my head( and on my I.pad!)
Loved it staff were great weather played nice would do the trip again
Whale Watching in "Vancouver" was wonderful! But first of all, I've to say that this tour does not depart from Vancouver. They leave from Steveston, Richmond which is about 25 minutes from downtown Vancoucer (by Canada Line). Once you arrive in Richmond you should take a bus to Steveston (about 10 Minutes) and you'll end up in a small, very cute fishing village called Steveston. It is right by the sea and a very interesting place (if you like the tv show "Once Upon A Time" which is filming there). Anyway the office is easy to find and once we registered we got our coats and boarding pass! We left from the harbour and I'm not sure exactly but I think the tour was 3 - 4h long. We cruised toward the island toward the open sea and watched the Orcas from a respectable distance though they sometimes swam close to our boat on its own. It's a little hard to tell where they might surface sometimes! The staff was really friendly and we got lots of information about the wildlife, the orcas and Vancouver and the surrounding area. We had the chance to watch Orcas in their natural habitat. We also watched them fishing for salmon which was great thing to watch!
I enjoyed it a lot and I'd always do it again!
It was an excellent experience, well organised and informative, as well as successful. we saw a humpback whale, and two pods of Orcas!
We saw whales after going out about 30-45 minutes. Suddenly there they were! Swimming, playing! Beautiful! We watched for about an hour. Our captain called to other ships to let them know we were seeing them, and they came too. I tho't it was nice that he shared that info. He went somewhat out of his way to show us another big male that was further away, and we watched him too. We saw sea lions, bald eagles, cormorants, seals. It was so enjoyable, it is a highlight.
i would highly recomend this company trip. the water in the morgning was to rough to go out, but they rebooked us for the aftenoon trip. our guide anna was very imformative through out the outing. she went around asking if nayone had questions and was very informed about whales as she was studying in this field. ouyr captain took us to spots were there were other sealife after seeing whales. we spent a good period of time with the whales always keeping our distance to respect the whales comfort zone. i would highly recomend this trip. mrs jean kathleen rioux hammond
Wonderful experience with a very knowledgeable boat captain and attendants. I would definitely recommend this vendor and tour company to anyone wanting to see Orcas in the wild. Safe, comfortable and clean boat experience.
The tour was very well organised. Our shuttle picked us up on time and in the designated spot. Excellent driver who dropped us off at Queen Elizabeth Park on the way back so that we didn't have to find our way there later. When we were dropped off it was very easy getting boarding passes and we were given discount tickets for the Pierside Deli to get some lunch which was excellent value. The cruise itself was very nice and we did see an orca + seals. It was a lovely day so we were very lucky with the weather. Overall a very well organised tour and highly recommended.
I had a great time on the tour. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
I saw more than I expected. I also know that with wildlife you aren't always going to see it so some trips are luckier than others. The humpback made the day as I wasn't expecting to see one of those and to see her so active was just amazing. I liked the way the other boats contacted each other on sightings also. Lots of room on the boat, naturalist was very informative.All in all, a great day.
Everyone worked very hard to make this trip successful. It was the longest trip they had to locate the whales. Really enjoyed it.
We saw 2 pods of orcas (over 20 individuals)
Very knowledgeable staff with detailed family trees of the orcas
Excellent captain, with keen sense of safety.
Brilliant trip! We had Orcas with us for most of the time across the sound as they were going the same way as us! Close up to Sea lions and great weather! Thanks
Great information on the whales great boat work from the skipper
This tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Vancouver! The weather, the boat, the captain and crew were informative, and we saw so many whales! I highly recommend this tour.
We had such a good time and saw so many whales. My two daughters loved the trip - the water was not too rough at all, the staff were so helpful, and the scenery was amazing. Highly recommended.
What a fantastic tour! Very well organised with an expert on board the boat and the captain made sure to orient the boat so that both sides had chance to take pictures of the sights - including an impressive show from the orcas! Highly recommended.
It was raining in Vancouver, but the shuttle driver was right on time and did a great job of getting us to the harbor.
The day looked like rain, so we were in the enclosed boat - we were not cold at all as a result. We saw a number of Orca's. The crew was very helpful and knowledgeable. The smaller size of the boat made it possible to move with the whales.
We had a great day.
It was great although we were kind of assured that we would see orcas and didn't and that was a high disappointment for us.
We had an almost perfect sunny day and the tour guide was very upbeat and showed he loved his work. He definitely knew his stuff. We saw 10 Transient Orcas which was great. Unfortunately they were quite a distance away so it was a little difficult to see them properly. We would still do this again. It is always a risk trying to see wild animals but worth it.
The tour was wonderful. Excellent customer service by the driver that picked me up. The guide on the tour was friendly and knowledgeable. I would suggest that the description of the tour include a recommendation of bringing one's own lunch.
In many respects this was excellent, although we had not expected a 120 km round trip lasting more than 5 hours on a large zodiac boat. Saw one whale in the distance, seals and other wild life. Nonetheless it was enjoyable. Not sure how it would have been had it rained.
This trip was a beautiful boat ride. We however were a no site whale trip. We found one lone whale that only came up briefly. We trolled around waiting and trying to get them to surface with no luck. That being said, it was a beautiful experience. The route we took out to see the wildlife was just as fun as looking for the whales. We saw plenty of bald eagles and sea lions, that was amazing to me alone! The tour was declared a no site trip and we were given a voucher for a return trip that will not expire. I plan on coming back to use it as soon as I can. It was that enjoyable!