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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Our first trip to Vancouver and our first Whale-watching tour and I have to say it didn't disappoint! The people were friendly and helpful, the boat was clean. They were full of information and we saw about 20-30 whales in the time we were out there. They knew just where to take us to get to see whales, eagles, seals and other water fowl. This had to be the highlight of our vacation. If we ever make it back to Vancouver we would definitely do this again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Great tour -saw a few killer whales. Boat stays about 200 yards from them so you can't see them really close. Get binoculars and a great camera bec scenery is stunning

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Fantastic day, well run and organised. Spent an adequate amount of time observing the whales and their behaviours. Good information provided by our guide Joan.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Highly recommend this tour company. The captain goes out of his way to find the whales, and the wildlife guide will explain and answer any of your questions. Great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

WORTH EVERY PENNY,WE SAW PODS OF KILLER WHALES AND TWO HUMPBACKS,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Looked forward to this trip and was not disappointed 4 hours saw seals, sea lions , porpoise , and orcas tour guide very informative would highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Brilliant system - tours have good level of information and easy booking system.
Trip was fantastic - briefly saw two hump back whales but also saw for nearly an hour a pod of orca between 60-70 orca including babies! Tour guide and captain both charming and informative - one surprising aspect was that they hung a sonar device over the side of the boat so we could hear the orca calling to each other .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

What an amazing tour! Starting off in the gorgeous Steveston Village was great, it's such a gorgeous part of Vancouver. Our tour guides got us so close to over a dozen orcas, and let us spend over an hour with them. It was the experience of a lifetime! I've been on another whale watching tour out of Vancouver and this was so much better!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

What a great time we had! Our captain and our host were fantastic. We got to see several Orcas and a Humpback Whale. Was well worth it. We want to do it again! They even included a parking pass!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Amazing experience to spend around an hour cruising alongside the whales.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was really amazing. We saw 7 whales and the tour was supposed to be foe 3 to 5 hours but the captain of the boat gave enough time when a whale was spotted and we came back after five and half hours. It was real worth the money spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Fantastic, everything went smoothly with this tour. The shuttle had a pick-up right next to our hotel. The office had warm jackets and rain slickers that you could borrow for the boat, which was great. The boat staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. We got to see both humpbacks and orca on our tour, which the office staff said was very lucky. We also saw seals, sea lions, and bald eagles. The snacks are a single granola bar, so you'll want to pack something to eat on the boat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

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!)

Eugene G
New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Loved it staff were great weather played nice would do the trip again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

It was an excellent experience, well organised and informative, as well as successful. we saw a humpback whale, and two pods of Orcas!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Fantastic day out with amazing views of orca's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

I had a great time on the tour. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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