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Sidney Whale Watching

2537 Beacon Avenue | Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y3, Canada (Formerly Emerald Sea Adventures)
250 656 7599
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Sidney
Type: Tours
Owner description: Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our... more » Owner description: Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our advantages include; calm protected water and the closest departure point to the Resident Killer whale routes meaning more whale time and an average of 30 minutes less travel time then Vancouver or Victoria. We are also at the gateway to the magical Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, less then 5 minutes off our dock and your among one of the nicest cruising grounds on the planet. Family owned and operated for over 15 years, come share our passion for the beautiful region called the Salish Sea. « less
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Guilderland, NY
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This tour goes out on a small Zodiac boat, but you sit on bench seats which make it a bit more comfortable. Just know it is tight quarters. Our captain, Liz took us out to find whales from J-Pod that had been sighted by other boats. She positioned us perfectly and in the 3 or so hours we were out... More

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Austin TX
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a wonderful experience - setting out in a fast Zodiac is the way to go. The pod we were following had decided to swim to the farthest away spot on their route, in a larger slower boat it would have taken forever to get to them. With the Sidney team we were there much more quickly. Our guide,... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We were fortunate to see 4 transient whales very close to the Sidney Harbor. The experience was one we will never forget. Seeing whales in their natural habitat was incredible! After following & enjoying them for quite sometime we headed off to see other attractions. We enjoyed seeing a small rock island covered in harbor seals, a bird sanctuary island... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The crew wanted to make sure we saw as much as we could. We saw a group of four orcas that entertained us for about an hour. We didn't even have to go out into open rough waters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time out there as group it the caption was very knowledgeable of the ocean and the different species around . I have great memories and I did enjoy it very much two thums up to those guys .

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Ucluelet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is a "must do" activity when you visit Sidney. The staff at Sidney Whale Watching are very helpful. It is a day trip and it is amazing. Seeing Whales up close is breathtaking. Watching them in their environment, is wonderful and a privilege. The memories from one of these trips will stay with you for a life time. If... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

myself and my partner joined another couple with Sidney Whale watching (also know as Sea quest) 24th June 2013. The guide was brilliant and new a lot about the islands and nature in the area. We saw lots of wildlife (sea lions, porpoises, eagles) but unfortunately not Orca's ! The day before all the boats were out and saw loads.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Our Whale watching excursion was great. We caught a few photos of Humpback Whales surfacing. We did not see a whale breaching but went to Spieden Island where we did see many Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Deer, Long horn Sheep, and Bald Eagles. Our guide, Liz was very knowledgeable and friendly. Our trip to British Columbia was planned around getting... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Our boat driver was very skillful and showed us a great time. He was diligent about searching out where the whales were, and we got lucky that day and saw a large group of orcas and a humpback.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Had an amazing experience. The guide was extremely knowledgable about the area and the whales. I learned a lot of great information and saw Orcas from three different pods. The amount of people on the tour was small which was great because it allowed for one on one conversation with the guide to ask questions. I would absolutely recommend this... More

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