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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

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Address: 1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V9L 3X3, Canada
Phone Number: 250-748-3800
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Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside...

Ocean EcoVentures' whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise.A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.

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Fantastic Time on a Family Graduation Celebration Trip

Our family utilized Ocean EcoVentures for an excursion on a week-long trip to celebrate our son's HS graduation in June of 2015. The whalewatching tour with Capt. Simon was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Terri B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family utilized Ocean EcoVentures for an excursion on a week-long trip to celebrate our son's HS graduation in June of 2015. The whalewatching tour with Capt. Simon was fantastic, starting with all 8 of us getting essentially our own private boat with Simon, and ending with a thrilling day of seeing these magnificent animals up close and personal. Simon... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a fabulous day out with Captain Thyren in September: safe, informative and enjoyable, plus many orcas and a humpback. I definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

After many trips to Vancouver Island, we finally took a trip with Ocean EcoVentures and wondered why we hadn't done it much sooner. Everything about it was great. Cowichan Bay is a fun little place to visit, the store has lots of great stuff to buy, the boats were safe and comfortable, and the staff people were excellent. We actually... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Based on the Trip Advisor reviews, we made a reservation to go out with Captain Simon Pidcock. Our pre-trip communications with Captain Simon were very positive, and contributed to our strong sense of anticipation. We understood there were many whale watching trip options within a short walk of our lovely boutique hotel in Victoria, but figured it would be better... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Wonderful, family owned and run business! We had a special situation and were accommodated with pleasure. I will be back!

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I went on two separate whale watching trips with this company this past summer and both trips were beyond exceptional! I had Simon and Thyren as captains and both were very knowledgeable on the water as well as with all the whales. I learned so much! I have gone on whale watching trips with other companies before, but this was... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

From our arrival at the store through our entire whale watching trip the staff were warm and friendly, intent on making this the best experience possible. We were a small group in an inflatable boat, one of four this trip, that felt safe and comfortable and skipped across the water with ease. Our lead captain Simon and our boat captain... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We had a wonderful trip with these guys. The captain was extremely knowledgeable and clearly knew the local whales intimately. His commentary was informative as well as fascinating. We watched two hunting orca pods as well as seeing several humpbacks, seals and sea lion. All were awe inspiring close encounters - but the captain made clear we were not harassing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A wonderful 4+ hour whale watching trip on 9/9/2015. Captain Simon was terrific and especially well informed about the whale populations around Vancouver Island, BC. We were extremely fortunate to see all 3 pods of "resident" orcas, including a 7-day old calf. The excitement of seeing so many whales was further enhanced by the beautiful surroundings.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We took the sunset trip to ensure we seen the sunset and giving us the best possible opportunity to see the whales jumping. Nothing about this trip disappointed it was superb from start to finish. Must do

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