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“Humpback and Orca collide - once in a life time?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours

Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours
Discovery Harbour Marina Dock E, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
1-877-909-2667
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Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: We can be found in "The Floathouse" located on Dock E in the Discovery Harbour Marina in beautiful Campbell River, British Columbia.
Kilconquhar, United Kingdom
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“Humpback and Orca collide - once in a life time?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We had a genuinely unforgettable day out with our three children (12 and 10 year old twins). As with so many other wildlife viewing experiences it started quietly - one bald eagle in 2 hours - but with Aaron's keen eyes we eventually saw a black bear on the shore and another swimming in front f us shortly thereafter. Radio communication promised us Orca, hundreds of dolphin and humpback to come.

We had lunch watching the mother and calf humpback and just as we were about to leave them the Orca started to head in their direction. Aaron was excited but fairly sure there would be no encounter. Then it began to look inevitable and suddenly there was some thrashing on the surface and moaning of a kind that was unlike any whale I'd heard on TV as the Orca tried to split mother and calf. Mixed emotions at seeing such a rare sight but the Orca eventually gave up.

They weren't finished hunting though - within 10-20 minutes one got a sea lion but it to got away and we saw it gathering its wits in the shallows. We finished off with a display from some 300 dolphin on the way back.

Not for the faint hearted but while some day I may see bubble netting or a spectacular display of breaching - which are much more visible - this really was an incredibly lucky trip and one that will live with us all despite so much of it happening so fast and under water.

A most sincere thank you from all five Robertsons.

Visited August 2012
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“An experience you wont forget”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We spent a wonderful two days with Jack and his team, on both the whale watching and grizzly bear tour. All the staff were utterly delightful and very knowledgeable. Jack in particular really went out of his way to help us and ensure we got to see all the wildlife, of which he is very passionate about. I couldn't recommend their integrity and professionalism more highly.

Visited September 2012
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Landsmeer, The Netherlands
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“fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

On the 14th of august AJ took us on a beuatifull day for a six hour Zodiac tour. We saw all: sealions, seals, bears, orka's, a grey whale, lots of white sided dolphins, bald eagles. Splendid explanation. Highlight of the tour was the spectacular "fishlunch" seagulls and bald eagles took on the tide chance. Lots of suicide fish (hake?) served themselves to the birds. Quite impressive. Did also some rapids. A great day!

Visited August 2012
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“Absolutely amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We arrived in Campbell River en route to Knight Inlet Lodge, and decided to go whale watching having not done it before. We were shown whirlpools, dolphins, harbour seals, porpoises...before going on a hunt for a pod of Orca, or killer whales. After about half an hour of searching, our excellent guide found them, as they scavenged for food. And just as a treat on the way back to Campbell River, we saw a black bear on the shore eating crabs! What more could you ask for?

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Townsville, Qld, Australia
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“Fabulous experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

My husband and I went on a six hour whale watching tour on 15 August 2012 in one of the speedy red zodiacs - super fast and comfortable. We were lucky to encounter Transient orca and a huge pod of white-sided dolphin.

Kurt was our guide for the day, he was friendly and informative.

Like many people, seeing orca in the wild has been a lifelong dream for me...we were privileged to witness the Transient orca hunt and kill white-sided dolphin and afterward come and dive right under our boat for an up close and personal experience (the orca came to us we didn't go to them) this is something we will never forget.

A large pod of white-sided dolphin swarmed around us and 'surfed' in our wake - a memorable sight that we will never forget.

Lunch was great too :-)

Thank you Kurt....Cheers and best wishes to you

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