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“VIP treatment out on the Ocean Wave!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd.

Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd.
760 Island Highway | Coast Marina, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 2C4, Canada
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: YOUR ADVENTURE IS OUR PASSION! Come and join us on our fun & comfortable full and half day adventure boat tours. Choose from responsible Whale Watching Safaris, exhilarating Marine Wildlife & Tidal Rapids Tours or experience with us majestic giants on an awe-inspiring Grizzly Bear Excursion! Discover in Comfort with Campbell River’s premier tour operator! Our Marine Naturalist will share his knowledge with you and we provide a delicious picnic lunch. WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!
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Campbell River
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“VIP treatment out on the Ocean Wave!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Yes thank you Joel you are excellent at your job as your safety procedures and instructions prior to leaving the dock at Campbell River were so good and the whole journey we felt so confident in your care. You were polite and fun in fact some photos I shared with family overseas I had them rolling around with laughter. It was we feel a trip of a lifetime not forgetting the wonderful wildlife, you made sure we saw. There weres Ocra and white sided dolphins swimming alongside Sea Lions - just out of this world!! Weather wonderful you kept in constant radio contact with Elvis (oh how I wish he would have sung for us) Food was excellent just could not fault this trip. From the Brits. We took this tour on 31st August 2012. We can send some photos later to this wonderful Marine Safari site..

Visited August 2012
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“a little misleading”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We visited Campbell River for the sole purpose of doing our whale watch trip here. The cost was $324 incl tax for a Whale Watch Safari for two. We phoned and discussed the trip and were assured there was no difference between a morning and afternoon sailing so booked the AM trip. However, we found out upon arrival that there was a difference because the boat had been used the night before for a wedding party so the first part of our trip was getting the boat to where it should have departed from, rather than looking for sea life. Now we are not stupid enough to think there is any guarantee of sightings, animals come and go as they please - BUT we can't help but think that if we had been on the trip we had actually paid for we may have seen something more than the distant fins of three transient orcas. To rub salt in our wounds, we then rushed back to the dock for 1pm and waited on the quay for an hour to be picked up by bus, an hour we could have spent on the water with an opportunity for sightings.

I am sure that normally this trip is properly run, we had a good guide and a good skipper, BUT, it is buyer beware, double check that the boat is where it should be and definitely don't go to Campbell River like us just for whale watching, look for greys on Pacific Rim and Orca from Victoria.

Amanda and Paul, Beds, UK.

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Campbell River, Canada
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“Tourists in our own town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My husband and I have lived and worked in Campbell River for 30+ years. We retired about three years ago. This year we decided to be “Tourists in our own Town” and chose to go whale watching. Now we have both seen whales before---from our 16ft open boat, which is great, but for me a little unnerving, but we now took the opportunity to look for them from a more secure viewing platform, a 37 ft aluminium boat, operated by Marine Adventure Safaris. Because it is moored in Kelsey Bay, we travelled by bus for about an hour to reach our embarkation point. On the way up our naturalist Mark gave an informal, and interactive lesson on the Orcas of the world, but especially of the ones found in the area were we are. Once on board our boat Tenacious III and, after a short safety related talk by our captain Sean , we headed off in search of the whales. There was some chop on the water, but the boat transferred very little of the impact. We went up the ladder and sat in the open at the front of the boat and despite our speed, about 27 knots according to Sean, we felt little wind. We were provided with jackets as it was a fair bit cooler on the water then we anticipated. After about 15 minutes we came across a school of white sided dolphins, about 150, who stayed with us for about a quarter of an hour, leaping and swimming around our boat, delighting all on board. After about another hour of travelling through the most spectacular scenery, we came upon the Orcas about 15-20 of them. Sean then slowly maneuvered the boat, in the hope that they might approach us. After he shut off the boat, that is what happened. We actually had some swim right under us--amazing. After a while they left us, and Sean took us closer to some rocks where some Stellar Sea Lions were laying in the sunshine. As we were leaving that area, we came across another pod of Orcas, and two humpback whales, one of whom breached fully out of the water. We stayed amongst these all these wonderful animals for about another hour, before heading back to Kelsey Bay, and our bus ride back to Campbell River. Once on our way home, Mark again went out of his way to keep us aware of the hazards marine creatures face from pollutants and in particular plastics. It was a bit of a mind opener, at least for me.
Overall I would recommend this trip to anyone. We felt safe, secure and well looked after by the crew, who were both informative and thoughtful. The sandwiches were good and the coffee was hot. We spent about 41/2 hours on the water, just about right for me.

Visited September 2012
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“a day on the Water to remeber”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

been searching for a whale watching tour and found Discovery Marine Safaris.
it was the right tour to book. Tour was very informative and both Guides (Mark and Shaun) did there best, to make this a day to remember for a very long time.

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“An Orca Extravaganza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We went on an amazing whale watching trip recently , we chose Discovery Marine Safaris as we wanted a covered boat and reviewing their website it seemed their boat best fitted our needs ie inside cabin with washroom and a spacious viewing deck for good viewing and photo opportunities. Whilst the boat met our expectations the trip exceeded them beyond our wildest dreams.
We saw 25 different killer whales from 4 different pods , the experience was breathtaking , by taking a bus up to a place called Kelsey Bay which is about an hour north of campbell River we were right in the thick of the action almost immediately , our skipper Sean was very aimable and had a good first hand knowledge of the area whilst his crew member and naturalist Mark kept us informed on who we were looking at and how they were all related , both Mark and Sean were fun and very enthusiastic, Mark was very passionate and answered all our questions .
I must add on the bus trip up Mark went into alot of detail in explaining the differences between the Transients and Residents and how a resident community is formed as well as a whole host of other relevant information , this certainly helped us in gaining a greater appreciation, respect and understanding of the whales when we were watching them .
The highlight for me was right at the end of our trip when we were returning to the dock another group of 12 orcas apopeared out of the blue , totally unexpected , eventhough it meant arriving at the dock a bit later Sean and Mark took the time to explain who the whales were and what they were doing, apparently they were in a sleeping mode , it was incredible just to see them all tightly bunched up just sitting on top of the water , slowly submerging as one and then slowly surfacing as one , the sound of the blows will stay with me forever
Lastly on the bus ride home Mark gave an educational talk on the threats to marine mammals and what we could do to help out , I for one found this interesting and eye opening and it made me think and appreciate the whales even more , it helped fill in the time on the way home .
All in all I wouldnt hesitate to recommend Discovery Marine Safaris on a job well done .

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