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Sidney Whale Watching

272 reviews
Sidney, Canada
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About Sidney Whale Watching
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.
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3 Hour Whale Watching Tour
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$98.20 per adult
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Your journey starts as you step onto a custom 30 foot wildlife viewing vessel and embark on a voyage through the enchanting Gulf Island Archipelago. Your captain and guide will take you on a thrilling west coast adventure on a vast ocean overflowing with majestic sea life and brilliant scenery.
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Reviewed March 28, 2019

The staff was so friendly and Captain Dave was amazing! We had an epic day with a large pod, almost all three hours spent with the whales. Captain Dave was knowledgeable, personable and very accommodating. I thought I knew a lot about Orcas and the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 14, 2019

We went out with Captain Dave on the company's first trip of the year. It was a great trip -- thirty minutes out and back, and 2 solid hours of orcas (three separate pods) with a few bald eagles thrown in for fun. I would...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 22, 2019

We were on a very small boat, just 3 couples and the captain. We saw lots of orcas, both resident and transient. i'm very late getting this done so I don't remember the captain's name but he grew up on one of the gulf islands...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

We were at a local hotel The Pier and just across the road was a small office --ten am in the morning -a very jolly lady in the office so wife and I booked for the afternoon trip . One oclock back at the office...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Hello Colin, We are really glad that you and your wife had such a good time on your tour. Thank you so much for your review! Meghan

Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

We were greated by a wonderful friendly young woman at the booking office. She explained the 2 pm tour and helped us get into the one piece suits needed. Getting into the boat was a serious challenge for one person in our group. If you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

Hello Wayne and Ellen, We really appreciate your feedback on our tours as it helps us to make our business better. We are very sorry to hear that you were left on your own to disembark the vessel. This is not our policy and we...More

Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We were very happy with our whale watching excursion. We saw both resident and transient orcas. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took some great pictures which were shared with the group. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MaureensTravels
SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Hi Maureen, We are very happy that your group enjoyed their trip with us. It sounds like a great trip with 2 different species of orcas! Thank you so much for the review. Meghan

Reviewed September 13, 2018

Went whale watching with these fine people on September 10th 2018. We were super fortunate to see a a big family of killer whales very close to the boat. It was absolutely mind blowing! Kudos to Dave who's doing great job as a guide and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018

Captain Dave expertly navigated our large Boston Whaler to the perfect spot in the Strait of Georgia to view plenty of pods at play! We spent over an hour as close as we were allowed to be to these magnificent creatures (200 meters). We saw...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

This is our second summer in a row that we've taken a tour to spend time with the orcas. Both trips were wonderful experiences, and both were very different. We spent over an hour with the whales on both occasions. Once following two different pods,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Great company great people! Not only was the experience mind blowing and memorable, the skipper Dave was very knowledgeable and helpful. In addition, Sidney WW takes extra care to be sensitive to the health and wellness of the orcas - turning off the boat engine...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Hi Elena, Thank you so much for your review. It means a lot to us to hear how much you enjoyed your trip. We look forward to taking you out again. Thank you, Meghan

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July 30, 2016|
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No need to worry about the open boats as they are Transport Canada certified and very safe. All whale watching vessels in Canada and the USA follow the "whale wise" guidelines and mandated by law to stay 100m away from the... More
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