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Eco tourism and Ocean Adventure attraction. Explore the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the experienced wildlife photographers of Adventures By HIP. We are Sooke, BC's premier ocean tour service for true wildlife enthusiasts...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 0V1, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful trip with Mike and Sarah! Our excursion couldn't have been better!! The weather was perfectly clouded for good viewing. We spotted a big pod of transient Orcas right out of the Sooke Basin and soon after came up a pod of humpacks....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Grace, Thanks so much for the great review! We sure have had an amazing season, and it seems its not over yet. Saturdays outing was absolutely mind blowing!! It is always great to see whales at this time of the year, but seeing them...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was off-season, but we were able to book at the last minute, and had one of the best experiences ever (no exaggeration). We saw several humpback whales, but even better was the big lighthouse rock, where all the sea lions hung out. The noise...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the wonderful review! We sure had an epic outing yesterday! Although it is getting into the "off season" for whale sightings, there is still plenty of life to see in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is an amazing...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hei Mike and Sarah Thanks for a great day on the Sea - We enjoyed it very much - It was super duper :-)

Date of experience: November 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Helle and Kim for joining us on a beautiful November morning and thanks for the 5 star review. Hope to see you again. Cheers!

Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Mike and Sarah are awesome tour guides and great people. They are fun to chat with and very informative. HIP has great equipment and will get you ready for your mini expedition. We were happy just to get out on the water and explore, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul O
SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Thanks Paul and Jenae for taking the time to write such a great review and thanks for joining us on such an amazing adventure. The fall is definitely the best time of year for viewing wildlife in Sooke. You picked a great time to visit,...More

Reviewed October 20, 2018

We went out with HIP yesterday and had an amazing adventure! The operations is well run, the equipment is in great condition, we felt safe and comfortable. Mike is an excellent guide and passionate about the local wildlife. Sarah is also very knowledgeable and we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Hi Robyn, Thanks so much for the great review. We sure had an amazing humpback whale show on Friday! The whales have been so active right outside the harbour for the past few days. October is great for whale watching here in Sooke, you chose...More

Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend Adventures by HIP for a experience of a lifetime on a guided whale watching tour!!! It was one week ago today that I lived my dream of viewing ocean life in their own habitat! I was counting down the hours until late...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

Thank you Shawna for the wonderful review! We're so happy we were able to share this bucket list experience with you. It was definitely an evening to remember with the amazing humpback whale show, topped off with a beautiful sunset. Thanks again for joining us,...More

Reviewed October 18, 2018

Amazing trip! Care was taken to kit us up completely and we were a mixed group with an 8, 10, 47 and 76 year old taking up the adventure. Great team, with right amount of commentary from Mike to make trip interesting and informative. Really...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Thanks for the great review! It's always great to hear that we were the "Highlight of your holiday". We at HIP are happy to offer services that are accommodating to the whole family, from the very young to the elderly. We're happy to hear that...More

Reviewed October 15, 2018

Captain Mike and Sarah offer whale watching trips with an added bonus. They made sure we were warm and cozy in the open zodiac with survival suits, hats and mittts. We had a wonderful afternoon watching breaching Humback Whales and followed a family of Orcas,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

Hi Katherine, Thanks so much for the wonderful review! We're are glad to hear that you enjoyed your outing with us. September and early October is the best time of year for viewing whales around Vancouver Island. You made a wise choice visiting at this...More

Reviewed October 11, 2018

My partner and I booked a tour with Sarah and Mike a couple of days before. They were both very responsive by email and gave us a call the day before to give us directions for parking and to answer any questions we had. You...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stephanie M
SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Hi Stephanie, Thanks so much for writing such a great review and thanks for choosing HIP for your adventure. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and also that you appreciate the way we conduct our tours. Please enjoy the photos and the...More

Reviewed October 7, 2018

My husband & I went on a whale watching tour Sept 13th. We unexpectedly had the opportunity to see Orcas...and there was multiple pods traveling together! What a thrill! Our hosts were knowledgeable. We were able to get close without interfering in the Orcas path...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lori G
SarahP7843, Owner at Adventures By H.I.P., responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

Hi Lori, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us here on Trip Advisor. We had a very rare encounter that day with the Southern Resident Super Pod! This only happens a couple of times each year and we were very lucky to...More

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Response from SarahP7843 | Property representative |
Hello cdnchikrocks, In February we would expect to see; habour seals, sea lions, elephant seals, and IF we are lucky, orcas. We do have orcas that are around the island all year long, but sightings are less frequent in the... More
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