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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

1,038 reviews
Cowichan Bay, Canada
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About Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching
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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Ocean EcoVentures in the most centrally located whale and wildlife viewing company in the Salish Sea. This allows us to reach many different areas and gives us the highest killer whale sightings in BC!
We offer a unique whale and wildlife experience focused on education and conservation. Our small personal tour groups allow for a more intimate experience of the Salish Sea and its inhabitants. All tours are led by passionate, certified guides at the top of their fields including award winning photographers, whale researchers and conservationists.
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$107.23 per adult
Vancouver Island's Ultimate Full Day Whale and Wildlife Tour
Come and explore the Salish Sea with us! Our full day whale and wildlife tours are perfect for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. The full day tour enables us to explore parts of the Salish Sea that most people don't get to explore. Our 8 Hour whale watching cruise that will 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 as well as a myriad of marine birds on your whale watching eco-tour. We will focus on spending time in areas where there are fewer boats viewing the wildlife.
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$208.85 per adult
Vancouver Island's Ultimate Full-Day Whale and Wildlife Tour
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Go whale watching on Vancouver Island with a full-day boat tour from Cowichan Bay that follows the island’s rocky southern coast. Taking a full day to explore the Salish Sea means you can reach wilder and more remote places than short outings that stay close to harbor; watch for orcas, humpbacks, grey whales, and minke whales in areas where bald eagles and marine birds wheel above the waves.
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$208.85 per adult
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour. Small 12 person zodiac. Went with my 6yr old daughter and they made sure she had properly fitting gear to keep warm and safe. Guide was very informative. He went over radio use with passengers in case of emergency. Adhered to the distance...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We followed J Pod north along the west coast of Galiano Island to Porlier Passage when the whales (all ages) really got excited and did every whale "acrobatic" we had hoped for. We also learned a great deal from Gary and Tas who were both...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Sandra H
OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks guys! It was so great having you on board. That was a pretty special day. I had totally forgot about the falcon until I read the review, that was so cool! Really appreciate you taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anytime you engage in a wildlife viewing activity, it is unknown whether you will see anything or not. One of the keys is having great guides who know the animals and their behavior patterns. Gary and Tas have been whale guiding for over 10 years,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much! It was a great day yesterday and what a special experience to get to hang out with J Pod. Thank you for recognizing our expertise on the whales and, most importantly, our dedication to educating people in ways to help the animals....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a half-day Zodiac trip with Captain Gary which left Cowichan Bay at 1pm on 18th April 2019. The weather was overcast and rainy but we were well protected by the suits and goggles provided. As this was by Zodiac, the journey out (about...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much! Really appreciate the review and that you mentioned how much we care about this area and the wildlife in it. It was a great day out on the water and I'm glad you enjoyed it and it's always good to remind people...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We picked the sunniest day of the Easter weekend for over a half day tour to follow the T65 transient pod who played and frolicked in the beautiful waters of Haro Strait! Ocean Adventures was exciting, safe and catered to what we wanted to do...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KarenPfromCowBay
OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We really appreciate it. Always great to take locals out and show them all the awesome wildlife in their backyard. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Captain Shaun's guiding and that you got to spend time...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is ecotourism done right. Captain Gary and Tas are more than just guides. They live and breathe the research and conservation that goes into the wildlife you will see during the experience, and they approach the viewing of these animals in a respectful way....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jessie T
Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

It took a good bit of travel on the zodiac to get to the Orcas but we rewarded by respectful sightings of the Southern resident orcas. We also saw seals and other wildlife on this beautiful tour.

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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed April 1, 2019

This was a fantastic afternoon. There is always some luck involved with searching for wildlife but we saw lots of action and enjoyed learning about the natural history of whales around Vancouver Island. The captain was extremely knowledgeable and clearly cares a great deal about...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2019

Thanks so much! You're absolutely right. Every day is different and you never know what wildlife is going to be around/not be around. Having said that, we have had great luck so far this season! I really appreciate you mentioning our dedication to research and...More

Reviewed March 25, 2019

There are a ton of places that offer whale watching excursions out of Vancouver and Vancouver Island. After reading review after review from them and other providers, we selected Ocean Ecoventures because it was at the beginning of the season (March), we only had a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2019

Thanks for your wonderful and detailed review! We love getting positive feedback and it's great that you are providing advice to potential future passengers. We take pride in our high success rate, our crews ability to find the animals and our ability to go the...More

Reviewed March 19, 2019

I went out with Simon and a few other guests in mid March, Stopping on route for bald eagles, seals and sea lions as we motored to US waters where the Bigg's T002C's were hunting and feeding. Simon's knowledge of the whales and their habits...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Thank you for the great review! The T002C's are one of the coolest matrilines out here! Really glad you got to see them in action. Simon is one of the most knowledgeable captains on the coast and really happy to hear you enjoyed his passion,...More

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Response from JillR0514 | Reviewed this property |
We went in August and the sea was very calm. The boats that Ocean EcoVentures uses are inflatable zodiac type boats with a rigid hull. These make for a very smooth ride. This part of the Salish Sea is protected and, in... More
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pmcrone
July 8, 2018|
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Response from Julia S | Reviewed this property |
It would depend on the time of year and weekends always get booked up quicker. We went in May and booked about a week before. There were three full boats on our trip. I would book as soon as you can if you want a particular... More
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February 1, 2018|
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The Victoria Airport code is YYJ ; you can fly non-stop from San Francisco (SFO) on United or Air Canada or save some dough by stopping over in Seattle (SEA) with Delta. Then, as others said, no Lyft or Uber, but you can... More
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