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Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching

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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...more
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1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay, British Columbia V9L 3X3, Canada
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All reviews killer whales whale watching captain simon transient orcas amazing experience these guys sea lions his knowledge four hours j pod see whales great captain boat ride highly recommend this company saw seals great afternoon once in a lifetime
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Thank Georgia N
OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

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

Reviewed 6 days ago

A magical experience compliments of this beautiful area and Captain Gary. Captain Gary's passion and enthusiasm is infectious; we learned so much about marine life, the area, the environment and how these co-exist. This tour inspired me to make significant changes in my home, from...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Linda H
OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much! I really appreciate the review and the content in it even more. My goal out there is to educate people about the incredible wildlife on our coast and inspire them to make daily changes to help them so it means so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide was Garry who was incredibly informative, passionate and funny. We sighted 2 families of Biggs Killer Whales and I was a breath taking experience! Worth every single penny! Highly suggest!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jennifer V
OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Jennifer! It was a pleasure to have you. What a great day out there! Thanks again so much for the review. Cheers, - Gary

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our Orca Tour with Ecoventures. Super friendly staff, great boats and a great mindset towards all the sealife around Vancouver Island. They are very respectful about the animals' needs. We spotted two Orca families on our 3 hour trip and followed them around....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review! Glad you had a great trip and we helped create lifelong memories. We really appreciate you mentioning our respect for the animals. It is something we take very seriously. Hope to see you again one day!

Reviewed November 27, 2018

This trip far exceeded our expectations. My 19 year-old daughter and I went on two full day tours with Ocean Ecoventures when visiting Vancouver Island last summer. It had always been her dream to see Orcas in the wild. She was not disappointed. On Friday,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JillR0514
OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That is such a lovely compliment, thank you so much! I remember that day and it was so great.to have so much wildlife around. I really appreciate you mentioning our respect of the animals. It's something I pride myself on and feels good when that...More

Reviewed November 24, 2018

I was with my family and my brother's family. We had an awesome time and learned so much. In fact my daughter keeps saying she does not need a straw when we go out to eat due to will end up in the ocean!. I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That is so great! Our goal is to give people a better understanding of the wildlife on this coast and to provide them with tools to help give them a bright future. Having your daughter take away that message from our trip means the world,...More

Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

You’ll understand my choice for the title in a moment. Let me begin by saying we couldn’t possibly have enjoyed our whale watching tour with Captain Gary any more than we did. It was fun, exciting, informational and we saw lots of whales — both...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the review! I remember you guys and trying to find "Eclipse" out there. That was a fun day and really glad you enjoyed it and learned a little bit about them. As you know, we don't see the southern residents as...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018

It was the most expected ride of my trip. There were several presentations and emails saying that the captain would make every possible route to see as many whales as possible. On the day of my walk, I saw only two whales, very distant and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Feelipe, Sorry our tour didn't meet your expectations. We feel very fortunate every time we encounter whales on our tours especially in November which is quite late in the season for sightings. Our tours are advertised as 3.5 to 4 hours on our website...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

The persons involved in our trip were very processional and really nice. However i won't go on a whale adventure again as i really feel we are harming their eco system with out loud boats. We invade their personal space in order to get a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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oceaneco, Owner at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Hello Maryann, It doesn't seem like you were actually on one of Ocean EcoVentures tours as we have had only two no whale days from April 16th 2018 to October 15th 2018 and we have checked our passenger manifest for both those days and there...More

Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

We booked the half day whale watching tour on a sunny, warm day. The zodiac was super confortable (we were seated at the front seats) and our guide, Sean, explained to us every security information in advance. Thanks to his knowledge and experience, we found...More

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OceanEcoVentures, Manager at Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much Jonathan! These reviews mean so much to a small company like ours, so it is greatly appreciated. I know Shaun will be very excited to hear about it. He is a great captain and we are lucky to have him. I'm...More

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Hala C
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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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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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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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