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“Kayak around discovery island in Victoria”
Review of Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Sports
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$64.34*
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Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour
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$64.36*
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Victoria Harbour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour
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$64.30*
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Victoria Harbour Sunset Kayak Tour
Ranked #3 of 109 Tours in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come enjoy the ultimate Victoria Kayaking Experience with Ocean River Adventures. Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour kayaking is a great way to explore our historic city. Join us on one of our Urban Kayak tours or Sunset Tour. We also offer an Oak Bay Shoreline Kayaking Tour as well as our unique Discovery Island Kayak or Nature Hiking Tour. Offering expeditions, tours and courses throughout the Vancouver Island region, our guests will experience all the wild West Coast has to offer. Hands-on education about water and marine conservation is a key theme and we only employ certified guides that respect sensitive ecosystems and species while teaching about the importance of ocean sustainability, preservation and conservation. Victoria’s premier paddling and outdoor adventure company. Want to try something different? We are also a premium stand up paddle tour operator in the southern Vancouver Island and Victoria region.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We booked the Discovery Island kayak tour originating out of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel during our stay at the hotel. We were not disappointed thank you Ocean River Sports. Tom and Jennaka were excellent guides, very knowledgable of the island history and above all, our safety was top priority. Tom and Jennaka handled the 9 tourists with ease. When we arrived at Discovery Island we were schooled in kayak operation and safety. We quickly started our tour around the island, the weather was a little overcast with little to no wind. Jennaka continued to give us kayak paddling tips as well as island and ocean animal history while Tom made sure no one was left behind.
After a few hours of light paddling we went to shore for a delicious lunch that was picked up from Kate's Cafe in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. After lunch we continued paddling around the island while Jennaka continued pointing out all the marine life and numerous species of birds. Once we completed our kayak portion of the tour we beached the kayaks and went on a walking tour of the light house.
Jennaka provided history on the light house operation and operators including Ann the rum runner.
We were returned back to the dock at Oak Bay Beach hotel totally satisfied with a greater appreciation of Discovery Island.

It would have been an excellent trip if we were told where to meet in the morning, to bring drinking water and water shoes.

2  Thank jeff r
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review of your experience on the Discovery Island Tour! It sounds like you had a great trip and were able to glean some paddling instructions off Jennaka, who is not only a guide, but an instructor too!

Discovery and Chatham Island are beautiful to paddle in, no matter the weather, but the lack of wind is always a bonus in these more open waters!

I am sorry to hear that you didn't feel fully prepared for the tour. Staff do try to touch base with all clients in the days before a tour, but that is not always possible. Unfortunately, as kayaking is a water sport, your feet do occasionally have to get wet, especially on beach entries such as on Discovery Island. We have started bringing small reusable water bottles on the boat with us, so if clients forget water, we can provide some. I hope this was made available to you if it was in place during your trip. We have also clarified our website in order to make our morning meeting location more clear for all clients.

Overall, your trip sounded like a positive experience however, and we hope to see you out on the water again soon!

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Excellent day excursion! From beginning to end was impressed with the professionalism of Ocean River - right down to the immediate email responses to pre-trip questions, to the final step off to the dock at the end of the excursion. Our guides, Santiago and Matt made it a fun-filled, educational and memorable adventure. Special kudos to Santiago for his infectious knowledge and love for the marine eco-system and enviironment, which he so freely shared. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Phil d d
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience with Ocean River Sports! It sounds like you had a great time on the Discovery Island Tour - One of our most popular tours this summer! It is certainly unique and a great experience to be able to get away from the city for a few hours and feel like you are miles away!

We hope to see you on the water again soon!

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I have been sea kayaking for four years, have done several of Ocean River's excellent courses, and a couple of short expeditions. We chose to do this five day, four night, kayaking expedition out of Tofino partly to give us more experience in wilder waters, and partly to get some additional instruction.
The experience was brilliant! There were four of us on the trip, plus Gary our instructor. We camped at various locations on Vargas Island, and practiced navigation, kayaking in some quite tricky conditions, and even a taster of kayak surfing. The weather was typical for "foggust", so we've certainly become more confident in these conditions. By the end of five days we were a unit, working well together.
And the food was excellent - Gary, as well as being an expert instructor & guide, clearly enjoys cooking in these conditions.
So, fabulous experience. Where next?

Thank Martin W
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Hi Martin,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience on the Clayoquot Sound Instructional Tour and the foggy weather didn't dampen your spirits! Gary Doran is an amazing guide and instructor and a phenomenal knowledge bank to tap (And apparently a master camp chef!).

We look forward to seeing you out on the water again soon - Paddling in the Hebrides anyone?

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Coming to Victoria my wife and I were excited about getting out on the water. Having done kayaking in lakes and some rivers we both felt it might be a good idea to have our first time on the ocean be through a guided tour. We were not disappointing. The crew was amazing, and Santiago and Matt were great guides and very knowledgeable about the marine life terrain.

Doing the six hour tour was a good call as anything shorter would probably not give you as much bang for your buck. Which brings me to my only issue with the tour in general. The cost is a bit on the high side considering that we only actually kayaked for around 3 hours.

Thank Knoppolis
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with the Discovery Island Tour. It sounds like you had a great time on the water and an awesome first experience with sea kayaking!

Our price may seem a touch high for this program, but there are many costs associated with running the tour that we must take into consideration. We have brought it as low as possible and offer seat sales when possible to make it as accessible as we can. I hope you found the experience worth the cost nonetheless.

Thank you so much for the review and we hope to see you out on the water again soon!

Marcie

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

My 14 yr old son and I had an fantastic time kayaking with Ocean River Adventures! Santiago and Jennaka were our awesome guides. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Discovery Island was beautiful! Lots of wildlife to see and learn about. This was my first time kayaking and was nervous about tipping the kayak - worries were put to ease right away, it was easy and the kayaks were very stable. Highly recommend!!

Thank Lisa J
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review of the Discovery Island Tour! It sounds like you and your son had a great time. I am glad your fears about the 'tippiness' of the boats was put to rest quickly. We very carefully selected the style of kayak for this tour, settling on the Delta Kayaks because of their extreme stability. They are also highly maneuverable and great for both beginner and more experienced paddlers.

Thank you for coming out with us - We hope to see you out on the water again soon!

Marcie

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