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“Captain Dale Rocks!”

Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours
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Owner description: We are Wild 4 Whales! Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. Guaranteed Whales & guaranteed adventure with the most thrilling, environmentally responsible, sustainable, professional, comfortable, and safe marine adventure tour company on Vancouver Island. Don't take our word for it: we have been rated as the #1 whale watching tour company in Victoria on Trip Advisor since 2007. As passionate stewards of a world renowned marine environment, we are motivated to provide our guests with more than just "a look at the whales". Eagle Wing Tours was Canada's first 100% carbon neutral whale watching tour company and the only one to support 1% For the Planet. You will be treated to attentive service by dedicated professionals who have spent their lives learning the intricacies of the local ecosystem. This locally owned and family operated marine adventure eco-tourism company offers the only sustainable, premium experience for travellers demanding more. We realize that most of our guests have traveled great distances at high cost to experience what we have the privilege of doing daily. We respect, and ultimately are grateful for this, and so with every departure we go above and beyond - maximizing guest satisfaction, overall comfort, and delivering the "WOW" factor!- at the center of the world's highest concentration of Killer whales (orca, or Blackfish) and other whale (cetacean) species in the Salish Sea, such as Humpback whales, Gray whales, and Minke whales. Our mission to you, our customer! Eagle Wing's mission is to work with purpose and passion on behalf of all wildlife in the Salish Sea, encouraging our guests to become more involved in the education and conservation of a sustainable, healthy, and more balanced marine eco-system... Inspiring the conservation of our marine environment, with a thrill! PASSION - EXPLORE - INSPIRE
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We went out on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. When we got to the office they bundled us up in warm water proof floatable gear...hats, gloves, pants, jacket. We got on the boat and headed out. Immediately we knew were were in good hands, as Captain Dale, who has a Masters degree in marine biology, begins to run down his credentials....including work with National Geographic.

We went out and saw the very loud seal island with several varieties of seals and sea lions on an island with a manned lighthouse. Then we headed out towards the ocean and within 15 minutes of leaving the seals we saw our first hump back....magical! I believe we say a total of 7 elegant humpbacks. Captain Dale did a wonderful job of explaining their culture, the relationships between mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins etc. He also explained how they know which whale is which. His love of the whales & sincere love of his job made the whole thing more delightful. At some point he had a hunch and took us way out (in his very fast boat), and we spotted a pod of beautiful Orcas. We traveled with them for about 30 minutes just watching them interact and move together. What a thrill!

If I ever go back, I WILL be joining Eagle Wing for my whale watching experience. Don't miss it...a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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eaglewingtours, General Manager at Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

You are absolutely right - Dale does rock and just like all our captains, is the best at what he does. Fast boats, proper warm gear and of course a passionate knowledgeable dedicated captain make for a perfect tour with Eagle Wing. Each and every day we expect to meet and usually exceed expectations because we are #1 and with reviews such as yours, we will remain #1. Thank you so very much for not only taking the time to write this review but for booking with us, we know you had a choice and making the right choice is so very important when whale watching.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Wow, what an amazing experience and we are SO pleased we decided to go whale watching with ''Eagle Wing Tours'.

We travelled from Seattle up to Victoria via the Clipper Ferry, on our journey we picked up quite a few leaflets on whale watching and to be honest I was quite confused as to who to go with, we decided to ask the concierge in our hotel (Delta Ocean Pointe Resort) and see what they suggested, Karen was very helpful and couldn't recommend Eagle Wing Tours enough, that was good enough for us, she even called them to see if they'd got enough people for the day we wanted to go, she also said that they would come and pick us up from the hotel, what a great service!!!

So the morning arrived for our trip, the weather that wasn't looking too great but that didn't really matter, to say we were excited was a massive understatement...Val from Eagle Wing came to pick us up from our hotel, she arrived spot on time and what a lovely lovely lady, very chatty and so nice! After a quick drive round to Fishermans Wharf we were checked in really quickly, once everyone had arrived they gave us a quick talk on health and safety and then Val gave a talk on the variety of species we may see, she is so knowledgeable and you can tell she loves what she does, after that we were given waterproof jackets, trousers and gloves, it was quite fun getting dressed up and they were very welcome as once we got out on the open water it was quite chilly!!!

Our crew for the trip were Jeff and Val, they're both marine biologists and so full of knowledge and such lovely people, we headed out of the harbour and once out on the open water it didn't take long to find the Humpbacks, it was so truly amazing to see them in their natural environment, I was totally overwhelmed by it all! We headed off towards 'Race Rocks' which is where the sea lions were, some of them were so big and so noisy, again it was lovely to see them in the wild, we were even lucky enough to see a pair of Bald Eagles perched on top of the rocks, totally amazing!!!

Our trip was due to last for 3.5 hours but we ended up being out for nearly 5, they'd had reports from other boats that there were Orca's in the area that morning, Jeff was desperate to try and find them for us and true and behold he did, he got a call from another boat saying that they'd been spotted at Race Rocks where we'd been earlier on, in no time at all Jeff had swung the boat round and headed off at full speed in search of them, I can't explain in words how amazing it was to see the Orca's, it totally took my breath away...and what was so cool was that Jeff and Val were as excited as we all were!!!!

After being in America for 3 weeks and seeing all sorts of beautiful sights this was definitely the 'Icing on the Cake'...I will keep this memory forever!!! If you're considering going whale watching I can't recommend this company enough, truly professional, so knowledgeable and most definitely value for money!!!!!!

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eaglewingtours, General Manager at Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

That certainly was an amazing day - cold but boy did you get the VIP treatment. Val and Jeff are two amazing people and we are very fortunate to have them with us - they make every trip extra . Yes, if we can Eagle Wing will extend any of our tours after ensuring that it is OK with all onboard and give you the trip of a life time. And that they did on this day. Your review was super, as were your photos, Meeting expectation is what we try and do and by all accounts we exceeded them and for that we are thankful. Whales are our marine wildlife are our passion and we are #1 for one reason and one reason only, because of visitors such as yourself to take our tour and prove that Eagle Wing Tours is the best a what we do. Thank you again and many happy journeys
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I went out on 25 October 13 with Captain Brett and Naturalist Dale. Along for the trip were my friends 12 and 13 year old sons. We saw so many animals, it was difficult to keep count - Humpbacks and Orca's alike. In addition, we had the opportunity to see many other marine mammells.

Brett and Dale were fantastic and highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals. They both had a wealth of interesting information to share about everything we saw and even inserted a few jokes into the mix which created an easy going atmosphere onboard the boat that I know was very much appreciated. The boys were still talking about their adventure 3 days later.

One could not ask for a better experience; I highly recommend Eagle Wing to anyone wishing to go Whate Watching in Victoria.

Thank Charlie C
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eaglewingtours, General Manager at Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

We want to thank you and your class for making time in your busy school schedule to spend some time with us exploring the Salish Sea. I know that everyone was excited before the tour and by now they are all wanting to become more involved with marine biology and maybe even becoming a whale watching captain. Having the opportunity to share their knowledge is a passion for all our captains and naturalists and working with school groups is one of the best ways we can do that. Looking forward to meeting up again and hope you will pass the message along.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day with smooth waters with Eagle Wing. Derrick and Jeff were a great guide and captain, seeking out the whales and wildlife, educating us and moving the boat so fast to make sure we saw the whales as the reports came in. The coats, pants, gloves and knit hats were a must at the high speeds we traveled as it was cold in October on the water. I never expected to see the amount of whales we did, not to mention seals and three bald eagles! The speed of the boat was fun, too. This trip exceeded my expectations and was well with the price. To be out in open water with the beauty surrounding us and seeing these majestic creatures was the highlight of my trip to Victoria. Thank you, Jeff and Derrick, for the time of my life...I will never forget the experience!

Thank Mari9
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eaglewingtours, General Manager at Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2013

WOW - Thank you so much for your review and that is what Eagle Wing is all about not only meeting but at every opportunity, trying to exceed expectations. October can be a tricky month both for finding enough visitors that want to head out on the ocean and for finding whales. Usually because of our reputation we are guaranteed to get out at least once a day and it really is all weather related. Because we operate open boats we want our passengers to be comfortable and providing the proper clothing is critical. In October we usually only operate 1 trip per day but if demand is there and the weather holds, we will go both morning and afternoon. This fall has been an boon for finding Humpbacks along with Transient Killer Whales. Thanks again and many happy journeys.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Mon. Oct 21, 2013 – whale watching – what a great day.

The tour started at 10 am with a safety orientation, with an expected return around 1:30 pm. The day started off foggy, but the water was super calm and visibility was not hampered at all.
We saw harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and total of 12 humpbacks,
On the way back to harbor we spotted 9 orcas and hung out and watched for some time, Hydrophone was put in the water we could hear the orcas sonar and communication.
We returned to harbor about 2:30 pm., with cup of hot chocolate waiting.
We were provided with sunglasses, binoculars, blankets, hats, gloves and waterproof jackets and pants.
Derrick was full of information about whales, other wildlife, and a history of the area.
Leaned another reason not to eat farmed salmon.
Brett our captain gave us a smooth ride and has a keen eye for spotting whales at a distance.
I highly recommend Eagle Wing Tour and will go on another next time I’m in Victoria. .

Thank Lori S
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eaglewingtours, General Manager at Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2013

Your review makes us blush and we like it. Thank you so much. Travelling with Brett and Derek or any of our other captains is truly a treat. They are so passionate about what they do and it shows. Having the opportunity to experience all that the Salish Sea has to offer on that day is a GREAT day, memories of that will hopefully last a long time and for sure until you visit us again. Thanks again for taking the time to write your review and especially for booking with us, we know you had a choice.

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