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“Killer (Whale) sunny Sunday”

Steveston Seabreeze Adventures & Whale Watching
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Owner description: Whale watching company based out of the historic fishing village of Steveston, BC. We operate from April-October offering a variety of tours and fishing charters. Our 40-foot semi-covered vessels accommodating groups of 23 passengers, offering comfortable inside seating & unrestricted outside viewing. Tours are minimum of 3 to 5 hours and are professionaly narrated.Ask us about our shuttle services and guaranteed sightings!
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Attended one of the outings on Sunday July 13th, 2014

The first person to help us inside was Sara(h) who was very pleasant and seemed happy to be there. They had us fill out a waiver and gave us our tix for the boat.

Went out on a boat (don't recall the name) with Captain Rick and our guide/naturalist Annie. Both were very knowledgeable about the pods and even individual whales (knew them by sight).

We first headed out across Georgia Strait and I believe we passed between Galiano and Mayne prior to bearing south to where 'J' pod was hanging out at Boundary Pass. Because of the regulations in the States, we were limited to a 200 yd distance from the whales which weren't that active at the surface.

After a while, Cap'n Rick received word that there were some transient orcas basically west of Ladner/Richmond. We headed back up there and it turns out they were actually residents of J pod that were headed north up the Strait. We followed them for quite a while and got in quite close (I believe the legal distance in CAN is 100 yds they said). They were much more active than the ones further south and a couple fully breached which was amazing to see. They were coming in so close to some of the boats too (or at least appeared to be) and we had a good hour and a quarter full of lots of action and stunning sights.

It was sunny and hot all day as well which made this phenomenal trip even better.

Had a great time, would definitely recommend Steveston Seabreeze - they know their stuff!

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a very professional company that takes you from your hotel door to a small ship ( they have three of them) to a port near Vancouver where they sail usually south to watch sea lions and whales alike. The ship offers complementary water, coffee and cereal bars. The captain sails well and the naturalist ( we had Connie) is very informative and patient enough to answer all our questions. The authoruties inform where the whales are and the probability is about 60-70% to find them any given day. We were very lucky because after 3 hours cruise we came to watch two whale pods with a total of eight (!) orcas! Be prepared to have a light lunch pack with you and also a jacket. There is no opportunity to swim , so do not bring your swimsuit. A last thing to be remembered was our driver, a retired fisherman, who had been a very pleasant company. He even made a detour to bring back my hat to my hotel, forgotten in the bus on our way back!

Thank georgepap_10
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were staying in downtown Vancouver and tried booking with a company on Granville Island. They were fully-booked but recommended Seabreeze who could fit us in. They collected us on time, and drove us out to their base at Stevenston. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, and looked after us very well. The boat was a bit smaller than I was expecting, carrying only about 20 passengers and two crew, so whilst they provided coffee and water, and a small snack bar (not a bar selling snacks), potential whale watchers are advised to bring some supplies of their own. Door-to-door, I think the trip was about 8 hours. It was great value, and the trip would have been worth the money even if we hadn't found whales because the scenery was so stunning. But of course we did find whales, and the trip was a great success.

Thank Philking64
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Had a great time on Sat morning tour. Picked up at hotel in Vancouver and drove down to the boat. Very friendly driver and then service on the boat was informative, comfortable and friendly. While they can't guarantee that you see whales, we saw a family of four orcas, including the male orca who swam next to, around and under our boat (see my photos). An awesome experience that you should NOT miss!

Thank nycfamilyt2013
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Efficient hotel pick up and drop off. Well organised business. Boats and service on the boat are great. Suits all ages. Followed a pod of orcas for over an hour. We were the last boat to leave. Excellent service, thoroughly recommend it.

Thank Dee2856
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