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“Clear skies, calm waters and great whale watching”

Sidney Whale Watching
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Sidney
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our advantages include; calm protected water and the closest departure point to the Resident Killer whale routes meaning more whale time and an average of 30 minutes less travel time then Vancouver or Victoria. We are also at the gateway to the magical Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, less then 5 minutes off our dock and your among one of the nicest cruising grounds on the planet. Family owned and operated for over 15 years, come share our passion for the beautiful region called the Salish Sea.
Reviewed August 11, 2011

Really impressive! It took us no time at all to reach the pod of whales. Mike impressed me with his knowledge of all things marine. Mike provided great opportunities to view and photograph the whales in actions. Highly recommend this trip. Better than leaving from Victoria as there is no need to spend a lot of time in the boat travelling to the grounds.

Thank kadooh
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

We spent a day with Jeff, out of Poet's Cove, and had a great experience with 2 pods of orca and a minke. Then a sea lion colony on the return trip. Jeff was kind enough to e-mail some terrific pictures from our day - thank you! Suits supplied, but a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen a must in fair weather.

1  Thank tmrb
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

Jeff is amazing. He knows so much, is extremely eco aware and so respectful of all of the wildlife. He is a master seaman and navigator. You always feel safe with Jeff although he is never cloying. My family and I had a spectacular time and hardily recommend Emerald Sea Adventures - pros from the beginning to the end.

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Reviewed September 13, 2010

Dang! i am from germany and that trip was way beyond anything I imagined when I decided to go whale watching. stupid tourist thing i thought before.

Steve, you changed my mind completely. Steve, our captain could tell us all about the islands we could see while we were approaching the meeting point with J-pod the grandma wale :)

the ride itself was fun, but to be able so see actual the big wales doing their thing in the water. incredible!

if you will ever get the change to go on a ride with steve take it! dont worry about the money. its more than worth it.

love, alex

1  Thank lalomo
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

We looked for a whale excursion on August 11 for our family (2 parents and one child about 11y) and booked Emerald Sea Adventures because of the great reviews on Tripadvisor. We can only say that our high expectations were even exceeded! We met another family a few days before our boat trip who had booked a boat in Victoria and who were really disappointed because they had only seen 2 seals and no whales or orcas at all. We were afraid that this would happen to us too, but we were not let down. Jeff did more that what could be reasonably expected to let us see orcas and gave us the time of our life ! As he is based in Sidney, he can go both south to Victoria as well as northbound to Vancouver. Our excursion in total lasted 4 hours because the orcas were far away, but he brought us to them and we saw lots and lots, appearing, splashing, giving us a great show. He even took time to show us other animals too: lots of seals, bald eagles… As we were in the front seat of the boat, the trip was quite spectacular (but always safe) and our son just loved it. Thanks to Jeff and Sharie this was the top experience of our 3 week tour in Canada. Book Emerald Sea Adventures, you will not be disappointed!

1  Thank GhentFamily
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