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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 12, 2011

We were called 4 or 5 times to make sure we would show, and told we were sure to see Orca. Got on the boat and told guys were out looking for the whales. They knew the whales were out to sea, yet shuttled us to the far cold Georgia strait only to see seals. What a bummer for the price. We were not offered a discount, or even as much as a cup of coffee. To make matters worse, when we watched the next group going to the docks we never heard them once say "folks there are no Orca today.". But they will take your money with a big smile.

3  Thank KandiD
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MikeChild, Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2012

Hi Kandi,

First off I would like to express our sincerest apologies in regards to the disappointing experience and I remember that day well. Every once in a while the very wild whales give us the slip even when we have confirmed reports on where we are heading to view them on the day and unfortunately that was one of those days.

We certainly do not try and fool people on what they will see on the given day and we share all the information that we have in regards to sightings.

Having said that we do keep records of any trips that don't have the opportunity to view whales in the wild and although we appreciated most people only have a short time in the area if you ever find your self near Sidney again (good for life) we would be delighted to take you out again free of charge to show you some of the amazing whales that frequent the area on over 90% of our tours.

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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.

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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.

1  Thank Musedoc613
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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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