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“Boat ride and grizzly viewing equally splendid”

Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd.
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Owner description: YOUR ADVENTURE IS OUR PASSION! Join us on an educational wilderness adventure. View the iconic Killer Whale and the giant Humpback on our Whale Watching Safaris or see come along on an awe-inspiring Grizzly Bear Excursion! Discover in Comfort with Campbell River’s premier tour operator! Our onboard Marine Naturalists deliver an unparalleled experience that showcases our connection to wildlife and the world in which we all depend. WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 17, 2011

The crew and Native guides helped make the day. The grizzlies did the rest. The day was sunny and warm as we headed across to Orford River in Bute Inlet. On the way, our guide, Mark, shared a great deal of knowledge with us about orcas and grizzlies. We spotted a pod of transient orcas and went over to have a closer look at them. Captain Joel informed us about the area and the waterways to give us context to our trip over.

On the way, we stopped in a small bay where the captain and guide whipped out a table and legs from under the deck, installed them at the stern of the boat and presented us with a simple picnic lunch. Ten minutes later they dismantled it and we were on our way again.

When we arrived at the place where our grizzly bear tour would begin, we were met by four young men from Homalco First Nations. They drove us to the 30 foot viewing platforms. After quite a while one grizzly wandered downstream, jumping around in the river catching fish, then carrying them one at a time onto the gravel sandbar to eat them. The river was surprisingly shallow with lots of salmon spawning. She stayed for quite a while until another grizzly came down. At this point the first grizzly deferentially wandered off into the woods and the second grizzly had the river to herself. She fished for a while and came quite close to the viewing platform. By this time, several of us were down on the ground beside the river in order to get better photographs. After a while, the first grizzly showed up again on the river at a respectful distance away from the other bear. All the while, our guide and the First Nations staff were educating us on what the bears were doing and how they were acting.

On the way back to Campbell River, we saw Stellar Sea Lions on the rocks and from a distance saw a pod of Dall’s porpoises.

The crew and staff went out of their way to give us a great time. Our tour went overtime. The boat had a head, was comfortable and nimble in the water. There were comfortable seats inside and about 10-12 outdoor seats up on the roof of the cabin. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

There were 4 of us in our group. Two of us were in our 60s' and the other 2 in their 20s'. A great time was had by all, We did the combined tour. Whales the first day and grizzly bears
the next. We were not disappointed. You must remember this is not Disneyland so there are no guarantees. The finish to our perfect 2 day tour was our great guide MATT. He was the best. Fun and all knowing. Thanks Matt. Would recommend this trip to anyone over 10yrs. old. If you get sea sick this would not be a good bet for you.

Thank qtr10
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Had an amazing day yesterday. My mother who is 82 expressed desire to go out on a boating tour. Since her mobility was a bit if an issue we were very grateful to find a company like Discovery Marine Safaris that had a large enough boat with a washroom and very comfortable seating under protection from the elements. They were very helpful getting her into the boat as well as out.. She is so excited about her experience that she could no stop talking about it.(Well niether can we for that matter)
Our skipper Mark really made our trip a great experience. He entertained us, throughout the trip, with his many experiences on the waters and he also has an abundance of knowledge about the wildlife and points of interest along the way. His enthusiasm for the whales, dolphins and other wildlife and their wellbeing is very evident.. But I think what made this trip realy special was Marks personality. He is such a fun person to spend the day with. We had many laughs.
The scenery was beautiful and we saw a family of 8 resident whales which was a thrilling experience in itself but even that experience was eclipsed by the 500 dolpins we encountered on the way up and back doing what my mother called "The Happy Dolphin Dance." There are no words to describe it . Just beautiful and breath taking.
We will never forget this day that we enjopyed so much!

Thank Heddy_11
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

What a great day, friendly staff made it a wonderful experience. Saw some unreal sea life. So much fun I highly recommend it.

Thank Cooperzz
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

During our Canada round-trip we stayed two nights in Campbell River. The weather was perfect and we decided to take the Whale Watching tour with the folks from Discovery Marine Safaris on August 16. The evening before we met Mark (the guide + naturalist from Discovery Marine Safaris) just outside of their office and had a great chat about what they are doing and how their tours are organized and that it is important for them to not only just find some whales for tourists but to really explain the wildlife.

Although it surely was a long day for him, he really took the time! Needless to say - we knew right away, that it would be the right decision to go with these guys.

We hadn't booked in advance, so we would have to book on the morning of the trip on August 16. So we got up early to show up at the right time. It turned out that Mark had already reserved to places for us and Heike knew of us already as well - absolutely perfect!!! Very cool of them!

And it even got better - once out with the boat, Joel (our captain) and Mark did a great job explaining everything about the orcas and the Inside passage (tide and coast). The boat was really great with a nice and warm inner cabin and the viewing deck on top. As we were headed north towards the orcas, Mark explained the complex family life of the orcas. Even if we had not seen any whales, the trip would have been well worth it, because we learned so much this morning!

But of course, the guys found the orcas! And it was absolutely awesome to see them. We saw three orcas and accompanied them on their way for more than one hour. Totally stunning. I took at least a million pictures ;-)

The best was yet to come. Once Joel had shut down the engines and we were eating lunch, which was really great btw, the orcas came closer and closer to our boat! Two out of the three decided to check out our boat. It was really awesome to see these guys so close!

After the orcas we saw some eagles, dolphins and seals too!

To sum it up: We really had a great day out on the water :-))
In fact, this was one of the best days of our whole trip!!!

Thank Ralph L
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