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“The best whale watching on the island”

Sooke Coastal Explorations
Ranked #6 of 24 Tours in Sooke
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Owner description: Are you ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind exploration with Vancouver Island’s premium quality Whale Watching and Eco-Adventure company?Sooke Coastal Explorations can take you on an exhilarating West Coast marine adventure that will thrill your senses and leave you with a deep appreciation for the enchanting creatures that inhabit our local waters. Offering the perfect balance of excitement, safety and education, our experienced, knowledgeable crew will take you on an open water excursion lasting 3 to 4 hours in length, and travelling along the Island’s western shores.
Houston,Tx
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66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The best whale watching on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

I had a chance to go whale watching with several outfits between Victoria and Sooke. I am so glad that I went with Russ. This guy really knows his stuff. A native of Sooke, Russ is extremely knowledgeable and his boat is awesome. Book a trip with Russ and make the short drive to Sooke and you will have the whale watching experience of a lifetime. Russ put us on the whales and being the good guy that he is he allerted the guys from Victoria so they could bring their clients. Go with Russ and you won't be sorry. He's the best. Also, his wife Megan makes awesome one of a kind baskets from bull kelp and they are works of art ! Priceless.

Visited May 2012
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Airdrie, AB
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“Awesome Whale Watching Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

We spent the day with the crew from Sooke Coastal Explorations - in the morning we had a fishing charter and in the afternoon, a whale watching tour. We didn't have much luck on the fishing side but we had a great time on the boat!! In the afternoon, we weren't expecting to see any whales but we were wrong! Not only did we get to see whales but we also got to see seals and sea lions.
Our guides were very fun, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I would definately refer this company to anyone who is looking to have an awesome whale wathing or fishing tour on the island.

Visited April 2012
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Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Marine life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

I went out with Russ today from Sooke Coastal Explorations Apr 27th 2012, a gray cool day. The flotation suit they provided keeps you warm. The boat is very quiet and smooth, the seats are very thick and comfy. Russ is also friendly and really knows what he is talking about. He is also with search and rescue, so he is safe. We were just in the boat 5 minutes or less, just going out thru Wiffen Spit and he say's I think I see whales, I looked where he was looking, I didn't see any. Then he say's yes they are here. He must have eagle eyes. After the Whales, got to see Steller and California Sea Lions. Great experience I highly recommend going out with this company.
Brian Rundle

Visited April 2012
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Plymouth, Devon
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112 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Well set up and interesting...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

We had spoken to Russ about the grey whale and our trip consisting of only five of us made a journey west in the hope of finding same. Unfortunately it was not our day and despite a long and pleasant journey along the coast we failed to find the whales we sought. On return we saw sea lions, harbour seals and elephant seals. It was a three hour trip and Russ provided what we asked for and no fault can be found with that. Would certainly use Coastal explorations again. Was nice to do the trip outside of Victoria and the multitude of companies. Sooke is a very good location to visit.

Visited April 2012
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Red Deer, Canada
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A walk through a rain forest & then you meet stunning Mystic Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

There are a few hikes along this region....China Beach, French Beach...but its Mystic Beach that will take your breath away. The hike through the Rain forest was lovely....a bit rugged in parts...and not a gentle amble. But well worth it for the view at the end.
You come out at Mystic Beach - and there you will see the waterfall coming out from the forest.
Take water, a light picnic and just enjoy the views from the beach.
You can get details and maps from the Sooke Tourist Information. They were very helpful, plus its a nice place to browse around itself.

Visited October 2011
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