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Sooke Coastal Explorations
Ranked #6 of 26 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.
Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Completely agree with the review that this was worth the trip even if you don't see whales, though be sure to wrap up warm even in the summer and especially for young ones! We went out as a family and sadly the whales did not show but the boat trip was amazing and they could not have put more effort in to find the whales. They did however offer a deal to go out again which I did (sadly the family did not as boys had been too cold after 3 hours with no success), this time we saw the whole of J pod Orcas! Amazing! Especially the pup! Otters, seals and sealions, great views and expert guidance! Will always remember this trip!

Thank CraigwsEr
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

Our party was disappointed that we didn't see any whales. I know that this can't be guaranteed but I think they should come up with a Plan B if the whales aren't out that day, especially if they know there is a very low chance. We were on the water for 2.5 hours and driving around on the water was a tad boring after awhile. Their website says "95% success" of seeing whales but found that hard to believe as when we didn't see anything the staff didn't seem surprised or terribly sympathetic. A 'that is too bad let's make it up to you' or some sort of comforting thing would have been appreciated. We weren't offered another trip. I would say save your money.

3  Thank ToughGuyTuesday
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

A small whale watching company in Sooke but where you will be assured to see whales, and much more. It seems that even the Whale Watching companies from Victoria come all the way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to see more whales than around Victoria. It was an open boat but we were right there among a killer whale pod!

Thank SookeHarbourHouse
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

My daughter and I went out on the whale watching expedition on Labour Day. The scenery was breathtaking. With the help of our expedition operator and a few others in the coastal waters , we spotted the whales and spent a good amount of time following them as they surfaced and dove. We then went on to see the sea lions, a bald eagle, seals and the cutest little sea otter. Our guide was most knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour... All in all, a wonderful experience.

Jennifer

Thank Jennifer O
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ok..what can I say except that Paul and Dan are FUN and great guys! We went on a whale watching excursion with them and even though that one day the whales were in hiding we still had a blast!! We saw the ever so darling sea otter chillin' like a villain and the sea lions barking and swimming in the sea all around us. It was so much fun to watch them play with their salmon catch of the day. :) The scenic views on the water are well worth the trip alone....I will most definitely be going again and have already booked to stay at the cottages attached to the whale excursion business. I can't wait! If you want a dynamite time with great personable service then I highly recommend this whale watching company...you won't be disappointed (even if the whales hide on the day you go out). HAVE FUN and thanks Paul and Dan....from the twins! :)

1  Thank Heather M
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