My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to spend 6 days with Larry and Chantalle in August 2013 for the trip of a life time! Words cannot describe how much we enjoyed this trip. The trip was so much more than whale watching ... it really was a fantastic experience and probably the best holiday of my life! I can't wait to go back again!
Our group was fantastic. Everyone was really friendly and we made some great friends that we are still in touch with long after the trip. Having Larry as a guide was a bonus. He has been a party of the community for so long that he has connections to people and places ... that you may not experience with another tour company. Larry was extremely knowledgeable and always willing to chat, share his experiences and knowledge and introduce you to knew things. Larry was an absolutely lovely person and the trip would not have been the same with out him.
Chantalle was equally fantastic .. and we are still in touch today. A very friendly and lovely young lady who did everything and anything to make us feel comfortable and make the most of our experience. She too was also very knowledgeable and shared heaps of stories with us around the camp fire.
The wildlife ... where do I start. For me, it was a dream come true. I have dreamed of seeing Killer Whales for over 20 years and to see them was an awesome experience! We also saw humpbacks, porpoises, seals, eagles .. the list goes on and on! There was one day that we were unable to kayak (due to bad weather) but no one complained. It was so nice to just to sit on Little Sophia island and watch the world pass by. A truly magical place.
Home base camp on Little Sohpia Island was the perfect home away from home. Base camp had everything you need. Our tent was positioned perfectly so we got a good view of the water and the exterior roofing and platform around the tents provided great protection. The cooking facilities are well established as are the toilets. We didn't shower for 6 days but we were able to have a sponge bath and I am sure (if I had asked) Chantalle would have set up the shower for me. The food was also great - there was always plenty to eat and Chantalle was happy to accommodate any special requests. And ... OMG ... the smores .... I don't think I could get enough every night at the campfire!!!
The kayaking was also great. We started the trip in tandems kayaks. Firstly, so Larry and Chantalle could see how competent we were but also because the weather was not fantastic so it was for our own safety. But as the weather improved and everyone became more competent we moved into single kayaks. We met a couple paddling the Strait themselves ... but I am glad we were with Larry & Chantalle. In my opinion, there is no way you could paddle these waters safely and alone for the first time without a guide regardless if you are experienced or not!
If you don't do this trip .. .your missing out!! I have lived in numerous places around the world and have travelled almost every continent .. but by far this was the best trip I have ever been on. It isn't just another city ... or tour ... its a life experience that you can't do anywhere else. I would go back every year if I could .. and fingers crossed we can head back up there this year!!
Thank you Larry & Chantalle. We had a wonderful trip and you really did make my dreams come true!!! xxx
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