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Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure

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Cowichan Bay, Canada
Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Search for whales, bald eagles, and other wildlife along the dramatic coast of Vancouver Island on a 4-hour wildlife cruise from Cowichan Bay. You’ll be fitted with warm clothing and a floatation suit, then set out in a rigid inflatable boat that’s perfect for exploring the rugged coast and Gulf Islands. This 4-hour wildlife cruise is limited to 15 people for a more personal experience, with afternoon and sunset departures available.
  • Family friendly
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
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1721 Cowichan Bay Rd , 1721 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0, Canada

Please check in no later than 30 minutes before departure. We are located at 1721 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Check -in 30 minutes prior departure
  • Pack a small bag with water, snacks, sunscreen and 1 light sweater.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Ocean EcoVentures INC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure.
What is the social distancing policy during Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure.

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An amazing experience
, Aug 2022
We travelled to the island for a family vacation in July. We were very pleased to be a part of this tour. Our tour guide Lauren was very knowledgeable and informative. He really took his time explaining whales and their mannerisms to us. We seen humpback whales jumping out of the water, harbor seals, bald eagles and the most random goats on a lone island. It was a blast. I would highly recommend a tour with this company.
So AMAZING!!! This has been on my...
Debbie D
, Oct 2017
So AMAZING!!! This has been on my bucket list for 30 yrs and it was absolutely amazing! Tour guides were excellent - very informative and friendly.
Great 4hrs watching 3 Humpback...
, Sep 2017
Great 4hrs watching 3 Humpback whales. Got close enough to get great photos but not close enough to disturb the whales. Disappointed not to see Orcas but the water was quite choppy and they were quite a distance away. Saw (and smelt!) a colony of sea lions and harbour porpoises. Great guides!
Great guide, perfect weather, lots of...
Annette K
, Sep 2017
Great guide, perfect weather, lots of killer whales, an amazing trip!
Truly an amazing experience. Gary...
Brad E
, Sep 2017
Truly an amazing experience. Gary our guide is an expert and made the excursion enjoyable by explaining the history and outstanding relationship with the local whales. Lots and lots of sightings. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area.
It took an very long time to get to...
, Aug 2017
It took an very long time to get to the few Orcas that we saw and the boat stayed a great distance from the orcas. We barely saw a form in the water. It was chilly returning the 1.5 hours on the trip back. We saw on humpback from a very long distance away. Something is wrong if there are all the whales to view from Vancouver Island. Not worth the time or money.
Excellent 4 hour whale watching...
Niel A
, Aug 2017
Excellent 4 hour whale watching tour. Small group boats for a more personal experience. Captain Gary is highly knowledgeable about the whales and makes the tour very educational. Staff were helpful and pleasant. Overall, a great tour!
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! This was one of...
, Jul 2017
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! This was one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life! We took the sunset option and it was so stunning! We had heard that the sightings leaving from Cowichan Bay were better than the ones from Victoria so we went for this tour and it was totally worth it! We felt very lucky as it took us just a few minutes to get to see the killer whales and there weren't boats nearby at the time too! Some boats that came all the way from Victoria and other places just arrived later think of the extra sighting time we got while this people spent it travelling all the way there!. The tour guide was so good, very experienced and passionate, we learnt so much from him! We got to also see porpoise, seals, eagles and seabirds as well as to explore that coastal area which was really nice. I could not recommend this tour more, we had the best time!

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