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Orca Watching Salish Sea
Full Day Adventure
Marine Mammal Enthusiasts


All Ages


Some Physical Ability


Orca Odyssey: Witnessing the Might of the Salish Sea

Embark on an unforgettable adventure into the heart of Vancouver Island's marine world on this captivating Orca Odyssey! This full-day tour, designed for marine mammal enthusiasts of all ages, offers the chance to witness the awe-inspiring power and grace of orcas (killer whales) in their natural habitat, the Salish Sea. Explore the rugged coastline near Tofino, teeming with diverse marine life, and witness playful harbour seals and seabirds soaring overhead. Led by expert guides, you'll learn about orca behaviour, their role in the ecosystem, and gain a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the Salish Sea.

Unforgettable Encounters with Orcas

• Witness majestic orcas breaching, podding, and hunting in the open ocean during a thrilling whale watching excursion. Your expert naturalist guide will share their knowledge of these intelligent creatures and point out interesting behaviours.
• Spot playful harbour seals basking on the rocks or diving for fish.
• Observe a variety of seabirds, from bald eagles soaring overhead to oystercatchers patrolling the shoreline.

Exploring the Salish Sea Ecosystem

• Although the primary focus is on orcas, keep your eyes peeled for other marine wildlife such as humpback whales, grey whales, porpoises, and dolphins.
• Learn about the unique challenges and importance of protecting the Salish Sea ecosystem, crucial for orcas and other marine life.

Tour's Briefcase!

Tour's Info

• Experience a thrilling whale watching excursion focused on orcas
• Encounter a variety of other marine mammals and seabirds
• Enjoy breathtaking views of the Salish Sea and its rugged coastline
• Capture stunning photos and create lasting memories
• Learn from expert guides about orca behaviour and conservation
• Comfortable transportation and knowledgeable guides

How to Meet Up

To ensure a smooth start to your Orca Odyssey adventure, we offer two convenient meeting options:

Option 1: Pick-Up from Your Accommodation

For your comfort and convenience, we offer pick-up directly from your hotel in Tofino (or designated meeting point within Tofino city limits) on the morning of the tour. Please provide your accommodation details at the time of booking to confirm pick-up arrangements. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed with you closer to the tour date.

Option 2: Meet at the Departure Point

If you prefer to make your own way to the departure point, we will meet you at the Marina in Tofino at the designated departure time. The exact address and parking information will be provided in your confirmation email.
Please note: Regardless of the meeting option you choose, please arrive at your designated location 15 minutes prior to the departure time to allow for check-in and boarding the boat.

Itinerary for This Adventure

Morning

Afternoon

• Pick-up from your accommodation in Tofino (or designated meeting point) and meet your enthusiastic guides.
• Board a comfortable and stable boat for your whale watching adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for orcas, the stars of the show, and other marine life inhabiting the Salish Sea. Your expert guide will share their knowledge of these magnificent creatures and point out interesting behaviours.
• After the exhilarating whale watching experience, enjoy a delicious and light lunch onboard the boat (dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice).



• In the afternoon, depending on weather conditions and opportunities for orca encounters, you might:

+ Continue your whale watching journey in search of orcas.
+ Explore a protected area along the coastline, where you can observe harbour seals and a variety of seabirds. Your guide will share insights into the delicate balance of the Salish Sea ecosystem.

• As the tide starts to rise again, relax and enjoy the scenic boat ride back to the departure point, soaking in the breathtaking views of the Salish Sea.

What's Included:

  • Professional and experienced guides with expertise in orcas and the Salish Sea ecosystem
  • Comfortable and stable boat transportation
  • Delicious lunch onboard the boat (with vegetarian and other dietary options)
  • Snacks and refreshments throughout the day
  • Educational handouts about orcas and the Salish Sea
  • Use of binoculars (optional)

What's Not Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses (snacks, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Waterproof footwear (recommended, especially if exploring the coastline)

Important Information:

  • This tour involves some movement on the boat and potentially uneven terrain during coastal exploration (depending on the itinerary). Participants should be comfortable walking short distances.
  • Dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing (layers recommended) and bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • Be aware that the Salish Sea is a wild environment, and orca sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, our experienced guides will use their knowledge to maximize your chances of encountering these magnificent creatures.

Limited spots available! Book your Orca Odyssey tour today!

Contact Vanisle Wildlife to embark on your unforgettable orca whale watching adventure!

The Cost of This Imaginary Package

Contact Vanisle Wildlife for a personalized quote based on travel dates and group size.

FAQ

The main focus of the Orca Odyssey is witnessing orcas (killer whales) in their natural habitat, the Salish Sea. However, the Salish Sea is teeming with other marine life! You might also spot humpback whales, grey whales, porpoises, dolphins, playful harbour seals, and a variety of seabirds like bald eagles and oystercatchers.
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