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Immerse yourself in BC's coastal wildlife as you travel through the gulf islands archipelago in search of killer whales (orcas), humpbacks, sea lions, porpoises, eagles, and more. Your guide has an academic background in biology and a passion for marine life! Whale sightings are guaranteed or your next trip is FREE. You'll cruise through the Salish Sea in comfort and style onboard Quick Change II, our 23-passenger 40ft jet boat. Quick Change II offers covered seating with sliding windows at each seat and a large open deck at the back of the vessel that provides unobstructed views of scenery and wildlife.


Your day begins by checking-in at our office 45 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Our office is located at the Best Western Dorchester in downtown Nanaimo, and parking is available nearby. At the office we'll give you a boarding pass and you'll head to the dock for your adventure! 

Once underway, your captain and marine naturalist will give a safety briefing as required by Transport Canada. You'll then be introduced to the Salish Sea ecosystem and wildlife as you cruise through the Gulf Islands archipelago in search of whales and other marine life.  You'll learn about the different types of whales that use the Salish Sea, including their natural history, and their roles in the marine food web.

Throughout your adventure, your captain will be in touch with all Pacific Whale Watching Association members over VHF radio and will plan your route to maximize the area covered between vessels.  

You'll spend a full hour viewing whales, and your marine naturalist will provide real-time insights into their behaviors. Onboard catalogues are used to identify individual whales, and this data will be collected throughout the season and sent to the Centre for Whale Research, Keta Coastal Conservation, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.

After viewing whales, onboard snacks will be provided, courtesy of Vancouver Island Whale Watch.

Your tour will wrap up with an educational lecture on marine conservation which focuses on threats to BC orca, and conservation initiatives will be discussed.

We look forward to having you onboard!


    Location: Nanaimo, Canada

    Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 

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      Departure Point:
      Centrally located at The Best Western Dorchester in historic downtown Nanaimo!

      Departure Time: April 1st - June 14th - 12pm
      June 15th - September 14th - 9am, 2pm
      September 14th - October 31st - 11am

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      Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

    • Inclusions:
      • Professional guide with academic background in marine biology
        Captain is certified by Transport Canada
        Snacks onboard
        Toilets onboard
        Sunscreen available
        Binoculars onboard (shared between guests)

    • Exclusions:
      • The listed price does not include parking, which costs around 3-4 dollars CAD for the day.
      • Lunch is not included.
      • Gratuities (recommended)
      • Transportation to/from office

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
      • Not suitable for pregnant women.
      • Minimum numbers apply. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation, in which case an alternative date or full refund will be offered.
      • Not recommended for participants with back problems

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