Whale Watching in BC with Mackay Whale Watching
Whale Watching in BC with Mackay Whale Watching
Whale Watching in BC

Whale Watching in BC

Join the Mackay family, pioneers in killer whale watching in BC, for a cruise aboard the newest and most innovative certified passenger vessel on the British Columbia coast. The Naiad Explorer will whisk you from Port McNeill to a whale watching experience like no other. Our 4 hour tours are complete with information, history, future and more of the killer whale pods found in Johnstone Strait.

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30/Sep/13

Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Its the season finale for the Naiad as Bill and Donna Mackay are wrapping up season 2013. After an interesting windstorm the previous day, today the winds ceased, the skies had intermittent sunshine and the humpbacks took over the day. Wow  you know youve got a good shot when you can see a humpbacks tongue and what could be tonsils! Open mouthed lunge feeding was the definite highlight. Actually, it appeared to be more of an alternate form of lunge feeding; mouth wide open, sometimes twirling in a circle as herring tried to avoid being eaten. Some humpbacks merely kept mouths open  trolling along like a live fishing net, closing their jaws when their version of a net was full. It was quite amazing to see. Also managed to see the sea lions who were quite active today as some may have been fishing, taking cues from the humpbacks. Also a wide array of birds but Ill let an expert describe which species since Im not an expert in that category. Lots of British visitors on board who I believe had an incredible humpback whale experience. Now where have those orcas gotten to?? Road tripping, I guess. Additional Comments: Thank you to Bill and Donna Mackay for their wonderful trips, hospitality and knowledge of our ocean friends. So thats a wrap for whale season 2013 as the Naiad has a slight rest from hauling around the devoted whale and dolphin people of the world. Blessings to all! Stay tuned for season 2014!

Patricia Wilder, New Westminster, BC

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Whale Watching Tours in BC aboard the Naiad Explorer

The Naiad Explorer

The Naiad is like no other whale watching boat in BC. It's size and engines provide for fast smooth travel to the many locations where whale watching is its finest. With hydrophones for listening to whale song, and a stable platform for taking photos of whales, you'll be taking home memories for a lifetime.

Our certified crew is courteous and knowledgeable about the Johnstone Strait and Northern Vancouver Island regions including its marine and land environments. Watch for orcas, bears, birds, sea lions, porpoises and more.

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Daily Reports

Check out our daily whale watching reports straight from the boat to your computer. Our archive provides insight to the killer whales, dahls porpoises, humpback whales, minke whales, bears, sea birds, eagles, sea lions and more who are found on our travels in the Naiad Explorer in Johnstone Strait.

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Northern Vancouver Island

Port McNeill BC is a community of 3500 people nestled on the edge of Johnstone Strait. Referred to as the "Gateway to the Broughton Archipeligo, Port McNeill is a great place for your marine adventures. From Kayaking to salmon fishing to whale watching you'll find it all. Check out our local hiking caving and camping options on the many small lakes and backroads of Northern Vancouver Island.

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Welcome to Port McNeill BC

Staying in Port McNeill

Port McNeill has a selection of accommodation from Bed and Breakfasts to a brand new motel. Major grocery stores, and a selection of dining locations will keep your needs filled. Tour the many local Artists studios including Henschel Fine Arts, Just Art and more.

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