Whale Watching Reports

Daily Whale Watching Notes

Each day we request one of our guests to fill out the daily Whale Watching Report. You could be next.

Here's a listing of our reports from the current season.

Date: 16/Sep/17

Report by: Linden Taylor (age 6)

From: Black Creek, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) It was a wonderful day on the water. A bit of cloud to begin the tour, but the sun came out before long. We saw transient and resident orcas as well as giant humpbacks turning and lunge feeding! Sea lions, Dalls porpoises and Pacific white-sided dolphins were nice to see! Additional Comments: Bill and Marieke were awesome! Captain Bill was very funny!

Date: 15/Sep/17

Report by: Captain Bill

From: Naiad Explorer, Port McNeill, BC


What a great day on the ocean! Orcas seemed to be scattered in many different locations, but the pods we did spend time with were the A34's and the B's! I haven't seen the B's in about 7 years! I am happy to report that the male B13, is still with the group, and his dorsal fin is completely collapsed. In addition, we saw about 14 humpback whales, many sea lions, 2 minke whales, and to top it off at the end of the day, a black bear on the beach! We can really start to feel Fall in the air; remember to dress warmly when you come out with us! The inside of the boat is heated, but it's cool outside!

Date: 13/Sep/17

Report by: Maureen, Barby & Nancy

From: Qualicum Beach, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Minke whale  Alert Bay; humpbacks everywhere. Then the orcas arrived. What an amazing sight. The weather was perfect  once the fog lifted, there they were. Additional Comments: This was the best day ever. Captain Bill and Marieke are so knowledgeable and fun. We heard them, saw them and loved it. Lunch and dessert was a bonus.

Date: 11/Sep/17

Report by: Allan Farrant

From: Courtenay, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Headed east out of McNeill and came upon the orcas as they headed into Beaver Cove; Pacific white-sided dolphins hanging around and tormented the orcas. The orcas left Beaver Cove and headed east past Telegraph Cove. Followed the orcas to Blinkhorn, saw plenty of tail slaps and a few breaches mixed in. Crossed the strait and found a couple orcas on Hanson Island shore (3 hours just with the orca). Found a humpback in Weynton Passage. Guardian the humpback was being tormented by sea lions. Guardian gave us a good show with rolls and fin slaps. Additional Comments: Despite the rain, great day for whale activity!

Date: 08/Sep/17

Report by: Gail McLaren

From: Scotland


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Two families of orcas  escaping from the dolphins and swimming close to shore too. Noisy sea lions  posing on the rocks in the sunshine! Humpback whales leisurely crossing the Strait &plus a flick of his tail! Lots of seabirds too. Oops! Nearly forgot the 4 bears we saw right at the start of the trip. So much to see!!! Additional Comments: An amazing day with beautiful weather giving us a smooth trip with clear views from sea to mountains. Thank you! Lots of great photos

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