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: 01/Sep/15

Report by: Bill McCaugherry

From: Gabriola Island, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) - Humpback breach - Numerous orca groups - Ragged and island-dotted coastline - Lots of different weather Additional Comments: Could have been a wee bit dryer! The crew was the best&very knowledgeable and passionate about their work! We will definitely return next year.

Date: 31/Aug/15

Report by: Javier Echevarria

From: Spain


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Me and my family had great hope that is trip was going to be nice. We were wrong. It got to be awesome! We saw several families of orcas with some huge bulls around them, humpback whales right by the boat, sea lions and a single but absolutely unexpected sea otter that didnt move a whisker even though we were really close to her. Additional Comments: Bill and his daughter were wonderful, knowledgeable and funny hosts. We had a ball of a time!!! If you are doubting whether to on this trip or not, dont hesitate. Best money every spent.

Date: 30/Aug/15

Report by: Lars Toft

From: Denmark


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) We went south from Port McNeill. We saw lots of orcas, several groups, both big and small. A few groups of humpback whales. We saw Dalls porpoises, sea lions, harbour seals and even a few bald eagles. Additional Comments: Fantastic trip with lots of sightings during the entire trip. Very friendly and competent crew telling about the animals we saw. Thanks a lot for a once in a lifetime trip.

Date: 29/Aug/15

Report by: Gord Mooney

From: Surrey, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Today we saw a phenomenal show by the A and G pods. Incredible amount of spy hopping. This is our second trip with Mackay. The first was incredible. This was incredible to the 10th power. We winter in Maui where we enjoy the humpbacks with the Pacific Whale Foundation. We find that Bill and Amber are equally knowledgeable of the local orca population. Bills lecture on the local population was incredibly detailed and knowledgeable. Additional Comments: We brought six friends with us who have never experienced orcas in the wild. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us! We will recommend to all our friends!

Date: 27/Aug/15

Report by: Ro Davies



Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) 30+ Orcas from Adam River west. Was our first major sighting. Glassy waters and no wind allowed for perfect viewing conditions, listening to each exhale and being blessed with an open window to these majestic beauties world. 8 Humpbacks in Weynton Pass showcased their massive flukes. Multiple Dalls porpoises and a quick Pacific white-sided dolphin were combined with dense northern sea lions and bird viewings. Whales in view for 80% of our day on the water. WOW! Additional Comments: Captain Bills animation and educational commentary was on, from the welcome handshake through the entire day. Deckhand Amber was filled with local knowledge and attentive service. Ive spent my life around the ocean and this has been one of the most memorable. My fiancée has just had her first whale watching experience, and her mind has been blown. I am very excited to recommend Mackay to everyone I know and convince folks of Port McNeills superb backyard. Keep doing your part to preserve this epic place. Cheers!

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