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: 15/Sep/14

Report by: Mireille

From: Quebec City, Canada


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) We saw two groups of orcas, at least 4 humpback whales, many dolphins bugging the whales. At the end of the trip we saw sea lions hauled out on an islet; they smell bad. And just before getting back to Port McNeill we saw a young black bear on the beach. Additional Comments: The day was amazing, sunny and funny. The crew, Donna and Bill, are friendly and awesome.

Date: 14/Sep/14

Report by: Janice Caton

From: Courtenay, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Had an amazing day  saw many playful dolphins  jumping and frolicking through the water. Also saw a group of Steller sea lions; but the highlight was the time spent watching a group of orcas; saw them breaching, playing and rubbing themselves on the beach. We were able to hear their vocals and also rubbing against the pebbles. Additional Comments: As we left the dock, the weather was calm and sunny; shortly we hit a patch of short-lived fog; it lifted to an amazing family of orcas. The hosts are awesome (Bill and Donna), extremely knowledgeable about the history of orcas; lunch was great. The northern part of Vancouver Island is a must to visit  the scenery is beautiful. And I would definitely recommend a day on the water with Mackay Whale Watching.

Date: 13/Sep/14

Report by: Scarlett Stafrace (10)

From: Malta


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) We saw killer whales that came fairly close to the boat and you could see all the different markings on their bodies. We also went next to this sea lion haul-out where we heard all the snoring coming from them. We also saw harbour seals hauled out. We also saw majestic humpback whales which popped out right next to the boat scaring us all! Additional Comments: (editors note: we also saw transient killer whales.)

Date: 12/Sep/14

Report by: Christine Knight

From: London, England


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Queen Charlotte Strait/Blackfish Sound and islands  Humpback whales, orcas, 100+ dolphins (seen yesterday), sea lions, bald eagle, various sea birds. Additional Comments: We have traveled on Mackay trips for the last 6 years. This family firm are knowledgeable, committed to marine biology and the environment. Its fun and the 5-6 hours spent on the Naiad Explorer is never enough for us. We will always make the journey to Port McNeill especially to join the best whale watch company anywhere.

Date: 11/Sep/14

Report by: Verrall Feeney & Dee Brookwell

From: Qualicum Beach, BC & Devon, England


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Humpbacks feeding, Minke whale, A30 and A42 pods of orca whales. Huge gathering of Pacific white-sided dolphins, lions mane jelly fish, Steller sea lions and 2 eagles. The humpbacks flipped their tails for us; the dolphins performed side rolls and raced our boat for fun, then surfed in the waves. The water was so clear, you could see them underwater! Additional Comments: The most magical day. Blue skies. Captain Bill and Donna Mackay treated us to a day to stay in our memories forever. (Dee): Our first trip to Canada  we dont think we can top this day, just awesome. Thanks  big thanks! The weather was perfect as well.

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