Custom Orca Day Trips

On out Custom Sea Kayak Trips expect to see a number of species of marine wildlife. It is not the thought of whether you will see wildlife but rather how much you will see and how many times with the day trip. The area profiles active humpback, minke and orca whales, steller sea lions, harbour seals, sea otter, white-sided dolphins, dall porpoise, black bear and eagles. The bulk of day is spent kayaking.

We leave from Port McNeill and do pickups at Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay. Departure times are set to get out to see wildlife as it wakes up and gets it first meal of the day. Often we see wildlife within the first 15 minutes of our transit to deeper waters. Deeper waters give us opportunities to observe sea lions and humpback whales. Certainly it is a regular occurence to see shoreline critters during our transit along Johnstone Strait.  Black Bears  We transit Blackfish Sound and the entrance of Blackney Passage during the morning hours and progress into the rich waters of Johnstone Strait in the afternoon. Gradually we visit the beaches of Robson Bight and Boat Bay Conservancy.

As we traverse the waters of North Vancouver Island we are scanning and listening  for the passage of  Orcas, White-Sided Dolphins or Humpback Whales.  Maximum time is spent on the water either in sea kayaks or in the boat. Our trips also give you the opportunity to explore the beaches, trails and rugged shoreline of this lush marine environment.

During the day we transfer from the boat to a secluded island where we maintain a base camp that offers you a great spot to start our sea kayak exploring. A group of the small bays, islands and Islets are within reach with our sea kayaks. You will be paddling in the vacinity of resident whales, seals and eagles. In one day it is possible to see a number of different species of animals and marine mammals. Often we view bears grubbing at low tide along mud flats or watch eagles catch prey and take it back to their nest. Lunch is served on the island or on one of our stops along the way.

Given that the weather is stable, it is possible to cross the Strait and explore the solitude of the beaches to the west of Robson Bight and enjoy watching the interaction of  whales, sea lions and seals all in the same marine environment. Our return journey back to Telegraph Cove in the late afternoon will take us along a different route than the one taken earlier in the day, in hopes and viewing wildlife we did see during the early part of the day. Often this trip is run in conjunction with our longer-stay base camp trips. This option offers you the convenience of our private boat transport and a flexible itinerary.

Orca Day Trip Requirements

Call ( 250-619-2714 ) or email ( )

Everyone will be subject to the provincial guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests and staff. Proof of vaccination is a plus. Masks are worn when social distancing is not possible on the boat but not in kayaks........

 A minimum of (2) two people is required to run either of the above trips!  Maximum Group Booking: (6)  

Trip Departure Dates 2021: 

June 04. 05, 06, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27. July 03, 04, 05, 06, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31  August 01, 02, 03, 08, 09, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31  September 04, 05, 06, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27,  Oct 03, 04, 

Trips Start and End at:  Alder Bay or Port McNeill 

Trip Support Vessel:  “MV Discovery Skiff”

Trip Cost:   $399 per person 

Max/Min:  3 persons / 6 persons      

Trip Deposit:  $250.00 per person