Sea Kayaking with Whales

Kayaking with whales sounds like an adrenalin-high adventure, akin to cliff diving or whitewater rapids sought by robust 20 year old thrill-seekers. Consequently, many of our guests are surprised to find our tours are suitable for novices of any age or even those with no kayak experience at all. Sea kayaking is a versatile sport that allows for wonderful wilderness adventures at any level.

Marine Mammals on BC Kayak Tours

Kayaking with orcas and humpback whales often takes center stage on our sea kayak tours off of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. However, this picturesque wilderness also hosts a wide variety of other interesting marine mammals to delight kayak guests. Here are some of our favorite marine animals in British Columbia:

Johnstone Strait: the best spot on the planet to kayak with orcas

Orcas and the San Juan Islands became synonymous for many North Americans due to the widely publicized killer whales that live in these waters. ­ However, many people don’t realize that a much larger population of salmon-eating orcas congregate just a couple hundred miles north of the San Juan Islands, in Vancouver Island’s northern Inside Passage in British Columbia, Canada.

Kayaking with Orcas: Myth, Fact, & FAQ

Kayaking with orcas and meeting the majestic killer whale in its own environment inspires dreams among many admirers, and often a bit of awe for others.  Orcas hold both the reputation of a ferocious predator as well as a glamorized, friendly “Seaworld” performer and everything in between.

A Midnight Paddle on Christie Passage

After departing from the dining room full from an amazing meal of lamb curry and an abundance of laughter and good conversation we all headed to our cabins for a couple hours of rest before the infamous midnight paddle; half of us able to close our eyes, the other half waiting in anticipation for the bioluminescence twinkling under the light of the bright orange sliver of BC moon.

Like a Local: Visiting Port McNeill, BC

Sitting near the top of northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia is the unassuming town of Port McNeill. This is the starting point of our Orca and Humpback expedition tours. During these tours, you spend 4-to-6 days kayaking in the infamous Johnstone Strait in search of majestic whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. If you’re lucky, you might have me as your guide!