We meet the morning of your trip between 8:30 and 9:00 am in our Port McNeill office. From here we drive you to our departure point in Telegraph Cove (if you prefer you can also drive yourself). In Telegraph Cove we will outfit ourselves for the trip and go over some basic kayaking skills and safety precautions on shore. We practice in the protected water of the cove before we begin our trip. We will normally kayak for 2 to 2 ½ hours in the morning and then stop for lunch and some shore exploration on one the strait’s many pebble beaches. After lunch we will again be on the water for 2 to 3 hours as we return to Telegraph Cove. We are back in the cove about 3:30 and here you will have an opportunity to visit the “Bones Project” whale interpretive centre. We will be back in Port McNeill at approximately 5:00 pm.
Your chances of seeing orcas on a kayak day trip from mid-July through mid-September are average, they are wild animals and do not always conform to our plans. Even without the orcas we have opportunities to see humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white sided dolphins, seals, sea lions and a wide variety of sea birds and inter-tidal life. To increase your odds of seeing orcas and more wildlife we suggest our longer 4 day Orca Waters – Base Camp or 6 day Orca Waters Explorer kayak tours. We have averaged about 50% success rate of seeing whales on our kayak day trips compared to over 95% on our longer base camp and explorer kayak tours.
We provide stable double kayaks, all paddling and safety gear (including paddling jackets and pogies), water bottles, snacks and lunch (warm drinks available with lunch). You should wear shoes that you can get wet and synthetic clothing (avoid cotton), sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are also strongly recommended and we do have dry bags that you can keep a few things dry in the cockpit with you as well as dry bags for any additional clothing you may wish to bring. The mornings can often be cool and overcast and as the day progresses the sun will burn through the clouds and it can warm up quite a bit so dressing in layers is the best way to go.
Price: $225 CAD per person plus 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)*.
Group Size: Maximum of eight guests and two guides. Most tours are four guests with one guide.
Participants: This tour is adult-oriented but participants as young as 15 may be accepted.
Departs: Port McNeill, Vancouver Island.
Dates: Please contact us for availability.
Grizzly Bear Viewing Day Trips: Many of our guests add a grizzly bear watching day trip before or after they join us kayaking. Let us know if you would like to add this activity and we will make all the arrangements.