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Tours include the four day and three night "Kayak With Whales" and "Whales and Grizzly Bears" tours at Kingfisher's Orca Waters Base Camp, located on an island covered in old growth rainforest in the wildlife rich waters of Johnstone Strait.
The Base Camp offers a very comfortable camping experience and with Kingfisher's knowledgeable guides these tour are suitable for adventurous travellers even if they have little or no kayaking or camping experience. Standing height tents outfitted with wooden beds are situated throughout the forest on wooden platforms with views of the ocean. The thickest and widest Therm-a-rest mattresses made, sheets, fleece blankets, sleeping bags, full size pillows, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good nights sleep. A re-charging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a propane heated shower, a rustic beach side sauna, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar makes for a very comfortable camping experience.
Nomadic five, six, eight, and fifteen day tours are also available on northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Great Bear Rainforest.
Port McNeill, BC
I was so impressed with my first trip (Orca Waters Base Camp) with Kingfisher that I signed up for a second one (Haida Gwaii) which was a longer & a little more demanding. It was so amazing that I rounded out the summer with a second Orca Waters Base Camp trip! I'm now planning next summer's trip to Nuchatlitz & maybe more? Can't recommend them highly enough!
Anne from Canada
The main reason we booked this trip was for the chance to kayak with whales, we were not disappointed, each day we went out we were greeted with both transient and resident Orca and numerous Humpback whales. Other wildlife included seals, sea lions, dolphin, porpoise, bald eagle and various other bird life, even throughout the night we were woken by the sound of singing Humpback whales passing close by. Andrews knowledge and understanding of the wildlife is second to none giving everything plenty of space and not disturbing them in their natural habitat...To sum the whole trip up it was an amazing experience with great company, fantastic food (lovely fresh coffee every morning) and the most memorable encounters with the Orca.
Julian from England
We just completed the six-day Orca Waters Explorer Tour and it was wonderful. The guides were very knowledgeable on wildlife biology, First Nation culture and the area. They navigated the tides, the currents and the weather superbly. We saw orcas, awoke to the sounds of humpback whales, paddled up to an island where a black bear was eating berries on the shore, and saw all kinds of dolphins, sea lions, eagles and other wildlife. There were novice paddlers on our trip and they were confident and comfortable by the end of the week.
Diane from USA