"This is the 3rd whale watching tour I have booked in Canada but Vancouver Whale Watch [Sept.] is by far the best with a shuttle bus to pick you up on time from down town Vancouver - if you like your wild life this is indeed a tip of a life time with over 80 Ocra whales surrounding our boat - the agility of the whales were viewed with gasps and continous camera clicking - we had over one and a half hours to view these magestic giants with the 80 odd whales surrounding our vessel - this was complemented by an informed Naturalist giving relevant information regarding the life of Ocra whales"
"Just to say how much we three enjoyed the whale watch trip yesterday Thursday 9th Sept 2010. We have come from the UK. What a display of orcas we witnessed and the dolphins chinagons were a bonus to us. The boat was [an] incredible experience and so glad we went on the Explorathor as safety was paramount to us and that is what you provided. We would recommend..." [email was truncated]
Angela Philips (UK)
"I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful time whale-watching yesterday [Aug.31]. My wife and I were spellbound by these amazing creatures and feel it is such a wonderful thing for people to be able to experience when in Vancouver.
We were also very impressed by your team's friendliness and professionalism. In particular, [our Naturalist] led a great tour and helped make the trip very enjoyable.
Michael Lee (from Tourism Vancouver)
"I went on a whale watching tour on the 2pm tour on August 16 and it was the most fun I have ever had. Our Naturalist ... was very informative and because we had a small group was able to spend a little more one on one time with every one. [She] made the trip very fun and very enjoyable. Thank you so much [to our Naturalist] and [our Captain] for a great tour. and I hope to see you next year on the tour again ...".
"Dear VancouverWhaleWatch-Team, Today (Monday) [Aug.9] we enjoyed your WhaleWatch-Tour with the Lightship.
The Tour was so fantastic, that we want to said it again per mail. The Crew was funny and competent at same time!
Our trip was very funny and interesting adventure. Last but not least we saw a great whale show. Special thanks to our guides for the patience of searching whales.
Tomorrow we leave Vancouver so the tour was a fantastic finish of our Canada-Trip, therefore we have to say “Thank you”! Of course we advise this tour to all our friends :)
Have a great day!"
Daniela & Daniel
"I just wanted to drop [our Captain] and [Naturalist] a line to say "Thank you" yesterdays [Aug.5] afternoon trip was fantastic! We did not expect to see as many whales as we did and then the crazy amount of dolphins put the experience over the top. My 19 year old son said he felt like a 5 year on Christmas morning!
[Our Naturalist was] so nice, friendly and knowledgable. It brought a smile to my face to see how excited and passionate you are about your job. As my family from Ontario straggle out here to visit you will be at the top of my list of things to do!"
A Message in a Bottle from our friends at Britannia College...
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"What an incredible day!! [July 19] Our early morning whale watching trip was fantabulous!! Amazing crew, great boat, incedible scenery and all sorts of wild life! On our 4 hour cruise we saw just about everything but whales! :-) So now we have an opportunity to try again! Now that is service with a guarantee! we'd be back anyway! with others too .... Regards,"
"Thank you for such a fantastic whale watching trip today. It was the highlight of our two week vacation. Special thanks to [Naturalist] and [Captain] for giving us the experience of our lives. Attached is just one of the many spectacular memories we caught on camera! Again, THANK YOU...we will definitely do this again when we come back to Vancouver."
Rick Kingi Jr.
"Thanks to you all for making our trip yesterday so spectacular! The boat ride itself was well worth the price! We had so much fun and now have a new appreciation for the beauty of our coastline and the wonders of whales! I am sure I can speak for all of us in saying your staff were both professional and informative. This was a top notch adventure that we will all remember forever."
Karyn @ Galleon Marine (Group Tour)
"I just wanted to say thanks for such a great day on Sunday [Sept.14]. Whenever I've been on the ferry and seen those orange suited people fly by on the zodiac I've always been so jealous. Well, I finally got my day on the zodiac and it was better than I imagined it would be. I can't believe how many whales we saw and how active they all were. It was like someone had rigged it up as a show for us. Our captain and our naturalist made the day awesome! Thanks so much for the experience. I can't wait to tell everyone I know about it and get them to go out with you guys."
Lisa Baker (BC, Canada)
"We just wanted to say Thank you for a wonderful time on our whale watch [Aug.22]. We loved being in the open air boat and we saw so many whales we are still talking about it. [We had] a great guide, [and] a wonderful shuttle driver and our boat driver was wonderful as well. Thanks for the great service and the great time."
Toni Sampo (translated by Sue Johnson (Long Beach, CA))
"Just a note to say thanks for the great time my wife, son and myself had on our tour [Aug.17]. The staff were all very courteous and professional and we got to see a lot of whales too! I have included one of the pictures I was lucky enough to get. Thanks again"
Tim Filtz (Edmonton)
"My family and I were passengers on your 9 am departure on Monday, July 28th, .... We loved our trip with you, being from the prairies, this was our boys' first visit to the ocean (aged 10 and 12). We were all thrilled with our experience with the transient orcas we saw, and I've attached a few of our favorite pictures. It was truly a high point of our trip, and we are still talking about it. Our tour more than surpassed our expectations - our youngest commented that he even just loved the boat ride. "This isn't just a whale watching tour, it's a thrill ride!" (15 minutes into the strait crossing....). Thanks to everyone we dealt with, and particularly [our Captain] and [Naturalist] for their wonderful service and enthusiasm.
Thank you so much,
Alix Hayden, and Devin, Bodhi, Teagan Edie Warman, SK"
"I just wanted to write a quick thank-you for our wonderful trip on Saturday. It was a great day, and we saw LOTS of whales! The [bus] drivers, office staff and the boat staff were all friendly and helpful, and we really appreciated the service we got. I may contact you later in the summer for another trip! ... We had a great time on our trip, and I'd recommend Vancouver Whale Watch to any other groups, definitely. Thanks again,"
Mandy from SWAP.ca
We have just returned home after a fabulous holiday touring western Canada. One of the days (8th June) we spent with you looking for Orca making a life long ambition come true and would like to say a big thank you especially to [our Naturalist] ... for an absolutely fantastic and memorable day. Photos did not turn out as good as I hoped but the best pictures are locked away in our heads for a dull day in the office when the rain is pouring down outside and sunny holidays are a distant memory. We hope to enjoy a trip with you again in the future and will certainly recommend you to all our friends.
Once again thank you to all you lucky people who must have one of the best jobs in the world.
Karen & Tom Paterson (Scotland)
We were on a whale watching tour with you just yesterday, May 21. We've now returned home to Alberta and I just wanted to extend a very warm Thank you for such a great trip. Although the weather wasn't very cooperative we still managed to spot a few whales from j-pod. It was a great experience for all of us, we learned a great deal about orcas, sea lions, seals, and other species. Our [Naturalist] and Captain were fantastic. Our [Naturalist] was of great comfort to my 5 yr old daughter who didn't handle the waves so well. She went above and beyond to make her feel better, and we'll be sure to return another time.
Rozina Richard (Alberta, Canada)
My family and I recently enjoyed whale watching trips on both your craft. We originally booked for 27 August on the Lightship and even though no orcas were spotted, we had a fantastic experience seeing the gulf islands and waterways with other wildlife. We are certainly recommending this trip to our friends in Australia.
As a result of your sighting guarantee (thank you) we visited again on 30 August and enjoyed the Explorathor and were rewarded with one of the most memorable experiences of our trip to Vancouver – half an hour of transient orcas swimming and playing near the boat. This is an experience we will not forget and I would like to thank you for the fantastic experiences – we enjoyed both trips immensely and saw some fantastic scenery.
We are and will certainly recommend Vancouver Whale Watch to any friends wanting to see orcas in Vancouver.
Greg Kyle (Queensland, Australia)
Just would like to say that we had an absolutely WONDERFUL experience on your whale watching tour!!!! We were on the Aug 20th, 9AM Lightship l. Our naturalist and boat pilot were both very knowledgeable. Our boat pilot seemed to know how to maneuver ahead of the whale pod we were observing, then shut the motor down and we would wait a few moments and then they would surface. The information the naturalist gave us concerning the killer whale behavior and how they would react was great.
It was a super experience because we could observe them without stressing them. Please compliment both our boat pilot and naturalist as they made this trip a truly WONDERFUL experience.
I am keeping this website in my folders as I am almost certain our son is going to settle in the Vancouver area after graduation from SFU and if he and his girlfriend get married, I know members of my family here in the States would love to take your trip while visiting for the wedding.
Thank you again for such a wonderful experience!!!!!!
Jan Hegner (Omaha, NE.)
On our visit to Vancouver recently, we came out whale watching twice with you and we would just like to say a big thank you for a memorable two days. [Our naturalist] was great and I just wish I had her job. :)
Thank you once again it was a excellent experience.
Vicki Web (USA)
I just wanted to say thank you very much to our [Captain] and our Naturalist for a wonderful experience. My son who is 7 1/2 (Mitchell) along with my mom, sister and I went whale watching with your company on Tuesday, July 3rd. We rode on the Explorathor. We got some great pictures and enjoyed the trip. [Our Captain] made my son feel very welcome and let him sit in the "captain's" chair when we were stopped.
Thanks again for the great experience - we'll be back again next year.
Leslie Bryant (Edmonton, Alberta)
I very recently spent the day [Jun.20th] with yourselves on a whale watching trip. What a fantastic time I had, you pretty much guaranteed I would see Orcas and Orcas is what I saw. Beautiful majestic creatures that they are, I was in awe. Accompanied by a very professional Captain and the very gorgeous [Naturalist], you really made it the highlight of my vacation. I got some really good shots too, some of which I have attached.
Paul Bowen (UK)