Captain's Tour - Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary

Our Captain’s tour of the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary is akin to a "friends & family" experience in the Salish Sea.

We depart from Sidney (25 minutes north of Victoria) at 11:00 am and are typically out on the ocean for 6 to 8 hours. There is no set agenda but to enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands.

Upon departure we monitor whale activity. If the whales are within reasonable proximity we will iclude whale watching as part of the tour. If whale watching is, however, your primary purpose of going out we would instead guide you to our public tours.

While we routinely come across all manner of wildlife on our tours - sea lions, porpoise, seals, dolphins, pelagic birds, otters and whales - our primary focus is sightseeing and coastal exploration.

For border security reasons we will not pull in to port in to any of the San Juan Islands, however, we will pass through the San Juans.

There will be options to stop at any number of the Canadian Gulf Islands to explore, eat, and experience island culture and a few island wineries.

Gulf Islands BC

coast line gulf islands

salish sea sunset

Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary

Whales, tall ship wreck and oceanside vineyards

the Crowther Family Boating Journal: Our Alaska cruise pulled in to Vancouver just after 7:30 am and by 11:30 we met up with Dieter. Our flight back home to Australia left the next day. With Dieter’s planning advice it all went like clockwork. We flew in to Ganges from the Vancouver harbour on a float plane with Salt Spring Island Air where Dieter met us. After enjoying an excellent lunch on Salt Spring we headed south through the Gulf Islands and stopped at the Saturna Island Vineyards to sample their wines and bought a few bottles. This oceanside vineyard reminded us of those back home in southern Australia near Melbourne. We also saw a tall ship wrecked on a reef near there. We passed through the San Juans where we spent an hour or so watching a super pod of Orcas. A large male breached completely out of the water just a few hundred yards from the boat. This is an experience we will never forget and recommend to anyone who loves the ocean and wildlife. Dieter dropped us off in Victoria right next to the West Coast Air float plane docks at 5:30 pm. By 7:00 pm we were back in our hotel in Vancouver! What a perfect day. This was the icing on our perfect week to the west coast. Thank you "Birds of a Feather". Next time we’ll be back to stay at your B&B in Victoria.