Custom Marine Charters

Birds of a Feather charters are booked exclusively for your group - no one else is invited along - up to 10 passengers in total. Some tours are not suitable for children under 6.

Marine eco tours can include whale and bird watching, wildlife observation along our shores, lagoons and in harbours, or just general island hopping in the Gulf Islands. If you wish to go boating and/or swimming in any one of a number of nearby lakes such as Shawnigan lake, or in one of the many "secret" warm ocean currents, our boat is also equipped with a swim ladder.

Some popular sightseeing destinations

  • Race Rocks Marine Protected Area Ecological Reserve
  • Ganges - Salt Spring Island (Saturday craft market)
  • Bedwell Harbour - South Pender Island
  • Miners Bay - Mayne Island (Active Pass)
  • Saturna Island, Thetis Island … any of the Gulf Islands
  • Montague Harbour - Galiano Island
  • Chemainus - City of Murals
  • Brentwood Bay and Butchart Gardens
  • Victoria inner harbour and Oak Bay
  • Shawnigan Lake boating and swimming (suitable for all ages)
  • Finlayson Arm warm ocean current swimming
  • Historic Lighthouse Tours

Departure points can be from our dock on the Esquimalt Lagoon or from just about anywhere on Vancouver Island, since we can easily trailer the boat.

Zodiac can be trailered anywhere you wish to depart from

The Gulf Islands provide superb opportunities for birding, with sea birds nesting throughout the southern islands. Species include cormorants, gulls, tufted puffins, guillemots and the great blue heron. Loons are most populous in April and May when they are flying north on the Pacific Flyway to their northern nesting grounds. The king of Gulf Island birds is the bald eagle. Eagles are common on the islands, and you’ll see their huge stick nests atop many trees along the shorelines.

Much of the shoreline of the southern islands is rocky and rugged, often with cliffs, which the sea erodes. Vegetation on the islands is primarily Douglas fir, with groves of Madrone (arbutus) and some Garry oak. There is also some western red cedar. Salal is the dominant plant in the underbrush, along with salmonberry and huckleberry. Like the San Juans to the south, the Gulf Islands are composed primarily of sandstone and shale. Only the southern part of Salt Spring Island is volcanic in nature.

 We observe these guidelines when watching marine wildlife

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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.