Vancouver Float Plane and Private Boat Charter Marine EcoTour Package

Vancouver FLY - BOAT Day Trip - Gulf and San Juan Islands: Whale Watching, sightseeing, wineries, nature photography and much more

We make it easy for passengers who are based in / staying in Vancouver and have a limited amount of time to go whale watching and/or explore the Gulf and San Juan Islands by water in the comfort of our luxury Zodiac Medline III

  • Coming and/or going on a cruise and have just one day to spare?
  • Only in Vancouver for a couple of nights and not enough time to stay in Victoria?

Dock to Dock Float Plane and Boat: Vancouver - Salt Spring Island - Victoria

We can then either …

  • Head northwest to the quaint seaside village of Cowichan Bay then,
  • Pass through the very scenic "mountainous" channel in Strait of Georgia between Salt Spring and Vancouver islands with a sail past Mt. Maxwell Provincuial Park
  • then round the northern tip of Salt Spring before heading southbound again past a seal haul-out to the float plane docks at  Ganges on Salt Spring Island

OR …

  • Continue south through the San Juan Islands - doing a sail past Friday Harbour - and go and see the Orca Killer Whales which are more often than not in the San Juans
  • Our boat trip finishes at the inner harbour of Victoria, BC at the docks of either West Coast Air or Harbour Air to catch a return 35 minute float plane flight back to the Vancouver harbour
  • You can also do this trip in reverse by flying in to Victoria and out of Salt Spring, or you can fly in to and out of the same location
  • 4 hour excursions to go directly to see the whales and back are also available
  • A similar experience can be arranged by a round trip float plane flight to Victoria from Seattle with Kenmore Air

The breath taking aerial views of the Gulf and San Juan Islands you’ll see from the float plane will give you a wonderful perspective of the very ocean waters we’ll be cruising through seeing the rugged west coast and it wildflife.

aerial view of the gulf and san juan islands

beached on one on the Gulf Islands

Fly to Salt Spring from Vancouver with Salt Spring Island Air floatplane

Vancouver - Salt Spring Island Itinerary

Saturday Itinerary:

  • 9:10 am Arrival at Ganges on Salt Spring Island (Saturday market)
  • 10:30 or 11:30 am Departure Marine EcoTour
    (you choose how you wish to spend that extra hour)
  • 3:30 pm Arrival at Salt Spring Island docks
  • 4:45 pm Arrival at Vancouver inner harbour at 4:45 pm


Weekday Itinerary

(can use the same itinerary as for Saturday except the market will not be open but the quaint village of Ganges has lots to offer, or catch a later flight as below):

  • 11:20 am Departure by Salt Spring Air from Vancouver harbour
  • 11:50 am Arrival at Ganges on Salt Spring Island
  • 11:50 am Departure Marine EcoTour
  • 3:50 pm Arrival at Salt Spring Island docks
  • 4:45 pm Arrival at the inner harbour in Vancouver at 4:45 pm


  • The cost for the airplane each way is $99.50 + tax
  • The cost for the boat is $145.00 + tax per hour for 2 persons
    (extra persons add $50.00 each; min. booking is 4 hours)

Humpys, Orcas, Stellars and California Sea Lions all in one afternoon

Every day is a unique adventure out on the Salish Sea but today’s trip stood out. We launched at Pedder Bay Marina in Metchosin to place us close to Race Rocks. As the California and Stellar Sea Lion bulls were entertaining us from their perches on the rock formations we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by a dozen or so of these mamoths swimming, diving and porpoising. Then the incredible happened. One of the stellars suddenly sprang out of the water not 40 feet from us with a huge salmon which it had just caught as it breached the surface. The salmon was squirming it the sea lion’s mouth. Just as quickly as the stellar had surfaced he dove again and repeated this motion 2 more times. All the while a dozen or so of his very excited mates were porpoising almost in unison as a group. In 12 years being out here on the ocean that was a first for me. This was just the begginning of our adventure. We had heard reports of 4 to 6 humpbacks in the general vicinity over the past week. As we networked with our colleagues we heard 6 transient orcas were nearby. We spent a bit of time enjoying the orcas before heading out in the direction of the shipping lanes where soon we spotted 4 humpbacks. They put on quite a show for us including some excellent tail flukes. The humpbacks were also very vocal. All this in the space of 4 hours on one of those special autumn days when the seas were calm and the sun was out.