What to wear

The survival suits seen in the picture below serve as both floatation suits and to keep you warm - the ocean water temperature is 56° F - and dry when we encounter large waves. They are optional as we also have regular life-jackets, however, every person who has ever asked not to wear one has asked us later to stop and put one on. They have built in suspenders making them easy to peel down if you get too warm when we are stopped for a period of time.

flotation survival suits for whale watching in Victoria, BC

Pack for ALL types of weather.

The weather conditions are variable, so we strongly suggest to be prepared.

Here is a list of what we recommend you wear:

  • layered clothing - fleece is most comfortable, but anything in which you’re comfortable and warm is good
  • long pants - again focus on comfort
  • flat soled shoes; ideally running shoes which will also not scuff the boat and give you good grip
  • gloves and head cover - just in case you get cold
  • If you do not intend to wear the suits then we also recommend a good winter jacket, otherwise not needed.

Other things to bring for a smooth day at sea:

  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • camera with spare batteries
  • We supply motion sickness relief wristbands for those who tend to experience sea-sickness

motion sickness relief wrist bands

 Food, Drink and Head

  • Bottled water is always on board
  • Please bring along any light snacks and/or food you may wish to have with you - we have a cooler and running water. Insurance & Food Safe regulations prohibit us from supplying food
  • There are also islands where we can go on shore to eat - choices will vary with our location relative to wildlife
  • Again varying with our location we try to make a pit stop or two at a marina with public washrooms. For backup  there is a porta-pottie on board.

Thanks for a lovely holiday

We had a wonderful 5 day stay at the Birds of a Feather. We enjoyed all that this area had to offer, from the beautiful sunrise, the abundant wildlife and amazing scenery, the lazy sunsets. The advice that Dieter gave us was invaluable. Had we not taken this advice we would have missed a most exciting whale watching trip. We were lucky enough to encounter a super pod. Everywhere you looked, you saw whales performing all sorts of acrobatics. It was perfect. The gardens at Hatley Castle also provided us with photo opportunities. We saw peacock families as well as hummingbirds. Well worth a visit. Thanks for a lovely holiday.