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.

Baby Orca breached!

The open air market on Salt Spring Island was a unique and fun experience. The arts and crafts stores in Ganges were a delight to discover. We enjoyed the fresh air, the natural scenery and the Dahl’s porpoises along the way. The ride back to Victoria was even more scenic as we boated through the channel and under the old wooden bridge between the Pender Islands. Going home the long way through the San Juans and around the bottom of San Juan Island was an excellent choice. We saw Orcas and a recently born baby orca breach out of the water! The boat is very comfortable and Dieter knows the waters like a seasoned mariner. We really appreciated having the zodiac all to ourselves and not being on any schedule. This was the best trip to Victoria ever! See you again next year for another adventure.