Tulista Park public boat launch in Sidney

Birds of a Feather Marine EcoTours utlizes over 40 departure locations on Vancouver Island. For passengers coming in for the day from Vancouver or Seattle please consult our Vancouver and Seattle page.

Greater Victoria

Our objective is to spend as much time showing you what you came here to see. Speed restrictions and float plane traffic can typically add up to 45 minutes to a trip coming and going out of Victoria’s inner harbour. Once we idenitfy which greater Victoria departure location (see list below) is best suited for your charter - based on what you wish to see and having regard for wind & weather conditions - we will gladly pick you up from your hotel or B&B enroute to the departure location.

In the greater Victoria area we typically depart from:

  • Inner Harbour Victoria at Great Pacific Adventures by the float plane terminal
  • Pedder Bay Marina in Metchosin,
  • the government docks at 1824 Maple Ave. in Sooke (30 minutes west of downtown Victoria),
  • the Fleming Beach boat launch on 1101 Munro St. in Esquimalt (10 minutes northwest of downtown Victoria),
  • Oak Bay Marina at 1327 Beach Drive in Oak Bay (10 minutes east of downtown Victoria)
  • Tulista Park (as shown here on this page) at Lochside Dr. & Weiler Ave. in Sidney (20 minutes north of downtown Victoria}
  • Brentwood Bay public docks at 899 Marchant Rd, Brentwood Bay

Our favourite departure point shown below is Tulista Park in close proximity to the natural beauty of the San Juan and Gulf islands. Please note vehicle parking is immediately next to the boat trailer parking on the other side of the public washrooms.


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Victoria zodiac marine tours

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.