Captain's Tour - Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary

Our Captain’s tour of the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary is akin to a "friends & family" experience in the Salish Sea.

We depart from Sidney (25 minutes north of Victoria) at 11:00 am and are typically out on the ocean for 6 to 8 hours. There is no set agenda but to enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands.

Upon departure we monitor whale activity. If the whales are within reasonable proximity we will iclude whale watching as part of the tour. If whale watching is, however, your primary purpose of going out we would instead guide you to our public tours.

While we routinely come across all manner of wildlife on our tours - sea lions, porpoise, seals, dolphins, pelagic birds, otters and whales - our primary focus is sightseeing and coastal exploration.

For border security reasons we will not pull in to port in to any of the San Juan Islands, however, we will pass through the San Juans.

There will be options to stop at any number of the Canadian Gulf Islands to explore, eat, and experience island culture and a few island wineries.

Gulf Islands BC

coast line gulf islands

salish sea sunset

Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary

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.