Coastal Kayaking with Orca Whales

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Embark on a multi day ocean adventure with some of the BC Coastline's most beloved sea creatures to guide you on the way!

Kayak with Whales – Base Camp Kayaking Adventure

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen on a “Kayak With Whales” base camp kayak tour with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures and Airscape Tours.

About the Adventure

There is no better place in the world to kayak with both killer whales and humpback whales than Johnstone Strait off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and Kingfisher’s base camps are located right in the heart of these wildlife-rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.

During a four day and three night stay at the base camp you explore the variety of kayaking routes the area has to offer. Killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp, often while you are enjoying the morning’s first cup of French-pressed organic coffee or a dinner of locally caught salmon around the campfire. The nearby waters are home to harbour seals, porpoises, minke whales, and rich intertidal life. A number of bald eagle nests and a Steller sea lion haul out are all within easily paddling distance of camp and it is not uncommon to see humpback whales lunging through schools of small fish as they fatten up for their migration south.

Kingfisher’s guides are well acquainted with the natural history, whales, and other wildlife of British Columbia’s coast, knowledge which they eagerly share. It is hard to miss a killer whale’s six foot dorsal fin as it passes your kayak, but your guides also help you spot the less obvious sea stars, urchins and anemones in the shallows and educate you about the other whales, seals, porpoises, and dolphins that frequent these waters.

Availability:
Every Tuesday to Friday from June through September

This Tour Includes:

  • Flight on Private Plane
  • Transportation to/from Kingfisher base camp and Port McNeill Airport, Vancouver Island
  • Accommodations
  • Kayaks and all equipment
  • Guides
  • Meals

4-Day Adventure

Day 1
Depart YVR for Port Hardy. 7:00 am
Arrive in Port Hardy and head to Port McNeill for kayaking departure. 7:30 am
Head down to the marina to load our water taxi. 8:30 am
Arrive at base camp after a water taxi ride. 9:30 am
Site orientation, and a kayak & safety briefing. 9:45 am
Kayak locally to get used to the kayaks, the wilderness and each other. 10:45 am
Lunch provided at base camp. 11:45 am
Spend the afternoon kayaking and viewing the area's diverse wildlife. 1:00 pm
Dinner and cocktails at Nimmo Bay Resort. 6:30 pm
Days 2 & 3
Our base camp is ideally situated for exploring the area. Located on killer whale travel routes, humpback whales often feed within sight of camp. The islands and small islets are home to numerous sea birds, bald eagles, and seals. There is always plenty to see.
When we encounter killer whales on the water, we often drop a hydrophone into the water so we can listen to their vocalizations.
Your kayak guides plan each day per weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities and your interests. Lunches are spent on a secluded beach. We return late each afternoon to the comforts of the base camp. You’ll spend these 2 days exploring, kayaking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, and enjoying the scenery.
Day 4
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for one last kayak paddle. 8:00 am
Return to camp for a late lunch, you then pack up your gear, and snap a few last photographs. 12:00 pm
Water taxi picks us up to Port McNeil and then onto Port Hardy airport. 3:30 pm
Flight back to YVR over the incredibly gorgeous scenery of Johnstone Straight and the Gulf Islands. 5:00 pm
Arrive at YVR to conclude the 4-day adventure. 7:00 pm

This is a sample itinerary. All trips are customizable to your schedule and your desires! Talk to us about your dream vacation and we’ll take care of it for you.

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