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Sidney Whale Watching

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2537 Beacon Ave | #105, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y3, Canada
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Bad luck... but not just that.

Beware: During our morning tour of yesterday, August 1st we didnt see any orcas. Plus Local people... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2016
glfrn
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Milan, Italy
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Terrific experience with Sidney Whale Watching

I have been to BC many times, but have never gone whale-watching. This was my wife's first visit to... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2016
Dennis A
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Thornhill, Canada
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Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our advantages include; calm protected water and the closest departure point to the Resident Killer whale routes meaning more whale time and an average of 30 minutes less travel time then Vancouver or Victoria. We are also at the gateway to the magical Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, less then 5 minutes off our dock and your among one of the nicest cruising grounds on the planet. Family owned and operated for over 15 years, come share our passion for the beautiful region called the Salish Sea.
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2537 Beacon Ave | #105, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y3, Canada
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Beware: During our morning tour of yesterday, August 1st we didnt see any orcas. Plus Local people told us there havent been orcas around in weeks. The residient orcas may have left the bay. Be aware of this before booking. Dave, our guide, was actually...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Owner at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2016

Dear glfrn, Thank you for taking the time to review Sidney Whale Watching. Even though we have a very high success rate of seeing orcas during our peak season there are a few days when the whales might not be in the area. Unfortunately, you...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

I have been to BC many times, but have never gone whale-watching. This was my wife's first visit to BC, and we wanted to do some memorable things. Count this experience as one! Our captain, Amanda, was very knowledgeable about whales in general, and identified...More

Thank Dennis A
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Owner at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2016

Hi Dennis A, Thanks so much for your review. I am glad that we were able to provide you with such a memorable experience. We count ourselves pretty lucky to be able to get our on the water with these animals and show people such...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We spent a lovely afternoon with a couple of orcas, some sea lions and an extremely knowledgeable guide. Worth every penny.

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2016

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you had a great day on your recent tour with Sidney Whale Watching, it sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

As a whale enthusiast and having studied them, I Couldn't have asked for a better tour! A spur of the moment decision to go whale watching proved to be one of the most amazing experiences that I've had in awhile. Experiencing the natural beauty of...More

Thank Jon C
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Thank you so much for choosing Sidney Whale Watching for your tour. We are very glad you had an amazing day! We really do think that we have the best job ever. Sometimes spur of the moment decisions are the best decisions! Thanks again for...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

The whale watching experience with Captain Dave taking us to J, K & L pods was beyond my dreams. It was one of the highlights of my life. Seeing an Orca double 'spy pop' was amazing. Don't hesitate, just go!

Thank Ladymbb
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2016

Thank you for your kind words. We are thrilled that one of your highlights in life was coming out with Sidney Whale Watching! It sounds like you had a magical day!

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

I totally recommend it. The crew of Dave and Bryan provided a best in class experience. The whales the real heroes gave us a great show. Orcas and Humpbacks both breaching water. Bryan provided knowledge on the whales. This is a friendly shop that goes...More

Thank kitbenavent
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Sounds like you had a great day with both Orcas, and Humpbacks! Always a memorable moment when you get to spend a day with more then one type of whale! Thank you from the crew at Sidney Whale Watching.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Four of us went whale watching the last week of our stay in Sidney. It was well worth the money. Our guide Dave was very knowledgeable. We watched members of the J pod.

Thank Clare E
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Hi there, Thank you so much for leaving a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your recent trip with Dave. We will be sure this message is passed on to him. The crew at Sidney Whale Watching.

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We took the zodiac from sidney with Brian at the helm and headed out towards Saturna Island. Brian was an excellent guide and we spent 3 hours + watching the Orca play within a 15 minute trip of the harbour. We saw porpoise on our...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Front Office Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Thank you for sharing your experience with our future guests at Sidney Whale Watching on Trip Advisor! We are happy you enjoyed your experience and saw other wildlife in addition to the whales. We are incredibly lucky to depart from Sidney because we are strategically...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

An amazing sight of 15-20 humpback whales lunge feeding. We were blessed to be able to view three of these might animals as they rose out of the water with mouths open and then fall back into the water with pectoral fins raised. It was...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

The diverse knowledge and passion the staff at Sidney Whale Watching have towards the Salish Sea, surrounding history of Vancouver Island, and the amazing species of whales is beyond exception. This company goes above and beyond to make your personal experience everything you imagined. They...More

Thank Nancy C
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induvenk
31 July 2016|
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No need to worry about the open boats as they are Transport Canada certified and very safe. All whale watching vessels in Canada and the USA follow the "whale wise" guidelines and mandated by law to stay 100m away from the... More
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