Vancouver Island Whale Watching an Unforgettable Adventure...

Are you ready for awe-inspiring whale watching memories from Vancouver Island? Ocean EcoVentures' quality whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.


Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise as well as a myriad of marine birds on your whale watching eco tour.

A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.

Small tour groups ensure personalized service, while your Transport Canada certified captain provides a safe and knowledgeable tour of the scenic Canadian Gulf Islands and U.S. San Juan Islands.

Whales are our passion! We love sharing Vancouver Island's marine ecosystem and all that inhabits it. We are dedicated to responsible and ethical whale watching and wildlife viewing.

We consider our vessel a floating classroom. Our captains/naturalists have a vast amount of knowledge of Vancouver Island's and the Gulf Islands' local natural history. As well as the most up to date science regarding our local orca whales, humpback whales, gray whales and the rest of marine eco system. The more we learn about our local ecosystem, the harder we’ll work to protect it.

  • Witness Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Porpoises, Bald Eagles and Sea Lions
  • Experience the world-renowned Gulf Islands of coastal British Columbia
  • Relax as your captain guides you through a marine adventure of a lifetime
  • Hydrophone on board to hear the Whales
  • Marine Naturalist on every trip
  • Guaranteed Sightings
  • Committed to responsible Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing
  • Active member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association
  • Yearly Contributions to local marine conservation and research groups

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Sometimes it's Worth Waiting

In addition to our popular Whale Watching Tours, we offer a variety of Private Charters, Photography Excursions, Corporate Team Building and Custom Multiday Tours. You and your family and friends can enjoy a totally private marine adventure of a lifetime. Whether you want to explore British Columbia's world-renowned Gulf Islands, explore the wilds of Vancouver Islands' west coast, or visit Vancouver Island's famous Butchart Gardens or Gulf Island wineries.

We are upfront and honest about whale sightings. Viewing whales in the wild is so great because no two tours are ever alike. We have always extended a "Rain Check" to the few passengers who do not see whales on their tour.

That being said we really feel that our tours are amazing whether we see whales or not. The amount of wildlife in the Salish Sea is unbelievably diverse, not to mention the spectacular seascapes and scenery. Our commentary is fun, friendly and educational.

We are also firm believers of "If You Don't Go You Won't See!" There are a few tours each year that leave the dock with "no whale reports" only to find whales during the tour.

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Ride along on one of Ocean EcoVentures' Whale Watching tours.

Whale Sightings

"Worth A Trip No Matter Where You Are On the Island"

"We read about this company on trip advisor and made our reservations.The tour certainly lived up to the worthy praise that preceded it. We saw a pod of something like 30 whales!!"

- Clarke Family, Coburg, Ontario


Dedicated and Responsible

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As active members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we’re dedicated to research, education and responsible wildlife and whale watching.

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