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Bluewater Adventures | Whale and Dolphin Watching

Humpback whale breath...Humpback breach off the bow!Porpoising Pacific white-sided dolphinsRuffles - Famous male Orca off the coast oc BCIsland Roamer

 Since 1974, Bluewater Adventures’ reputation has brought respected groups and people from around the world to enjoy “once-in-a-lifetime” wildlife and coastal First Nations cultural experiences. Multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Aboard the 21-metre expedition yachts, guests and crew keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds, bears, old-growth forests, and ancient native villages. Experienced biologists, renowned resource people, and professional crew engage guests on these unique learning journeys. Trips specialize in wildlife behaviour, coastal ecology, and local history of the West Coast. A small group size of twelve to sixteen guests ensures quality, informality, and a “hands-on” experience for all aboard. Bluewater Adventures trips adhere to the principals of ecotourism: support local communities, promote conservation, ensure practices are low impact, and provide guests with world-class knowledge about the coast, wildlife, and First Nations’ cultures.

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March • April • May • June • July • August • September • October



Vessel types

Kayak / Canoe • Live-aboard boat • Rigid inflatable • Small boat (0-50 passengers) • Under sail / Yacht

Times and prices

 Please visit our website for 2013 and 2014 schedules and pricing.


About our skippers and naturalist guides

Bluewater Adventures Crew

Our dedicated and multi-talented crew have spent years sailing along this coast, leading our trips. Their experience and commitment makes the difference between a good trip and a great one! Our captains are all Coast Guard and Department of Transport licensed to ensure safety.

Aboard each trip is a Resource Guide with qualifications in biology, education, zoology, anthropology or ornithology. Our guides are not only experts in their field, but truly enjoy communicating their enthusiasm to others. Down below in the salon, our wonderful cooks serve gourmet meals and beautiful buffets.


Access to wheelhouse • Carbon neutral • Deck with 360?vision • Hands-on materials (bones, shells etc) • Naturalist guide(s) as well as skipper • On board hydrophone • On board video • Onboard research • PA system • Posters / displays / maps • Public participation in research • Reading material available • Restrooms / toilets on board • Scenic backdrop to encounters • Snacks / drinks • Support conservation • Swim / snorkel included • Use a code of conduct

We frequently

Listen to whale song • Listen to whales and dolphins • See a whale's tail • See leaping dolphins • See leaping whales • Watch whales and dolphins

Baleen Whales

Fin Whale • Humpback Whale

Toothed Whales

Killer Whale / Orca

Ocean Dolphins

Pacific White-sided Dolphin


Dall's Porpoise • Harbour Porpoise

Other wildlife and points of interest

We see a rich and varied selection of wildlife in the remote regions that our voyages take us. We see whales and other marine life on all of our trips with each trip having unique highlights. We will likely see: 3 kinds of orca - resident, transient and offshore humpback whales, fin whales and sometimes minke Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoise, harbour porpoise Steller sea lions, harbour seals Depending on our itineraries, we will likely see: black bears, grizzly bears, Kermode or spirit bear Many species of coastal birds like gulls, oyster catchers, pigeon guillemots, terns, bald eagles, hawks and falcons, ravens, puffins, American dippers, sandhill cranes... the list goes on A multitude of invertebrate life all along the coast First Nations points of interest like ancient Haida Village Sites, long houses, totem poles and First Nations art.

3-252 East First St
Town / City
North Vancouver
State / County
British Columbia
Zip / Postcode
V7L 1B3
Sally Mason
Excellent small group whale watching
Traveled: 2012-08-12, Reviewed: 2012-10-26
Safe approach to whales / dolphins
Valuable learning experience
Trip meets expectations
Minimal impact on the marine environment
Own research / support for conservation
Small company with 3 beautiful motor yachts with trips to South Alaska, Haida Gwaii (Q Charlotte Islands) BC mainland to see bears, and also North Inside Passage (Johnson Strait) - Alert Bay / Port McNeil area of Vancouver Island. I have been on 6 trips - the crew are so knowledgable about the local whale population, identifying, the local culture, history and customs, and their trips are always wonderful. Kayaks on board for guests to use, zodiacs for shore landings etc, arrange local Haida guides to explain the First Nations' ancient sites and totems. Boats sometimes captained by company owner, Randy, who loves whales as I do. Always aware that marine mammals must be protected and avoids approaching too close. Humpbacks in Frederick Sound, Orca in Johnson Strait, Fin Wales Hecate Strait, dolphins, seals, and lots more. Cabins small and functional, excellent WC and showers, and wonderful food. No hesitation in recommending them. I go back again and again.
Replied: 2013-04-19
Thank-you Sally!
We look forward to having you aboard again soon!
~Bluewater Adventures Crew
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