Ready for another season filled with whale watching adventures?
Another exciting season of whale watching is under way for us at Steveston Seabreeze Adventures and we have been having an absolute blast out on the water! Orca whales, Grey whales, Humpbacks and Stellar and California sea lions have graced us with their presence nearly every single day since we opened for the season on April 1st.
Over the last week, we have seen Orca T’s T101’s and 123’s, Porpoises, Humpbacks, bald eagles and Stellar sea lions. The sea lions are slowly leaving to continue their migration journey, so sightings will be less and less frequent until they are completely absent for the rest of the season. On May 14th, we saw all of the aforementioned creatures near Bowen Island – all in one magical day! On May 17th, we saw an incredible pack of 40 Orca T’s north of Nanaimo! Needless to say, we have been blessed with a great variety of sightings lately. Over the last couple of days, the Humpbacks have truly given us an amazing show! They appeared in the middle of the gulf, in Point Roberts and near Galiano Island. They’re the true stars of the week!
This picture was taken by an on-board passenger, Julian So. It was captured on an iPhone, if you can believe it! This was such a treat for our guests this Victoria Day Long Weekend!
Welcoming back our enthusiastic staff!
Some things at Steveston Seabreeze Adventures never change; we are lucky here at Seabreeze to have some returning staff that have been with us for years. Pictured below are two of our long-time Team members Holly and Ruana. These two are multi-talented. Not only do they guide our eco-tours as Marine Naturalists and help out in the office when needed, they also operate the boats as Captains (not all at once, of course!). Additionally, they take some pretty epic photos (see below)! They are our resident wonder-women and we are so happy to have them with us year after year.
Each year, we get to spend our days on the water watching whales and other wonderful creatures with our passionate team – and this season is no exception!
So what has changed since last season?
Last year, we had a season that was absolutely amazing! We had so many beautiful, sunny days observing the wonderful creatures who call BC waters their home. We also had the most amazing passengers we could ever ask for – as usual! However, we did have one major setback…
In December 2016, due to circumstances beyond our control, our office burned down. An electrical fire started overnight, and by the morning, the office that had sat on our dock for over 60 years was damaged beyond repair. We installed a portable office for our 2017 season. Our lovely office staff had to operate in much tighter headquarters than they were used to. It was an opportunity for us to be as adaptable as possible, and we couldn’t be more thankful that our passengers checking in understood and adapted with us.
Our new office!
Throughout our off-season following the 2017 Season (between November 1st and March 31st), we worked hard to implement a brand-new building in time for our 2018 season. Rising from the ashes, the result was our GORGEOUS new office. We think it looks amazing, if we do say so ourselves! What do you think?
Another exciting change for this season – and last season, when we first added it – was the addition of our Zodiac style boat. We named it “Seabreeze 1.” This boat is best for maximum adventure! You will be zipped up in your orange safety-suit for the tour to keep you nice and warm. Our Zodiac vessel is faster than our semi-enclosed boats, with a wide-open view of the beauty around you on the water. It is hard not to feel totally immersed in your dreamy surroundings with the wind in your hair!
Many customers still love our semi-enclosed boats, as the enclosed area of the boat means more warmth and a more relaxing journey. You can still stand on our viewing deck and get great photos, but have the area where you are seated comfortably covered in the interior of the boat.
Have you been out on the water with us yet? If not, we would love to have you! Give us a call or book your trip here. We still have our early bird promotion on of 20 percent off of our regular rate. Book ASAP to get this deal – for our May departures only.
If you have been on an adventure with us this season already, why not throw us a line on TripAdvisor? Holly, pictured left with another one of our lovely, long-time Naturalists Marcella. already has 5 shout-outs on TripAdvisor for her awesome work. And that’s just from this season alone!
We are so proud, and we can’t wait to hear more about your experience with us as the season progresses.