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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures Kayak with Whales
Departs Port McNeill (Tour Code: KWAKWW) 2019 Season Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 Sep 3, 10, 17 2020 Season Jun 16, 23, 30 Jul 07, 14, 21, 28 Aug 04, 11, 18, 25 Sep 01, 08, 15
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11 Jun - 17 Sep, 2019
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There is no better place in the world to kayak with humpback and killer whales than Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island.
Kingfisher's Base Camp is located right in the heart of it, where you can spend days kayaking, watching wildlife, and enjoying experiences based on interests.
Itinerary at a Glance
Pre-trip meeting in Port McNeill
Plan to be in Port McNeill the night before the kayak tour departs. There is a pre-trip meeting at 8:00pm with your guides at the office, located at 1790A Campbell Way, across the street from the Haida way Inn and next to the Black Bear Resort. Your guides provide you with an overview for your trip, distribute dry bags to pack your clothing, and answer any questions you may have.
Day 1 - Arrival
You will meet at 8:30am and head down to the marina to load the water taxi where all your bags are transported by a van. Vehicles and extra luggage can be left at the hotel while you are on your kayak tour. If you are not staying at a hotel or B&B with parking, there is limited free parking and luggage storage available at the office. The water taxi takes you to the base camp (45-60 mins) where upon arrival your guides provide a site orientation plus a kayak and safety briefing. You will kayak for a short time before lunch, giving you time to get used to the kayaks, the wilderness setting, and each other. The afternoon is spent kayaking and viewing the area's diverse wildlife.
Days 2 - 3 Base Camp
The base camp is ideally situated for exploring the area. It is located on killer whale travel routes and humpback Whales often feed within sight of camp. The islands and small islets close to the camp are home to numerous sea birds, bald eagles, and seals, so there is always plenty to see. Both killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp. Your kayak guides plan each day according to weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities and guest interests. Lunches are usually spent on a secluded beach, returning late each afternoon to the comforts of the Orca Waters Base Camp.
Day 4 - Departure
On the last day, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for one last kayak paddle. Returning to camp for a late lunch, you then pack up your gear and snap a few last photographs. The water taxi picks you up between 3:30pm - 4:00pm for the trip back to Port McNeill, arriving by 5pm. There is usually enough time to fly out of Port Hardy or catch a late ferry back to the mainland, but delays do happen. It is recommended to spend the last night in Port McNeill, enjoy a hot shower, and slowly transition out of vacation mode.
- Transportation from Port McNeill to the Base Camp
- All kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets, life jacket, group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bag (you may bring your own)
- Meals as noted in itinerary. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated given sufficient prior notification.
- Guide gratuities
- Transportation to and from Port McNeill & accommodation in Port McNeill
- This package is adult oriented but children as young as 15 years old may be accepted.
What to Bring:
For maximum enjoyment and comfort in all types of weather, it is recommended to bring the following:
- Clothing: Shorts, pants, socks, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, sweater or sweatshirt, long underwear, swimsuit, hat, fleece jacket, wool or fleece cap
- Rain gear: waterproof rain jacket with hood or rain hat, waterproof rain pants
- Personal items: Toiletries, sunglasses with a retainer, spare eyeglasses or contacts, synthetic camp towerl, spare medication, book, camera, sun screen, wet wipes, medication, insect repellent, flashlight and batteries, extra digital storage and batteries
- Footwear: Sandals or shoes you can get wet, walking or running shoes (preferably waterproof)
- Optional: Rubber boots, wool or fleece gloves or mitts, paddling or cycling gloves, wet suit to wear kayaking