Making a choice for a whale watching company may not be simple. In addition to location and price, considerations likely include comfort, frequency of sightings, and wanting your choice to be environmentally sound. Below we summarize what Discovery Marine Safaris has to offer:
From our very first season in 2007, our overall approach has always been highly respectful of the environment. It has always been our goal to ensure your wildlife adventure counts for the good of research and conservation and to ensure that every aspect of our operation is environmentally sustainable.
We are proud to have been closely affiliated with StubbsIsland Whale Watching, BC's first Whale Watching Company. As their sister company, we readily adopted their ethics and are proudly continuing their legacy of being highly respected as leaders in environmentally responsible whale watching.
Our Captains have extensive experience in operating vessels around marine wildlife, adhering to guidelines and avoiding disturbance. Onboard naturalists have studied biology and receive intensive training in local marine mammal science from our Education and Conservation Advisor. All of our crew have marine emergency duty training and undergo regular safety drills. We love where we live and - we love what we do! We enjoy sharing our local knowledge to enhance your stay in the Campbell River area. Our Grizzly Bear tours are conducted in partnership with the Homalco First Nation, in their Traditional Territory, giving you the greatest access to expertise about both the cultural and biological importance of the bears.
Departure is from Campbell River, conveniently located on central Vancouver Island; just 1.5 hours’ drive north from the ferry from Vancouver British Columbia. Campbell River is a seaside town providing travellers with many other attractions, events and amenities. We are within minutes of the beautiful Discovery Islands. Seas are sheltered and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Rough seas and seasickness are an absolute rarity!
Our vessels are Transport Canada approved and were chosen for their comfort, safety, and environmental advantages. They offer:
Our company aims to make the experience of whale watching count for the sake of research and conservation. The combined efforts of Discovery Marine Safaris and our sister company Stubbs Island Whale Watching, include: