What To Expect on a Marine Wilderness Tour

Marine wilderness tours are incredible experiences and a must-see for anyone who loves marine wildlife. If you’re about to set out on your first marine wilderness tour, here’s what you can expect.

Unpredictable Weather

If there’s one thing you can rely on during a wildlife tour, it’s unpredictable weather. Even if you’re on a marine wilderness tour in the middle of summer and the forecast calls for blue skies and warm temperatures, there’s always a chance the weather might change.

Rain, wind, and colder temperatures can appear at seemingly a moment’s notice while you’re on the water, so make sure you are prepared for various conditions. It’s best to bring layers for the tour, allowing you to remove or add clothing as needed to maintain optimal comfort.

Wildlife of All Kinds

Obviously, one of the things you can expect to see during the tour is plenty of marine wildlife. With Sointula Lodge’s wilderness tours on Vancouver Island, you’ll see all kinds of aquatic, air, and even land animals throughout the tour.

As one the most densely-populated wilderness regions in the world, Vancouver Island is home to all types of creatures big and small, including:

  • Orcas
  • Humpback whales
  • Dolphins (porpoises and Pacific White-Sided)
  • Seals
  • Sea lions
  • Sea otters
  • Bald eagles
  • Grizzly bears

We recommend you bring a quality camera for high-definition pictures instead of taking grainy and out-of-focus shots with your phone.

Something New Every Time

Since marine wilderness tours are about getting a glimpse of animals and other parts of nature, you can expect to see something different every time. Even if you’ve been whale watching before or gone on a wilderness tour somewhere else, it won’t be the same as experiencing one at Vancouver Island.

At Sointula Lodge, our wilderness tour packages include daily excursions that allow you to participate in multiple tours. This way, you can experience everything Vancouver Island offers, from the wildlife to granite cliffs, waterfalls, and more.

A Full Day

Marine wilderness tours are rarely quick, in-and-out adventures. These experiences are designed for you to take your time and witness the natural beauty of the wild, so you can expect to be on the water for an extended period.

Since your excursion will last at least a few hours, bringing some food and water along with proper apparel is wise, especially if you have children with you. Consider packing a full picnic that you can enjoy while gazing at the incredible wildlife and scenic landscapes.