What an awesome day on the water with Captain Bob and Naturalist Carmen. Highly recommend this 3 hour tour, much better than Gilligan's. And spotting a Black Bear on our way back to camp capped off our day.
We wanted to see Orca's and we were not disappointed! From the moment Wayne (the captain) started his introduction and safety briefing, and then introduced the rest of his team, I felt confident that this was going to be a day to remember, and it was. I know that in some respects we were exceptionally lucky because you can never guarantee sightings of wildlife but this visit confirmed that this is one of the top places to see Killer Whales. I lost count of how many we saw, at times there were as many as six in a single group, and we were told that we saw three different family groups. The team not only identified each of the Orca family groups but they also identified the hump-back whale that we saw from the shape of its flume. The Stubbs Island team really knew their stuff and were helpful throughout the whole experience. I would definitely recommend this as somewhere to go.
I got the last place available on the boat and I thought I was lucky. But boy, you don't know how lucky!! I spent the whole trip watching incredible animals: orcas, sea lions, humpback whales! Of course, you never know what is out there, but this was a great trip. The captain was very kind and enthusiastic and Jackie, the "on board" marine biology expert, the perfect teacher for such a trip. If you are in Telegraph Cove, don't miss this opportunity!! And remember: a hand for you and a hand for the boat ;-) (be careful when you go down those steps...)(if you get on board the Lukwa you will understand)
We were on an evening tour on August 17, 2015. The staff at booking and at the counter were quite careful to make no guarantees about what we would see. As it turned out, we saw close to 50 orca, as well as several humpback (one breaching), bald eagles, porpoises and seals. It was an exceptional and unforgettable trip, well worth the cost. The boat was comfortable and modern, with excellent sightlines from inside and on the decks. This was the fifth whale watch tour we have taken in various locations, and this one was the best. All in all, highly recommended.
The tour started with a very enthusiastic welcome from Wayne, who told us he has been working on boats for 40 years, and completely and utterly loves his job. Wayne and his assistant Alison clearly love whales and we were thrilled to see whales within 8 minutes of going out to the sea. My sister and her boyfriend have been on many whale watching tours all over the world and did the Stubbs for the second time, telling us before this is the best whale watching tour they have ever done. And they were so right. There were so many Killer Whales, Dolphins, Porpoise and Humpback Whales, we did not know which ones to watch first. We were really lucky and two Killer Whales swam below our boat. To top this, Dolphins were playing right next to the boat! What is really cool is, that the boat has an underwater microphone, and the sounds the whales make are played as you watch them. We ended up seeing Seals, Bald Eagles and some Deer too! It was well worth going on the tour and should not be missed out by anyone!