Kayak & Whales Wilderness Adventure

4 Days/3 Nights

There is no better place in the world to kayak with both humpback and killer whales than Johnston Strait and Blackfish Sound off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and Kingfisher’s Orca Waters Base Camp is located right in the heart of these wildlife rich waters on an island covered in old grown rainforest.

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Day 1 Arrival You will meet at 08:30am 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 you 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 minutes). Upon arrival at the base camp 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 areas diverse wildlife.

Meals include lunch and dinner.

Day 2 & 3 Orca Waters 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. 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.

Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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 late lunch, you then pack up your gear, and snap a few last photographs. The water taxi picks you up between 3.30pm – 4pm 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.

Meals include breakfast and lunch.


  • Transportation form Port McNeill to Orca Waters Base Camp
  • All kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets, life jacket, group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags (you may bring your own).
  • Meals as noted in itinerary. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated given sufficient prior notification.

Not included

  • Gratuities to the guide
  • Transportation to and from Port McNeill & accommodation in Port McNeill

Items to bring:

  • Clothing: shorts, pants, socks, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, sweater, 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 retainer, spare eyeglasses or contacts, synthetic camp towel, spare medication, book, camera, sun screen, wet wipes, medication, insect repellant, 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 suite to wear kayaking

Child policy:

Children as young as 15 years old may be accepted

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