by Marcus Grbac
Marine EcoTours: Customize Your Own Tour With A Private Boat Charter In Victoria BC (Whale-watching, Bird-watching, Wine Tours, Island Hopping, Etc.)
If you are travelling in the vicinity of Victoria, British Columbia and interested in customizing your own tour with a private charter, Marine EcoTours allows you to plan a unique, personalized excursion according to your own schedule and preferences. Marine EcoTours specializes in customization, exclusivity, and luxury. Whether you’re interested in whale-watching, bird-watching, touring wineries, island-hopping, or a combination of the aforementioned, you can design your own tour, your way.
Off British Columbia’s coasts, whale-watching is a very popular tourist attraction, but with most whale-watching tours, the company organizes the trip times, you are required to wait in line to buy tickets (which may sell-out at peak visiting times), and you will likely go on the tour with strangers. Marine EcoTours’ private tours cater to the individual: you select the time, you create your itinerary, you choose your fellow passengers (up to 8 people), and you pick a departure location (basically anywhere on Vancouver Island, such as Victoria’s inner harbour, Sidney, Sooke, Metchosin, or Salt Spring Island, or even Vancouver).
April to October are prime months for whale sightings with the absolute best times being June-September. The area has orca, gray, humpback, and minke whales, and seals and porpoises are also commonly spotted on tours.
Another option is bird-watching tours as the area’s waters offer opportunities to observe oceanic birds (formally termed “pelagic birding”). Birds commonly sighted include Bald Eagles, Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebe, Harlequin Ducks, Marbled Murrulet, and Mergansers, amongst others.
Wine tours are highly sought after experiences in British Columbia–attracting both locals and tourists alike. Marine EcoTours is based out of Victoria, BC; however, the neighbouring Gulf Islands located off the southern coast of Vancouver Island have five wineries easily accessible by boat. This gives you the option of touring several of these wineries as a luxurious day trip, or focusing on one as the highlight of your custom tour. You can also plan a tour of general island hopping to simply enjoy the local sights each has to offer.
Regardless of what your dream tour is, Marine EcoTours can make it a reality. Our customized tours offer one-of-a-kind, memorable experiences with that personalized touch.