2017 Orca Lite, is an intimate three day sea kayaking adventure designed for familes. We will plan a variety of activities for the whole family each day of your trip. Highlights include fishing, whale watching and photography, short hikes in the rainforest, camp activities and best of all lots of kayaking.

  • A unique preset island base camp complete with wilderness facilities is used to ensure a comfortable experience in all kinds of weather.
  • Camp is visited by eagles, seals, sea lions, a variety of whales from Orcas to Humpbacks. All within the lense of your camera/iphone.
  • Surprise and spontaneous experiences fill each trip.
  • You see whales, listen to whales and often go to sleep to the sound of whales close by.
  • You can take photos’ of whales as they pass by our kayaks. Sea kayaking is done during the morning, afternoon and evenings.
  • Tents sites are private and located to take advantage of the sights and sounds of orca, eagles, humpbacks, ravens and a myriad of songbirds.
  • Base camp is an surrounded by rainforest that supports an ecosystem of flora and fauna. Ours trips offer you life long memories and an experience few ever forget.

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Trip Camping: Private Platform Tent Site Base Camp (Park)
Trip Cost: Adult $850.00 pp Teens $800.00 pp Children $700.00
Group Trip Cost: Starts @ $3200.00 for (4) CAD$4000.00 for (5)
Trip Deposit Required: $250.00 pp

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

JUNE 12-14, 19-21, 22-24

JULY 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31- August 2

AUGUST 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

SEPTEMBER 4-6, 11-13, 18-20

TRIP ITINERARY

Our trips depart exclusively from Port McNeill. Orca Lite is designed to give you the best sea kayaking and wildlife viewing that Johnstone Strait has to offer.

DAY 1: EARLY DEPARTURE

The first morning guides will meet you at our office in Port McNeill at Suite #2 – 445 Pioneer Hill Drive at 7:30 am, load gear and venture out to enjoy a glimpse of whale activity on our morning shuttle Sophia Island base camp. Often on the first day we are dropped off at a nearby beach and paddle along the whale routes to base camp. Time on the water is of the essence of each of our trips. Once at Sophia island, the camp location will speak for itself. It is far more than a quaint island. Our location is adjacent to Michael Biggs/Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in the Boat Bay Conservancy. During your four day trip time is spent paddling, floating and exploring along many interesting shorelines, coves and islands.

DAY 2: JOHNSTONE STRAIT
Day Two starts with a morning departure that often catches wildlife forging, the sun rising and the water quiet. Our daily activities encompass marine mammals viewing, berry picking, eagle observations and low tide exploration. We also take time to visit unique points of interest in the rainforest forest that surround Johnstone Strait. Highlights include a visit to 800 year old cedars and exploration of the waters immediately around Robson Bight. Often it is here where we have our most interesting associations with Orca. We have experienced a variety of situations with certain pods of Orca but the best encounters occur when we raft-up and let the whales choose whether to play or simply pass us by. Amazing situations have evolved each time we simply let the whales dictate whether to spyhop, travel or play or swim by us. Although we cannot guarantee what will take place our guests are always entertained. Our pictures and videos speak for themselves. Besides the pods of Orca, many other species of marine mammals and land animals will be sighted during your few days in Johnstone Strait. It is even possible to see Springer (A73) swimming with her newly acquired family.
DAY 3: JOHNSTONE STRAIT

By the third day, paddling becomes second nature and all the routines of the day will seem easy. Morning sun resolution often offers us a chance to see marine life to forty feet depth. Latter we will take a walk to explore a stand of Old Growth Cedar Trees. And today might be the day to hike or paddle a little further to explore, islets and beaches of distant waters. A few things that make our trip location special include long sunsets, early sunrises and a surrounding of pleasant sounds of local birds, whales and the oceans waters. Whale sightings are spontaneous and numerous. Evening visits are frequent.