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Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure

West Vancouver, Canada
Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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Kayak in Howe Sound and snorkel with Vancouver's resident harbor seals during this half-day eco-adventure. Board a boat from Horseshoe Bay with your adventure guide, headed toward the Pam Rocks seal colony. Slip into the provided snorkel gear and wetsuit, then dive in for an up-close experience with seals, following their lead. Kayak around the bay and the rocks, experiencing the marine environment while in a low-profile boat. A sightseeing-only option is available for those passengers who wish to stay dry on the boat. All kayaking and snorkeling equipment, refreshments and light snacks are included.
  • Boating, snorkeling, and kayaking adventure in Vancouver
  • Snorkel and kayak among harbor seals at Pam Rocks
  • All equipment included; no kayaking or snorkeling experience necessary
  • Sightseeing only option lets you stay on the boat
  • Admire Vancouver's coastal scenery
  • Led by expert adventure guides
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Light refreshments and snacks
All snorkel and kayak equipment, including wet suits
Professional and friendly staff to guide guests in water
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Transportation to/from Horseshoe Bay
Parking fees in Horseshoe Bay

Departure Point

6373 Bruce St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2G5, Canada

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the expedition center in Horseshoe Bay, where you board the boat for your adventure on the water. Set off to the North, traveling to Howe Sound's Pam Rocks, home to the resident seal colony. 

Snap photos of the harbor seals sunning themselves on the rocks and moving effortlessly through the water. Harbor seals can grow up to six feet (1.8 meters) in length and are known to be docile and curious. 

Don a provided wet suit and snorkel gear, then slip into the water and watch the seals from a respectful distance under the supervision of your snorkel guide. Chances are, the seals may want to check out their visitors; you and your group follow their lead and your guide ensures your safety. Kayakers climb into their boats and float nearby; the seals may bob along the surface next to the kayaks or swim playfully underneath. Switch between kayaking and snorkeling, or simply stay on the boat and watch the show. No snorkeling or kayaking experience is necessary.

This excursion includes snacks, hot soup, and cold drinks, all of which can be enjoyed while cruising back to Horseshoe Bay, admiring ocean and mountain scenery of Howe Sound.

Your tour ends up back at your departure point in Horseshoe Bay.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. 'Sightseeing Only' option cannot operate without enough divers or snorkelers.
  • Guests must be able to swim
  • Guest weights, heights, and shoe size must be shared with staff at time of booking.
  • Trip operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. If canceled due to poor weather, an alternative date will be suggested.
  • Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian
  • Children under 19 must have waiver signed by parent or guardian
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sea Dragon Charters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Snorkel and Kayak Near Seals: Vancouver Eco-Adventure?
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Best moment of the week
, Aug 2020
Very nice excursion, we had a nice group . The captain and his crew made our short trip to remember. Specially our guide Julien in the water.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank-you for the review! Julien will be very happy to know he did a great job for you!
Absolutely amazing
, Jul 2020
This was the most spectacular wildlife experience I have had in my life. The staff were absolutely amazing. I highly recommend that if you are looking to get close and personal with nature to do this excursion! I loved it!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank-you so much for taking the time do a review! Many people are surprised that we have this incredible wilderness in Vancouver's backyard!
Best experience
, Jul 2019
Seals in their normal habitat - lots of Them. Great crew and just a wonderfull experience. Recommendable.
, Jul 2019
Our family loved the snorkel and kayak adventure. The guides and boat captain were the best. So glad we did this and was a highlight of our trip. Very much recommend.
Very good tour. Value for money.
, Jun 2019
Very good tour. Value for money. Includes a boat trip, kayaking and snorkeling. Good equipment, good guides and warm soup.
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Erin M
, Aug 2018
This is definitely something fun and unique. This is the only company offering this type of experience so I recommend them. Otherwise I would look for a different company. They were very hesitant to let me wear a wetsuit larger than the one they picked out for me. I could barely get it on and could not lift my arms more than halfway which made kayaking difficult. Not enough room on boat for everyone to sit down and a small dirty cooler to dispense water. You spend at least half the time on the boat so it needs to be comfortable. As this is the only option, so they probably won’t make improvements.
Not to be missed
, Aug 2018
This was the best ! My teen aged son and I loved every mn of it : the swimming with the seals, the kayaking with the seals, we even got to see orcas. The captain and the crew are a super team! The boat and the equipment are great. It was a highlight of our vacation. Thanks
Swimming with harbour seals is the...
Linda J
, Jul 2017
Swimming with harbour seals is the best way to spend an afternoon, especially when a baby seal wants to come and play. Grace who was our guide had to swim it back to the colony. I had never snorkled or kayaked but that was not a problem and floatation jackets are available if you are not a competent swimmer. Hot soup and snacks were available. It was great fun and the staff were great.
This was an awesome excursion! I...
Taylor N
, Jul 2017
This was an awesome excursion! I arrived at the store from a block away from the dock an hour before the excursion, they got me fitted and in a wetsuit, then right on time we walked to the dock to get on the boat. I went on Canada Day, and perhaps because it is a holiday we had a small group of 8, they did say they usually have 20, but I cannot imagine having all those people. It was nice with a small group. On the 40 minute boat ride to the first stop, you could sit up top if you were lucky, and the views are beautiful. Once we got to our first stop, but boat dropped us off near an island and we swam toward the cove where the seals are in our full wetsuits complete with gloves and booties, fins and a mask. Although it says snorkeling, and you can snorkel a bit, it is mostly a floating trip at this point. The water was not clear enough to snorkel. When we got to the small cove where the seals sunbathe, they quickly noticed us and got in the water. Every once in a while, you would see them on the water level popping their heads up. THis was really the encounter with them. They do not get super close, and you will definitely not really be swimming with them, but it is still a cool experience. On the way to the second stop, they make you soup, and have chips and Chewy bars for snacking. At the second stop of the trip, we went to another larger nearby island and had the chance to snorkel more, or kayak there were 6 kayaks or paddleboard 1 on board. Is there was a large group, you would have to take turns and I am glad we did not have to. I chose the paddleboard and we were able to paddle at our own pace along the big cliffs and rocky shore. Two kayakers and I were lucky enough to see some seals on the rocks for somewhere around a minute, then they got scared and got into the water. A short while later, all of the kayakers and I were floating near the shoreline/cliffs when several seals occasionally popped their heads up around us. We all stayed still and this went on for about 15 minutes. The closest one got to me was probably 10 feet away. All in all, I am very glad I did this. The staff and boat captain were very friendly and welcoming, and even just the scenery out of Horseshoe Bay was amazing. I had to take the bus from the city, and while I Was worried about the logistics of it all, it was no problem try to get on at the first bus stop though, otherwise the bus may fill up and you may not be able to get on until the next one.
My experience was not great. The...
Nicole G
, Jul 2017
My experience was not great. The group was huge which I think limited the ability for half of us to see seals up close, sadly I was in the second group so by the time my group was in the water the first group was with the seals and than they were gone. Also, my guide had her family with her and was more concerned about her family than anyone else. Ive seen seals closer from kayaks and boats and would not call with a snorkel with seals adventure at all. Very disappointed.

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