Do I bring my own sleeping bag? What about kayak gear, is it all provided? How much should I pack for Orca Camp? Will my camera stay dry when I’m kayaking with whales? These are just some of the questions we field from excited guests as they get ready to join us sea kayaking the coast of Vancouver Island on our 3, 4 and 6-day Orca Camp kayaking with whales adventure. Great questions, all of them; and here, are the answers to those inquiries:
Your Camping and Kayaking Gear are Included
It’s true. When you book your reservation at Orca Camp the only thing you need to pack is your clothing and a keen sense of adventure. Once your reservation is confirmed we will provide you with a detailed packing list so you’ll know what clothing to pack. Once you’re in camp we’ll provide everything else you’ll need to enjoy kayaking with whales off northern Vancouver Island, such as:
2 and 4-person tents with therma rest pads, sleeping bags and liners, full size pillows — all erected on cedar plank platforms tucked into individual nooks of the rainforest:
We provide tandem (2-seater) fibreglass kayaks, paddles, spray-skirts, and personal flotation devices. As well, we provide paddling gloves (if you choose to use them), booties to help keep your feet dry while getting in and out of your kayaks, and standard dry-bags to store your personal gear in while out on the water:
But What About my Camera?
There are a couple of ways to protect your camera gear while at the coast, besides bringing a waterproof point-and-shoot camera: 1) store your photo equipment in a dry bag, or 2) protect your gear in a dry box specifically for photography gear. Because every traveller has their own unique camera equipment, we ask our guests to bring their own waterproof protection to use while in camp, but here are three suggestions popular amongst our guests and guides:
We’ve sourced the above products online at Mountain Equipment Co-op, but you can find them at any outdoor equipment store or most camera shops. The one thing to keep in mind, is that some of the best photos we’ve ever seen taken at camp have been taken in soggy, wet and foggy conditions when the colours of the rainforest pop.
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