We get it. The idea of spending your days kayaking with whales at Orca Camp can lead to plenty of questions, especially for first-timers. We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions, but if we haven't answered your specific querry below, info [at] ecosummer [dot] com (drop us an email) and we'll get right back to you.
Q: Do I need previous kayaking experience?
A: No, many novices join this trip. Our kayaks are very seaworthy and easy to handle. Our guides primary role is to keep you safe and comfortable, both on and off the water. Your guides will teach participants all the required skills through an "orientation to safe sea kayaking" on your first day and as required throughout your trip. You can expect your technique will refine over the course of the trip (with tips from your guides) while you begin to feel like a seasoned paddler.
Q: What are the chances we'll definitely see whales?
A: While we cannot guarantee orca whale sightings, your guides will focus on maximizing your opportunities for experiencing orcas within the scope of this itinerary. Orca whales are wild animals and as such their travel routes and environment are unpredictable.
Q: Do you have single kayaks?
A: While our fleet consists mainly of tandem kayaks, we do have a limited number of single kayaks available. Please do confirm their availability with our office.
Q: Can we bring children?
A: Absolutely, we want you to! This can be such a bonding experience! We are happy to accommodate children as young as 8 years old at Orca Camp. The base camp concept and our flexible itinerary allows for parents/caregivers to stay back in camp should the need arise. We usually try to team families up with other families to same departures.
Q: How much paddling will we do each day?
A: Long paddles are uncommon, but we may extend our reach to increase the chances of good orca sightings. On full field days, time on the water can typically be 4-6 hours per day with plenty of time to relax, watch the orcas or other marine life, take scenic pictures, stretch your legs and have lunch.
Q: How big are the groups?
A: Our maximum group size is 10 participants, however, in rare cases we will accommodate up to 11 guests in camp. Depending on group size, paddlers are accompanied by 1-2 guides.
Q: What type of weather conditions will we likely encounter in the area?
A: Weather conditions can be variable ranging from daytime temperatures of 21ºC - 24ºC (70ºF - 75ºF). Evenings are cool with temperatures near 10ºC (55ºF). Extended periods of rain are unusual, but possible, and mornings may be foggy.
Q: I am a single traveller. Do most people come with a partner or friend?
A: The average group consists of two couples, a couple of friends and four single travellers with a even ratio of male to female. We do not charge a single supplement unless you specifically request single tent-accommodation (limited single tents available, please contact our office to confirm).
Q: What qualifications do your guides have?
A: Our guides are singularly the most import resource an adventure travel company has! Because we operate our own trips we can assure you first hand that your guides will be among the best to be found anywhere. In addition to being experienced outdoor leaders specializing in various modes of travel, our guides have taken numerous courses such as: the A.C.S.K.G. sea kayaking leadership/assistant course (or equivalent), advanced wilderness first aid and C.P.R. All are experts at interpreting cultural and natural history as well as comforting, safe, and fun to share a campfire with!