Planning Your Kayak Vacation

We’ve entered into prime booking season – the time of year when our inbox fills up with requests from travellers from around the world hoping to join us at Orca Camp to kayak with whales.

When whales are near, paddles are down

When whales are near, paddles are down and cameras are up to capture the moment!

Over the years people have learned it’s best to book this type of vacation early – here’s why:

1. Limited Availability

For over 40 years we’ve prided ourselves in providing an intimate group kayaking experience. With every trip we lead, we aim to create a meaningful and authentic kayaking experience that puts our guests in touch with Canada’s raw and rugged wilderness, safely, securely and comfortably. By limiting our groups to no more than 10 guests we make space for individuals and families to connect with other, and allow our guides to offer one-on-one instruction to novice paddlers. You’d be surprised at how fast 10 spots can fill up, the sooner you make your reservation in the season, the better the odds you’ll get the dates you want.

2. Prime Dates Fill up First

There are lots of reasons people choose the dates they do to come to Orca Camp — some choose departures that may offer the warmest days, while others choose dates that work best for their children’s school schedules, and still others choose dates that increase the odds of seeing as much wildlife as possible. There really is no bad time to come to Orca Camp, but if you’re set on when you can travel, the earlier you book your spot the better the chances are you’ll find space on dates that work for you.


Even our largest groups are still “small”! No more than 10 guest and 2 guides make up each Orca Camp departure

3. Organizing a Large Group is Easier

Are you planning a multi-generational trip where Gramma, Grampa, Mom, Dad and the kids come along? Or are you joining up with the girls for an chicks with sticks paddling trip? Or are you getting the old gang back together? The earlier in the year you book, the better the odds you’ll find a departure date and deal that works for your group. Remember, we limit Orca Camp to no more than 10 guests and offer special pricing for groups of 6 or more people. But you have to book early to find full camp availability.

Lead guide, Ken, watches Pacific White Sided dolphns frolicking in the distance

Lead guide, Ken, watches Pacific White Sided dolphns frolicking in the distance

4. Flying into Port Hardy

There are a finite number of flights into Port Hardy, the closest airport to Orca Camp. According to the Independent Traveller, booking early ensures you get a seat at a price you’re happy to pay.

Especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier — from three to six months in advance — for the best deals.”

Orca Camp guests photographing Killer Whales as they pass by our secluded beach en route to Robson Bight

Orca Camp guests photographing Killer Whales as they pass by our secluded beach en route to Robson Bight

5. Give Yourself Time to Prepare for Your Trip

The earlier you book your Orca Camp experience the more time you’ll have to prepare for your trip. Perhaps you’ll want to adjust your gym routine to build up core strength which affects your paddling. If you’re travelling with children, you may want to spend some time researching the animals they’ll see at Orca Camp, pumping them up for this unique family vacation. Or, you may decide to extend your time on Vancouver Island — having booked Orca Camp well in advance of summer means you’re free to book other experiences before or after your time in camp.

Need we say more? Don’t miss out — space is booking up fast — the whales are coming and you won’t want to miss them!

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March 10, 2016