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whale watching and kayaking in Victoria or Orcas Island?

whale watching and kayaking in Victoria or Orcas Island?

Jul 11th, 2004, 08:35 AM
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whale watching and kayaking in Victoria or Orcas Island?

We are visiting both Victoria and Orcas Island. We would like to see the whales and posssibly kayak? Where is it better to do either. Is it worth it doing both. We love the outdoors, in our 50's, in excellent health and fairly physically fit. Suggestions please.
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Jul 11th, 2004, 04:58 PM
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You'll be pursuing (literally) the same pod of Orcas from either port.
Better to be on the water paddling than shuffling down a street full of 'shoppes' selling 'olde' goods as per Victoria.
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Jul 12th, 2004, 08:59 PM
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The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has some wonderful whale watching tours and kayak. A nice area not be far from Victoria but far enough to be away from the crowds. www.oakbaybeachhotel.com
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Aug 5th, 2004, 02:47 PM
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Do you still need feedback on this? (is your trip still to be)
If so, I'd recommend kayaking from Orcas...it's esp. nice out of Deer Harbor!! If the skies are clear...
you can enjoy not only the Olympics from here, but peek-a-boo views of Mt. Baker. (most spectacular at sunset w/alpenglow)

Whale watching is often done off the westside of San Juan Island...about equi-distant from either Orcas or Victoria. I'd leave that for Victoria, probably, as occasionally the orcas are south of Victoria, near the Olympic Peninsula.

I think the kayaking from the San Juans makes a lot more sense, as the Inner Harbor of Victoria is so busy w/boat traffic! Have fun!
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Aug 5th, 2004, 02:54 PM
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Btw, we're not major boatsmen, by any stretch! Kayaking from the isles is so relaxing & easy to learn. The waters are usually like a lake surface...placid & calm.
If you consider it one day & for some reason there are winds late in the day chopping up the water a teeny bit...then, shoot for morning the next day. But, generally, it's NO issue, no matter what time the day...
we've had great luck w/all times of day from Orcas. (altho' my brother tried to kayak from Rosario's harbor area & found more wind late afternoon...at the very same time we were kayaking Deer Harbor, & finding it very calm) Enjoy both places!
We esp. love Orcas Island.
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