Gulf Island Marine Safaris & Zodiac Tours

Departures are from the Salt Spring Marina with pick ups (on request) available on Galiano,Mayne (Miners Bay) and N.Pender (Port Washington) Islands at no extra cost.

For daily sighting reports call 250 538 7188

Please note that we will be open until October 14th,tours are available with a minimum 4 passengers and  advanced booking.

Contact us:
OutDoor Visions
Salt Spring Island



250 538 7188

1 888 656 9878 Toll free

Between mid-March and mid-October we operate daily, based on weather and on whale/marine wildlife and bird sighting information. Sightings of killer whales vary day to day and generally sightings are greater between May and October.
We belong to a whale spotter network and will provide passengers with the most up to date information prior to departure.

Terms and Conditions
*4 passengers required for tours.
Tours subject to change such as weather,mechanical conditions and whale sightings.Waivers must be signed prior to departure.

Full payment (non refundable) for all private charters is due one week prior to departure.

Please dress for the day,we provide full length cruiser/flotation suits,gloves and binoculars.There is a marine toilet on board for emergencies.

We are the only open 12 passenger zodiac based on Salt Spring Island and proud to serve the Gulf Islands community.

Member since 2006

 The Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce
 The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce

*Our departure times will vary based on direction and movements of wildlife to offer maximum viewing times. 

Tours and prices 2014

    1-Whale Watching- Guaranteed*
  $109pp+tax  (Approx. 3.5 hours)

 Sighting reports updated before departure
  Learn first hand about endangered species and ecosystems.Sightings can include eagles,seals,porpoise and sealions

    2-Marine Wildlife/Gulf Islands National Park Tour* 
$79pp+tax (Approx 2.5 hours)

  Travel to nearby Mayne and Saturna Islands-sightings can include eagles,seals,porpoise ,sea        lions and a quick trip around the nearby smaller Islands.Possible snack stop on a nearby island!
 Learn first hand about endangered species and ecosystems.
 If whales are sighted during this tour we will stay out longer and there is no extra charge

    3-Charters available,please contact for prices .
Full payment for charters due one week prior to departure

*4 passengers required for tours.

On our tour programs the destination is WILDLIFE! And since the locations of many animals are determined by the tides, weather, time of day, breeding cycles and food supply, we do not confine our journeys to one particular route. The speed and maneuverability of our specially-built vessel, and the daily observations of our crew, make a tour with OutDoor Visions the best way to experience the nature and splendor of Gulf Islands. Every journey truly is unique. 

We recommend binoculars and zoom lenses for cameras.

Marine Wildlife Guidelines

  1. BE CAUTIOUS and COURTEOUS: approach areas of known or suspected marine wildlife activity with extreme caution. Look in all directions before planning your approach or departure.
  2. SLOW DOWN: reduce speed to less than 7 knots when within 400 metres/yards of the nearest whale. Avoid abrupt course changes.
  3. KEEP CLEAR of the whales’ path. If whales are approaching you, cautiously move out of the way.

Our location,



THE SALT SPRING  DRIFTWOOD,APRIL 7 2012:Freya Laughton sent in this photo of orcas in Ganges Harbour taken while on an Outdoor Visions/Gulf Island Safaris excursion.

We took this amazing group of cyclists to Saturna Island on our zodiac,do you have a group charter idea?

Buy this poster'

'Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea' Poster illustrated by Uko Gorter
July 27,2014,near Salt Spring

                      Customer photos- Bob Cummings,July 28,2014

Ask about our "day off" the island,

Great for hikers,cyclist or photography groups....

Your group can explore the Gulf Islands 

.........or enjoy a picnic on a nearby island

Unusual shot of a Transient whale breaching,near 
Thetis Island
Customer photo,Sonali Garland,July 2013


Cruising the Islands!
CONTACT US 250 538 7188===== 1 888 656 9878 (toll free)

-Dall's Porpoise Bow Riding
250 538 7188 or 1 888 656 9878 (toll free)

 Whales off Salt Spring/Galiano
250 538 7188 or 1 888 656 9878 (toll free)
Whales off Salt Spring/Galiano
 250 538 7188 or 1 888 656 9878 (toll free)
Customer photos
                                                            September 2013

                                                       Laura Matthias May,2014 (zoom lens)

Douglas K. Fryett-( Extreme zoom lens shots!) August 2013

Susan Batchelor Oct. 2013

 Leslie Paul July 2012

<The Gulf Islands is among National Geographic's top coastlines Region is one of four from Canada on the coastal destinations list, seventh overall in the world; Postmedia News October 23, 2010 The Gulf Islands are among the four Canadian areas named to National Geographic Traveler's "top rated" category in a list of the world's 99 best coastal destinations -- they're in seventh place, with 78 points of a possible 100.


-2 x 225 hp Yamaha
-thermal cruiser suits provided
-dry storage
-comfortable seating
-bathroom onboard

Under certain weather conditions Zodiac travel is not recommended for people with back pain,for children under 4 or expectant mothers.All participants must sign a waiver before departure.


Group ideas:

Marine Wildlife,Saturna Island Vineyard Tour -$129pp+tax (Approx. 4.5 hours)

Gulf Island Bike or Hike drop off/pick up -$119pp+tax

Student or group tours with micro-marine biologist onboard to discuss and show, with a mobile lab, the smaller life in the water!

Charters $350/hour +GST

Visit the Pubs,Vineyards or restaurants of the Southern Gulf Islands,we can arrange a group outing with 4 or 5 stops.A great way to sample the Islands and meet the locals!

Group Tour Ideas

-Visit a winery-Saturna Island,Salt Spring Island and Pender Island
-Visit Butchart Gardens,available from all islands
-Salt Spring Saturday Market
-Dining out tours
-hiking tours
-whale watching/marine wildlife tours
-biking tours

- Group Bookings Terms and Conditions

A deposit of 50% might be requested when the group booking request is submitted. The person who is organizing the booking is responsible for paying this deposit in full. Date and time of booking will not be reserved until this deposit is received. The deposit will be refunded in full provided that all services booked were completed as stated and paid for in full. Full names and accurate phone numbers for each member of the group is necessary to complete the booking correctly. Outdoor Visions must be notified of any cancellations at least 48 hours in advance of the time of the booking. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will forfeit their deposit. Each member of the group is expected to arrive 30 minutes before the start time of the booking to prepay for their services.. If catering by Outdoor Visions is desired, specific menu selections must be confirmed at least 2 business days before the time of booking. Clients may bring their own food and beverages. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be carried. End time will depend on the services you request. Do you have any special requests or additional instructions?

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