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Explorathor II (Open Zodiac Vessel)

The Explorathor is the newest addition to our fleet, built in 2010 in British Columbia, Canada. It is a 47 passenger, zodiac style vessel, with an open seating area in the front and a semi covered seating area in the rear. The featured highlight of this vessel is the upper level observation deck which will provide passengers a superior view of the whales.

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Custom designed for marine mammal viewing, the zodiac style hull allows for a smooth ride over the water, reducing the chances of passenger seasickness.

Powered by the most fuel efficient engines available, this water jet propelled boat is driven by turbo engines that exceed emission standard requirements. The benefit to the environment is that the vessel is extremely safe around marine mammals and has a significantly reduced environmental impact. The benefit to our passengers is a faster, quieter and smoother ride.

Rain suits, hats and gloves are provided for passengers travelling on the Explorathor.

Express (Semi Covered Zodiac Vessel)

 

Operates Open July and August

The Express is a 45 passenger zodiac style vessel. It offers a fast and comfortable ride, ideal for families and groups. The bow of the Express has a clear glass roof and slide up windows for unobstructed viewing - the windows slide up not across. This vessel has comfortable bench seating and an open observation deck at the stern which is perfect for photographers.

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Just like the Explorathor, this vessel was custom designed for marine mammal viewing. The zodiac style hull allows for a smooth ride over the water, reducing the chances of passenger seasickness.

The Express is also powered by the most fuel efficient engines available. It is water jet propelled and driven by turbo engines that exceed emission standard requirements. The benefit to the environment is the vessel is extremely safe around marine mammals providing a reduced environmental impact. The benefit to our passengers is a fast, quiet and smooth ride.

 

Lightship 1 (Open Air Zodiac)

 

Operates:
June Sat.19th, Sun.20th, Sat.26th, Sun.27th at 11 am
July & August - Thurs through Sunday, at 2 pm

The Lightship 1 is a 12 passenger open zodiac style vessel. Built to withstand offshore conditions, it has a rigid aluminium hull of the same design used by the Coast Guard for their rescue missions. For the more adventurous, it offers a thrilling open air ride through the waters of the Strait of Georgia, the Gulf and San Juan Islands.

Cruiser suits, hats and gloves are provided for passengers travelling on the open vessels.

Our Vessels

  • The only company in Vancouver with zodiac style vessels
  • Custom designed for marine wildlife viewing
  • State of the art communication, navigation and safety equipment
  • Coast Guard & Transport Canada inspected
  • An exhilarating ride with unparalleled safety, stability and performance
  • Hydrophones to listen to the whales
  • Onboard washrooms
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We support PWWA guidelines for responsible whale watching. A portion of proceeds supports local marine research programs.

 
Explorathor

Explorathor II
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Express

The Express
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Lightship 1

Lightship 1
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Sieg

Our friend Sieg modelling the Explorathor Suits