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Explorathor II (Open/Semi Covered Zodiac Vessel)

The Explorathor is the largest vessel in our fleet, built in British Columbia, Canada.  It is a 47 passenger, open/semi covered zodiac style vessel, with a semi covered seating area in the rear.  When open in the front, rain suits, hats, and gloves are provided. When covered, the bow of the Explorathor has a clear glass roof and slide up windows for unobstructed viewing of the whales – the windows slide up, not across. 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.

 

Express (Open/Semi Covered Zodiac Vessel)

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. When covered, the bow of the Express has a clear glass roof and slide up windows for unobstructed viewing of the whales – the windows slide up, not across.  When open in the front, rain suits, hats, and gloves are provided. This vessel has a semi open area in the rear with comfortable bench seating.

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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 Zodiacs)


Strider 1 (NEW 2017)

Operates:
May Sat.20th, Sun.21th, Sat.27th, Sun.28th    at 11 am
Monday May 22nd      Victoria Day                  at 11 am
June 1   to June 14    at 11 am
June 15 to Sept. 4     at 9 am & 2 pm
Sept. 5   to Sept. 30   at 11 am

The Lightship 1 and Strider 1 are 12 passenger open zodiac style vessels. 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