Kayaking and Wildlife


kayaks loaded on boat with guests

Zodiac Whales and Wildlife Kayaking Adventure - Duration 6 hours

The Kayaking and Wildlife Adventure is a premium, customized charter that’s close to home and will bring you deep into the heart of the Discovery Islands. On this adventure you will have full access to your own boat Captain, Guide/Naturalist and a certified Kayak Guide.

Your trip begins with a whale and wildlife excursion via zodiac, we then head out to the Islands where the kayaking adventure begins, while the boat stands by. Travelling by zodiac allows each trip to have its own unique experience and allows us to get to remote kayaking destinations faster. These destinations vary due to weather and the time of year.

On the kayak portion of the tour we will make our way through very unique microhabitats and island archipelagos in the Islands. On location you will enjoy lunch on the beach before embarking on your kayak adventure with your certified guide. 

Every tour is different and what wildlife we see on tours varies depending on the seasonal migrations of marine mammals. You may encounter any number of Cetaceans- (Whales, Dolphin, Porpoise), Sea Lions, Seals, Bears, Marine Birds and Raptors (Bald Eagles).

Note: To book this adventure contact Quadra Island Kayaks

Book our kayaking tour on Quadra Island

Kayaking and Wildlife is a premium, customized adventure that’s close to home and will bring you deep into the heart of the Discovery Islands. Your trip begins with a whale and wildlife excursion via zodiac with your boat guide & naturalist. Afterwards we head out to the Octopus Islands with your kayak guide, where your kayaking adventure begins, followed by a beach picnic.

Adventure Details


  • Bookings open now, tours available starting May 1st, 2021 through October.

    For all booking inquiries please email info@quadraislandkayaks.com

  • Certified Boat Captain Guide/Naturalist and Certified Kayaking Guide.

  • Departs 8 am daily. For custom departure times contact Quadra Island Kayaks.

  • Minimum of 6 people are required to run the tour, if you have less than 6 people in your party give us a call and we may be able to accommodate you.

  • Please be advised the minimum age for this tour is 4 years old.

    Children must be able to wear PFD safely and sit alone in forward cockpit of the kayak.

  • Lunch is provided on your adventure. "YAK Shack Power Bowl.“

    Greek style quinoa salad with chicken and a homemade Greek style dressing. Homemade hummus with veggies sticks and kettle chips. Fresh fruit and cookies for dessert. Juice and water will also be provided although we do still recommend bringing your own reusable water bottle which we will be happy to top up before and during your trip.

  • Sanitized Mustang Survival Suits, or PFDS, Toques/Beanies, Light Gloves & Goggles (weather dependant), Dry Bags, Kayaks and related safety gear are provided.

  • As of July 1st 2021 Masks are not required and up to the individual preference.

  • Sanitized Mustang Survival Suits, Toques/Beanies, Light Gloves & Goggles, Dry Bags are provided.

  • Hydrophone (underwater microphone) to eavesdrop on whales talking in the water.

  • This tour is suitable for all levels. No experience necessary.

Rates & Additional Information


Adventure Rates and Associated Costs
  • $349 each plus $2 each conservation fee and taxes.
  • 10% Fuel Surcharge
  • Minimum 6 people.
  • 50% deposit is required to confirm booking.
How do we book this adventure


Booking for this tour is available at Quadra Island Kayaks.

  • For all inquiries please call toll free 1- 877-475-8687 or local calls to (250) 285-3400
  • Email info@quadraislandkayaks.com
What to bring
  • A warm layer and rain jacket, rain pants are also recommended. A reusable water bottle, waterproof shoes, but no flip flops please. Don’t forget your camera, sun cream and a hat.
  • 5L and 10L dry bags are available.
  • Rain gear is a good idea to wear under Mustang Survival Suits on the boat during weather events on Pacific Northwest Coastal days. Rain Gear is not a requirement, but recommended, alternately any warm and water resistant layers will do.
  • Wearing cotton or denim on the kayak is not recommended.


Private Charters

Private charters available upon request, additional fees may be applied.

Boat and Gear sanitization

Boat and Gear sanitation provided by Envirocleanse-A, also known as “Anolite,” is a next gen commercial disinfectant that is non-toxic, organic, biodegradable and EPA approved to kill SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (CleanTerra.ca). For more information on our covid protocols see our covid safety plan in our Health and Safety Policy

  • Parking is limited so please try to carpool, bike or walk over.
  • We are also walking distance from several different accommodations.


Adventure FAQ

Where do we depart?

We depart from Quadra Island Kayak’s shack on 615 Taku Rd, Heriot Bay, BC V0P 1H0, parking is limited so please carpool, bike or walk if possible. 

What route do we take?

We travel from Taku Resort’s marina out into the Discovery Islands to look for wildlife & whales. After this we head to the beautiful Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park where your kayak guide takes you for a beach lunch followed by kayaking. 

How much time do we spend kayaking and viewing wildlife?

Every tour is a bit different, this varies depending on the groups preference and more so on the movement of wildlife & whales. In general we try to have 2.5 hours for wildlife and a 2.5 hour paddle that includes lunch, give or take. And there is travel time on top of that. The trip is 6 hours total. 

Is there a bathroom on the boat?
  • There are accessible washrooms at the beginning and end of all tours.  
  • There is no bathroom on the boat however, we offer forest walks or intertidal bathroom breaks when we stop for lunch. This is the great outdoors!