Surrounded by the dramatic landscapes of the Gulf Islands, the calm waters of the Salish Sea are brimming with ocean wildlife and are prefect for spotting Orca, Gray, Minke or Humpback whales as well as any number of seals, sea lions, porpoises, great blue herons or bald eagles.

With our partner, Ocean EcoVentures, escape to the historic, quaint and picturesque fishing village of Cowichan Bay for a four-hour tour out on the water where you will learn about the diverse marine ecosystem and conservation efforts from a passionate team of captains and naturalists. And don’t worry; during the summer months, Ocean EcoVentures has a greater than 95% sighting record over the past two decades.

Full package includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodations in a Classic Room
  • Dinner[1] for two each night at Alpina Restaurant, including your choice of appetizer, main and dessert, all specially prepared by our Michelin-trained culinary team
  • Breakfast[1] for two each morning at Alpina Restaurant
  • Four-hour whale watching tour for two includes[2]
    • Departure at 12pm, 1pm or 5pm depending on the time of year
    • Flotation suit, gloves, toques and goggles for each passenger
    • Full insurance (with signed liability waiver)
    • Beverages and snacks for the excursion prepared by our pastry team
    • Shuttle service to and from the Resort available at an additional cost

Round Out Your Trip

With the whale watching tour taking four hours in the afternoon, there’s still ample time to explore one or more of the local attractions.

  • Kayaking in Cowichan Bay or Mill Bay – Rent a kayak and paddle your way around the bay!
  • Cowichan Bay Maritime Center – This community-based maritime museum is dedicated to the cultural heritage of wooden boats.
  • The Raptors – A conversation center with a variety of birds of prey and falconry experiences located ten minutes north of Duncan.
  • BC Forest Discovery Centre – Located just north of Duncan, this 100-acre site chronicles the history of logging in British Columbia and has 2.5 km of operational 3ft narrow gauge railway.
  • Visit a Vineyard – The Cowichan Valley plays host to a great selection of wineries only a short drive from the marina.

Each Additional Night:

We’d love for you to spend multiple days exploring the ocean and seeing the full range of Pacific Northwestern wildlife as well as visiting a few more local attractions along the way.

With each additional night that you stay, you will be treated to:

  • Breakfast[1] for two each morning at Alpina Restaurant
  • Half-day whale watching tour with Ocean EcoVentures (call guest services to inquire about full-day whale watching tours)
  • Dinner[1] for two that night at the Resort, including your choice of appetizer, main and dessert
  • Beverages and snacks for the excursion prepared by our pastry team

What to Bring for Your Tour:

  • Small backpack or bag for your belongings
  • Waterproof bag or plastic bag
  • High quality camera to capture the moment
  • One extra-warm layer (either a jacket or a sweater)
  • Additional snacks at the marina and drinking water available for purchase
  • Closed toe shoes and socks
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (also available onsite for use)


Package Add-Ons

Our resort has several other exclusive partners in the local area and we are happy to expand this package to include additional days that feature fishing excursions, trips to Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, private tours of Coachwerks Restoration in Victoria or anything else your heart desires. Please contact our guest services team to build a multi-day experience that’s right for you.

And for the ultimate in exclusivity, call us to inquire about our six-room Villa Cielo package extension to allow you and YOUR friends and family to experience this relaxation retreat together for an exceptional price.

*Two night stay minimum; package price based on double occupancy in a Classic Room for arrivals Sunday through Thursday. Offer subject to availability; excludes applicable taxes and gratuity. Room upgrades available upon request for an additional cost.

[1]Alcohol and additional dining purchases not specifically stated in offer details are extra. Each breakfast for two at Alpina Restaurant denotes any food item on the menu; alcohol and gratuities extra.

[2]Whale watching package must be booked seven days in advance of chosen date of whale watching tour in order to guarantee a passenger seat reservation on one of Ocean EcoVentures’s vessels. Tours subject to availability. Children under 13 years of age are not allowed on the full-day whale watching tour. Any cancellations within 72 hours from the booked tour will be charged in full unless Ocean EcoVentures is able to resell your purchased seats. Also, within this 72-hour period, Ocean EcoVentures is not able to make date changes or departure time changes.

[3]Additional per night price based upon double occupancy in a deluxe view room and a half-day whale watching tour; full-day whale watching tour available at an additional cost.