Are there snacks or beverages on board?

The Ocean Magic sells packaged snacks and both hot and cold beverages on the boat. You are welcome to bring your own food onboard. There are no snacks or beverages on the zodiac-style boats.

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Are there bathrooms on the boats?

We have two airline-style washrooms on the Ocean Magic Express Cruiser. The open Zodiac-style boats are equipped with a chemical toilet for emergency purposes only. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

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Can we bring luggage on board?

Due to limited space, luggage is restricted to 50 lbs (23 kgs) per person on Salish Sea Dream. Luggage exceeding 50 lbs (including sports equipment, strollers and pet carriers) is not guaranteed and is subject to the amount of space available plus a charge of $2.00 per lb per leg of the voyage. Guests are responsible for transporting their own luggage to and from the vessel. Wheeled luggage is recommended. Backpacks are accepted. For our 3 hour tours from Victoria and our half-day tours from Vancouver, we have lockers in our office where you may store your belongings.

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Can we bring a camera?

Yes, bring your camera and/or video camera. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities. Don’t forget your batteries!

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What should we wear?

Please dress very warmly and wear flat, closed-toed shoes (strappy high heels are not ideal for marine travel). We will be travelling at more than 30 miles per hour (55km/h) and temperatures are at least 10 degrees C cooler on the water, so a windbreaker or jacket will help you to comfortably enjoy the outdoors. Zodiac passengers are required to wear our stylish red cruiser suits, which serve the dual purpose of keeping you warm and acting as a life preserver. Cruiser suits are required by Transport Canada to ride aboard the Zodiac. Ocean Magic passengers are encouraged to dress extremely warmly for their tour, but we are happy to lend them cruiser suits if they need them!

Don’t forget sunscreen, sun glasses (even if it’s cloudy, they help keep wind out of your eyes), binoculars, and an extra layer, just in case.

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What else will we see on our trip

In addition to killer whales, minke, humpback and gray whales, you may see Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall’s porpoise, harbour porpoise, harbour seals, elephant seals, California sea lions, Steller sea lions, bald eagles, common murres, rhinocerous auklets, and cormorants.

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