Marine Eco-Tours from Victoria’s, Oak Bay Marina
From the water’s edge to the mysteries of the sea floor, discover what the ocean can teach us.
Marine Eco-Tours EXPERIENCE
Imagine a marine tour where the only sounds are water lapping against the hull, seagulls arguing over a tasty crab on the beach, the rush of salty wind through your hair.
The sea air is fresh and the conversation is easy.
That’s what it’s like aboard the Ecosphere I, our one-of-a-kind landing craft with a zero emissions electric auxiliary engine, and equipped to export the diverse life in these sacred islands.
Journey to the Salish sea
Come aboard with our expert guides as we explore the ecosystems unique to our coast. Roll up your sleeves for hands on citizen science as our marine biologists and naturalists reveal the complex balance in a healthy ecosystem.
This fascinating glimpse into our local wild spaces will open your eyes to the wonders of land and sea. Get ready to experience wildlife up close, with a light foot print as we go.
We’ll take you on a journey into nature that just might change you forever
Join our ecologists, historians, captains & storytellers
On an expedition of discovery through the pristine waters of
Chatham and Discovery Islands (TL’CHES)
Martin created Ecosphere Coastal Tours in 2019 with the help of a great team of scientists, teachers and mariners. His motivation is to raise conscious awareness of our dependency on healthy and biodiverse ecosystems.
Garry is a retired biology and marine science teacher from Pearson College in Metchosin, where he spent extensive time leading students in field work and diving expeditions on and around nearby Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.
Paul has spent his life on and around the water here in Victoria. He holds a Masters Degree in Science, with studies in both marine biology and human psychology, along with expertise on hypothermia from his graduate work.
Ryan has worked and lived on the coast his entire life. Originally from Bowen Island, he later moved to the remote Sonora Island, where he worked in the areas surrounding the Discovery Islands.
Originally from Quebec City, Francois came to the West Coast in 1995 to live, surf and explore the wild places along our coastal shores. The years he spent in remote Ucluelet, and the close relationships he developed with residents and local Indigenous leaders, shaped his approach to life and instilled a profound desire to protect that fragile and special environment.
Richard is a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University where in 2003, he founded the MA program in Environmental Education and Communication. He has worked as a secondary school teacher, as an educator and head of public programs at the Royal BC Museum, as head of Interpretation for BC Parks and in the Biodiversity section of the BC Ministry of Environment.
CHARTER SERVICES THAT SUPPORT RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
Your partner in scientific exploration and conservation
We’re pleased to offer charter services of our vessel, equipment, and crew to companies, organizations, and institutions engaged in environmental research, habitat restoration, and education.
From student excursions and academic research to government studies and non profit conservation, we’re committed to partnerships that advance the preservation of our local ecosystems.
The film industry and companies with coastal and island infrastructure to maintain are clients too. We are equipped to handle cargo up to 2,500 kg and to provide a stable floating platform for a diverse range of projects.
Phone ahead at (250) 240-0084 to book.
From beach cleanups to marine life discovery and even nature walks, we can make an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
All tours take around 3 hours (depending on variables like tides and weather) and depart from the Oak Bay Marina.
Use the form below to design your journey.