Sea Safari FAQ’s
- What type of boat is the Sea Safari?
The Sea Safari’s are called Rigid Hull Inflatables. The hull is solid (rigid) and the sides are inflated tube sets. They are powered by twin 225hp Mercury Verado Engines.
- How many people are on one boat?
A maximum of 12 passengers on the boats provides everyone with space and views from every seat.
- How many boats are in the fleet?
We have three boats in our fleet, each can accommodate 12 passengers and for larger groups we can charter additional vessels from other companies.
- What can we expect to see?
You can expect to see beautiful scenery, rugged mountain coastlines, and wildlife such as birds and seals.
- What happens if it rains?
The tours do go rain or shine. The rain gives the tour an additional west coast flavor. We suggest dressing a little warmer with layers and hats and gloves.
- Do people get sea sick on the tour?
Generally people do not get sea sick on the tour. If by chance someone does happen to feel a little queasy,
our tour guide will bring them right back to marina and drop them off.
- What should we bring with us?
Dress for the weather. Layered clothing is always best as you will be suited up in our red
integrity suits which will help with the wind. Soft soled comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera. We have a secured facility to leave any valuables such as purses and any extra bags you don’t wish to take on the tour with you.
- What time do we need to check in?
We do ask our guests to be at the marina to check in with us 30 minutes prior to the tour time. This will give you time to meet your guide and use the washroom facilities and get suited up and ready for your adventure.
- How long are we actually on the water for?
The tour is 2 hours, we strive to have our guests out on the water for the full two hours, so please be sure to be
on time to check in so we can have the tour out for the full 2 hours.
- What is included in the tour?
The tour includes a 2 hour fully guided tour of Howe Sound. The use of our integrity suits, toques, and gloves and a whole lot of fun.
- Can I go on this tour if I am pregnant?
Unfortunately we don’t allow for pregnant women to go on the tour. It is a bouncy ride and safer for the baby and mom-to-be not to go on the tour.
- Is this suitable for someone with back problems or concerns?
The tour can be quite bouncy and the discretion is up to our guests. We do suggest to those with concerns and who still want to take the tour, to sit at the back of the boat right in front of the tour guide; the boat doesn’t appear to be as bouncy back there.
- What is the minimum age for the Sea Safari?
The minimum age for the Sea Safari is 5 years old.
- Will we get wet?
No, not intentionally. The boats do go quite fast and they are open hull, therefore water spray will come over the sides and into the boat but not enough to get really wet.
- Do we stop along the way?
Yes the guide will stop along the way to discuss the sights and scenes in front of you or to give you some interesting facts about the area. The tour does not stop where people can disembark the boat along the way.
- Is there a bathroom on board?
These are open hull inflatable boats and so there are no bathrooms on board. We do recommend using the bathroom facilities prior to embarking on your tour, as there are no bathrooms along the way.
Boat Rental FAQ’s
- What do you need to rent a boat?
We require boat renters to be 21 years of age, have a valid piece of Government issued photo ID and a credit card which matches the name on the ID. If you do not have a credit card, we then require a $800.00 cash deposit and ID.
- Do you need a special license to drive the boat?
You do not need a special license to drive the boat. You will be required to prove competency and complete a rental boat safety checklist with our staff on the dock prior to departure.
- How many people are permitted on the boats?
Depending upon which one of our boats you rent: our 17’s can hold up to 5 guests and our Super 17’s can hold up to 5 guests, a 6th is permitted under 100lbs.
- Can we bring a dog on the boat?
Yes dogs are permitted on the boats.
- Is there a minimum age permitted on the boat?
There is no minimum age requirement for our boat rentals, however the smallest infant life jacket we can provide is for 20-30lbs.
- Can we fish or crab from the boat?
Yes you are more than welcome to fish or crab from the boat in designated areas, however those fishing or
crabbing will require a Fishing License which we can sell you.
- Where can we go with the boat?
Our rental boundary is Howe Sound. There is a map provided on the boat that shows our rental boundary.
- Are there any other charges other than the hourly rate and insurance?
It depends on whether you need any fishing accessories or coolers with ice, these are additional costs. Tax is not included on rental prices.
- Can we make a reservation for a boat? What if we need to cancel the reservation?
Yes, Reservations are possible. On weekends and holidays we take reservations in advance for boats which depart the dock on or before 11am. After this time all remaining boats are on a first come first serve basis. During week days we can take rental reservations for any time of the day.
Unfortunately we are unable to make same day reservations.
If you do need to cancel we do ask that you contact us so we can release the reservation to ensure another customer
can get use of the boat.
- How much gas is included with the boat?
The boats are fueled to ensure a full speed for up to 4 hours.
- Do you have life jackets for children?
We do have life jackets for children starting at 20lbs. The maximum children’s life jacket is 90lbs. Children over this weight will be fitted with an adult life jacket.
- Is safety equipment included in the rental?
Yes safety equipment such as bailing devices, life jackets and paddles are included with the rental.
- What is the typical rental duration?
The length of time that people spend on the water can really vary. Those that are trying a little fishing on their outing usually spend on average 4-6 hours. Those exploring the various points of interest and may stop at an island for a picnic or to taste some of the local delicacies average around 4 hours. Those that follow our points of interest map usually spend about 2 hours. Howe Sound has so many experiences to offer, but our friendly staff can assist you to plan your route to achieve your boating goals.
- Where can we get to in 1 hour?
For those that have the time restraint in their day to a one hour excursion we offer one of two routes. When leaving Horseshoe Bay either north up towards Bowyer Island where you can see some unique cottages and sometimes seals resting on the rocks on the north side and keep your eyes peeled in the trees as well as you may often find a Bald Eagle perched looking for salmon at the surface. The second option is to turn and head south; this route will take you along West Vancouver’s shoreline where you can see some of the most expensive waterfront homes in Vancouver. Stop at the Point Atkinson Lighthouse and get a glimpse of the downtown Vancouver skyline and the Lions Gate Bridge. Keep an eye out for various birds and seals along the way.
- What are the deductibles for the damage insurance?
The deductible is the maximum amount of insurance you will pay if there is damage done to the boat. The deductible options are: $400.00 deductible or $800.00 deductible.
- What if i come down to the marina and there are no boats available?
We always like to ensure our guests get out on the water, so if you do arrive and all of our boats are temporarily not available, we will add your name to the wait list and let you know an estimated wait time. During that time we invite you to go and have a bite to eat at one of the wonderful restaurants Horseshoe Bay has to offer, or go for a walk through the park. We will contact you when your boat is ready.
Fishing Charter FAQ’s
- Do you provide groups for single fishermen?
All of our fishing charters are designed for the guest experience on an individual charter basis, therefore we are unable to put people together to form groups for charters. We do have a 1 person rate.
- Do you do group charters?
Yes we do group charters. Please contact our office for details.
- What type of fishing happens on a fishing charter?
Our guides troll fish for pacific salmon. Depending on the species (Chinook, King, Coho, Silver, Pink, Sockeye, Chum) being targeted, the guide may engage different types of tackle. However we mainly troll at a speed of 2-3kn and the guide will set out the gear.
- Where do your charters fish?
It depends on the time of year and where the fish are biting most frequently.
- Where can I purchase a fishing license from?
DFO has now gone to an online licensing system and we encourage our customers to purchase their license online, but we too can provide a fishing license for you if you are unable to obtain it yourself.
- Up to how many people can your charter boats accommodate?
Our charters can accommodate anywhere from 1-6 guests, depending upon the boat size.
- How long are your fishing charters?
Our fishing charters are generally 5 hours. You are welcome to extend the hours for an additional cost if you would like to fish for longer.
- What is included in the price of a fishing charter?
The price of our fishing charters includes everything needed to fish including the boat and guide. The price does not include: food, beverages, fishing licenses, salmon stamps, and taxes.
- What is the cancellation policy for fishing charters?
We do require advanced cancellation (48hrs) for our fishing charters to prevent a charge to your credit card.
- Do you have moorage available?
Please contact our marina office for more information on our moorage availability.
- Do you sell fuel?
Yes we sell both Gas and Diesel.
- Do you have vehicle parking?
Our vehicle parking is for our moorage customers and patrons of the marina facilities.
- Do you have a boat launch?
Yes we do have a launching ramp accessible to the public. We have 3 truck / trailer day use only stalls, which are
available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the marina for pricing associated with the launching ramp and truck / trailer parking.
- Do you have long term parking for a truck and trailer?
Unfortunately we don’t have long term parking for trucks and trailers. The closest facility to accommodate long term parking is Sunset Marina.