• “My family and I enjoyed the Howe Sound Sea Safari offered by Sewell’s Marina immensely! It was a blast seeing the wildlife, hearing the local stories from the guide and the boat ride itself was invigorating while we were tucked into our survival suits against the elements. This is truly an experience I would not want to miss!”

    Gabrielle Loren, West Vancouver, BC
  • “We rented a boat on a beautiful day – they gave us a great route to do for 2 hours. We had so much fun, and got to see the seals on the Pam Rocks, which was a very unique experience. All in all, wonderful, cheery, happy staff, who helped us have such a wonderful experience. I would recommend this to anyone, and has really made the Top 5 things we’ve done whilst here in Canada on our working holiday visa!”

    Annika, Vancouver, BC


  • “Amazing day on the water with our guide. He really knew his stuff and was patient with us as we were new to salmon fishing. We will definitely be back!”

    John, Calgary, AB
  • “I like to confirm our corporate outing was an absolutely amazing success – everybody was impressed & loved it much! I am convinced they still have their smile on their faces…So, many thanks to the team for making my event so perfect!”

    Kerstin, Langenhagen , Germany


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 boats can hold up to 5 guests and a 6th is permitted if they are 12 or under and under 100lbs. The 21 foot boats can accommodate up to 7 guests maximum.

  • 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 wish to rent a Swimming Ladder or not, this is an additional cost. Tax is not included on rental prices.

  • Can we make a reservation for a boat? What if we need to cancel the reservation?

Yes, ONLINE reservations are required for all boat rentals.  You can reserve online up to one hour in advance, but we recommend booking early as sometimes we are sold out.

  • How much gas is included with the boat?

The boats are fueled to ensure a full speed for up to 4 hours for the 60HP and 3.5 hours for the 90HP and 115HP.

  • 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. We have youth life jackets for children in between a child and 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. We do have a minimum of two hours.

  • 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.

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.

Marina FAQ’s

  • Do you have moorage available?

Our moorage is currently full.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist please complete the moorage application form at the bottom of the moorage page:  https://www.sewellsmarina.com/about/moorage/

  • Do you sell fuel?

Yes we sell both marine Mid-grade 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.