Our New Chapter ~ Seasmoke Stays in the Bay!

The time has come the walrus said………and so it has, time for us to wind down and allow for change as we enter into our fourth decade of Whale Watching from Alert Bay, BC.

In the mid 1980s, there was little awareness and initiative for tourists to take a tour out to watch whales and dolphins. Our only means of advertising our tours at that time was in magazine advertisements. The Internet with web-sites and personal computers had not yet been dreamed about or envisioned by travelers back in the 80s!

For those who have toured with us over the many years, some of you will remember those early days on the water and the food we served on board. As time went on, we began operating tours twice daily and always, on every tour we served Devonshire Tea on the way home. We ask ourselves, how did we do it all? Our answer ~ We were younger then!

Now in the summer of 2016 we are making a move towards change beginning with Dave and S.V. Tuan retiring. They are taking their first summer off from whale watching in 30 years with some relaxing time in the company of family and friends.

It is an adjustment to make and a necessary one if we are to continue offering a quality whale watching tour out of Alert Bay and Alder Bay. Our reason for continuing is a simple one, a passion for the area in which we live in and call home. Our surrounding waterways are protected and beautiful and are blessed with an abundant mix of sea birds, cetaceans and other marine mammals. It brings to mind a sense of magic, wonder and well being in a tiny corner of the world near Alert Bay, B.C.

Our season of 2016 has begun and we are happy to announce that Seasmoke Whale Watching stays in the Bay!

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10 thoughts on “Our New Chapter ~ Seasmoke Stays in the Bay!

  1. Happy Retirement, Dave! Hope all is well with you. We look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future. Love, Anne and Doug >

    • Hello you two! Thank you for your thoughts. Dave is a happy camper but he is as busy as usual doing other things. All is good with us and yes, there will be time for a visit…..lots of love from us both.

  2. Kim and I are glad we got to go out on two of your trips last year, it is something we will both remember, your love, excitement and knowledge on everything made it special, plus the refreshments you provided were delicious and healthy, four star !!.
    I hope Dave has a wonderful retirement.
    We wish you both well.
    Good luck on a new season.

    • Thank you Kim and Jill, your kind words are very much appreciated. While the new chapter is exciting for all of us it also makes Dave and I step back and reflect on all of those good times we have shared over the years with so many wonderful people, just like yourselves. We also wish you well!

  3. I have so enjoyed our excusions with you – especially staying in your wonderful accommodations and Dave bringing us fresh caught fish for our 10th anniversary (July
    2014). Happy retirement and we still look forward to seeing you again in the future

    Lauren and Al Darie

    • Lauren and Al, What great tours we have all shared! Thank you for those kind thoughts ~ it will be a treat to see you both again at some point in the future. Take good care and enjoy your 12th anniversary which is coming up soon!

    • Hello Stefan, Yes, after 30 years of whale watching on board our S.V. Tuan, the time has come for us to step back and make some personal changes in our lives. Our sailing tours throughout the years have been well loved and Dave and I have enjoyed it all, especially our returning guests, many of whom have become our dear friends. With nostalgic and cherished memories behind us, in moving forward in our new chapter, Seasmoke will continue to offer a quality tour with personal service. We are keeping to our small group size of 12 passengers or less on board and even though we have the ability to travel at a faster speed, we will mirror the classic cruising experience that our S.V. Tuan allowed for and opened our hearts to. Quiet times on the water, drifting slowly, listening to and enjoying the sights and sounds of the magic in our surroundings.

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