Spend a few exciting hours snorkeling with up to 250 harbour seals
that reside at Snake Island in beautiful Nanaimo! This is an accessible
year-round adventure for all capable swimmers in your family aged
over! Its sure to be the highlight of your Vancouver Island
wilderness experience. Be prepared for a good frolic with the seals
and some close encounters of the photography kind. These playful
characters are as curious about you as you are about them!
While youre observing and interacting with the harbour seals,
look around you and discover some of the other fascinating marine
life in our waters. There are countless varieties of bright and
beautiful starfish for you to gaze upon. Anemones clinging to the
rocks and forests of kelp will keep you entranced. Crab and other
crustaceans are jostling about for nutrients. The magic and mystery
of the sea will unfold in front of you!
has been out several times to Snake Island to swim with
the seals. Marlene's snorkelled all over Asia, Turkey and even been
swimming with the dolphins in Florida. She finds snorkeling at Snake
Island to be a much more exciting and natural experience and certainly
a lot more affordable! For less than you'll pay in other parts of
the world, you get a much better, more natural eco-adventure!
Do you need experience? Certainly not, but you do need to
be comfortable in the water and to know how to swim. Sundown Diving's
staff are qualified to coach you on the finer skills of snorkeling.
Is the water cold? Hey, this is Canada, not the Caribbean.
It's a little chilly but the wetsuit that's supplied will keep you
warm. It's a really comfortable way to spend the afternoon and when
you've had enough, just climb back onto the boat and you're 10 minutes
away from home! Will it be crowded? YES with seals, not people!
This absolutely thrilling eco-adventure is in it's infancy, so no
there won't be lots of other people out there, just lots of Harbour
According to Lonely Planet, snorkeling with the
seals is the #1 attraction in Sydney Australia. Why let them
have all the fun? Do it here for a lot less money!
For more information on current package rates and to book visit Sundown Diving's website now or call 1-888-773-3483. Please note that at The Buccaneer Inn we no longer directly sell snorkeling packages.
2 hour snorkel includes:
- Professional snorkel coaching
suit, boots, gloves, mask, snorkel & fins
- Boat transportation on a Coast Guard certified vessel
- All the time you need to fully enjoy this great natural experience
(usually 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the other members of your
- And as a guest here, you get to use of our recreational equipment
dryer to dry your wet snorkelling clothing and our after check
out shower facility if you've already checked out of one our great
more about Harbour Seals
Harbour Seals, (Phoca Vitulina) belong to the scientific order
Pinnipedia, which includes seals, sea lions and walruses.
Seals differ from sea lions in a number of ways, including having
shorter, stouter flippers, and no visible ear flaps.
The harbor seal is probably the most wide-ranging and abundant
pinniped. Four subspecies inhabit northern Pacific and Atlantic
coastlines. A fifth subspecies, Phoca vitulina mellonae, is
a landlocked group of harbor seals living in a freshwater lake called
Seal Lake in Quebec.
The most abundant subspecies is P.v. richardsian estimated
200,000 individuals inhabit the eastern North Pacific from the Pribilof
Islands to Baja California, Mexico.
Male harbor seals reach lengths of about 2.0 m (6.6 ft.) and weigh
as much as 170 kg (375 lb.). Females are slightly smaller, measuring
up to 1.7 m (5.6 ft.) and weighing in at about 150 kg (331 lb.).
Harbor seals swim with alternate back-and-forth movements of their
Harbor seals can remain submerged for up to 28 minutes and dive
to depths of 90 m (295 ft.), however, they routinely forage in shallower
waters. Harbor seals feed on squids, crustaceans, mollusks, and
Unlike most other pinnipeds, harbor seals are generally solitary
and rarely interact with one another. When hauled out, adults maintain
a meter or more (several feet) between them. Harbor seals are not
highly communicative, but if threatened a seal may respond by snorting,
growling, lunging or scratching.
seals along the Pacific coast usually give birth between February
and July. The well-developed pup may measure up to 100 cm (39 in.)
and weigh 12 kg (26 lb.). A pup nurses for
four to six weeks. Its mothers milk, containing as much as
45% milk fat, enables the pup to more than double its weight by
the time its weaned.