Vancouver Island Photo Tours

Rolf Hicker & Family / We are Sustainable, Ethical & Private

Experience the northern part of Vancouver Island like only a few do. These packages are only suggestions, contact me with your requirements so I can put a custom package together for you.

sustainability certified

Vancouver Island Photo Tours

Rolf Hicker
1003 Ocean Place
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0, Canada

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📸 Can you catch the untamed expressions of these captivating critters? 🐾 Join us in a game of "Caption these Critters" and unleash your creativity! 🌟 📝💭 Don't miss this chance to connect with the wildlife enthusiasts in our community! 🌿✨ #WildlifePhotographyFeed #CaptionContest #UnleashYourCreativity⁠⁠Sea otter, Enhydra lutris, belongs to the weasel family, photographed of the west coast of northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
✨ Dive into the magical world of nature's vibrant tapestry! 🌈 Witness the breathtaking beauty of rainbow-colored blows from the majestic northern resident orca whales, as they grace our waters. As we reminisce on past adventures, we can't wait to embark on new journeys with our guests and these incredible creatures. Stay tuned for more awe-inspiring moments on our ours as we prep for the season ahead! 🐋💦 #NatureSpectacle #OrcasOfTheNorth #SpectacularBlows #NatureLoversUnite⁠⁠Rainbow coloured blows from Northern Resident Orca Whales (Killer Whales, Orcinus orca), (A55, A107, maybe A34), A434's, passing through Weynton passage off northern Vacouver Island, First Nations Territory, Traditional Territories of the Kwakwaka'wakw People, British Columbia, Canada.⁠ ⁠Shot with a 200-600mm lens on a Sony a7Riv, cropped.⁠
🌱🎉 We're thrilled to announce a milestone achievement for our company! 🎉🌱⁠We are proud to be the second and smallest business on Northern Vancouver Island to be certified as a Biosphere Sustainable Tourism Destination! 🌍♻️ ⁠⁠This prestigious certification recognizes our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.⁠⁠As a small company, this accomplishment means even more to us. It reflects our dedication to making a positive impact on the planet while providing exceptional experiences for our guests.⁠⁠From implementing eco-friendly practices in our operations to supporting local conservation efforts, every step we take is guided by our commitment to preserving the beauty of our region for future generations.⁠⁠Thank you to everyone who has supported us on this journey. ⁠⁠Together, we are proving that sustainability is not just a goal but a way of life. ⁠⁠Let's continue to work together to protect our planet and create a brighter, greener future for all. 💚🌿 ⁠
🌟 Another shining review, we're beyond grateful for the love and support from our incredible guests. Thank you for trusting us to make your stay truly unforgettable. 💖 #StrangersTodayFriendstomorrow #BucketListAdventure #OnceInALifetimeExperience⁠⁠👉 "Best Honeymoon!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I cannot recommend Rolf and his tours enough. We started our honeymoon with Rolf, staying 4 nights and having three amazing tours.⁠⁠There’s always a risk when wanting to see animals in the wild that they’re not there or they’re having an off day. They’re only predictable to a certain point. Rolf was amazing in understanding the animals behaviours and helping us see as much as possible. One thing which was important to us, and the reason we wouldn’t go to sea world to see the orcas, was making sure we didn’t disturb the animals or upset them in any way. Again, Rolf was considerate of all the animals we saw, ensuring we weren’t distressing them or making an impact of their day. Even with all of that, sometimes the animals, particularly the whales chose to swim extremely close to us which was an amazing experience.⁠⁠Rolf’s knowledge of the animals and the issues that they’re facing was second to none. We learnt so much and are more aware of the little things we can do to ensure we’re not contributing as much to the decline of these beautiful creatures.⁠⁠We also stayed in the b&b. The rooms were lovely and the bed (the most important part when doing long boat tours) was huge and so comfy!⁠⁠We had breakfast and lunch on the boat most days, and what was provided was more than we had imagined possible on the water. Absolutely delicious and Rolf and his team always went above and beyond.⁠⁠If you’re considering any of the tours I would 100% recommend and if you can book a few days. It gave us more flexibility to see more depending on what the weather was doing and then which animals are likely to be doing what.⁠⁠We cannot thank Rolf and the team enough for making our honeymoon a once in a lifetime experience!! If we can manage to make it back we certainly will."⁠⁠#MakingMagicHappen 🙏✨ 😉
🎉 We're beaming with joy to share another stellar 5-star review from one of our wonderful guests on TripAdvisor! 🌟 Your words ignite our passion and drive us to continually exceed expectations.⁠⁠👉 "An amazing day with Rolf Hicker! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rolf has been doing this for years, so he knows where to find the best photo opportunities and he has tons of information about the area and the wildlife if you’re interested. We had lots of questions and he had all of the answers. He only takes small groups (there were three of us) unlike the boats we saw with lots of people on them, and he quietly got us nice and close without disturbing the wildlife. It’s a full day out on the water and I was recovering from a broken wrist, so when my wrist got tired he set me up with my camera on a pillow in a window of the boat — how kind! We saw grizzlies (even a mama and her coy - baby cub), humpbacks (again a mom and baby), eagles, a black bear, sea otters, porpoises, and a sea lion. But even if we hadn’t seen those it would have been a great day - spectacular scenery, great conversation, and a fun boat ride. Worth every penny!⁠"⁠ 🙏✨ ⁠⁠Your kind words inspire us to continue raising the bar, and we couldn't be more grateful for your support. 🙏✨ To those considering a stay with us, we invite you to experience the magic firsthand!
🥳 We like to share the love 💌 when our guests take the time to leave us a review. We have incredible guests stay with us from all over the world 🌍✨ Your feedback means the world to us and fuels our passion to deliver exceptional experiences.⁠⁠👉 "What a day… ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ One of the best highlights of our 100 days trip trough the west of Canada.⁠It was a great day, starting early with the sunrise. Rolf and Sarah picked us up⁠and we started the „trip of surpise“ with a humpback whale, 5 minutes later.😎⁠It was realy a great exclusive day, with respect for the wildlife and a lot of⁠experiencies. Rolf‘s and Sarah‘s hostpitality makes the day quiet comfortable, showing⁠more or less the complete programm, without any pressure of time.⁠Thanks to both of you, spending a day with us, we will never forget, comply with our desires.⁠For sure we will plan such a day again, when we visit the west of Canada next time.⁠…..and hopefully, that will be soon……..😉⁠Maria & Christian"⁠⁠Thank you Maria & Christian, we look forward to welcoming you back anytime!✨ ⁠⁠Check our our reviews on TripAdvisor here or follow the link in our website by clicking the link in our bio -
We've been a little quiet on here because this happened, right on our doorstep - who knows what this is? Funny answers welcomed if you know already 🤫⁠⁠#CaptionThis #GoNorthIsland #OceanTherapy #NaturalMiracle #CircleOfLife #beautifulbritishcolumbia #HelloBC #CanadaPhotoLovers #PhotoADay #VanouverIsland #OceanLovers #VitaminSea #FancyADip 😉🌊
A beautiful Grizzly bear we were lucky enough to observe in Knight Inlet, Traditional territory of the Da’Naxda’xw Awaetlala First Nation, British Columbia, Canada. She held onto both floating logs not wanting either to float away while she snacked on the mussels from both. It was a beautiful thing to observe from the boat. Looking forward to seeing what cool bear observations we will get in the season ahead 🤞#grizzlybear #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #BearWatching #bearlife #bears🐻  #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeconservation ##ecotours #FamilyFriendly #intothewild