A question that is frequently asked by our guests. Why the name Seasmoke?
Our company name Seasmoke is derived from
our earliest beginnings when we operated
our wilderness based camping and sailing tours from aboard our sailing vessel Tuan.
Beginning with the image of smoke rising
from our beach camp fires, it also incorporates the Seasmoke boat design of S.V. Tuan. The fog lifting from over the water is often
referred to as seasmoke and the glorious
plumes of seasmoke that rises upwards when
an Orca or Humpback whale exhales, is often described as seasmoke.
Even today, Seasmoke is the best way to fully describe our company and what motivates our passions. It represents our connection to the sea and to the marine habitat that we are so privileged to work in and live beside each day.
An Eco-tour that speaks volumes
We recognize and acknowledge that the environment is humanity's most urgent need to attend to and care for. We have known this and practiced this for more than two decades and in our own small way, we have endeavoured to make a difference.
On our sailing tours we burn minimal fossil fuels, we use
organics as much as we can in the food and beverages we serve
on board and use only non disposable kitchenware
in our galley. Our cleaning agents are biodegradable
wherever possible and we recycle plastics, paper, cans, and
We are small and consistent and personable. As a small family owned and operated business, we have maintained a high standard of quality and personable service for the past 24 years. Because our vessel is uncrowded you soon feel comfortable and at ease with your fellow passengers, personable skipper and crew member and while arriving as strangers you will depart as friends.
Passengers are delighted to return after an absence of mny
years, bringing with them their grandchildren, friends, and
other family members. They are always relieved to find that our eco-friendly tours have barely changed
over the years and that we continue to offer the same high standard
of service they had remembered from years ago.
For some, sailing
quietly with the whales is the ultimate whale watching experience
Aboard the S.V. Tuan the wind, ocean and
whales blend together as one. On those special days when the wind
in the sail propels the vessel soundlessly along and the orcas
and humpback whales exhale nearby, the sound of their rhythmic
blows punctuate the air with an astounding force. It is here
at this place and in this moment, that some of you will connect with a sacred
reverence for nature.
We pay attention to the details!
Thermo insulated suits are provided
for added comfort for those not dressed for the cooler temperatures
often encountered on the water. We have warm hats, gloves, and even binoculars for those who may need to borrow them.
The Devonshire teas (hot scones, jam and whipped cream) served aboard
SV Tuan are generous in portion and we have frequently been
told, "they are the best" as are
the fruity fresh baked organic muffins that are also
For children: cards, books, crayons and paper for
drawing are provided downstairs in the cabin of the S.V. Tuan where
there are also bunks for small children to take a nap on.
Given the fact that we have 4-5 hours to show you
what you have travelled
vast distances to see, our focus is on marine-life and the ocean. For some of you, this will be your first experience to travel on a sailboat and for others, it
will be your first time ever to see and be upon the
Seeing is what matters most, observing
the magical sights and sounds of the ocean and becoming at ease
with your surroundings.
|Guests on S.V. Tuan
That is what our tours are all about.
are not here to lecture you but we hope to instill in each of you a greater sense of awareness so that when you disembark
from one of our tours, the remarkable images that you
have witnessed from
being "right there" exposed to
and enlivened by, you will remember for a long
It is this learning; a lasting and deep set impression
that we want you to leave with. An instinctive knowledge shown to you
and your children that all species
living wild and free in Johnstone Strait and all other world oceans, rivers and continents, must be protected and
Your own exposure to this beautiful place on earth is a gift
to yourself and your children, you are the ones educating
yourselves in a rich and wonderful way.
We will share with you all that we know and together we will listen to the mystical sounds of vocalizing orcas and dolphins via our hydrophones.
Each tour will take on its own learning as the situation
We know that our time with you is short and invaluable. We
will do our utmost to inform and educate you but we will also
leave you alone to inhale of the pungent ocean air, to
observe and be silent, allowing time for the wondrous sights
and sounds to seep deep within you.
In this very special place on planet earth, spending time with the whales on one of our tours, you give to yourself and your loved ones an inspiring and precious gift.