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Depoe Bay: Whale Watching Tour with Marine Biologist

1. Depoe Bay: Whale Watching Tour with Marine Biologist

Embark on an unforgettable trip to explore beautiful Depoe Bay in search of gray whales. You will be accompanied by an expert marine biologist and a team of marine naturalists. Prepare to be amazed by beautiful scenery and learn not only about all aspects of gray whales but also about all the other marine life that you will encounter on this trip including seals, sea lions, seabirds, and unique oceanographic features. Your marine biologist, Carrie Newell, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this tour. With an impressive 35-year tenure as a professor, Carrie's knowledge of the marine ecosystem is unparalleled. all while enjoying the scenery of the Bay and an incredible whale-watching experience. All photos were taken by marine biologist Carrie Newell.

Brookings: Pacific Ocean Kayak Tour

2. Brookings: Pacific Ocean Kayak Tour

Explore the Chetco River mouth and the Pacific Ocean on a kayak tour in Brookings. Feel the difference between calm river water and the waves of the ocean as you paddle in a single or tandem kayak. Keep a lookout for the teeming wildlife, including seals, pelicans, and many fish species. Leisurely paddle your way to the ocean from the pleasant estuary waters of the Chetco River — one of the cleanest rivers in the country. The boat basin in the Chetco River estuary offers the perfect water introduction. Travel through calm waters near fishing and leisure boat docks before entering the Pacific Ocean. Once there, see large kelp forests, rocky coastal habitats, and the prominent Chetco Point, a striking oceanside park. Observe the varied wildlife in the area from the headland that protects the ocean waters from the swells and wind of the open ocean. Keep a lookout for gray whales and harbor seals, which are fairly common sightings on this kayak experience.

Port Orford: Kayak Tour to Orford Heads with Gear

3. Port Orford: Kayak Tour to Orford Heads with Gear

Explore Orford Heads from the water on a guided kayaking tour. Paddle off into the Pacific Ocean with your guide and kayak to striking caves, arches, and hidden beaches. Keep an eye out for many different types of marine and coastal life, including whales and eagles. Start your morning with a visit to the office to get your wetsuit and gear for your tour. After a safety talk on the beach, follow your guide as you paddle into the Pacific Ocean and over to the majestic Orford Heads. Along your paddle, stay alert for many different types of intertidal critters, sea birds, marine mammals, and interesting geological formations. See small and big sea caves and a rock arch, as well as the historical site of the old Coast Guard Rescue Station Orford Heads. Learn first-hand from your local guide about the area and the animals that inhabit it. Ask questions, get close to the sea stars, touch a jelly fish, and maybe taste a couple of different kinds of kelp.

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