Captain's Log

Fishing For First Timers

On the ocean with a cast down rigging fishing rod.

“Most adults suffer from a condition called AAD – Adult Adventure Deficit,” says local coach Vic Lindal. We think he’s right, and we have a perfect cure for it. There are few things in life that offer the adventure, the camaraderie, the relaxed enjoyment, and heart pounding excitement of an ocean fishing cruise.

To maximize your enjoyment and make sure your first ocean fishing adventure is everything you hope it will be, you need professionals to guide you - a captain and crew who know the local waters and weather, who know everything there is to know about fish, and — most importantly — how to catch them. Our ship’s captain has over 40 years of experience in offshore fishing. We know how to find the area’s best fishing spots, how to plan, and how to alter plans quickly as conditions change.

Preparation starts early in the morning for us. Before each trip, the captain pre-rigs the leaders, sets out the tackle and gear, and readies the ship before leaving the dock. A multitude of scenarios can and do arise on the water, and we want to be ready for anything.

To safely enjoy your fishing cruise, you need to make some preparations too. Here are a few pointers.

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Planning A Bachelorette Or Bachelor Party in Victoria

A bride-to-be toasts her bachelorette party aboard the Fantasea.

If you have a wedding on the horizon, you know how important it is to get started early if you want to hold your special day in the warmer seasons of spring or summer — especially if you're getting married in Victoria, where a summer wedding can mean competing with tourists for event venues.

At Fantasea Charters, we start taking reservations as early as January and February for spring and summer wedding events on our 41-foot party yacht: everything from family get-togethers and wedding showers to the main event — a small wedding ceremony on the water is just the thing for some couples!

But the type of event we get the most requests for are bachelor and bachelorette parties. Groups love taking advantage of the unique setting of a boat party, with room to dance and a hosted bar. Quite a few organizers also ask for help planning the event. Enough, in fact, that we decided to collect a list of tips here, to help you put together a great celebration for your wedding group in Victoria BC:

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Pacific Salmon Fishing in Victoria

William Hopkins takes a Chinook salmon out of a tanker truck and tags it. USFWS Photo/Steve Martarano

One of the many benefits to being located on Canada's west coast in beautiful Victoria BC is the mild weather that allows for year-round outdoor activities. Local fish species also appreciate the climate, frequenting the waters around Vancouver Island in all seasons.

Our very own Captain Godfrey has taken advantage of Victoria's never-ending fishing season to hone his skills every day, adding up to more than 40 years of experience. A professional fisherman, Godfrey knows the best fishing spots and times for all popular fish species in the Gulf waters.

And in January, that means salmon!

There's no need to fear the rain and cold that comes along with winter fishing. January can be a fantastic season for salmon, and with few other people out on the water you'll have your pick of the salmon population. With a covered and heated boat, you won't even have to worry about getting wet! So let's get started:

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Supporting Victoria Business This Christmas

A decorated Christmas tree at the Fairmont Empress Festival of Trees.

As the gift-giving Christmas season comes into full swing, it's time to shop local! Fantasea Charters is a proud supporter of local Victoria businesses, including our scrumptious catering suppliers, Truffles and Cakes Etc.!

There are tons of benefits to shopping local, including the gift of supporting your home community. Shopping at big chain stores usually means up to 80¢ of each dollar you spend leaves town. Shop at a local business, and that money gets recycled back into the Victoria economy. So have a look at some of our favourite local business and local business search engines!

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Funerals & Memorials At Sea — Honouring the Dead In Different Cultures

Paper memorial lanterns with well-wishes floating on the ocean off the shore of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Like the name suggests, a sea memorial is a funerary service held on a boat or other vessel out at sea. Most sea memorials take place some distance from the shore and involve a religious or personal service, the scattering of wreaths or flowers on the water, and individual speeches or tributes. Small candles may also be lit, and food may be provided. Often the vessel will circle around the site for a final farewell before returning to land. Upon request, the captain can provide longitude and latitude coordinates of the site for return visits or anniversary memorials in the future.

Of course, every memorial is different and the details are at the discretion of the organizers. At Fantasea Charters we can put you in touch with any number of services that you might need: from florists and catering to musicians and photographers.

A traditional Maritime Farewell for members of the navy is the service we see the most often, but there are many religions that allow or even encourage a memorial on the ocean. If you're considering a religious sea memorial, take a look at the information here and refer to your preferred religious advisor if you have any questions.

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Halloween For Adults in Victoria

Halloween Boat Party on the Fantasea!

October is a spook-tacular time in Victoria, with plenty of decorations around the city, events like the Zombie Walk and Wicked Victoria, and a ton of fun in the #VictoriaBOO (and #SidneyBOO!) hashtag.

There's no shortage of activities for kids, but sometimes adults want to get their ghoul on as well. And what better way than a night on the town?

Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but festivities are running all month. Here's a guide to having a terror-riffic October with your adult friends.

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Pacific Marine Wildlife in Victoria

Sleeping sea otters holding hands, photographed at the Vancouver Aquarium.

In our last blog post we covered some of the different birds you might see out on the ocean around Vancouver Island — but what about other marine life? On our popular wildlife sightseeing cruises you can see orcas, sea lions, porpoises, otters, and more. Come with us and learn a little more about these majestic creatures.

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The Sea Birds Of Vancouver Island

A laysan albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis. Credit to DickDaniels on Wikimedia.

As an island in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver Island has a broad collection of birds and wildlife, both on land and in the sea. Learning to recognize different species can bring us closer to nature and keep us aware of the world we live in. Here are just some of the birds you might encounter walking the ocean shores of Victoria, or on one of our wildlife sightseeing cruises.

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