Mike has always had a desire to see the world. After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a BA Honours Degree in Sports Tourism Management, he travelled to South Africa, Malaysia and Australia before spending two years working in the USA.Whilst in the States, he ventured on several trips north to Canada where he found his love for the country's natural beauty, cultural diversity and spectacular wildlife.
Since joining Audley, Mike has enjoyed further travels to Canada with highlights including watching orca off Vancouver Island and driving through the Rocky Mountains. Besides travelling, he enjoys camping in the great outdoors, the occasional round of golf and religiously following motor sport.
I'll never forget when…
The highlight of my time in Canada has to be whale watching in Tofino. Tofino is a place like no other due to its dramatic rocky coastlines and long sandy beaches, but because of its location on the Pacific, is a great place for viewing grey whales, humpback whales, orca, seals, sea lions and even a small sea otter or two. Departing Tofino harbour, you head out on either a covered boat or an open-top zodiac through the Clayoquot Sound and out into the open ocean.
The annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival takes place from March until May where nearly 20,000 grey whales pass within three miles of the shore on their migration south. They return north again during mid to late fall. The boats work together via radio so the chances of seeing whales are high. When you get close, the engines will turn off leaving you to drift along side the whales in their natural habitat. Sometimes, during feeding time or when they are just having fun, the whales will put on some fantastic displays which help make for some amazing photos and great memories.