Featured Wildlife Viewing Trips with OARS
Providing a unique and unobtrusive opportunity to see animals in their native habitat, wildlife viewing is an inherent element of many OARS adventures. But if you’re particularly interested in wildlife viewing adventures, we invite you to check out the following itineraries which include everything from whale watching vacations in Baja to visiting the “Serengeti of North America” in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Whichever wildlife viewing adventure you embark on, one thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed.
Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching, Mexico – See dolphins by the hundreds, snorkel among friendly sea lions, manta rays, and even sharks, and experience pacific gray whales in close proximity in Magdalena Bay as part of this whale watching adventure.
Costa Rica: Pura Vida – Costa Rica’s rainforests are home to jaguars, three-toed sloths, spider and howler monkeys, ocelots and a great number of birds including toucan, king fishers, osprey and egrets. But it’s the 300-pound green sea turtles that will steal the show. Trips are timed to coincide with the million-turtle nesting miracle in Tortuguero National Park.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador – A wildlife lover’s dream destination, expect to see everything from giant tortoises, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and playful sea lions to countless marine and bird species, including Galápagos sharks, penguins, Darwin’s finches, frigatebirds, and boobies.
Bear Camp at Chilko Lake, Canada – If seeing a grizzly bear is on your bucket list, this is the place to do it. After all, it’s called “Bear Camp” for a reason. Other animals found in the area include California bighorn sheep, fisher, wolverine, bald eagle, and sockeye salmon which spawn along the shores of Chilko Lake.
Yellowstone & Grand Teton Explorer, Wyoming – Often referred to as the “Serengeti of North America” wildlife in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is abundant to say the least. The area is home to moose, pronghorn antelope and elk, as well as more than 300 species of birds including the bald eagle, golden eagle, osprey, and the western tanager to name a few. Bison, wolves, and close to 500 grizzlies also roam the region.
Zambezi River & Botswana Safari, Zambia – Some of the most amazing wildlife viewing found anywhere in the world is no doubt in Africa. On safari in Botswana’s Chobe National Park you’re likely to see elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebra, lions, hyenas, and crocodiles, not to mention an impressive number of bird species.
Snake River Rafting through Hells Canyon, Idaho – With over a 100 species of birds that call Hells Canyon home, a river trip on Idaho’s Snake River offers the chance to dust off your binoculars and check off a spectacular array of avian life. From falcons, eagles, swans and owls to plovers, doves, sparrows and thrushes, our Hells Canyon Birding Adventure is designed to coincide with the best conditions to view as many of these local species as possible.