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Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel provided by Orca Spirit Adventures

Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel

Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
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About
You will travel on board in the comfort of a covered vessel with on-board bathrooms, complimentary hot drinks, snacks available for purchase, certified marine biologists, and indoor and outdoor viewing areas to experience the world’s best location to view whales in the wild. On this three hour tour from Victoria, British Columbia, and immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Pacific Ocean and its migrating orca whales. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait are renowned for their ample wildlife, including animals such as resident and transient killer whales, humpback whales, Minke whales, seals, sea lions and many marine birds to name a few!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Prefer luxury over adventure? Our variety of covered vessels all offer comfortable seating, full washroom facilities, and elevated outdoor 360-degree panoramic viewing decks – great for photo opportunities. You can enjoy a luxurious, easy-going ride, sipping complimentary beverages while listening to our dedicated and knowledgeable marine naturalists teach you about the wildlife you are viewing. This tour is wonderful for all ages, especially those looking for a serene experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Prefer luxury over adventure? Our variety of covered vessels all offer comfortable seating, full washroom facilities, and elevated outdoor 360-degree panoramic viewing decks – great for photo opportunities. You can enjoy a luxurious, easy-going ride, sipping complimentary beverages while listening to our dedicated and knowledgeable marine naturalists teach you about the wildlife you are viewing. This tour is wonderful for all ages, especially those looking for a serene experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7111P3
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • To request a shuttle pick up from your downtown Victoria Hotel, please call our office 24 hours prior to your tour departure.
  • 950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada Same dock as seaplane terminal.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • To request a shuttle pick up from your downtown Victoria Hotel, please call our office 24 hours prior to your tour departure.
  • 950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada Same dock as seaplane terminal.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
83 reviews
Excellent
53
Very good
15
Average
7
Poor
3
Terrible
5

Kaitlyn C
1 contribution
The highlight of our time in Victoria!
Oct 2021
My partner and I were able to book a just-in-time whale watching tour while we were in Victoria for a few days in early October. I was concerned about having enough time to do everything we wanted, but as soon as we got to Orca Spirit I didn't have to worry at all.

They made us feel very safe in these uncertain times, with clear instructions on how to navigate being on one of their covered boats, when to wear masks, where was safe to stand, etc. The guides were super friendly, got us all excited and engaged, and informative when we had questions. There was a nice balance between looking for wildlife, learning about how they operated their tours, and also learning about the areas we would go into. I felt very comfortable asking questions, and also just enjoying the scenery. We ended up seeing an array of porpoises, humpback whales, and seals - it was clear that the guides were just as excited as we were, and it was amazing how much we learned during the tour. It was so much fun! I felt very welcomed and would absolutely pick/ recommend Orca Spirit for future adventures.

I also really appreciated that part of their rates goes to environmental efforts and organizations - it made me feel like I was contributing to the community, and our Earth. Many thanks - and hope to take another tour next time I'm in town!
Written 18 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello kmacorlett700, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a glowing five star review on your recent whale watching experience! Here at Orca Spirit we take the health and safety or our guests and crew as our number one priority. We are so happy that you felt safe and comfortable on our tours, not only in regards to covid-19, but to also engage and ask questions to your on board naturalists. They love being able to share and educate their guests with the plethora of information they have. Nothing beats getting to see Humpback Whales, porpoises, and seals in their natural habitat in the Salish Sea. You're right! Each guests that comes on tour with us donates a portion of their ticket price to three nonprofit wildlife organizations in B.C! It's small costs like these that make the big difference in protecting our oceans and the wildlife that calls it home. Thanks again for recommending Orca Spirit Adventures to our future guests. We hope that we can welcome you on board with us again soon! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 25 October 2021
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William P
1 contribution
10/10
Oct 2021 • Couples
A delightful trip. Saw some humpbacks, porpoises and seals. The staff are super knowledgeable and helpful. A terrific time all round.
Written 18 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello U1462KEwilliamp, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a five star review on your recent whale watching tour! We are so thrilled to hear that you had a delightful trip with great whale and wildlife sightings! Thanks you for mentioning our crew, I will be sure to pass along your kind words. Thanks again for sharing your experience with our future guests, we hope to welcome you back on board with us in the future! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 25 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

on_the_go_98765
Tucson16,861 contributions
So happy to be inside the cabin!
Aug 2021
Visitors can opt to go on a zodiac (we said our prayers for them) and the more sane of us opted for the big ship with indoor seating (as well as above-board seating). Do you really know how long 3 hours is on a ship? It is long enough to turn into a human popsicle and get totally drenched. Or you can see the same thing inside, covered, and warm.

We've seen whales in Oregon (looking up at us from the immediate side of the boat, like reach down and touch them close), seen them in Maui, and elsewhere.

Okay, I have a confession to make: it mattered little to me to see (or not) an actual whale this time around. It was cold out there on the water, even in sunny August, and just seeing the Victoria coastline from the water was such a fantastic experience. The biologist/specialist narrations were incredibly awesome and her factoids made the trip all the more memorable. Leave a tip in their tip jar.

During our outing, we spotted "big mama" (humpback whale) and heard about the extensive whale- to-whale connection that now sees more of her BFF's where there used to be none. Word travels along the whale grapevine. Big mama has a following! Look for her on "you tube".

We saw the poor folks suiting up for the zodiac excursion and they had our sympathies. Little kids wore grown-up suits and looked like cartoon characters, swimming in that gear. Your kids will remember ... and think about this when they get to put you into a nursing home. Choose wisely, mom and dad. These chickens come home to roost. And your goose may be cooked.
Written 2 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello on_the_go_98765, Thank you for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a review on your recent whale watching excursion on the semi covered vessel. We are so fortunate to have the Salish Sea as our office and playground and we love being able to showcase it to our guests. You are right, it is cold once you are out on the Salish Sea, even on the semi covered vessels so we always recommend wearing extra layers to stay warm! I'm glad you were able to get to see Big Mama the Humpback Whale, she is a very well known and loved whale here in the Salish Sea. Thank you for mentioning our amazing crew, I will be sure to pass along your kind words. Thank you again for sharing your experience to our future guests. We hope to welcome you back with us again soon. Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 16 September 2021
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Marianne G
Bellevue14 contributions
Well done!
Aug 2021
Great fun whale watching (and other wildlife too) Staff were AMAZING! Super knowledgeable, friendly and helpful! Great tour company and well worth doing. (And part of the fee goes towards worthwhile ecological support)
Written 15 August 2021
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Hello marianneg685, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a great review on your recent whale watching tour out of Victoria. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your whale and wildlife tour with us. Thank you for mentioning our staff I will be sure to pass along your kind words. We live and breathe sustainability and being able to donate $4 per guest to 3 amazing local non-profit organizations, including, the Pacific Salmon Foundation( (P.S.F), the Marine Education Research Society (M.E.R.S), and Surf Rider. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria and we look forward to welcoming you back with us in the future. Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 4 September 2021
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Annika W
Victoria, Canada1 contribution
So much fun!!!
Aug 2021 • Friends
A great day and a great adventure all around. We saw a multitude of marine life and the highlight was watching a young humpback whale playing around. Staff was knowledgeable and super friendly.
Written 11 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi 656annikaw, Thank you for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor for our future guests. We are so happy that you had a great adventure while exploring the biologically diverse waters of the Salish Sea. Being able to see Humpback Whale playing in their natural habitat is a once in a life time experience. Thank you again for leaving Orca Spirit Adventures a five star review. We look forward to welcoming you on board with us again soon! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 18 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dendroctonus
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada147 contributions
Mulit-Generation Tour was Wonderful!
Jun 2021
We took 4 generations of our family out to see whales yesterday afternoon. It was the first time any of us have done anything since the pandemic began so it was specially important.

The youngest, who had never seen a whale, was 2.5 years old and the oldest was her Great Grandmother who, at 92, also had never seen a whale.
The trip was wonderful, a comfortable vessel for all involved, great, friendly and knowledgeable crew and some terrific whale viewing.
We spent a long time watching humpbacks lunge feeding in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Amazing to see this behaviour and hear about its significance form the crew. We then explored the area around the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where the Harbour Porpoises put on quite a show for such usually quiet little beings. We also saw the resident sea otter, elephant seals, seals and sea lions.
Thank you so much to the crew for making everybody's day.
Written 14 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello Dendroctonus, Thank you so much for sharing your five star experience on on Trip Advisor about your recent whale watching tour. We are thrilled that you were able to bring out 4 generations of your family to experience the wild on the Salish Sea. By the sounds of it, you really had an amazing tour with lunge feeding Humpback Whales and other amazing wildlife. Thanks again for sharing your experience with our future guests. We hope that we can welcome you on board with us again soon! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 18 June 2021
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HannahM
1 contribution
Brilliant
Sep 2020 • Solo
The crew members were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a small pod of 3 Killer Whales. It’s hard to capture the photos on your phone but the crew are also taking photos with their amazing cameras and share where to access the photos from your trip afterwards which is super helpful.
Written 6 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello HannahMacDee, Thank you for choosing Orca Spirit Adventures for your recent whale watching tour! I am so glad that you were able to experience Killer Whales in the wild while on tour with us! We are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing wildlife! Please be sure to view your photos on Flickr by searching Orca Spirit Adventures and finding your tour photos by the album date! We look forward to welcoming you on board with us again soon! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 10 September 2020
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Jessica M
1 contribution
Amazing trip!!
Aug 2020 • Family
Thank you Orca Spirit for the amazing trip! Our family would highly recommend your next whale watching trip with this company. The naturalists are very informative, professional and have passion for their jobs. We went on a covered vessel tour with our young daughter and everyone was very helpful. Thank you Rachael, Leah, Jordan and the rest of the Orca Sprit crew for showing our daughter whales for the first time!!
Written 1 September 2020
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Hello P18XYjessicam, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review on your recent whale watching tour! We are thrilled to hear that your daughter was able to experience her first time seeing whales with us! We are so fortunate to have such passionate and informative crew. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to them! Thank you again for recommending our company to future guests. We look forward to welcoming you on board with us again soon! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 2 September 2020
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Petra
1 contribution
Absolutely amazing!
Aug 2020 • Friends
Had an amazing time! The naturalists and captain were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Any questions asked were answered in detail, it was clear the naturalists knew what they were talking about! We were able to get so close to a pair humpback whales it was absolutely incredible. I would recommend to anyone!
Written 10 August 2020
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Hi Petra, Thank for sharing your five-star review of your recent whale watching tour with us at Orca Spirit Adventures! When the vessel is stopped and we are just sitting viewing the whales, these moments can be filled with so much anticipation as you never know where they may pop up! It sounds like you had quite an exciting encounter! We are so lucky to have such a passionate crew that love to share their knowledge and excitement for the wildlife with our guests on board. Thank you for your recommendation to other guests looking to whale watch in Victoria, BC. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely, Laura
Written 13 August 2020
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jenna n
1 contribution
Would recommend!
Jul 2020 • Family
The guides were so informative and we got to see some amazing sea life, thank you! My mom and I will for sure be coming back.
Written 28 July 2020
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Hello jenna n, Thank you so much for choosing Orca Spirit Adventures and taking the time to share your review! We are so happy to know that you and your mom had an amazing time out on the water. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by such incredible marine wildlife, and we love being able to share it with you! I will be sure to pass along your kind words to our crew. We hope to see you on board with us again soon! Regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written 30 July 2020
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Great Customer Service
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Amazing experience!!
Thank you so much Orca Spirit for this amazing experience! My friend and I visiting Victoria right now and was our
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Fantastic day out
Absolutely fantastic day out We saw killer whales and humpbacks exceeded my expectations Staff were amazing helpful
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Zodiac whale watching tour October 4th
Had a great day on the water with these guys. We were lucky enough to see some brief sightings of a mother humpback
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excellent zodiak trip
Wonderful trip. The guide, Sarah, was excellent. We had an incredible time watching Orcas and Humpbacks!
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Well watching at its finest
Excellent tour! We were taken to the San Juan Island, Deer Harbour on Orcas Island. We saw a family of four circlin
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Unique experience!
It was quite the experience! We got quite early for the check in, the host reccomended to get on the Zodiac that wa
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Excellen Experience(s)
I loved my experience so much I actually went a second time with these guys before I left Victoria. First of all, I
Dendroctonus
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Outstanding, safe Whale Tours
A very professional whale watching company who did a great job during Covid restrictions of entertaining and educat
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Highlight of our vacation
Best whale watching experience ever.Knowledgeable and friendly guide who spoke of marine life and the area. Saw and
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Amazing adventure on the open water!
Amazing experience despite rough seas on the return trip! Loved being on the open water and our Captain - Aidan - n
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Great whale watching!
Had a lovely tour in Port Renfrew. Our guide was highly experienced and knowledgeable about the area and we learned
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Wild whale watching in Wild Renfrew
Captain Matt took us for a wild ride in the zodiac along the beautiful coastline and then into open pacific waters.
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A whale of a day
The trip surpassed our expectations. Our skipper Matt was great and made our day. He was not only welcoming and fri
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Great experience. Great value.
Excellent experience. Killer whales came right at us and saw a humpback as well. The Zodiac road very smoothly in r
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