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Victoria Whale Watch Tour

  • Whale-watching tour off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Spot killer whales (orcas), humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales from the comfort of a motor yacht
  • See other wildlife like sea lions, elephant seals and bald eagles who are abundant in the area
Victoria Whale Watch Tour
From US$85.66
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Experience an up-close encounter with northern Pacific marine life on a 3-hour whale watching cruise off Victoria’s coast. Travel out into the open ocean aboard a comfortable, motorized boat to look for native species like humpback whales, gray whales, orcas, elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. Learn about local marine ecology from a naturalist guide, and take in fantastic views of Vancouver Island in between animal sightings.
What to Expect

Head to the Victoria wharf to board your 61-foot (19-meter) motor yacht, the Marauder IV, which holds up to 84 passengers and features comfortable seating and a smooth, quiet ride. Meet your naturalist guide and head out from the harbor, cruising into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the body of water separating Canada's Vancouver Island from the United States.

As you cruise, your guide will help you spot the variety of whales that live in these Pacific waters, including orcas, gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales. Keep your eyes open for other marine life, too, like sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals and sea birds. You may even catch sight of a bald eagle.

During your journey, listen to your guide's informative, expert commentary about the biological and ecological features of the whales and their ocean environment. If you have any questions, ask away! And if the conditions are right, the boat's hydrophones can pick up and amplify the beautiful sounds of the orcas as they communicate with each other, giving you the amazing opportunity to hear the song of the whales.

If you get chilly, head inside the spacious heated cabin and warm up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. You can keep watching for whales through the windows.

Your tour ends with return to the wharf.

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1 - 5 of 37 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago
Whales worth the chill

We saw 6-7 whales, mostly as the surfaced for air which meant that they showed their tails. Rather chilly on the water but there were hot drinks and jackets on the boats to ensure our comfort. We moved away from where the whales were quite...More

1  Thank Canada044
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Canada044, Thank you for joining our Whale Watching & Eco Tour. We are very happy to hear you saw so much wildlife on your tour. As much as we would love to spend all day out there with the whales there is only so...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Great Introduction to Canada

We had the pleasure of taking a whale watching tour in early August. This was our first activity on our Canada Alaska trip and it was a great introduction. Not only did we see whales and orcas but we learnt so much more from our...More

Thank mrpbps
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello mrpbps, Thank you so much for the awesome review. Our Whale Watching tours are so much more than just Whales (although they are a special highlight). Our on-board crew are always ready to talk about the local wildlife and educate our guests on hot...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the cruiser with Ian as captain and Marcus telling us what we are seeing. We saw orcas everywhere. We saw a pod attack a porpoise and we saw the orcas playing. One came right up along side the boat. We saw a...More

Thank Kelly K
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

WOW Kelly K! It sounds like you had a trip of a lifetime aboard Marauder IV with Captain Ian and our Naturalist Marcus. That is super to hear, although I am not surprised because our crew are just awesome :) Whale Watching around Vancouver Island...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The whale watching trip was great....but read on:

Once we got on the boat, the whale watching experience was great, but there's more to the story. This is not an excursion for mobility impaired. It was difficult finding the right place to park our car and nobody warned us that we would need...More

1  Thank Gene
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Superb and knowledgeable persons

Could not have enough luck to watch the whales but both the persons on board were extremely polite and so much of knowledge about whales and everything we had to ask for. Must visit the site with them

Thank Pankajsahi
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Pankajsahi, Thank you for taking the time to review SpringTide on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to hear you had a great time on board Marauder IV, our large covered vessel. Thank you for joining us. Sincerely, Fiona Fogarty Sales & Operations Manager

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30 August 2018|
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Response from kldub | Reviewed this property |
I think it's very near to where the ships come in. Best to check out their website victoriawhalewatching They are extremely helpful and friendly.
Aggie K
7 July 2018|
Response from Jody A | Reviewed this property |
We went in the afternoon in the faster boat. But all boats get close enough to see the whales. (We wanted the speed of the fast boat!)They had seen a lot of whales in the morning that day too, so I don't really know if the... More