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Victoria Whale Watch Tour provided by SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters

Victoria Whale Watch Tour
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from $113.96 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Apr 1, 2021
A note from Victoria Whale Watch Tour
Guests will be greeted on arrival at the check in office and staff will answer any questions that arise. They will then administer a short questionnaire confirming all Health BC safety protocols are met.
What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
About
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
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3530WHALE
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Professional naturalists and biologists on board each trip • 3 hour tour departing downtown Victoria
Exclusions
Gratuity (optional) • $3 Wildlife Conservation Fee plus 5% GST
Duration
3h
Departure details
1119 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4, Canada Your check in office is located on Wharf Street (street leve)l, beside Bastion Square. Look for a 3 story, very pretty yellow historic building. Our entrance has a white hanging sign over the door and there is a 'sandwich board' on the sidewalk. Darcys Pub is right next door to us.
Inclusions
Professional naturalists and biologists on board each trip • 3 hour tour departing downtown Victoria
Exclusions
Gratuity (optional) • $3 Wildlife Conservation Fee plus 5% GST
Departure details
1119 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4, Canada Your check in office is located on Wharf Street (street leve)l, beside Bastion Square. Look for a 3 story, very pretty yellow historic building. Our entrance has a white hanging sign over the door and there is a 'sandwich board' on the sidewalk. Darcys Pub is right next door to us.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your travel date
Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
Tours are subject to weather conditions and passenger demand
If your tour is within 48 hours, please contact SpringTide (number located in voucher) to confirm your tour
This vessel is not wheelchair accessible, but we have had guests with collapsible chairs and limited mobility join the tour
Please note that check-in office has no secure storage for personal possessions
Suitable footwear (flat sole, closed toe) and at least 1 extra layer of clothing recommended. Ocean air often feels 10-15 degrees cooler than experienced in the city
Please inform SpringTide if any child 23 months or younger is part of your group
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 84 travelers
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5.0
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Deb Kühl
Ladysmith, Canada3 contributions
"Left a beautiful imprint on our hearts"
Nov 2020
This was definitely a highlight of our family adventures this year. Captain Ian knew exactly where to go to find the humpbacks, sea lions, and even some gorgeous orcas. We were treated to an incredible show of nature! Our host- naturalist & marine biologist Izzy was super knowledgeable and told us neat details about each of the animals which made it extra interesting, and was also really funny and gave us lots of laughs :)
A first class experience and a first class crew! Can't wait to go again :)
Written November 12, 2020
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Thank you Deb, It was a pleasure seeing you and your family on board. We all shared in a great afternoon and a memorable tour. We never get tired of the natural beauty that can be found here so close to Victoria. You joined us a a wonderful time of year to view the humpback whales. At other times of the year other species come to the fore. This ever changing cast of characters is what keeps these tours special all year round. Thanks again.
Written November 21, 2020
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Westcoast Chick
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
Life changing!
Oct 2020
We went out on the covered boat not sure what to expect. Well let me say this was life changing! We saw WAY more whales then we expected and just LOVED the information that our naturalist, Heather, shared. She was just as excited as we were and had a really fun way of explaining what we were seeing and asking questions that carried into stories about stuff we couldn't see but really helped us understand why these whales do what they do.We spent tons of time with them, and we also just watched them in silence to hear them breathing. Just WOW. The captain was really good at figuring out where we needed to be and even tried to turn the boat the right way so we weren't staring into the sun. We got some really awesome pictures! There was lots of space on the boat and we could sit inside to warm up too. I can't wait to come back out with these guys again some time. They seem to really love their job and working together, and made sure we felt like part of the team for the day. Super friendly! Thanks Ian. Thanks Heather.
Written November 6, 2020
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Thank you for the great review! I am always so happy when others share the feeling that this can change your whole view of life. It is magical when we are lucky enough to experience these awesome wild animals within the rugged beauty of the Salish Sea. Our vessel the Marauder IV provides a comfortable platform to become immersed in the this wild marine world and as you saw the crew are excellent. In these times when we face more restrictions in day to day life it is a special moment to be able to safely step outside and take a moment to breathe some fresh air. We would love to see you again. Each time is always new and special.
Written November 21, 2020
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Josie K B
Victoria, Canada6 contributions
Amazing Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour
Oct 2020
My friend and I enjoyed an amazing whale watch on October 31, 2020. Our naturalist, Heather, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Captain Ian made sure the boat was well-positioned so we had the best views of the whales. And there was SO much wildlife that day! We saw at least 15 humpback whales and spent lots of time with the different groups. It was a treat to see the Dall's porpoise playing in the boat wake as we travelled. There were so many of sea lions at Race Rocks! I highly recommend SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours to anyone who is considering getting out on the water to enjoy the marine life around Victoria. It is a safe experience and really fun! You'll be glad you went!
Written November 3, 2020
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Meander820157
Thank you so much for the great review .It is a wonderful part of the world where we are. It's always a privilege to be surrounded by such wild beauty. We are very happy you felt the same.
Written November 21, 2020
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Karen F
Winnipeg, Manitoba129 contributions
Fantastic Experience
Sep 2020
We really enjoyed this adventure. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The policies for Covid are in place, with social distancing and masks. When we spotted some whales we were given lots of time to view them and to take videos/photos. Be sure to dress warmly, even on a warm day. Once you get out on the water it gets chilly! They have sanitized coats and pants that you can wear if you get cold - which I did! If you're in Victoria don't hesitate to take this tour.
Written September 23, 2020
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Hello, karenfL6003MS, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review! Even with the sun shining it's easy to forget the ocean can be much colder - having those extra layers on board is a real life saver. I'm so happy our Captain and Crew were able to help you have such a great time with the animals, as well feeling safe with our new protocols. Thank you so much and we look forward to taking you on your next adventure! Cheers, Morgan
Written September 28, 2020
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Remi Tom
2 contributions
Excellence
Sep 2020 • Couples
We picked the company at random! We picked Right! 😁 The guides are very informative and the boat was powerfully sea worthy.
Written September 23, 2020
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Thank you Tlaoqui! We appreciate the kind words - I'm glad the power of the universe (or internet!) brought us together creating a great time on the water :) Cheers, Morgan
Written September 28, 2020
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Stephanie D
3 contributions
An Experience of a Lifetime
Sep 2020 • Couples
Where do I start!!? First the staff was amazing! Very educational, passionate and fun. We headed out into the Salish Sea, where we came within feet of a curious Humpback whale, followed a pod of transient Killer Whales and toured Race Rocks where there were tons of California Sea Lions and Seals putting on a show!
Written September 23, 2020
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Dear stephaniedC6502UF, Thank you for sharing your appreciate with us! That sounds like a truly stunning experience and I'm so happy you were able to get such a variety of wildlife to see. It's not hard to be passionate about such truly incredible animals and this beautiful area - it's even better when we get to share these moments with our guests :) Cheers, Morgan
Written September 28, 2020
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D. Hall
1 contribution
Epic
Sep 2020
Had a great afternoon out on the water. Although originally from the coast I had never been on a whale watching tour and the experience didn't disappoint even for a local! Well run operation with knowledgable naturalists. Not only did we see orcas out by East Sooke, I really enjoyed the boat trip out past race rocks. Recommended!
Written September 7, 2020
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Thanks, socks_in_sandles! We are so happy you were able to experience the coast from a different perspective. Sometimes, as a local, you don't get the opportunity to play tourist in your own town and it's great to know the Orca's made an appearance that day! We appreciate the wonderful review and look forward to taking you on your next adventure :) Cheers, Morgan
Written September 28, 2020
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Grace W
London, UK16 contributions
Beyond expectations
Aug 2020
Expert and friendly guides. Covid 19 precautions taken very seriously. We went out on the most beautiful day and saw a family of orcas. Absolutely break taking. Obviously there's no guarantee you'll see whales, but you are in the best possible hands with Springtide. They receive constant updates on sightings in the area so plan the tour around them.
Written August 17, 2020
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Thank you for the review, GraceWilliams103! We are so happy we were able to create a memorable experience for you while also making you feel safe. Our Captain really is passionate about finding our superstar Orcas and it's just so fortunate they were in the area that day! We appreciate the kind words and look forward to having you aboard next time :) Cheers, Morgan
Written September 28, 2020
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Leilani P
1 contribution
Fantastic Experience!
The fantastic and knowledgeable crew made the entire experience amazing! Would recommend to anyone looking for the perfect whale watching experience!
Written August 17, 2020
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Thank you, 347leilanip! We really appreciate the kind words! We look forward to taking you out on your next whale watching adventure! Cheers, Morgan
Written September 28, 2020
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westcoastchick
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
Dream come true
Aug 2020
WOW! This was such a fun tour! I came to the island for a short holiday and whale watching was always a dream of mine. I didn't really know what to espect, but this was simply amazing. We saw three hump back whales and so many other animals. I was a little worried about how they would do things on the boat because of the corona virus so was super happy with how organised the crew was. Already in the office I felt good during the check in - so friendly and patience. They gave us the face covering (I love my whale buffy - thank you) and on the boat made sure we all sat spaced out by assigning a seat. We was allowed to walk around the boat and see the whales from anywhere but I also was very happy to return to my seat when I wanted. I was upstairs most of the time but also went down to enjoy the stories they told about the whales. One of the crew could even speak in Spanish with me - thank you Heather! I think this crew has worked together for perhaps some years as they had a very nice system and have fun together. They were so professional it made me feel really happy and calm. I'm really happy I choose you for my dream come true. I want to go out with you again next time I come to Victoria!
Written August 14, 2020
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Dear ticaencanada, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. It's wonderful to hear that you got to see so many Humpback whales and a variety of other sea life on your trip! It is always such a treat to see such amazing animals in the beautiful setting of the Pacific Northwest. We are so glad you chose to come with us to fulfill your dream. The whale buffs are great and we hope every time you wear it you remember your dream come true :) It's always nice to hear such lovely feed back about our staff as well, e love being able to share our knowledge and enthusiasm with our customers! We look forward to welcoming you back onboard again soon. All the best, Izzy Naturalist
Written August 17, 2020
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By: SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
CJCamano
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Outstanding Customer Service
Although I wasn’t able to take a trip with Spring Tide I want to commend Captain Ian and the office staff for excel
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Fantastic beyond our expectations
The staff were all kind, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic.They made our trip and we will remember our experience
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Highlight of Vancouver Island
Group of 5 friends who made last minute decision to do a Whale watching trip, after thinking all were closed for th
R2kj
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Amazing Christmas Eve trip!
Couldn't recommend this tour more! Even though it was late in the season we saw humpbacks really close to the boat
Scorp113
Scorp113
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Amazing Christmas Eve Experience!
We left Victoria Harbour at about 1pm with Springtide. Captain Ian was incredibly knowledgeable about the surroundi
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Great experience seeing Orcas!
This was an amazing experience with an amazing guide. I was definitely pumped that they were still doing tours in N
Terry B
Terry B
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Spring Tide Whale Watching
Who knew Orcas lived so long, thanks for the great marine lesson on Orcas Captain Ian Robert's. Also, thank you fo
Roy1235
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What an amazing experience, being surrounded by 15 humpback whales!
What an amazing experience! Because it was the low season in terms of tourists, we had the zodiac to ourselves! We
Roving78857
Roving78857
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Amazing whale watching trip
The captain took just three of us out in the zodiac despite the rain. He was very knowledgeable and an amazing gui
ckchia1018
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The best whale watching tour
We booked 2 hours before and having a doubt that will we see any whale in this season. Turn out, we see a group of
BLM666
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Humpback delight
A sunny October day. We were not too sure to do a trip that late in the year. However, turned out to be one of the
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One humpback in calm seas, and several orca in some swells and rain
had a great time we saw one of the humpback whales gave a good view or two of its tail, then we rushed out into the
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S6075ZGjulieb
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Excellent whale watching trip
We spent a great 3 hours on a Springtide boat a couple of days ago with Heather & Emma as our guides. We were luck
ZT777
ZT777
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Unforgettable Experience
We had an amazing tour with Springtide. To add to the thrill of travelling on the water on a Zodiac, our skipper L
Aussiealbino
Aussiealbino
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An exceptional experience
As soon as we walked into the office we knew we were going to have an amazing day. All the staff we came into conta
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