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Victoria Whale Watch Tour
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Victoria Whale Watch Tour

By SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Recommended by 96% of travelers
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$99.20
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Ages 0-99, max of 84 per group
Duration: 3h
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Mobile ticket
English
Features animals


  • Professional naturalists and biologists on board each trip
  • 3 to 3.5 hour tour departing downtown Victoria
What's not included
  • Gratuity (optional)
  • $5 Wildlife Conservation Fee plus 5% GST


Departure details
  • 1119 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4, Canada Check-in 30-45 minutes prior to your tour departure time. The check in office is located at 1119 Wharf St (at street level & not at dock). Look for white sign over the door and a 'sandwich board' on the sidewalk and Darcys Pub next door.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3530WHALE

  • 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
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 84 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
Victoria Whale Watch Tour price starts from $98.35. Discover and book Victoria Whale Watch Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Victoria Whale Watch Tour cancellation policy?
Victoria Whale Watch Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Victoria Whale Watch Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
Victoria Whale Watch Tour is hosted by SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Victoria Whale Watch Tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Victoria Whale Watch Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3530WHALE

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

wgsutherland
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A Stellar Afternoon!
Had an exceptional afternoon on the water yesterday with the fabulous Captain Ian, Captain Yves, and Naturalist Cai
CJCamano
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
deborahdW7984MM
deborahdW7984MM
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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
Ej1504
Ej1504
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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
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
amysuela33
amysuela33
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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
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
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
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
thx1138RyanR
thx1138RyanR
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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
S6075ZGjulieb
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
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wgsutherland
Victoria, Canada3 contributions
Jun 2021
Spent the day on the water yesterday in perfect summer weather and calm seas. We were on the Marauder covered vessel. Have been whale watching many, many times in the last 26 years. Every time is just as exciting as the first time, and yesterday was no exception! We saw several humpbacks, and at least 20 transient orcas (Bigg's Killer Whales). Multiple sightings. Many behaviours. It could not have been a better trip! The boat is ultra safe, spacious, scrupulously clean, and comfortable. The crew are amazing . . . especially Captain Ian and Naturalist Heather. The captain is exceptionally skilled at manoeuvring the vessel to get the most and best sightings while perfectly following government whale regulations. Commentary throughout the trip is informative, but not intrusive on the experience. I would highly recommend Spring Tide Whale Watching!
Written June 27, 2021
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What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience in such detail – it means a lot to us. Both Heather and Ian have been guides for more than a decade; they love what they do and take great joy from sharing their passion with guests. We’re proud to work with such knowledgeable and professional people. Your interaction with the whales sounds exciting for sure! Did you get some good pictures? Be sure to check out our social media to see what our photographer captured to share with you. When you’re ready for your next tour, let us know; we’d love to welcome you back on board again!
Written August 10, 2021
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World Traveller
1 contribution
Jul 2022
WOW. When I booked this tour I had no idea we'd have this much fun! I hoped we'd see whales but I never imagined we'd learn so much from our guides, and that their stories would be so entertaining! If you're on a tour with Heather, try to hang out near her. I've been on many whale watching tours around the world but never have I had such a great guide. Thank you! The boat is really comfortable. I loved how spacious it was even with 50-odd people on board. We spent time on all the different decks: we started on the back deck as we travelled out to the wildlife then moved to the front deck and went upstairs on the way back. Excellent viewing from everywhere. The captain, Ian, did an amazing job of keeping the whales at a respectful distance and even tried his best to keep the sun behind us for best photos. Everyone of the staff (in the office and on the boat) seemed really intent on making sure we had the best possible experience, and we really did! Thank you.
Written July 25, 2022
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Josie K B
Victoria, Canada6 contributions
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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Danielle G
2 contributions
May 2022
What a wonderful experience with Springtide! It was our lucky day to witness 3 different species of whales on our chartered boat. We were warmly welcomed by our Captain Ian and Chief mate Yves. Our guides Heather and Morgan, as well as the volunteer guides, were informative and friendly, answering all of our questions with knowledge and passion. You can tell that they love what they do and the positivity was catching and radiated through the guests. I highly recommend this group. from planning with Joanne to the execution...it was fabulous!
Written May 13, 2022
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Hi Danielle, That is so exciting that you got to see 3 different species of whales! As a crew, we are still astonished at the amazing marine wildlife Victoria has to offer and we love that we got to share such an exciting moment with you. Thank you so much for your lovely compliments, we are so happy you had a great time! Have a lovely day, Shelley
Written May 31, 2022
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westcoastchick
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
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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Stefan M
1 contribution
Jul 2022
Today we had the pleasure to meet people who are dedicated to their work, are passionate about a rich knowledge of the subject. It is not easy to find hard working people this days . We had a perfect contact with everyone who works for SpringTide and therefore we highly recommend SpringTide for a fantastic time on the water.
Stefan & Maria Mieczkowski
Written July 13, 2022
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SpringTideWhaleTours
Dear Stefan, We are so glad that our crew made you feel comfortable. We hope that you were able to feel how passionate our crew is about the wildlife, as well as the experiences of our guests. It is our pleasure to provide information to enhance your experience! We hope to see you again one day! Ellla
Written August 5, 2022
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Rami S
1 contribution
An amazing experience that’s great value! The staff at the front desk were incredibly kind and helpful when arranging my reservation/ checking in (I think her name was Becky/ Rebecca). The boat itself was very roomy and comfortable, with lots of options for seating. When it got too cold out they had seating in the cabin, seating on the second deck for stunning 360 degree views, and seating at the front of the ship so you can feel the wind and have your titanic moment. If you were cold they also had spare coats you could borrow, which was a lifesaver. The staff on the ship (Heather, Paige, Ian, Emilie, and Yves) were very knowledgeable about the wildlife and surrounding geography and answered all the questions we had, while remaining approachable and making sure we were comfortable. We saw humpback whales, Seals, bald eagles, sea otters and much more. An unforgettable experience that I hope I will get to do again!!!
Written July 24, 2022
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Westcoast Chick
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
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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Darlene and Derk
3 contributions
May 2022
What an awesome experience on the sea! The trip booking ladies were so lovely and fun to chat with. Captain Ian and staff were all friendly and very helpful. Lots of information, as we saw different creatures on our trip, like seals, porpoises, and the huge sea lion was pretty impressive too. The boat was lovely, with inside or outside options. Highlight was when we saw an incredible hump back whale teaching its calf the tricks of the trade. It breached for us and we marveled at that magnificent creature with so much power to propel itself right out of the water. We would do this again if in the area. It is a trip of a lifetime!!
Written June 30, 2022
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SpringTideWhaleTours
Hello again! We are so glad that you had as amazing a time out on the water with us as we did with you! Every eco tour is different, and it sounds as if yours was incredible. The wildlife in the Salish Sea, especially the majestic humpback whales, are unparalleled. We are so happy that we could show you so much of what these waters have to offer. We are so happy to hear that you felt comfortable throughout the entirety of your experience with Springtide. Our office crew works hard to make sure booking and check in are smooth, while the Marauder IV’s many seating options allow for our guests to choose how they want to experience their trip. We hope that we can get you out on the water in the future! Sincerely, Ella
Written August 5, 2022
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patjatje
The Netherlands797 contributions
Booking was really easy. I did instead of online a visit to the office . the lady ( Ella) that helped me was really friendly and open for a nice chat . she gave good information about the tour , clothes to wear etc. the next day we checked in and also here the staff was really nice and friendly . laura was one off the ladies and she brought us tintje boat where another lady Morgen joined her. both were really supportive with providing warm clothes and they gave a loting good information about the whales . they really took time for searching the whales. we found a group of 4 which was super. they were not so close but we good see them quit well. the trip was really nice and took us a bit over 3.5 hours. the captain ( forgot his name ) was doing his utmost and not in a hurry as they wanted us to see whales. so all together real nice experience . bring some cash to tip the staff !!!
Written July 6, 2022
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SpringTideWhaleTours
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. It means so much to our crew to know we helped our guests have an amazing experience. It was so nice to meet you, I am glad to hear that your booking process was easy and enjoyable. Our crew in the office aims to make every guest feel welcome, and we love to chat about where you are visiting from! Our boat crew is incredible when it comes to providing sightings and information about the wildlife guests are experiencing. I am so happy to know that you could feel this while on your tour. I hope that we can see you again in the future. Cheers, Ella
Written August 5, 2022
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