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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 $87.85
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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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Reviews (95)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
High-fived a humpback whale (almost)

We had the experience of a lifetime with our fantastic guide Ian. I bought this as a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend on the 7th of November, and to our surprise we were the only people who had booked the tour, so luckily had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marthaclare_
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear marthaclare_, Thank you for reviewing SpringTide - Victoria Whale Watching. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour so much. No doubt you made a birthday boy very happy indeed! You are correct in saying that your viewing experience was a rare one....More

Reviewed October 25, 2018
Amazing Whale Watching!

Springtide whale watching provides such an amazing experience for their customers. Their staff and volunteers are all amazing, especially the volunteer Alyssa. She was extremely kind and helpful. I had such a fun time on the boat learning about the wildlife surrounding Victoria. Definitely would...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank georgiabullbrook
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Dear georgiabullbrook, Thank you for reviewing SpringTide on Trip Advisor. I am glad you feel that way about our crew and have to agree with you - we have a great team. Alyssa has been amazing this year. She volunteered with us all season and...More

Reviewed October 22, 2018

Fantastic, Marcus and Heather with their wealth of experience and passion for these magnificent animals, made our trip . We had the most perfect day very calm and overcast the orcas came that close it was everything we could have wished for . Thank-you Chris...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank noelarose13
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thanks for the awesome review noelarose13, Marcus and Heather really appreciate the kind comments. They are both very passionate and knowledgeable crew members and we are lucky to have them as part of our crew. We are so glad your "Whale Wish" came true. Thanks...More

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Awesome !!!!

We set off with high hopes knowing there are resident pods of Orcas close by and we were not disappointed. We were out in the boat for a long time (few hours but just lost track of time) - saw Orcas - one breached -...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eileen W
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Dear Eileen W, Thank you for your informative review. Whale Watching in Victoria, BC is definitely a "must-do" activity as you found out! We regularly see Killer Whales and Humpback Whales not to mention Minke Whales and the odd Gray Whale too. Seals and Sea...More

Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile
Orca and whale tour

Did the orca and whale tour on an a perfect Octobers day. The tour was very professionally run with great commentary from nature guides who answered many questions and gave great insights to both orcas and whales. We very very lucky to see both species...More

Thank Simbar80
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thanks for the awesome review Simbar80, This October has been outstanding for Whale Watching and for weather too :) There is nothing better then watching whales on a perfect Autumn Day and the last week has been just like that! We have seen either Humpback...More

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August 30, 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.
July 6, 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