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SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters

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Victoria, Canada
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About SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
WHALE WATCH with SpringTide on the 84 passenger, 61-foot Marauder. Experience the joy, excitement and wonderful memories of our mammals, whales, porpoise, seals and marine birds! Enjoy complimentary beverages while listening to professional biologists provide informative narrations. Or, join an exhilarating excursion onboard one of our high-speed, open Zodiacs. SPORTFISH year round for Salmon & Halibut on SpringTide’s 42’ Sportfisher.
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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.
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Deb Kühl wrote a review Nov 2020
Ladysmith, Canada3 contributions
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 :)
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from springtidewhalewatcm, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Responded Nov 21, 2020
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.
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Westcoast Chick wrote a review Nov 2020
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from springtidewhalewatcm, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Responded Nov 21, 2020
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.
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Josie K B wrote a review Nov 2020
Victoria, Canada6 contributions
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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!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Meander820157, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Responded Nov 21, 2020
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.
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Karen F wrote a review Sep 2020
Winnipeg, Manitoba129 contributions47 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Responded Sep 28, 2020
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
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Remi Tom wrote a review Sep 2020
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We picked the company at random! We picked Right! 😁 The guides are very informative and the boat was powerfully sea worthy.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Responded Sep 28, 2020
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
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