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“Come here if going with kids”
Review of BC Whale Tours

BC Whale Tours
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$100.06*
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Summer Whale Watching on Vancouver Island
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Leave the crowds behind on our custom made vessels specifically designed for comfort, speed and safety that carry only 12 privileged guests at a time. The rugged beauty of the West Coast is something that should be experienced with Victoria’s boutique whale watching company. The wildlife and limitless adventure that the Salish Sea has to offer is easily enjoyed when experienced in the comfort of our state-of-the-art vessels! Our knowledgeable crew ensure that each and every trip is an inspiring and educational experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed October 9, 2012

There are a lot of whale warching operators in Victoria. Two of them are what I would call premium operations - B.C. and Eagle Wings (even faster, but somewhat less comfortable).
B.C. has a boat which is both fast and covered - so no need to wear full suits, not even a swimming vest. Just walk in and sit outside or inside depending on what you like. As they have seats for each of the 12 passengers both inside and outside you have the choice.
The true advantage though comes if your whales are far away. When we did the tour they were close to Bellingham, US. So our afternoon trip started one hour later but lasted 4.5 hours - 2 hours drive to reach the whales, one hour to watch, 1.5 hours to return. A fantastic experience!
Only one other operator from Victoria (see above) made it to see the whales at this day.
Did I mention that you pay hell of a lot of money for this?

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We want to share with you our amazing experience with BC Whale Tours.

We moved to Victoria the second weekend of September. We have two kids, age 2 ½ and 5. They both love whales and it was my son’s dream to see Orca’s in the wild.

We went out on the Sunday and had a fabulous time. The boat was modern and had heated seating inside as well as seats outside. They only book limited amounts of people so that you have a seat inside and outside that you can switch between.

The owner of the company was the Captain and he was very nice and informative.

It is amazing that the Captains of the different whale tour ships, although competitors, work as a team to make sure that everyone on the different tours gets to see the whales. They share information and work as a team.

When we first went up the coast we saw a Black Bear. We also saw lots of Sea Lions.

We also saw a humpback whale. Unfortunately, that day there were no Orca’s around.

As BC Whale Tours guarantees that you will see Orca’s, they stamped our tickets, which allowed us to return another day to go on the tour again for free.

We just went on the tour again yesterday, and we say so many Orca’s. The Captain really made it special for us as he just stopped the boat, making it seem like we were waiting for Orca’s, however, he knew one was just there and almost right away the Orca jumped out of the water, to all of our surprise and amazement.

BC Whale Tours goes above and beyond. They really want you to connect with the ocean and the whales and have a wonderful time. There are other tours available, but a lot of the other boats are just uncovered (so you will be cold and wet) or they are covered but they pack in as many people as they can.

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BCWhaleTours, Front Office Manager at BC Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

Thanks so much for your review, happyinvictoria! We're so glad you were able to return for another trip with us and take in the whole experience. All of our staff and captains are passionate about whales and west coast wildlife, and we very much appreciate your compliments to our team. Thanks again for your support!
Sincerely,
The BC Whale Tours team

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

....in fact the owner took us 70 extra miles to find the orcas when all the other tour operators had turned back (given in!). BC Whale Tours were the only ones to see orcas that day as a result.

Very comfortable boat with indoor and outdoor seating, no more than 12 people on a 30 seat boat.

Huge thanks for a brilliant day.

To tripadvisor readers - try this company first before any other!

1  Thank Philippa R
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

There are other operators & boats out there, but we really believe for the best personal experience, the BC Luna, a 12 passenger vessel with 12 seats inside and out, provides the best value.
We priced all the options and when we were actually on the water with the other vendors around we felt sure the extra $19 was worth it. Many are "cattle boats" where movement is very restricted. That's about a $95 trip. Or it could be an open water Zodiac, brrr. $120 and you have a quality experience.
Mike was very knowledgeable, after eight years in this area. He's going again down to work Antartic waters in the winter. We felt truly blessed to have seen the remarkable creatures of the sea we were brought in contact with. It was a wonderful day with water like glass. We saw about 23 Transients in a pod, they surfed behind a freighter, Just WOW.

1  Thank ruthandvern
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

We had a great whale watching experience with BC Whale Tours and our guide Gordon, who has a great understanding of how to follow the path of the transient Orcas. We followed the Orcas well past the Sooke Bluffs then turned around and came back to Race Rocks where the Sea Lions were being very loud and aggressive to one another. We were also treated to a magnificent display of two young orcas chasing and catching a seal pup on the east side of William Head. We were well off shore with the engines off when the two Orcas swam right under our tour boat with the seal in the mouth of one of the Orcas. The seal at this point seemed to be still alive. It was something that you normally only see on the nature programs, but we actually saw it first hand. It was unreal to watch!!!! Loved every moment.

1  Thank JeanneRC
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