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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