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“Whale Watching”
Review of BC Whale Tours

BC Whale Tours
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$100.52*
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Summer Whale Watching on Vancouver Island
Ranked #3 of 109 Tours in Victoria
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: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Rockford, Illinois
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3 reviews
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“Whale Watching”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The whale watching operation was very organized from start to finish. We opted for the mostly covered boat instead of the open Zodiak type boats.. After boarding we proceeded at high speed to an area off San Juan Island and immediately began seeing Killer Whales popping up to breathe. We also saw Mother and calf swimming together. We saw about 60 Orcas of the resident pod. Some surfaced close to the boat. All during the time we were on station, Jen, a recent marine science graduate from the University of Victoria, and two others gave us information about Orcas in general and specifics about the individual Orcas in the three resident pods we were viewing. They also answered questions.
The experience was worth every penny and exceeded the expectations of my group of friends. We would like very much to go whale watching with B.C. Whale Watching again.
We got some great pictures, but wished we had a telephoto lens for the camera. The best pictures I got were using the video function on my camera. You have a wide area to watch and you never know where the whales will pop up next.
It was recommended that we wear layered clothing topped with a rain/wind proof jacket or coat.
This is very good advise. It was a moderate temp day, but felt much colder on the water. Be prepared. No fooling!

Visited September 2013
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BCWhaleTours, office agent at BC Whale Tours, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you had a great time with the whales and our lovely staff. Cheers.
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“Totally amazing experience :)”
Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We booked the Tika as we're kind of adrenalin junkies & Tika looked awesome. The morning of our trip dawned incredibly foggy & we were concerned it may be cancelled. Oh no! We arrived early & were told that we had been moved to Luna as there weren't enough people for Tika. We were disappointed but decided we would enjoy it, & wow did we!! Captain Gordon was brilliant; knowledgable, caring & environmentally responsible. We saw orca, humpback whales, porpoises, seals & sealions - just incredible! It was cold on the water so it was actually brilliant to be able to go inside in the warm. They only carry a max of 12 people so the service is personal & you feel it's quality. We loved it :D

Visited September 2013
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BCWhaleTours, Front Office Manager at BC Whale Tours, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Well, Jeannine B,

Thanks for taking the time to review your tour and even more please to hear you really enjoyed it! Captain Gord is great and really adds his own personality to each of his tours!

Cheers,
BC Whale Tours
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“Amazing whale experience”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Headed out on a wonderful sunny flat calm day. Only took about 20 mins to find the whales. They were quite close to the harbour just beyond Trial Island.

We spent a great amount of time with several groups of whales. As many as 15 at one time. I've been out with a few other companies in the area. And the knowledge and professionalism of the captain and naturalist on board surpassed all the other companies.

I was an great trip not only for myself but also for my girlfriend who had never been whale watching before.

Visited September 2013
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BCWhaleTours, office agent at BC Whale Tours, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
All the company appreciates your review about your experience on the water with us! Thanks a lot. Cheers.
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“Amazing Experience!!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

This was my first time going on a whale watching tour in over 15 years. I wasn't too sure what to expect as wildlife can be very unpredictable, but this trip blew all of my expectations out of the water (no pun intended!)

The captain already knew where the whales were that afternoon so we drove right there and arrived with a fast and smooth ride on the TIKA boat. There was no shortage of whales on our trip and we even had some whales ( a mom and a baby) come pretty close to the boat on their own. We even witnessed multiple whales sky hopping!! Amazing!

Throughout the trip, the captain provided us with a great deal of information about the Whales as well as other local wildlife and was happy to answer any and all of our questions.

At one point there were a large group of boats around the whales so our captain was able to find another group of whales 2 minutes away that we were able to enjoy all to ourselves!

On the way home we went by Race Rocks to see the sealions. They were do active and coming up all around the boat. Truly an amazing experience!

Overall I would recommend BC Whale Tours to anyone as my experience was so positive!

Visited September 2013
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BCWhaleTours, Front Office Manager at BC Whale Tours, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Hey Kellimeredith,

Thank you for the review. We are so happy you enjoyed your encounter with they whales!

Cheers,
BC Whale Tours
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Victoria, Canada
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“Even Better Than Expected!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Being out on the water for three hours watching and hearing Orca pods up close was a wonderful experience. All five of us looked forward to the trip, then found it even better than we had expected. Our Captain Gordon was fun, friendly and knowledgeable. We took the "BC Tika", in the open air and close to the water, for a maximum up- close experience of whales and seals.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Mary D
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BCWhaleTours, Front Office Manager at BC Whale Tours, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Hi Mary,

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience with the orca! Observing orca in their natural habitat really is an amazing experience and one you will remember for a lifetime!

Take care,
BC Whale Tours
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