Victoria Whale Watch Tour
See the majestic wildlife of the northern Pacific Ocean on a whale-watching cruise from Victoria. On board a comfortable boat, you'll spot orcas, humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales with the help of an expert naturalist guide, who is on board to make sure you have a memorable and educational experience. You'll also see other marine life like elephant seals, harbor seals and sea lions, plus admire views of Vancouver Island's beautiful scenery from the water.
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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Wharf Street, Victoria
Returns to the original departure point approximately 3 hours after departure
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Departs at 10am
Departs at 2pm
Victoria Whale Watch Tour
- Professional guide
- Cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea on board
- Gratuity (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your travel date
- Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
Reviewed by: Pat B, August 2013
Was really great. Only because the tour group moved us from a zodiac to an enclosed boat!! We are 65 and 66 years old and the Zodiac would have been impossible. As it was, it was fantastic. They were very gracious to take care of us. Will definitely be using Viator again.
Reviewed by: ranald l, August 2012
We had a great time. Fiona was very informative about the whales and overall information of the area. We saw a number
of orca whales, as well as seals. Recommend it to all.