5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration:  4 hours

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was one of the best excursions that we have ever done. I was lucky enough to be asked by the pilot to sit in the co-pilot seat which was awesome. When we landed we got the boat from Victoria and saw many Whales. A truly wonderful experience that my wife and I will never forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This is a must do. Go early so you can spend the day on Vancouver Island. What an experience watching the boats in and out of the harbour and even the whales as they come up for air. Landing on water is such an incredible experience thanks for arranging things for us well worth the money spent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

We loved every minute and can't wait to come back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

That was a great trip!! We had a great tour staff for the whale watching which was very knowledgeable and guided us very well. We saw Orcas, Mink Whales and Porpoises - we well spent day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

We had an amazing day. The 30 min seaplane flight from vancouver to Victoria is the best way to see Vancouver and all the small islands clustered near it. Some great camera opportunties. The open boat was fantastic and Nick (The boatman) was a great guide, very informative and a real character. The boat ride experience in itself was an experience, It's as good as a roller coaster (great fun), but seeing Orca's and Minky whale, Sealions and Harbour dolphins topped it all. Taking the morning boat also gave us time to chill in Victoria before the return flight. A really memorable day. Not cheap, but I'd definitely do it again, for our experience it was worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

An amazing trip! The seaplane ride itself is really fun but the Whale watching was fantastic. The open boat is definitely the best. The suits seem a bit bulky when you put them on but they keep you really warm as you speed across the ocean at 35 knots. After looking for a while we found the highlight - a humpback whale which we watched for some time. We also saw harbour seals with pups and two types of sea lion. I would recommend this trip to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Thank you very much! It's unbelievable and unforgottable tour. All was brilliant, wonderful and excellent! Seaplane, the boat, Whales and Sea Lions and for sure especially the Captain of Boat - the tremendous person and specialist! THANK's A MILLION!!!!! Kind regards, Irina and Vitaly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Loved this trip. Everything worked out perfectly. Definitely go for the Open Boat.....it's a RIB. You have to get suited up as you might get wet but it definitely adds to the trip. We were also so lucky and saw around 30 killer whales.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2012

Awesome day. Beautiful flight and a fast fun filled open boat adventure while whale watching.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2011

Great Seaplane experience (short and efficient harbour to harbour). Whale-watching a real adventure, 3 pods, 80 orcas) and good crew.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

FANTASTIC FANTASTIC FANTASTIC , HAD A WHALE !!! OF A TIME MY BEST TRIP EVER OUR GUIDE MICK WAS EXCELLENT WE SAW 25 TO 30 TRANSIT WHALES SOMETHING HE HAD NEVER SEEN IN THE 12 YEARS HE HAD BEEN DOING THE TRIP AS THEY NORMALLY JUST TRAVEL IN 3 OR 4S.EVEN THE RIDE IN THE POWER BOAT WAS GREAT. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRIP AND BOOKED THROUGH VIATOR BEFORE WE LEFT WE SAVED A GOOD AMOUNT. AGAIN FANTASTIC ITS ONE TO PUT ON THE BUCKET LIST.

Paul N
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Everything was absolutely flawless from start to finish! We had great weather and saw lots of Orca's, Seals and other wildlife. The seaplane trip was also superb, and when we returned early from the whale watching, the operator was able to put us on an earlier flight at no extra charge!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

Learn how to look for whales. Once you learn about residence whales, you can find spouts, humps, and tails through out the ocean.

Peter H
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2008

You can't guarantee seeing what you want and it would have been great to see some killer whales, however the sea plane flights back and fore to Victoria were superb, I even got to sit in the cockpit on the return journey, whilst on the cruise we saw humpback whales, sea lions, seals and bald eagles amongst others. The crew were knowledgeable and approachable and made our tour most enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

The guide at Victoria was fantastic. He found dozens of orcas, and we had splendid views of the animals and the nature. He explained lots of things. Finally, he made it a very nice ride back to the harbor. It was really worthwhile.

Simon G
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

We thoroughly enjoyed the Seaplane trip.We had a beautiful view of Vancouver and Vancouver Island on our outward & inward journey & also a perfect view of Mount Baker. On the Whale Watching boat trip,we saw a pod of transient whales and three pods of Orcas, Race Rocks with plenty of seals and our guide was friendly & very informative.We wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Christine T
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

Was the highlight of the holiday. saw loads of whales, awesome and flight was brilliant.

Lilian C
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

The seaplane trip was amazing and the whale watching in an open boat with twin engines was fantastic and we saw a hump back and three orca whales. The trip guide was a very informative marine biologist, but be warned whatever the weather, wear sunscreen !!

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

Absolutely loved this whole experience. Everything ran very smoothly and even if we hadn't seen a whale, the zodiac boat ride was fantastic on it's own. Probably would have liked a little longer in Victoria even though we booked the earliest seaplane from Vancouver and the latest one available from Victoria.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

It was most enjoyable, saw enough whales to tick off our bucket list. The plane flight gave us fantastic views all the way to Vancouver Island and back. The guide on the boat was entertaining and very determined that we found whales. Thank you for a great day.

Roger B
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

Despite wet weather the seaplane flights and open boat trip made it a memorable day - but unfortunately no whales to be seen!

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

Although the weather didn't totally cooperate, we had a very enjoyable day. The sun was still shining when we arrived in Victoria but we lost that on the way to the whales. Thankfully the whales were coming back in from their days in the ocean to feed and were back in the San Juan Islands. We were lucky enough to see a couple of nice spy hops while they were on their way through. There is quite a bit of time after you return from your whale watch before you board the plane (thankfully the rain stopped before we got into harbor) so we had lunch and took in the show at the IMax.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable experience despite not seeing any whales. Seaplane part afforded wonderful views of area and the covered boat was a definite advantage as the sea had a decent swell. We were perfectly dry though! Thank you for a memorable day!

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2010

Great trip especially in the Sea Otter sea plane. Great crew looking after you on the ground and in the air. Book the covered boat at it affords greater comfort from the weather. Great boat crew keeping up a supply of info of the whale pods, individuals and other sea life seal and sea lions. Great trip with enough time to take in the surrounds of Victoria.

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2014

I wish this tour either returned to Vancouver earlier to included more to do in Victoria. They have you there eight hours, but the whale watching is only three of that.

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