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Seaplane ride was fantastic. The whale watching was the hit of the day. We saw Orca's from two different pods, and on the way back they showed us over one hundred seals laying in the rocks of one of the bays. The naturalist on the whale cruise was personable and knowledgeable. He answered questions one-on-one, and really knew his subject matter.
I surprised my wife with a Journey that upheld everything and more.
Firstly the Staff at the seaplane terminal were impeccable and they also allowed us earlier flight due to availability. The flight over to Victoria faultless. Victoria Spectacular only wish we had of organised an overnight stay.
Whale watching Breath taking and the staff again were The Best. Thank you Corey for the passion of your job it is infectious.
Thank you again for a wonderful memory never to be forgotten.
Helen and Rod
Loved it - all went seamlessly , just make sure you contact Harbour air early and carry a photo ID ...
But overall 5 Star, would recommend to anyone who wants to go whale watching and if you do get the chance grab the co-pilots seat often offered to passengers on full flights
Incredible experience....We were late getting to the plane but were able to take the next flight and meet our whale watch group on time. The whales were out and about and our guide Brad was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely use this site to book in the future.
We had our 6 year old with us and went in the open cruise. Just that in itself was exhilarating, my son saying it was the best ride he's ever been on and giggled the whole way. Then seeing the beautiful Orcas was totally amazing. We also saw an eagle, some turkey vultures and some seals too.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
Awesome day. Beautiful flight and a fast fun filled open boat adventure while whale watching.
Great Seaplane experience (short and efficient harbour to harbour). Whale-watching a real adventure, 3 pods, 80 orcas) and good crew.
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.
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!
Learn how to look for whales. Once you learn about residence whales, you can find spouts, humps, and tails through out the ocean.
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.
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.
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.
Was the highlight of the holiday. saw loads of whales, awesome and flight was brilliant.
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 !!
Flight was very good...better than on some of the bigger planes..
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.