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We wanted to visit Vancouver Island, but didn't relish the idea of spending up to 8 hours traveling there and back by coach and ferry, so the idea of taking a seaplane one way appealed to us. It worked out perfectly, an extremely efficient organization ensured that the journey was hassle free both ways. We would highly recommend the trip and Viator in particular.
All went well. Nice flight over. Had a couple of hours in downtown Victoria, including High Tea at the Empress. Good trip back to Vancouver by bus/ ferry. Dropped off about four blocks to my hotel. Lived up to my expectations.
Fabulous trip! Something we'd been wanting to do for ages and a nice touch to fly over to Victoria and then come back on the Ferry.. or so we thought. The reality was that, although the flight was fantastic, Harbour Air was the third link in the chain and they didn't know anything about us other than that we had seats booked. Fine if you know the procedure but, being tourists, we didn't and felt a bit at a disadvantage and not sure of where we were meant to go/be. What we didn't realise, either, was that, after a long day and an hour and a half on the ferry coming back, we still had another hour's trip back to downtown Vancouver from the ferry port. A very long day if you weren't fully prepared for it. The bus driver couldn't have been more friendly but hanging about at the ferry port waiting for another bus to come collect some of our passengers was tiring. Victoria was fine but we gave up as it was so wet and cold and went for an earlier bus to the ferry. We're glad we did as it would have been two more hours before we got back to Vancouver. The drop-off is fine but not if you're the last one! All in all, a good idea, although pricey, but, in hindsight, we should have paid a bit extra and did both trips by seaplane.
It was an excellent flight as we had a sunny morning , if a bit misty. However as it was billed as a tourist trip , I had thought we would get some sort of commentary from the pilot about what we were seeing but we were just on a flight with ordinary business passengers so no commentary. The coach and ferry trip back were fine and the driver of the coach was very obliging in dropping people at convenient spots.
We really enjoyed our seaplane/ferry trip to Victoria. My husband had been on seaplane before, but I was excited about that. The ferry was the largest we've ever traveled on so that was interesting too. Seeing the beautiful area from above and on the water was nice contrast.
We loved it! The seaplane trip was awesome. The next time we will take the seaplane round trip as the ferry return was way too long.
The float plane was great, and well worth the price (cheaper to book through viator than to buy a ticket directly). However, I had some issues booking the tour over the phone, and one of the tour operators gave me incorrect information.
More correctly, this was transportation, not a tour in any sense of the word. That said, the seaplane ride and view over was amazing and the bus/ferry ride back into the heart of VC was too. We found "the tour" online from our lodging but we didn't have a printer for the documents so there was a little confusion but we worked it out at the seaplane terminal where they let me log into my email and print the documents on their computer.
Very good tour highly recommended
Seaplane componenent was very efficient and pleasant
Victoria is full of tourists so some may need to be able to get out of town
Return trip by bus and ferry was also by efficient but of course takes quite a while - hotel drop off option is a must
Excellent! Great views of the islands and a good way to save some time on a quick day trip to Vancouver Island. Of course, it is a little pricey and that is the only negative.
Really enjoyed. Great service, beautiful views would be a 5 star but a little pricey