Tour code: 3530WHALE
Experience an up-close encounter with northern Pacific marine life on a 3-hour whale watching cruise off Victoria’s coast. Travel out into the open ocean aboard a comfortable, motorized boat to look for native species like humpback whales, gray whales, orcas, elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. Learn about local marine ecology from a naturalist guide, and take in fantastic views of Vancouver Island in between animal sightings.


  • Whale-watching tour off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Spot killer whales (orcas), humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales from the comfort of a motor yacht
  • See other wildlife like sea lions, elephant seals and bald eagles who are abundant in the area
  • Learn about the ecosystem and wildlife of the Pacific Ocean from an expert naturalist guide
  • Choose either a morning or afternoon departure time

What You Can Expect

Victoria Whale Watch Tour

Victoria whale-watching tour

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great way to spend an afternoon. We saw Orcas and Humpbacks. However the whales were a little shy and didn't perform for us. Ahhh the way of nature! The crew was great- knowledgeable and friendly. Check in process was quick and easy. I would recommend these guys to anyone looking for a tour.

Kirsten S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a great tour! We saw whales and seals and different types of birds. The crew were fantastic and the check in counter staff were a lot of fun. I will do it again next time we go!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We went out in search of Orcas and found beautiful Humpback whales instead. What a treat. The crew were fabulous, so full of laughter and life, and very astute to the needs of every passenger on the boat. When I am in Victoria again, I will definately be taking another excursion with its company.

Pat B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

ranald l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Neal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

The tour was outstanding! I learned a great deal of information from the on-board biologist. We found a pod of five orcas and followed them for almost an hour. I look forward to repeating the tour on our next visit to Victoria.

susan k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

great day didnt see any orca but saw humpback whales

Jan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Great trip thank you. Saw lots of whales and the crew were great fun and very knowledgeable. Will do it again one day!

Jennifer H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

I really cannot say enough about how awesome this tour was. The staff was so helpful and so full of knowledge about the Oracas. We also were able to see a Grey Whale. I had a six year old and seven year old with me and they were thrilled. The educational value was fantastic. The Captian was a young lady and she spent alot of time with us and was so careful with the Orcas.

Nicola S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

We had a great day whale watching, at first we thought we would not see any whales as it was foggy and we seemed to be having no luck finding them. The great thing is that all the Whale watching boats are in contact and advise each other if they get a sighting, so you have a better chance of seeing Whales. After an hour at sea we got great views of lots of Whales... amazing, the crew are great giving information about the Whales, the boat is comfortable and no sea sickness at all, great washroom and refeshments availble. This is a great trip and excellent value for money that I would highly recommend, got some great photo's too.
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