Watch for wildlife along the scenic coast of Vancouver Island on a 3-hour boat tour from Victoria with an experienced marine naturalist. You’ll travel by high-speed catamaran with heated indoor cabins and outdoor decks, and scan the water for whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions, and many species of marine birds. This 3-hour wildlife tour departs from a central location in the heart of historic Victoria.
3-hour Victoria wildlife cruise with a marine naturalist
Make your way to a tour office in historic Victoria for 13:30 check-in, then meet a marine naturalist for an overview of the day’s activities.
Your boat departs from a nearby dock, and at 1pm you’ll board the catamaran and find a comfortable seat on deck. The route reflects recent wildlife activity, and the captain will steer for the best place to see animals.
Keep your camera ready, watching for killer whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and harbor seals, as well as both Dall’s porpoises and harbor porpoises. Steller sea lions and California sea lions cluster in rocky colonies off Vancouver Island, and more than 127 species of marine birds can be seen in the region.
Head east towards the San Juan Islands to see the bird and seal sanctuary in the Chain Islets, or steer towards Race Rocks Marine Protected Area to visit the rocks where sea lions and seals spend the winter. Take advantage of your time with a marine naturalist to ask questions about the birds and mammals you see from the boat, and learn more about Vancouver Island wildlife.
This 3-hour boat tour concludes at the original departure point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Guides were very knowledgeable...
, Sep 2017
Guides were very knowledgeable. Talked with everyone on the boat. Offered information about animals and surrounding areas. Very passionate, sensitive and caring. Made the tour a pleasure. The coffee and hot chocolate were a plus.