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Discover the native marine wildlife for which British Columbia is famous on this 3-hour bird and sea lion-watching tour from Victoria. Hop aboard your high-speed Zodiac vessel in Victoria and head out onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca’s rolling waves with your guide. Watch the water for sightings of graceful whales and porpoises, and gaze over the rocky coastline where playful seals and sea lions relax. Watch the skies for bald eagles, heron and other native bird life, and gain insight into the animals’ life cycles and hunting habits.

Highlights

  • Cruise by British Columbia's stunning coastline and view historic lighthouses and ecological reserves
  • Take a high speed adventure in an open air Zodiac boat
  • View an array of marine birds including great blue herons, black oyster catchers, and rhinoceros auklets
  • Watch seals, sea lions, eagles, and porpoise in their natural habitat
  • Learn about the local ecosystem from your local guide

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What You Can Expect

Marine Wildlife Tour by Zodiac

Sea Lions

Meet your guide and group of fellow nature-lovers on Wharf Street in Victoria. 

Hop into your high-speed, inflatable Zodiac, a tough, agile vehicle perfect for up-close wildlife encounters. With your small group of 12 passengers, don the full-length cruiser suits, hats and gloves provided for your comfort. 

Head out into the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where the Salish Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Although a bit early in the season, keep an eye out for the unmistakable tall, black fins of the local orcas. 

As you take in the surrounding scenery, listen to commentary from your naturalist guide. Learn about the area's ecosystem, history, flora and fauna. Listen for the characteristic cacophony of the 500-lb (225-kilo) California Sea Lions, lounging on the rocks after a tough day chasing their meals. Watch the Dall's porpoises race your boat, zig-zagging off the prow of the boat. Take photos of curious seals with glossy coats and twitching whiskers.

Enter quiet coves to watch great blue herons stalking their prey in shallow waters. Watch bald eagles resting on rocky outcroppings. Pass lighthouses, lonely archipelagos and see the famous rugged landscape of the Pacific Northwest coastline. 

Your tour ends back at your departure point after 3 hours.

This tour is seasonal and only operates from October through to April.

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