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Trade your cruise ship for a whale-watching vessel on a 3-hour shore excursion from the port of Victoria. Travel into the open waters of the northern Pacific Ocean to spot native marine life including orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals and minke whales. Learn about British Columbia’s amazing aquatic ecosystems from onboard naturalist guides, who will help point out passing species along the way. It’s an exciting and educational voyage for the whole family!


  • 3-hour whale-watching shore excursion from Victoria
  • See the majestic orcas (killer whales) and other marine life off the coast of Canada
  • Spot harbor seals, minke whales, sea lions and other native species
  • Learn about the Pacific's marine ecosystem from expert naturalist guides
  • Departs within walking distance from the cruise terminal
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free Policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalist Guides

Whale-watching Cruise from Victoria

Explore beautiful British Columbia while spotting incredible killer whales on an exciting whale-watching shore excursion from Victoria! During this three-hour cruise perfect for the whole family, learn about the surrounding marine ecosystem from your expert naturalist guides, who will explain everything from jellyfish to seabirds to, of course, whales! Ask them any questions you may have during your trip and help them spot Pacific marine life.

Ron Bates, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading orca researchers, may also be along for the ride! He conducts much of his research on these waters and can provide unique and interesting insight into the lives of these magnificent creatures.

Each trip's exact cruising route may differ depending on the day’s whale activity out on the water. The cruise often starts with visits to many of the small islands off the coast of Victoria. From there, learn about the surrounding ecosystems from your knowledgeable crew. Your guides may even pull kelp on board so you can witness where many of the food chains begin.

Cruises are conducted on boats designed specifically for whale watching and provide a smooth, fast and stable ride. Take advantage of the boat’s comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest!

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Victoria port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

richard g p

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

The two guides were very nolegable and very helpful. We had our full three hours on the trip.

Arun Kumar N

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

Great experience and nicely organized ! Went off very smoothly .

Mann Z

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2016

The description about this activity is not clear so we thought the guide would meet us at the port like the other shore excursions that we booked. However they met at some other places so we missed our activity...

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