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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.

Highlights

  • 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

carolina p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was amazing. The people in the office and in the boat were really kind.
We saw killer whales and hunchback whales too.
We went last week of July and the weather was perfect.
Great memories. !!

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great day the people were awesome they tried so hard to find the Orca's for us and they did, very professional the boat we went on very comfortable and good for viewing. Highly recommend this company.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The whale watching tour was awesome. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. We saw humpbacks and orcas. All in all an excellent excursion that I would highly recommend!

Margaret A R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good. Saw lots of whales. Good narration. Go to office first before going to boat. You need to walk a ways to get to the boat on the Harbor front.

Pat P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Professional staff and very accommodating. The boat was top notch and they tried everything to make the whales appear this day but no luck. We did see amazing wildlife in birds,seals, and otter. The naturalist on board gave a very interesting talk on the whales, birds and other wildlife. Came away with a greater appreciation of shore animals.

Dkain726

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!

Brenda

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.

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