Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission - Reviews

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Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

This tour was fantastic!!! We saw 3 yes 3 pods of whales. The crew was very knowledgeable and nice. It was an unforgettable experience. This is a don't miss tour if you are a nature loving person.

Brett R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We saw whales, but that part was not the best, then these amazing gardens. The history and the beauty of the gardens was beyond the imagination and among the best I've seen anywhere in the world.

Julie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Beautiful sunny day , Really great crew , Maeve was very informative and knew her information on the Killer Whales which we all watched the pod for quite a while all very well organized .Butchart Gardens are great to see and the history that goes with it .

Brittany W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The crew was fantastic and took us right up to the humpback whales. The self-guided tour through the gardens was absolutely stunning. We had a blast on this tour.

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The trip to Victoria was outstanding! We got to see whales, the gardens were beautiful, and the hotel and staff were wonderful. I highly recommend this tour.

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The trip to Victoria was outstanding! We got to see whales, the gardens were beautiful, and the hotel and staff were wonderful. I highly recommend this tour.

QIN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

excellent expedition in the sea, though one should bring enough clothes for the tour.

Sharon O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Our trip was on Mon. 7/24 on The Prince of Whales. Boarding was very organized. although a bit behind schedule. They took us out of the way to see 3 pods of Orcas. They didn't have to do this. They were extremely informative and interacted with the passengers the entire time. They used humor and facts to educate us. The marine biologist the only one on any of the whale watching tours had so much knowledge and she shared it. All of the crew obviously loved the whales knew so much about them and loved their job. It was fantastic.

Don L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

The guides on the whale-watching trip were fantastic. Very nice and knowledgeable. We saw a couple of whales and had a great time. The Butchart Gardens were very beautiful as well.

Janice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Andrea was fantastic! We saw lots of whales she had excellent information, not only about the whales, but how to best manage a boat trip, as I tend to have motion sickness. The gardens were beautiful and the bus service excellent. There was an issue with the boat we were to be on and the company contacted us ahead of time. We ended up with a higher priced trip for the same price we had originally paid. Excellent customer service!

daniela v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Loved it! We saw whales and learned a lot about them, and the gardens are amazing!

Stefania W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

The most amazing cruise ....saw killer whales, seals, and had excellent explanations while on board. Butchart Gardens was absolutely amazing as well. We wanted to have dinner in the dinning room but a bit pricey. Next time for a birthday or anniversary. My husband and I fell in love with vancouver Island and plan to move there. This would enable us to do so many more cruises etc..... Something you must do!

Dilip D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Totally satisfied. The tour provided everything we hoped for. Will recommend it to others. We couldn't have covered as much in and around Victoria without this combined trip.

Carmen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Couldn and #39;t of had a more enjoyable inland excursion. The on board staff was knowledgable and each one spent time with all on board. Accommodations were five star! Even got a call the previous night to inform me that it would be slightly windy and to bring a jacket, not expected from a tour company

Lori Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The local tour operator offered us something beyond whales and just as rare...CUSTOMER SERVICE!! We went out on our excursion and, due only to the nature of whale watching, we really didn't see that much, only a few whale tails. However, TWO things occurred as a result of that: 1 The driver and the first hands went out of their way to make the most of the trip. We viewed 100s of seals and sea lions in their natural habitat and saw a bald eagle! They made an effort to offer entertaining and informative narrative and personal attention, instead of passively accepting that it wasn't the best whale day. 2 They offered us a FREE return visit the next day. As we weren't leaving Victoria until the evening, we took advantage of the offer and had an AMAZING whale watching experience. One stop offered us one pod of whales, including a male, female, and calf. After spending about 10 minutes enjoying them, it was unfortunately time to head back when the captain suddenly vered off course and came out excited to say, you think that was good, wait until you see what's ahead! He wasn't kidding, that extra stop offered us THREE pods of whales, probably close to 8-10 whales! And we were one of only two ships there! While no whale company can control on a given day what we can expect, THIS company made the most of our expectations, both with and without whales. Forgive the pun, but they are a PRINCE of a company!

Lee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Excellent tour. Lots of whales. Gardens awesome . Great value for the price.

Dale A P Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Whale watching with Prince of Whales was awesome. Great crew, knowledgeable and fun. It was super exciting to get up close and personal to the whales and the crew was just as excited To see them as we were. Butchard gardens was gorgeous. It is a long, tiring day but what a day
Well with the money!!

Brigitte D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Everything we had hoped for and more...

Carolyn E. T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

We saw over 30 whales from J and K pods!!! Crew was very knowledgeable and friendly... agreat combination.

Colin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Unmissable

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

The tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Not only was the staff welcoming and fun, the boat (Ocean Magic) was clean and offered different seating areas depending on if we wanted to be on deck or under cover. We saw an orca pod and the onboard naturalist gave an excellent overview about the pod and orca in general. I highly recommend this tour.

deborah r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

We had a very special time on this trip. we got to see a good few whales. Well worth money.

Karen A

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

Lovely cruise and so exciting to see the Orcas. The crew were very knowledgeable and helpful in answering our questions. We felt completely safe, comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed tissue excursion.

Jimmy J

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Saw lots of whales, great crew/ knowledgable about area, and animals

Roberto M

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2017

Unfortunately we had no luck to see any Orca, we saw twice a whale but very far away.

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