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Victoria, Canada
Victoria Whale Watch Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • 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
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Professional naturalists and biologists on board each trip
3 hour tour departing downtown Victoria
Gratuity (optional)
$3 Wildlife Conservation Fee plus 5% GST

Departure Point

1119 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4, Canada

Your check in office is located on Wharf Street (street leve)l, beside Bastion Square. Look for a 3 story, very pretty yellow historic building. Our entrance has a white hanging sign over the door and there is a 'sandwich board' on the sidewalk. Darcys Pub is right next door to us.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your travel date
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Tours are subject to weather conditions and passenger demand
  • If your tour is within 48 hours, please contact SpringTide (number located in voucher) to confirm your tour
  • This vessel is not wheelchair accessible, but we have had guests with collapsible chairs and limited mobility join the tour
  • Please note that check-in office has no secure storage for personal possessions
  • Suitable footwear (flat sole, closed toe) and at least 1 extra layer of clothing recommended. Ocean air often feels 10-15 degrees cooler than experienced in the city
  • Please inform SpringTide if any child 23 months or younger is part of your group
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 84 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SpringTide Whale Watching Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Victoria Whale Watch Tour.
What is the maximum group size during Victoria Whale Watch Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 84 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Victoria Whale Watch Tour.

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Loved the trip
, Jul 2021
Great crew, very knowledgeable and friendly., loved the different places you can sit and see. Great trip.
Wonderful experience!
, Aug 2020
Crew and staff were so attentive and very knowledgeable at answering our questions. From making sure we were warm enough, to teaching us about the orcas to sharing pictures they took off the whales. Social distancing and mask wearing was mandatory and didn't change anything to the experience. We were lucky and found whales right away and stayed with them the whole time. Would highly recommend this to anyone in Victoria.
An enjoyable tour but despite the...
Alistair D
, Oct 2017
An enjoyable tour but despite the best efforts of the crew saw limited wildlife one humpback whale and some seals but that is just the luck of draw whether the wildlife is at the locations where the boat can get to in the time available. Boat was comfortable and good facilities. Overall the tour was very well organised. On-board wildlife experts provided lots of insight but could only give limited commentary due to the lack of wildlife that we spotted.
I gave this whale watching trip as a...
Angelika J
, Sep 2017
I gave this whale watching trip as a gift to my nice visiting with her boyfriend and two teenager from Germany. They were amazed about their experience! They saw Orcas, A humpback Whale, Seals. It was an unforgetable trip with long lasting memories.
Absolutely worthwhile expierence... a...
, Aug 2017
Absolutely worthwhile expierence... a once-in-a-lifetime moment to see Orcas in their natural habitat. We had a wonderful biologist narrator who provided a lot of educational information and guidance. The boat was very rocky when it was stopped for observing the orcas. Once they are spotted, all the tour companies notify each other so your distance away may be near or far depending on how many other boats are around you. We had maybe 20 other boats around us. With a really good lens, you can take great shots! However you have to contend with the waves that rock the boat from side to side. If you get sea sick I would not suggest tours like this! We also went to a different spot to observe a First Nations island that was home to a lot of sea lions and a peregrin falcon. That was also really awesome to see. Overall, a great experience and worth the cost!
This was an enjoyable experience with...
Natalie H
, Aug 2017
This was an enjoyable experience with the crew, but so sad we saw zero Orcas.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour...
June R
, Jul 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour .Booked online it was cheaper than the ships tours most of which were sold out .We caught a taxi to meet the tour.although the office was only a 15 minute walk it was Canada celebrations so the streets were busy.It was great to see the orcas.
Excellent tour and I was relieved...
, Nov 2016
Excellent tour and I was relieved not to get travel sick. It does get quite cold on board but they had plenty of big coats that you could use. Saw plenty of Whales and they did their best to get you as close as possible. A couple of guides on board that gave you info on the whales and on the way home there was a talk on whales which you could listen to. Would definitely recommend
Nothing went wrong with the tour, as...
, Oct 2016
Nothing went wrong with the tour, as we didn't take it. Viator sent me a voucher and a confirmation number, but when we arrived, Viator did not book us with Spring Tide Whale Watching Tours as our voucher said. Thank goodness the company booked us on another tour, at the same time and cost, but we had to change locations, etc. Very unprofessional of Viator and embarrassing for us.
We had a great time. We only seen 1...
Janice S
, Sep 2016
We had a great time. We only seen 1 whale, but that's not their fault.

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