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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Victoria, BC V8W 1T7, Canada
    Departure Time
    1:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 3-hour bird and sea lion tour
    • Professional guide
    • $3 Wildlife Conservation Fee plus 5% GST
    • Gratuity (optional)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for child aged 8 and under
    • Tour is not recommended for people with neck and spinal problems, in frail health or for pregnant women
    • Sea and weather conditions vary. Please dress very warmly and be prepared that you may get wet!
    • Tours are subject to weather conditions and passenger demand. If your tour is within 48 hours, please contact your local tour operator (number located on voucher) to confirm your tour.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We booked to go whale watching with Springtide on the Vodiac for a bit of excitement. If we didn’t see whales we would still have had some fun , as it is advertised as “A thrill seekers must do” The rest of our group went on the normal boat. On arrival we were briefed by
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    Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Operations Supervisor at Marine Wildlife Tour by Zodiac
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear Ravenhouse, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we do appreciate it and value feedback from our customers and I am sorry to hear how disappointed you were with your Zodiac experience. Before a trip’s departure, the skipper will have a detailed discussion with SpringTide’s fleet Captain and will they decide on the most efficient route to search for Whales. Often, this means our vessels split up and do not travel together to ensure we cover as much ground as possible during the search. Your skipper would have made his decisions with the safety and comfort of all his passengers in mind. I have sent you a private message in regards to your experience as I would love the chance to talk with you more about your trip. Please do feel free to get in contact with us at sales@springtidecharters.com Many Thanks, Gabriella Operations Supervisor
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    Wow, what a magical day we had despite it being out of season!! The lovely Fiona got the kids and my husband and I all kitted out with our wet weather gear and introduced us to Captain Mark. Then we were off on our adventure with the hope of spotting some Orcas. Despite not
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    Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at Marine Wildlife Tour by Zodiac
    Responded 20 Jan 2019
    Hello jduel, Thank you so much for your kind words. Mark and I really appreciate the lovely comments. By the sounds of it your trip was pretty spectacular. Even Mark commented on how great the sightings were - especially the Dall's Porpoise and the huge amount of Bald Eagles. Thank you so much for reviewing SpringTide and for recommending us to future visitors. Have a safe trip home to Brisbane. Kind Regards, Fiona Fogarty Sales & Operations Manager
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    Very informative, enjoyable and comprehensive whale watching trip out with a great guide who knew all there was to know. Zodiac was great to zoom around in and the co-operative tracking with other boats really helped us find tons of whales. Interesting to see a research zodiac
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    Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at Marine Wildlife Tour by Zodiac
    Responded 11 Dec 2018
    Dear BobBowowski, Thank you so much for your 5 star Trip Advisor review. We are so happy to hear that although not your first, we were the Best Whale Watching trip you've ever been on. Captain Ian, and the rest of the SpringTide staff work very hard to make the whole tour experience a great one from start to finish. Although we can't control the wildlife, we are in such a great spot in the world for watching marine mammals, that more times then not we see an abundance of wildlife on our tours! It is truly our passion to share with our guests the beauty and wonder of this wild west coast. Thank you so much for joining us and for recommending us to others. Best Regards, Fiona Fogarty Sales & Operations Manager
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    How much more memorable can a wedding anniversary date be?? It was mesmerizing, truly blessing to be able to see the orcas after 30-45min of boat ride from the deck in Victoria Harbor. Such a beautiful creature!! I didn’t know how to verbalize my emotion that when I hear my
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    Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at Marine Wildlife Tour by Zodiac
    Responded 26 Nov 2018
    Dear Shizuka L, Thank you so much for your detailed review of SpringTide Whale Watching. We really appreciate the positive feedback. Happy Anniversary to you both. It is so lovely to hear that we helped make your special day such a wonderful memory. Watching Whales in the wild is a privilege and we do not take that for granted. We love educating our guests all about the wonders of this coast and the wild animals that live here. The more we can help educate the public on the importance of wild whales the better off they will be. You are so right. These animals need to be in their natural habitat and not, as you said, " in a big life-less tank isolated from their pod." You mentioned you flew from Calgary for the day, how exciting. Hopefully some day, possibly in the summertime, you will take another tour with us. Maybe next time you can join Captain Ian aboard Marauder IV, our 61ft covered vessel. You have experienced the fantastic Zodiac ride so why not come back and try our covered boat next time :) Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your experience online. Sincerely, Fiona Fogarty Sales & Operations Manager
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    The office staff was extremely helpful and patient with us when the weather deteriorated. Our skipper was Ian who was knowledgeable and skilled when it came to finding wildlife. We saw a humpback whale, sea lions, seals, elephant seals, and an otter. The highlight of the
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    Response from SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at Marine Wildlife Tour by Zodiac
    Responded 25 Nov 2018
    Hello PurduePolo, Thank you so much for your awesome review and the lovely comments about our Captain and office crew. We all try very hard to make your experience one to remember from start to finish! It sounds like you had a trip of a lifetime with Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Seals, Sea Lions and more.... Whale Watching at this time of year is spectacular. There are less boats on the water making for a more personal experience, which is nice for everyone. It can get chilly though so we highly recommend you bundle up warm for the trip and then we offer two extra layers once you check in (rain jacket & pants and a full length cruiser suit which acts as your life jacket). Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience of SpringTide on TripAdvisor. We are so glad you enjoyed the tour. Sincerely, Fiona Fogarty Sales & Operations Manager
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