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Victoria Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac

  • Whale-watching adventure by Zodiac from Victoria
  • Fly across the open sea, feeling the spray of the water and getting as close to the wildlife as possible
  • Spot orcas, gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales, depending on the time of year
Victoria Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac
From US$89.29
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Add an extra thrill to your Victoria whale-watching adventure with this wildlife cruise aboard a fast-moving, inflatable Zodiac boat. Get closer to the water — and the whales — on a wet and wild ride through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Hang on to your hat and keep a sharp eye out for native marine life such as humpback and gray whales, orcas, sea lions and harbor seals. An expert naturalist guide will help point out passing species and share insight into the amazing aquatic world of the northern Pacific.
What to Expect
Your 3 hour tour starts in downtown Victoria, where you’ll check in at our office in the beautiful & historic Rithet Building located at 1119 Wharf Street.  You will be escorted to the dock, slip into a one-pice flotation suit and hop aboard the 12 passenger Zodiac for your whale watching adventure.

In contrast to the smoother ride of a large motor yacht, a Zodiac boat travels fast and puts you nearer to the water, providing you with an adventure style ride and maybe getting you a bit wet.  But that’s all part of the fun!

Sit back and hold on tight as your skipper zooms across the Strait of Juan de Fuca or Haro Strait ... the bodies of water that separate Vancouver Island from the United States. Watch for whales like humpbacks, orcas, minke whales and gray whales, as well as other marine mammals like sea lions, elephant seals and harbour seals. And, look up once in a while to spot bald eagles soaring through the sky and sea birds scanning the water to find food.

During the ride, your naturalist guide provides expert commentary about the ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean while you learn about the behaviour and biology of the whales and other sea life. Your tour ends with a return to the same dock you departed from.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great adventure!

We had a wonderful boat ride, saw transient killer whales, sea lions, sea otters and seals. Warning: You will be on the boat for 3+ hours with no bathroom so if that's a problem for you I would skip this tour. Otherwise it was a...More

Thank Jessica T
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jessica T, Thank you for reviewing SpringTide on TripAdvisor. The Zodiac sure is a lot of fun and we are so glad you had a blast! The boat is half the adventure but pair that with seeing an array of Marine Mammals and you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Exhilarating boat trip and whales successfully spotted

Bit of a swell so an exciting and wet trip, but all great fun. Captain Martin did a great job, keeping us well informed the whole trip. Staff at check-in also good fun and very helpful. As an exciting boat trip it was worth it...More

Thank Alba_Hendersons
SpringTideWhaleTours, Supervisor at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Alba_Hendersons, Thanks so much for your kind review! I’m so glad that you enjoyed your Zodiac tour with Marty and that our sales staff were able to have some laughs with you during check-in. It really can be a wet, wild, adventure ride at...More

Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile
Great group of people and a great organization!!

We had amazing weather (7/12/18) and Mark was a great guide who provided lots of solid information about the Orcas. Even found out that the one named Scarlet came upon her name. Ask him!!More

Thank Brian R
SpringTideWhaleTours, Supervisor at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Brian R, Thank you so much for your kind review! Sounds and looks like you had an awesome time out on the water with Mark. I hope you threw all your hardest whale questions at Mark, he knows an awful lot about them! What...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Interesting Experience

We went out on the Zodiac on a very windy day in late June and the sea was rough. Our capitan/guide did what he could to lessen the bumps. Overall it was not that bad but there were a few big jolts to the body....More

Thank Cheryl G
Reviewed 28 June 2018
The only way to watch whales!

This was my first time in a fast moving Zodiac and first time Whale Watching and I had the most fun & exciting experience. After donning our buoyancy suits & having our safety talk we were on our way - our zodiac pilot was very...More

Thank Explorer968
SpringTideWhaleTours, Supervisor at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Explorer968, Wow! Thank you for your kind review and for choosing SpringTide for your first Zodiac experience! I’m so happy to hear that you had a great tour. That’s wonderful that you walked away with great memories and photos! Thanks again for taking the...More

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