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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$89.33
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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.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was amazing!! Worth every penny. They had suits for us to wear, a survival flotation type. I was worried about being cold, but with the suit and a lightweight jacket, it was fine on a sunny fall day. Our guide took us out near...More

Thank LV-and-BF
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Experience

Our party of 6 had a fantastic trip whale watching on the zodiac. I think we were lucky with the conditions, the weather was dull but the sea extremely calm. We got to see killer whales and seals and lots of sea birds. Our captain...More

Thank Derek7852
Reviewed 28 August 2018
Unique experience with very helpful staff

We had an amazing experience from checking in at the beginning to getting off the boat. The staff in the office were friendly and helpful - particularly the Irish girls. Our driver Mark was knowledgeable and made the journey in the Zodiac boat really fun...More

1  Thank carenmchugh
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thank you carenmchugh, We really appreciate you recommending SpringTide to future travellers. Mark is such a great guide, at this stage we have people asking for his tours all the time! He is so popular. Jane and I also appreciate your kind comments. We have...More

Reviewed 28 July 2018
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

1  Thank Jessica T
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2018

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 18 July 2018
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 29 July 2018

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

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20 August 2018|
Response from Bradley B | Reviewed this property |
This time of year right through November. There are always whales in and around the Island year round but the migration of other species of whales happens in early spring and the fall going from / to Alaska