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Victoria Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac

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    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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    Departure Point
    1119 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4, Canada
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide provides insight into wildlife and natural history
    • Transport Canada approved 1 piece floatation suits (not waterproof) available in various sizes and worn over street clothing
    • 3 hour guided tour with multiple interesting stops
    • Gratuity (optional)
    • 3 Wildlife Conservation Fee plus GST
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your travel date
    • If your tour is within 48 hours, please contact SpringTide (number located in voucher) to confirm your seat
    • Tours are subject to weather conditions and passenger demand
    • Zodiac boats are not recommended for expectant mothers
    • Zodiac boats are not recommended for those with health concerns esp. in neck, back, hip or knee areas
    • Zodiac boats are not recommended for persons in frail health or who have limited mobility
    • Zodiac boats are not recommended for children under 7 years of age and/or under 4.5' or 130 cm in height
    • Zodiac passenger under age 19 MUST be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian who will sign a Waiver on their behalf
    • Should any of the points above necessitate a cancellation within 24 hours of departure, a refund will not be provided
    • SpringTide's Motor Yacht is family friendly and accessible to all ages and abilities (however, not wheelchair accessible)
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 18 July 2018

    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

    Date of experience: July 2018
    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

    Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

    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 29 July 2018

    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

    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

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Cheryl G
    Reviewed 28 June 2018

    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

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Explorer968
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Supervisor at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

    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

    Reviewed 26 June 2018

    Because of a mixup in booking, my wife and I were in Victoria on June 17 but were scheduled on a date in July. I discovered this two days before our arrival! I called and Springtide didn't have a tour on the day we were...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Wayne M
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Supervisor at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

    Dear Wayne M, Thank you very much for your considerate review of SpringTide even though, as stated, you did not end up on a tour with us! We as a team pride ourselves on our customer service skills and always strive to be a positive...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
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