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Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

1. Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour! Board a brand new high speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world renowned whale watching destination. 

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Victoria: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat

2. Victoria: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat

This 3-hour whale-watching tour boasts sighting just about everything there is to see, including groups of predatory transient orcas and breaching humpback calves. Recently, a guest proposed to his girlfriend as a pod of killer whales cavorted in the background! Get suited up in a cozy cruiser suit, ensuring your comfort and safety for the duration of the trip. The tour departs from Victoria’s beautiful inner harbor. Your ride on one of the zipping Zodiac-style boats will be nearly as exciting as seeing the whales. Each of the boats seats 12, and there are great views from every seat. On the way out of the harbor, the boat passes the historic Victoria coastline. Once out of the harbor you’ll see a variety of different species of sea life, including orcas, humpback whales, grey whales, minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals, otters, and bald eagles. Every tour is guided by a Transport Canada-approved skipper, who will provide information and commentary on all of the wildlife you see.

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Victoria: Carriage Tour by the Sea

3. Victoria: Carriage Tour by the Sea

Relax as you glide through the tranquil streets of James Bay, a diverse neighborhood that is host to unique shops and community. Feel a burst of fresh air before meeting the stretch of coastline along the Dallas Road waterfront. While following the coast, take in views of the Salish Sea and the magnificent Olympic Mountain range. Clip-clop back through the historical district of James Bay and enjoy an unforgettable horse-drawn carriage experience.

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Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

4. Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

After gathering at the Telegraph Cove Resort, you will embark on your 3-hour, fully-guided whale watching and wildlife viewing adventure. In true comfort and style, your crew will be excited to take you to Johnstone Strait, in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. You can take advantage of the opportunity to view killer whales and humpback whales in the wild, as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife. The Ocean Magic II is a custom designed marine marvel, which combines the practicality of a semi-covered vessel with the speed and maneuverability of a Zodiac. With three naturalists on board and two different viewing elevations, this is the only purpose-built whale watching vessel of its size in the industry. Sip your coffee, feel the wind in your hair or keep cozy under cover while you explore the pacific northwest.

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Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

5. Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

Feel like royalty on this delightful carriage tour. Begin by taking in breathtaking views of the majestic Empress Hotel. As you enter Beacon Hill Park, marvel at the array of fragrant flowers and delightful duck ponds. Then continue on to the Dallas Road waterfront, passing Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway. Experience the splendor of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. And later on, clip-clop through James Bay, the oldest neighborhood in Victoria, which has an impressive variety of well-maintained historic homes and gardens.

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Vancouver: Whale Watching Victoria Trip & Return by Seaplane

6. Vancouver: Whale Watching Victoria Trip & Return by Seaplane

Start your day with a pickup at 7:30 AM from your accommodations in Vancouver. Take off on a whale-watching safari across the Georgia Strait, then spend the afternoon enjoying the English charm of Victoria. Look out for a wide variety of wildlife, like seagulls, sea lions, and seals. Adorned with flowers and colonial architecture, Victoria is a wanderer's paradise. Admire the beauty of the ocean and reflect on the area's history as you explore this vibrant city where students and politicians alike get around by bike. With a nod to its English heritage, British Columbia’s capital is filled with gardens and seafront parks, stately hotels and museums, bohemian eateries, and craft breweries. It is also the gateway to southern Vancouver Island, a destination for food and wine touring, whale watching, and ocean adventures of all kinds. At the end of the day, return to Vancouver by seaplane. This tour includes pickup from your hotel, private residence, or AirBnB anywhere in Vancouver.

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Victoria: Whale Watching Cruise by Covered Boat

7. Victoria: Whale Watching Cruise by Covered Boat

Climb aboard the new Salish Sea catamaran-style boat, custom designed for whale watching. Push through the waves with ease as you search for whales and other marine species. Stop at different points of interest within the protected waters of the Haro Strait and Strait of Juan de Fuca, where your captain will position the boat parallel to the animals for great photo opportunities. Learn more about the wildlife from up to 3 top marine naturalists. Avail of the heated indoor cabin and 2 open air sundecks that are ideal for photography.

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Victoria: Marine Life and Whale-Watching Boat Tour

8. Victoria: Marine Life and Whale-Watching Boat Tour

Take your family on a fantastic marine wildlife adventure in the Salish Sea. Board a brand-new high-speed coastal explorer boat and set off to look for whales and other marine creatures, including over 127 species of marine birds. Discover the rich marine environment of the Salish Sea with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour. Enjoy two outside viewing areas and a fully-heated cabin.

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Victoria: Carriage Tour of James Bay and Beacon Hill Park

9. Victoria: Carriage Tour of James Bay and Beacon Hill Park

Discover James Bay and visit Beacon Hill Park on an unforgettable horse-drawn carriage experience and enjoy being part of honoring the tradition of carriage tours in this city. Board your carriage and join your driver and guide as you make your way through the historical neighborhood of James Bay. Visit one of Victoria's oldest and largest parks, Beacon Hill Park.

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Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour

10. Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour

Depart in the evening from Victoria's beautiful inner harbor and head out into the Salish Sea in search of whales and other wonderful marine life. During the 3-hour tour, search for orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, and gray whales, that visit the Salish Sea in search of food. Encounter other marine life such as seals, sea lions, porpoises, otters and various marine birds. Listen to an inspiring and educational talk from the Marine Naturalists as they describe and interpret the spectacular environment, extensive history, and stunning scenery of the Salish Sea. If the weather cooperates, enjoy the stunning sunset views.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 138 reviews

The crew had clearly told us that the chances of seeing whales were very small, as they had hardly seen any animals in the past 14 days. But luck drove with us, after a few minutes 3 humpback whales appeared. Later other conspecifics came and even orcas, which came up to the boat. The crew always kept their distance to the animals. We received a lot of information and the crew took photos that we could download after the trip. So you didn't have the stress of taking great photos and you could just enjoy the sight.

Captain Andrew and Crew Emma were fantastic! Left on time, they charged a great deal about our safety and comfort. And….we saw whales! Not easy, considering the poor visibility from a fog bank. Thank you for an awesome afternoon.

Very Friendly, kept the entire carriage ride interesting and I loved how along the ride we were able to learn about the history of Victoria! Excellent customer service would highly recommend them!

Very nice staff and expert driver Andre We managed to see the Whale Recommended

We enjoyed our driver, Hanna and the lovely Tommy. It was a special adventure.