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Our most recommended Vancouver Island Sailing Trips & Tours

  • Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

    1. Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

    After being collected from your downtown accommodation in a comfortable shuttle bus, you will venture down to the harbor where you will meet with your boat. After meeting your guides for the day, you will then depart from Victoria, setting off on your 3-hour whale-watching tour. Between April and October, you will have a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient and resident orcas, humpback, minke, and gray whales. Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, harbor and elephant seals, and otters and marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. The zodiac vessels used on your tour are definitely recommended for the more wild-at-heart. You can let the wind blow in your hair and be exposed to the true west-coast elements in an open style, 12-passenger vessel. At the conclusion of your exhilarating tour, you will be returned ba...

    This tour was awesome. Small group of 12 in a comfy zodiac. Not squishy at all! I'm 5'11" and had plenty of room. The 3 hour length was just right and Skipper Sara was really knowledgable about where to find sea life and shared interesting info during sightings. Dont worry the price wont give you as good an experience (I was at first after researching other company rates). They simply gave a competitive rate and gave us a stellar experience. Zodiac whale watching is the way to go if you want a real and up close ocean feel! Highly recommend.

  • From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

    2. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

    Meet in central Vancouver and take a 90-minute scenic cruise aboard the ferry to Vancouver Island. Sail through the Strait of Georgia and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to visit the outside decks as it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of sea life, including porpoises and whales. Arrive on Vancouver Island and first visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Explore this world-renowned botanical garden which was once a quarry, featuring the Japanese Garden, the Ross Fountain, an Italian Garden, and other floral displays. Continue the trip with a ferry ride to the city of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Discover the main sights of Victoria with your guide, starting at Mile O. See Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Empress Hotel, and historic Chinatown, including the famous Fan Tan Alley. Later, enjoy some free time to explore on your own or book an additional optional activity. Your guide will be on hand ...

    Our tour guide and driver Ian was awesome. He was funny, informative and gave clear instructions on departure/arrival times and gave good tips on things to do on our stay in Vancouver.

  • From Victoria: Whale Watching 3-Hour Trip on Covered Boat

    3. From Victoria: Whale Watching 3-Hour Trip on Covered Boat

    After meeting at the pier or being collected from your Victoria hotel or accommodation, you will begin your carbon neutral tour led by certified marine naturalists whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry. Come aboard to experience the wild! All tours are three hours in length and peak whale watching season is April through October. In this peak season, there is a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient and resident orcas, humpbacks, minke, and gray whales. Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, harbor and elephant seals, otters and marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. Whilst onboard the boat you will also be offered complimentary coffee and tea, onboard bathrooms, certified marine naturalists, and indoor and outdoor viewing areas. In the event of an unlu...

    So worth it! The crew was wonderful! We saw a humpback whale and traveled with him for a bit.

  • Victoria Fly 'n Drive: Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

    4. Victoria Fly 'n Drive: Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

    Your tour departs from Vancouver Harbor for a mesmerizing seaplane flight over the Gulf Islands. 35 minutes later you'll arrive in Victoria's downtown inner harbor. From here the day is yours to spend exploring British Columbia's beautiful capital city. At the end of your day you'll return by coach on BC Ferries, sailing through the gorgeous Active Pass back to Vancouver. With more than 50 aircraft, your tour operator has the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are also available for charter.

    Enjoyed the flight over. Very smooth flight. Awesome views from the sky. Great experience! Victoria was nice, but was disappointed that there wasn't more to see and do. In hindsight, we should have included Butchart Gardens in our excursion. The ferry ride back to Vancouver was nice. We did have a communication issue such that our flights were booked incorrectly, but Get Your Guide handled our complaint promptly and to our full satisfaction. I would recommend using them in the future.

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

    5. 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...

    Our driver was Dustin. He was very professional, and knowledgable and we felt very safe in the boat. The boat ride itself was tons of fun, but Dustin took us to see sea lions, and had three sightings of humpback mothers and calves! It was truly amazing. I will never forget it!

  • Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

    6. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

    Enjoy an extended 13-hour tour of Vancouver Island and Victoria, with return transfers from Vancouver or drop off in Victoria if you prefer. Once at Vancouver Island’s Swartz Bay on the Saanich Peninsula, drive by air-conditioned coach to Butchart Gardens and walk among the 50 acres of magnificent foliage. Then head to downtown Victoria, traveling through quaint Chinatown and the Inner Harbour. Take free time to explore the Inner Harbour, admiring heritage sites such as the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, and BC Legislature. Depart from downtown Victoria for your return journey to Vancouver in the late afternoon. Your return journey to the mainland will be on board a BC Ferry, where you can watch for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other magnificent marine mammals. Arrival in Vancouver is scheduled for approximately 21:30, where you can be dropped off at your downtown hotel or di...

    Was a great experience! We love the flowers. The travel is long, but is great. The bus is incredibly clean and the driver was very nice person and knowledge. We want to come again.

  • Vancouver Island: Half-Day Whale and Wildlife Adventure Tour

    7. Vancouver Island: Half-Day Whale and Wildlife Adventure Tour

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a tour to the quaint old fishing village of Cowichan Bay. Browse through an art gallery, grab a coffee, and enjoy some freshly made baked goods at the bay's infamous bakery before boarding on a small, personal whale watching vessel and heading out into the Salish Sea for some spectacular scenery and wildlife. Experience the diversity of British Columbia's ecosystem with certified captains who are at the top of their fields in photography, whale research, and conservation and will be onboard for every trip to provide narration. Get the chance to see harbor seals hauling out on beautiful rocky shoals. Take photographs of humpback whales who have made a huge recovery since whaling ended at Vancouver's coast and are now a regular sight in the summer and fall. Discover distinct ecotypes of killer whales like the southern residents kill...

  • Telegraph Cove: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat

    8. Telegraph Cove: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat

    After meeting your skipper at the dock, get suited up in a cozy cruiser suit, ensuring your comfort and safety for the duration of the trip. This 3-hour whale-watching tour boasts sightings of just about everything there is to see, from wolves roaming nearby islands to groups of predatory transient orcas and breaching humpback calves. 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. Once out of the former fishing village of Telegraph Cove, you’ll have the opportunity to see a variety of 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 y...

    He was great, informative, patient when the whales came he stayed longer so we could get a good look. Thanks for a great experience. Hope to do it again someday.

  • Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

    9. 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 ...

  • From Victoria: Whale Watching Marine Wildlife Excursion

    10. From Victoria: Whale Watching Marine Wildlife Excursion

    Experience the world’s most beautiful coastline on a 3-hour marine wildlife tour from Victoria, British Columbia, and immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait are renowned for their ample wildlife, including animals such as Steller and California sea lions, humpback whales, sea and river otters, Minke whales, harbor seals and many marine birds to name a few. You will travel on-board an open-top Zodiac boat to race across the seas. In a smaller, open style 12 passenger vessel, you can be on scene with the wildlife faster and get once in a lifetime exposure to the true west coast elements. Helping to protect the environment, the Zodiacs are powered by eco-friendly Yamaha 4-stroke outboards renowned for their ultra-low emissions and quiet operating levels. Modeled after fast-response coast guard rescue vessels, the zodiacs combine spee...

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What people are saying about Vancouver Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 381 reviews

This tour was awesome. Small group of 12 in a comfy zodiac. Not squishy at all! I'm 5'11" and had plenty of room. The 3 hour length was just right and Skipper Sara was really knowledgable about where to find sea life and shared interesting info during sightings. Dont worry the price wont give you as good an experience (I was at first after researching other company rates). They simply gave a competitive rate and gave us a stellar experience. Zodiac whale watching is the way to go if you want a real and up close ocean feel! Highly recommend.

He was great, informative, patient when the whales came he stayed longer so we could get a good look. Thanks for a great experience. Hope to do it again someday.

So worth it! The crew was wonderful! We saw a humpback whale and traveled with him for a bit.

Amazing experience! Sara and the whole crew were absolutely fantastic.

Lots of fun! Well run operation. Staff all nice. Comfortable ride.