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  • Whale Watching Tour in Victoria, BC

    1. Whale Watching Tour in Victoria, BC

    The waters of Victoria BC are home to three of the major Pods (groups) of Killer Whales. This tour presented by pioneers in the field will offer the unique experience of observing these magnificent mammals in their natural environment. The area's resident Killer Whales spend much of their time around Victoria and San Juan Island feeding on the natural abundance of salmon, one of their principal diet sources. The extensive spotting network and years of experience in locating the whales ensures a very high success rate for tours. The area of operations in the water surrounding Southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, and the Gulf Islands is the home of pods "J", "K", and "L" numbering approximately 90 whales in total. Your crew is waiting to introduce you to these magnificent mammals and share with you the myriad of other natural wonders abundant in this pristine marine environment. ...

  • From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

    2. From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see killer whales with your own eyes! Become a real explorer on this full day air safari including a 3-hour whale-watching trip. Guests meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal. From here you will fly from Vancouver Harbor to Victoria. This is an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of the Gulf Islands from above. With over 50 aircrafts, Harbor Air Seaplanes operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. Guest will take part in a unique whale watching expedition from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Led by expert guides, you will learn about this ecologically diverse area and the whales that inhabit it. See these magnificent creatures in their own waters. This is an experience that no aquarium can provide. You can also spot seals, birds and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

    Nice and fast service on the flight there and back. We saw 23 orcas on our whale tour! And got a bunch of hours to walk around Victoria! Lovely day highly recommend :)

  • Victoria: Whale Watching Cruise by Covered Boat

    3. 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.

    The guides, Val, shanna, John snd then Captain Bill - we’re knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. My husband, son and I had a great time. We saw a lot of Orcas, seals and Ollie the otter. I’m glad our trip was cancelled the day before when it was windy. Our day was memorable.

  • Victoria & Butchard Gardens Private Tour from Vancouver

    4. Victoria & Butchard Gardens Private Tour from Vancouver

    Enjoy complimentary pick-up from your hotel in Vancouver. At Tsawwassen, board the ferry and enjoy a spectacular 1.5-hour ferry ride through the Gulf Islands. Lookout for whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Be enchanted by the beautiful islands, and enjoy feeling the wind in your face on the top deck.  Make your first stop at Butchard Gardens, where you will be wowed by this oasis of lush green and colorful blooms, stretching for 55 acres of flowers, trees, pathways, and creeks. The garden features a sunken garden, a world-famous rose garden, and a wonderful restaurant serving high tea daily.  Take a scenic tour by the ocean en route to the city center of Victoria. Drive by the University of Victoria, Oak Bay, the Uplands, Beacon Hill Park, and finally Downtown Victoria with its BC Parliament Building, Empress Hotel, Chinatown, and Craigdarroch Castle. Have lunch or a small bite, at your ...

  • From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speedboat

    5. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speedboat

    Combine adventure and culture on this unique day trip to Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Leaving from Vancouver in the morning, you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken for a thrilling journey in a seaplane over the fascinating islands of the Canadian Pacific coast. Land in Victoria city center at around 10:00 AM, giving you plenty of time to stroll the streets and admire the quirky English style. In the afternoon you'll be driven to the world-famous Butchart Gardens by bus. Once there, you'll have about 2 hours to admire the flowers and other plant life in these impressive gardens. Travel back to Vancouver city center in a comfortable, covered speedboat at around 04:45 PM. Arrive back at your hotel in Vancouver at around 07:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 100 reviews

Great excursion

We were lucky enough to see both a pod of orcas and a humpback whale. The crew was very knowledgeable and added interesting facts and details about the whales we were seeing. We were in the covered boat, as it was a little drizzly and a bit cool. Glad we chose that option, only because of the weather. The flight over to Victoria and back was amazing. We had about 3 hours in Victoria which was perfect for a walk about and lunch.

Had a great trip by floatplane from Vancouver

Good whale watching and seal experience only criticism was the boat very full. The staff on the boat were very knowledgable regarding the sea life.Also trip allowed a good time in Victoria which was a bonus before flying back to Vancouver.

Nice and fast service on the flight there and back. We saw 23 orcas on our whale tour! And got a bunch of hours to walk around Victoria! Lovely day highly recommend :)

A great and eventful ride

We saw and marveled at a gray whale, orcas, sea lions, seals, a sea otter and a bald eagle. Very good explanations from the guide who was traveling with us

It is of course a matter of luck whether you actually see whales or not. We were lucky enough to see at least a single orca and a gray whale.