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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. 

Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour

2. 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.

Victoria: Whale and Wildlife Semi-Covered Boating Tour

3. Victoria: Whale and Wildlife Semi-Covered Boating Tour

After gathering at the pier you will meet with your guides before boarding your boat. The vessel for this tour will be a semi-covered catamaran with both indoor and outdoor seating. This vessel offers both an indoor viewing area as well as multiple outdoor viewing decks, and includes on-board restrooms. Once hitting the water, you'll begin your over 4-hour experience which includes a 98% sighting success rate. Your team members will be excited to share everything that this natural treasure chest has to offer, as you make multiple wildlife stops throughout your journey. At each stop your guides will provide world-class interpretation and personalized service to help you best understand this unique ecosystem. Throughout the experience you will have the chance to encounter whales, seals, and eagles, among other residents of the region. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll make your way back to the tour starting point.

Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour on Semi-Covered Boat

4. Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour on Semi-Covered Boat

Set sail after dinner and enjoy the chance to see waters in the water with fewer boats and fewer people. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of a 3-hour tour that returns to Victoria's Harbor as the sun is setting. Head out to the Salish Sea, take in the spectacular scenery and look out for whales, seals, and eagles. Relax aboard a semi-covered catamaran, the high-performance vessel that is used for this whale watching tour. The comfortable catamaran features onboard bathrooms, and guests are provided with jackets, blankets, sunglasses, toques, gloves, and sunscreen.

Victoria: Butterfly Gardens Admission Ticket

5. Victoria: Butterfly Gardens Admission Ticket

Take an amazing journey through nature with the admission ticket to Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Exchange your voucher and enter a tropical journey to learn about wildlife and flora from other continents. Once inside, discover 70 different species of butterflies and learn everything there is to know about poison dart frogs, tortoises, giant iguanas, tropical ducks and birds, flamingos, and more. Experience an impressive array of insects and invertebrates from around the world in a jungle-like setting in the InsectariumImmerse yourself in the atmosphere of the rainforest, with an indoor pond, waterfall, and an insectarium, featuring impressive insects and invertebrates from around the world. Stroll through and marvel at lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants, and fruits of the world. Experience the tropical jungle firsthand, while walking among butterflies and birds that fly freely.

Victoria: Morning Whale-Watching Tour in Open Boat

6. Victoria: Morning Whale-Watching Tour in Open Boat

Experience the majesty of the Salish Sea and its wildlife, from whales surfacing in unison to bald eagles soaring overhead, on this whale-watching cruise in Victoria. Keep your camera ready as your naturalist guide shares the ecology of the stunning environment that surrounds you. After gathering at the pier, meet your guide and board a scarab boat with on-board restrooms. After hitting the water, begin your whale-watching experience. Make multiple wildlife stops throughout your journey as the crew sails to points with the highest success rate of spotting marine life. At each stop, listen to insightful commentary from your guide to gain an understanding of this unique ecosystem. Keep an eye out for whales, seals, and eagles, among other residents of the region. At the end of your tour, make your way back to the tour starting point.

Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour on an Open Scarab Boat

7. Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour on an Open Scarab Boat

Avoid the crowds and travel straight to the whales. The 3+ hour Sunset Tour returns to Victoria’s Inner Harbor as the sun is setting. These tours depart shortly after dinner time, in turn allowing you to view the whales with fewer boats, less people, and in a truly unique atmosphere while the sun is setting. Save time and money by going at the end of the day! The Boat: The vessel for this tour will be the High Performance Luxury Open Scarab Boat. Our guests love that the exhilarating Scarab style gets you as close to your surroundings as possible! We provide you with parkas, blankets, sunglasses, and sunscreen, to keep you comfortable! There are also onboard washrooms on all Eagle Wing Boats. The Open Scarab provides a safe and exciting marine adventure suitable for both the young and the young at heart!

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 148 reviews

I loved that the captain and the guide were as excited as everyone in the boat to see the whales. That means the enjoy their job and they enjoy seeing the magnificent mammals.

Our guide was really friendly and attentive, and we saw four pods of whales! Which is apparently very rare. An amazing day.

We had an amazing time on whale watching tour, seen many hump backs, a pod of orcas and a ton of sea lions. A great time!

Nice boat and crew we lucked out and where fortunately enough to see orcas

Great experience! Knowledgeable staff. Very enjoyable.