Water activity

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

4.5 / 5

50 reviews

Activity provider: PRINCE OF WHALES
Water activity

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

Activity provider: PRINCE OF WHALES

From US$ 140.14 per person


Traveling at speeds up to 30 knots in an open-style Zodiac boat is almost as much fun as seeing the whales! On this 12-seater boat everyone is guaranteed an unobstructed view of the water and a wide variety of sea life during the 3-hour tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • See a huge variety of sea life, including orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more
  • Enjoy an exhilarating ride on a Zodiac boat along some of the world's most beautiful coastline
  • Learn about the wildlife you see from your Transport Canada-approved skipper
Full description
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.
  • 3-hour whale and marine life watching tour
  • Expert guide/skipper
  • Live commentary
  • All-weather exposure flotation suits, hats and gloves
  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate upon return from the tour
  • 93% whale sighting success rate
  • Lifetime whale sightings guarantee - new free tour from Vancouver or Victoria until you see whales!
  • Goods and services tax
  • $5 per person Salish Sea Conservation fee
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems

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Meeting point

Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure at the local supplier's office, Prince of Whales, located underneath the Tourism Victoria Visitor Information Center, next to Milestones restaurant. Boarding will start after the passenger announcement and introductions by the crew. Do not proceed to the vessel by yourself.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • You can choose between a shared or private tour
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund. Minimum numbers apply
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 50 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Service
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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!

March 24, 2023

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Mark was so great with all the questions, and made sure we all had smiles on our faces. Jasper got some kelp for us to see, and eat. The lady who signed us in and fitted us with floater suits was so kind and full of smiles... I highly recommend this tour...

March 24, 2023

Het was een leuke ervaring. De boot op zich was dat al, maar het feit dat wij een kleine groep Orka's hebben gezien, maakte de ervaring af. Houd er rekening mee, dat men afstand moet bewaren tussen de boot en de Orka's. Dus verwacht niet dat je ze van dichtbij kunt zien. Verder geen walvissen gezien. Men kan niet alles hebben.

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 27632