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Head to the Victoria wharf to board your 61-foot (19-meter) motor yacht, the Marauder IV, which holds up to 84 passengers and features comfortable seating and a smooth, quiet ride. Meet your naturalist guide and head out from the harbor, cruising into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the body of water separating Canada's Vancouver Island from the United States.

As you cruise, your guide will help you spot the variety of whales that live in these Pacific waters, including orcas, gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales. Keep your eyes open for other marine life, too, like sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals and sea birds. You may even catch sight of a bald eagle.

During your journey, listen to your guide's informative, expert commentary about the biological and ecological features of the whales and their ocean environment. If you have any questions, ask away! And if the conditions are right, the boat's hydrophones can pick up and amplify the beautiful sounds of the orcas as they communicate with each other, giving you the amazing opportunity to hear the song of the whales.

If you get chilly, head inside the spacious heated cabin and warm up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. You can keep watching for whales through the windows.

Your tour ends with return to the wharf.

Locations visited
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
Overview
Experience an up-close encounter with northern Pacific marine life on a 3-hour whale watching cruise off Victoria’s coast. Travel out into the open ocean aboard a comfortable, motorized boat to look for native species like humpback whales, gray whales, orcas, elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. Learn about local marine ecology from a naturalist guide, and take in fantastic views of Vancouver Island in between animal sightings.
Highlights
  • Whale-watching tour off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Spot killer whales (orcas), humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales from the comfort of a motor yacht
  • See other wildlife like sea lions, elephant seals and bald eagles who are abundant in the area
  • Learn about the ecosystem and wildlife of the Pacific Ocean from an expert naturalist guide
  • Choose either a morning or afternoon departure time
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Simply the best

Went out with Marcus and Heather today. All the crew are very welcoming and very professional. The boat is well maintained and super fast, which comes in handy when reports of whales are received. We were lucky as we saw three large humpbacks for a...More

Thank Magpie051
Reviewed 3 days ago
Saw orcas and humpback whale

Went on the 10:00 am tour and had a great time! We saw orcas and humpback whales. The staff was very professional, friendly and helpful. Our guide Marcus was very knowledgeable and made sure we were informed and entertained the whole trip. I would highly...More

Thank Isabelle N
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Isabelle N, Thank you for taking the time to review SpringTide on TripAdvisor. It is always nice to hear awesome feedback about our crew and I know they appreciate it too. We are very fortunate to have such a passionate and knowledgeable bunch here...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Excellent trip and company, highly recommended!

We went on the afternoon whale watching tour on their purpose built covered whale watching boat. It was an amazing experience, within 20 mins we were watching a beautiful pod of Orcas and then later on several Humpback whales in every direction around the boat....More

Thank Simon33333
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Simon33333, WOW..... what a trip. Orca, Humpbacks and lots of them by the sounds of it! It makes us so happy when we hear our guests experience what we have experienced so many times before. And I'll tell you a secret - It never...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chose to go with Springtide Whale Watching and wasn't disappointed.

Whales and seals, the commentary was made by the naturalist Marcus. He was very informative and funny, made the trip so much better. The travel time can be long but Marcus made sure we were informed and entertained. Make sure you ask for him to...More

1  Thank Nymes
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Nymes, Thank you for your review and for your kind comments about Marcus. We sure are lucky to have a guide as knowledgeable, funny and passionate as he is. Marauder IV is an educational Eco tour and all of our Naturalists and Biologists provide...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Loved it !!

We are so glad we chose this company as warm, friendly and knowlegable. We went on a 2pm trip for 3 hours plus through the harbour and saw both orcas and humpbacks. Heather and marcus were the guides and so interesting and informative. We would...More

Thank kldub
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello kldub, We loved that you loved our tour! We also really appreciate you recommending SpringTide for Whale Watching. There are so many great things to do in Victoria but Whale Watching is definitely top of the list. We also highly recommend the Royal BC...More

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We went in the afternoon in the faster boat. But all boats get close enough to see the whales. (We wanted the speed of the fast boat!)They had seen a lot of whales in the morning that day too, so I don't really know if the... More
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the cruise office is more or less 200 meters in walking distance from the cruise port. It is on the main road. Daniel
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