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Victoria Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac

  • Whale-watching adventure by Zodiac from Victoria
  • Fly across the open sea, feeling the spray of the water and getting as close to the wildlife as possible
  • Spot orcas, gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales, depending on the time of year
Victoria Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac
From USD 88.27
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Add an extra thrill to your Victoria whale-watching adventure with this wildlife cruise aboard a fast-moving, inflatable Zodiac boat. Get closer to the water — and the whales — on a wet and wild ride through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Hang on to your hat and keep a sharp eye out for native marine life such as humpback and gray whales, orcas, sea lions and harbor seals. An expert naturalist guide will help point out passing species and share insight into the amazing aquatic world of the northern Pacific.
What to Expect
Your 3 hour tour starts in downtown Victoria, where you’ll check in at our office in the beautiful & historic Rithet Building located at 1119 Wharf Street.  You will be escorted to the dock, slip into a one-pice flotation suit and hop aboard the 12 passenger Zodiac for your whale watching adventure.

In contrast to the smoother ride of a large motor yacht, a Zodiac boat travels fast and puts you nearer to the water, providing you with an adventure style ride and maybe getting you a bit wet.  But that’s all part of the fun!

Sit back and hold on tight as your skipper zooms across the Strait of Juan de Fuca or Haro Strait ... the bodies of water that separate Vancouver Island from the United States. Watch for whales like humpbacks, orcas, minke whales and gray whales, as well as other marine mammals like sea lions, elephant seals and harbour seals. And, look up once in a while to spot bald eagles soaring through the sky and sea birds scanning the water to find food.

During the ride, your naturalist guide provides expert commentary about the ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean while you learn about the behaviour and biology of the whales and other sea life. Your tour ends with a return to the same dock you departed from.
Reviews (28)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Best experience ever :)

It was one of the best experiences in my life. First of, all the staff was so kind, Georgina assisted us with everything we needed. The Zodiac trip with captain Ian was amazing, we enjoyed beautiful lanscapes as well as incredible wild animals including killer...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maria F
SpringTideWhaleTours, Sales Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Maria F, Thank you so much for your fantastic 5 Star Review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time on the water with SpringTide. At SpringTide, we always try to make every step of the journey with us a positive one, from...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A brilliant window of whale watching opportunity

Full service ( extra gloves and toques as well as the regular all weather clothing) and amazing sleuthing to find whales in quieter times on the water. Be prepared to be flexible in how long your session may last, as wildlife don't use time pieces,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Christopher B
SpringTideWhaleTours, Sales Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Christopher B, Thank you so much for your 5 Star Review, and for your kind words about our crew. We all try very hard to make your experience one to remember from start to finish, and that involves ensuring that you're toasty warm out...More

Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Amazing trip with an zodiac boat. I have never seen so much whales before. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I can really recommend this trip.More

Thank Q951XApatrickf
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2018

Hello Q951XApatrickf, Thank you for your review and thank you for the kind comments about our friendly staff. We always go above and beyond for every guest on every tour and it is even better when the whales and wildlife cooperate too :) Thanks so...More

Reviewed 22 November 2018
Amazing Experience

Fiona and Ian, shared an amazing experience. Fiona made sure we were bundled up in warm clothes, a rain suit and full body flotation suit. Ian guided us to a pod of 4 Orca Killer Whales that played for over an hour. At one point...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NeonShark
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2018

Hello NeonShark, Wow... thank you so much for your five star review and for your kind comments about Ian and I. We are both with SpringTide over 7 years now and still get excited to meet new people everyday and share BC's stunning wildlife and...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This was amazing!! Worth every penny. They had suits for us to wear, a survival flotation type. I was worried about being cold, but with the suit and a lightweight jacket, it was fine on a sunny fall day. Our guide took us out near...More

Thank LV-and-BF
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Dear LV-and-BF, Thank you for reviewing SpringTide on Trip Advisor. Helpful and informative reviews like yours really help future travelers to decide on what activities to do once they are in town. So thank you for sharing. Zodiacs are truly a great time. They are...More

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20 August 2018|
Response from Bradley B | Reviewed this property |
This time of year right through November. There are always whales in and around the Island year round but the migration of other species of whales happens in early spring and the fall going from / to Alaska