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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
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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 (26)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago
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 3 weeks ago

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 22 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

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Great Experience

Our party of 6 had a fantastic trip whale watching on the zodiac. I think we were lucky with the conditions, the weather was dull but the sea extremely calm. We got to see killer whales and seals and lots of sea birds. Our captain...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Derek7852
SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Dear Derek7852, Thank you for sharing your experience of SpringTide here on Trip Advisor. I am so glad your trip worked out so well. It is our pleasure to have moved around your tour time to accommodate the cruise ship timing. It was obviously meant...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Unique experience with very helpful staff

We had an amazing experience from checking in at the beginning to getting off the boat. The staff in the office were friendly and helpful - particularly the Irish girls. Our driver Mark was knowledgeable and made the journey in the Zodiac boat really fun...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thank you carenmchugh, We really appreciate you recommending SpringTide to future travellers. Mark is such a great guide, at this stage we have people asking for his tours all the time! He is so popular. Jane and I also appreciate your kind comments. We have...More

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19 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