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April through October, are the ideal months to view our Southern Resident Orcas in all their glory. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits are home to three Resident Orca (killer whale) pods, referred to as J, K and L. Nearly 85 whales belong to these three families allowing you ample opportunity to have a close encounter.

During the peak viewing months, the success rate for sighting whales is over 95%. Other marine wildlife you may encounter includes Dall’s porpoise, Harbor porpoise, Stellar and California Sea Lions, Harbor and Elephant seals, otters and many marine birds such as Cormorants and Bald Eagles. There is also a very good chance of sighting Humpback, Minke and Gray whales.

This tour includes a complimentary shuttle pick up from all hotels in downtown Victoria and will take you back after your tour.
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Orca Spirit Adventures
Set out on the Pacific Ocean off of Victoria, British Columbia, in search of whales on this half-day tour. Travel through the Haro Strait and the San Juan de Fuca Strait in search of Minke whales, humpback whales, and orcas. Ride in an-open top Zodiac boat, suited for 12 passengers or fewer, to ensure up-close wildlife encounters and an intimate atmosphere. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
  • Get out in the straits around Victoria in a Zodiac
  • Look for resident whales, seals, and sea birds
  • Group limited to 12 people
  • Commentary from your guide
  • Round-trip hotel or port transportation
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
ORCAS! But take your binoculars

If your travel choice is Zodiac then there is multiple whale watching companies in Victoria. We chose Orca Spirit and it was a good ‘ride’. Sitting in the front of the boat there was not much to hear of the captains explanations but that is...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile
This was the best whale watching ever

Early in the morning is the best time to go. Tide was extremely low which again gives beter opportunity to see the sea mammils. We checked in at eight and headed for the sea around nine with skipper Jeremy. We saw 6 different humpbacks in...More

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OrcaSpirit, Manager at Orca Spirit Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide your kind words in your TripAdvisor review! It sounds like you had a truly remarkable tour and were able to take advantage of learning all about the Salish Sea and it's incredible inhabitants. If you are looking...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We were whale watching today on the open boat. Such a great experience. We got to see a family of whales go about there business and some seals chilling on the rocks on the way back. Alex was our skipper. Knowledgeable and entertaining, he really...More

1  Thank tillytotrocks
OrcaSpirit, Manager at Orca Spirit Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much joining us on a whale watching tour during your recent stay in Victoria! I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Alex and we hope to see you on board again soon! Sincerely, Laura Sales Manager

Reviewed 25 June 2018

My mom and I did a mother daughter trip to victoria June 14-17th, and decided on Orca Spirit as our whale watching tour company after a recommendation from a waitress at a local pub. We went saturday morning on the 11am zodiac boat with MATT....More

Thank Kayley P
OrcaSpirit, Manager at Orca Spirit Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Hello Kayley, It sounds like you had a truly incredible tour! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review on TripAdvisor. Matt is an incredibly passionate guide and I will be sure to pass along your kind words and review to...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Me and my husband loved this tour! Our tour guide Mike was fantastic- had lots od knowledge on the whales and also great sense of humor. We did the 10am tour- you have to wear flotation suits which are warm but if you are used...More

1  Thank mrsamystewart
OrcaSpirit, Manager at Orca Spirit Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Hello Amy! Thank you so much for sharing your review online for our future guests to read! It sounds like you had an awesome time on board with Mick. Thank you for reminding guests to dress warm under their zodiac suit! It always is much...More

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