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Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens provided by Prince of Whales Whale Watching

Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20-08-07 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
For more information on how we have adapted to the new normal check out our COVID-19 service notice by going to the webpage.
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Updated 20-08-07 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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Departure Point
812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
Duration
4–7 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Naturalist guide
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Round-trip shuttle transfers from downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens
  • Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee * If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour free of charge! This offer does not expire
  • Entry/Admission - The Butchart Gardens
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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sctmster wrote a review Oct. 2019
North Fort Myers, Florida300 contributions115 helpful votes
This is a well run operation. The crew are knowledgeable. Butchart gardens are very nice. As a bonus there was a concert on the grounds in the evening. Whale watching is apparently hit or miss. Also by law you cannot get very close to the whale. (we saw one at a distance.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Bryttni_POW, Marketing at Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
Responded Nov. 1, 2019
Hello sctmster, Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your tour with our knowledgeable crew, and your time at the beautiful Butchart Gardens! The concert sounds like an awesome added bonus :) Due to the nature of the industry the wildlife sightings are always different, and we never know what we will see. We adhere to the Whale Wise laws and stay a minimum of 200 meters away from the whales for their well-being and safety. This way we can ensure the continued success of the animals and be able to educate people from around the world for years to come! We hope to see you again in the future - perhaps next time there will be more whales around!
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JenniAnne wrote a review Sep. 2019
Maple Shade, New Jersey18 contributions
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Definitely worth the money! Spend lots of time looking for whales, then off to see sea lions and birds ... finally getting to the gardens and coming in the back door with umbrellas waiting! Bus ride back was super easy as well ... friendly staff
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
Responded Sep. 24, 2019
Hello Jenni, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We really appreciate this and are so happy that you enjoyed your whale watching experience with us. Thank you also for your great feedback regarding our staff members. They work very hard to ensure our guest receive an enjoyable and educational tour with us. We would love to have to have you join us on another tour in future!
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TommyDE76 wrote a review Sep. 2019
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Nice people working there and the whale watching was okay. A little bad lock because of the wether and the fog. Just saw one whale but that one four times.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
Responded Sep. 24, 2019
Hello Tommy, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Sorry to hear that the weather and fog was a little on the poor side but we are pleased that you still got to encounter a whale. We really appreciate your feedback regarding our staff too! We hope to see you on another adventure in future :)
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Anthony Querin wrote a review Sep. 2019
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I’ll never forget today. From the sighting of the hump back whales, in a synchronized ballet, to seeing the killer whale right beside our boat. The wildlife on the pacific ocean was incredible and a day my wife and i will never forget. The Captain Anthony did an amazing job
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
Responded Sep. 10, 2019
Hello, Wow - it sounds like you had a very special encounter with the Orcas! We are so pleased you really enjoyed this whale watching adventure with us. Thank you also for your great feedback about our staff. They are very passionate about sharing their knowledge with our guests and certainly have a wealth of information when it comes to whale and marine wildlife! We would love to have you join us on another trip again the next time you are in Vancouver!
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Emily B wrote a review Sep. 2019
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We, a party of three adults from the UK, travelled on the Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria on 3rd September. Our crew of Anthony, Sandy, James and Amy were absolutely fantastic and so knowledgeable about the wildlife and local area! We were lucky to enough to see four humpback
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
Responded Sep. 4, 2019
Hello Emily, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. How wonderful that you really enjoyed your whale watching experience with us. We are so pleased to hear this! So great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Butchart Gardens too! They gardens are certainly very stunning. Thank you once again for your fantastic feedback and we hope to have you join us on another tour in future.
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By: Prince of Whales Whale Watching
F4368WIsarah
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Amazing Experience!
Me and my dad had an amazing time! Seanie was our naturalist, she was very knowledgable and taught us a lot! Even i
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Nothappy2020a
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Canceled at last minute
My wife and I booked with Prince of Whales on September 17th for our anniversary on a sunset cruise . We drove from
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149dalee
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Cancelled Experience
I booked the excursion a week before I headed to Victoria. I was celebrating my birthday with my Mom. Unfortunately
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pinton69
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Stunning!
It was a fabulous experience. We saw wales, orcas, sea lions. Our Guide Marc was passionate and answered all the qu
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leahj491
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Tl'uk!
The whole thing, from check in to getting off the boat was seamless and easy. I booked the trip for our work socia
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michaelakI5754IO
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Amazing
It has been amazing experience, one of the best in my life! We have seen a lot of killer whales, 2 humpback whales
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B1744XVstephenk
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Brilliant
The whole trip was excellent. Very hazey due to smoke from the fires. Didn’t stop jasper finding the whales though
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SSN2020ca
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11:30
Awesome trip and service by the entire crew. Looking forward to a returning again. Amazing vessel with great speeds
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VictoriaM2943
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Sunset whale watching
We did the sunset whale watching tour today, the staff were a great kelp, we had a whale of a time and so over 20 h
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Mleskun
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Humpback Heaven
What an amazing tour. We saw over 15 humpback whales!! Once in a lifetime experience. Jen and the rest of the crew
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fernh34
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Wow so impressed!
Have always wanted to do a whale tour & finally got to go with Prince of Whales. Because of Covid I didn’t expect
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kuljeetp2020
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It was amazing
This was absolutely amazing. I recommend this to everyone going to Victoria. The crew was fantastic and polite. The
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589xavierl
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A must do in Victoria
Great team! Great time ! Beautiful tour and sunset . Many good energies around these beautiful animals and their st
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Rob H
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Orcas AND humpbacks in the same trip!
My two teenage sons and spouse and I booked the zodiac from Prince of Whales for a 3.5 hour whale watching expediti
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Auriane L
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Incrediable experience!
We had an amazing time during our zodiak whale watching tour! Jasper was an amazing guide and tought us a lot about
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Key Details
  • The Butchart Gardens, Prince of Whales Whale Watching
  • Duration: 4–7 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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