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Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise

By Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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C$178.12
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C$178.12
per adult

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Ages 0-100, max of 50 per group
Duration:3h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • $5 Wildlife fee included in price
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Fuel Surcharge
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • There is no pick up option
  • Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours, 1 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 0B2, Canada
  • Ports:
  • Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours, 1 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 0B2, Canada
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6974P4

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible on semi-covered vessels only
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Washrooms are available on board for your convenience
  • At the time of booking a tour please inform of us health issues, medical conditions and if you are pregnant.
  • We recommend expectant mothers and those with pre-existing health and medical conditions to travel on our larger vessels (semi-covered vessels)
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise?
Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise price starts from C$184.98. Discover and book Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise on Tripadvisor
What is the Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise cancellation policy?
Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise?
Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise is hosted by Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h 30m. Discover and book Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6974P4

About the operator

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231rochelleb
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A childhood dream come true.
The staff were awesome. A wealth of information and great stories. I learned so much and, of course, saw amazing w
481tamiq
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Fantastic Adventure
What an amazing experience! It was worth every penny. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The ves
chrispK3693CL
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Fantastic
Fantastic experience with a professional informative crew. A bucket list must have. They made you experience life o
angiecle
angiecle
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Incredible
What a day! Great guys and boy did they deliver We saw great viewings of Humpbacks plus some breaching On our ret
818myriamn
818myriamn
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Great guides
The guides are passionate, funny and very careful. We saw many whales and marine animals. I realy enjoyed my exper
lcshort
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Blown away by this company
We booked this whale watching short notice after an unsuccessful trip elsewhere on Vancouver Island. I didn’t know
ecipsephotography
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Amazing crew with beautiful wildlife and a good company vision
I used this company 3 times recently in Victoria and very outstanding company. Fantastic passion to educate and inf
victoriabc602
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Once in a lifetime experience!
Hands down one of the best experiences of my life! For the first time ever after being on the island for over 11 ye
sallyd727
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Awesome trip
This was the last but by far the best part of our holiday. The crew ,Derek today,were very knowledgeable and explai
Keith L
Keith L
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Eagle Wing Tours went above and beyond for our family
Recently and on short notice, my family requested a private charter to the vicinity of Race Rocks. The General Mana
ellen b
ellen b
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Absolutely fantastic!
Such an awesome trip! It was super cool to see the wales. We saw orcas and humpback wales as well as sea lions. We
ADFadventures
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Great experience!
What a great experience all around! We learned so much from the very knowledgeable crew. Highly recommend choosing
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best experience i have had on any vacation!
it was one of the best experiences i have ever had on vacation. the staff were amazing and friendly. i learned so m
carlabE3145AU
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Amazing experience!
This is my 2nd time out on a boat with Eagle Wing. I also went last year and saw Orcas. This year, Humpbacks and
Jo Ann O
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Sailing the Sacred Waters--An experience of grace, healing, profound wonder.
My husband and I have been on many whale watching tours in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. This experience was f
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Gardenlodger
Belper, UK50 contributions
Aug. 2022
We booked the evening cruise, and as hoped there we few other boats around and we saw some whales!

The boat is fast (therefore noisy at high speed) but comfortable inside, with plenty of outdoor space. Room for everyone inside if the weather is bad. On our three hour trip we probably spent about 2 hours "commuting" at high speed to and from the watching area, and maybe 3/4 of an hours searching and watching the whales. Be prepared for that and you won't be disappointed and its worth it to see the magnificent beasts. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists on board with lots of info and to answer questions.

There is a toilet but no catering on the boat so take tour own food/drink. You can get a discount at the many food stalls on the quayside with your Eagle Tours lanyard, so worth checking in early if you want food. Be aware the stalls will all be shut when the sunset trip gets back.
Written October 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Good afternoon Gardenlodger, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour! You have some great advice to future guests. Every tour is different, and some days the whales are closer than others, so we never know what to expect from day to day! We're happy to hear you had a great sunset tour, and we hope you will join us again the next time you visit Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written October 18, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chris W
Sorede, France776 contributions
Sep. 2022
It was a whale watching tour we were looking forward to and thankfully it lived up to our expectations! Though the weather up top above the sea was grey and cloudy, the sea itself was like a mill pond so as we sped along in our motorboat, it was easy to see any movement in the sea. The aim was to find a pod of humpback whales which we did but ahead of reaching that, we saw a small number of orcas as well. Then the highlights - the pod!
Karac, our guide, estimated the pod to be up to a 100 in size which was quite believable given we could easily see a good number flapping their tails, breaching and the ever-present sight of their ‘plumes’. A magical experience.
En route back to the harbour we also saw a large number of harbour seals which added to the trip.
Karac was very knowledgeable about whales and marine life in general informing us of numerous facts which added to the trip.
Overall, a great experience. If you wanted to do a trip of this nature, then I would recommend Eagle Wing Tours.
Written October 11, 2022
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Good afternoon 10chris02, Thank you for choosing Eagle Wing Tours for your whale-watching adventure. It sounds like you had an amazing time out in "humpback land" and the added bonus of killer whales and plenty of other wildlife as well! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us, and we hope you'll join us again the next time you visit Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written October 18, 2022
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susan m
Falkirk District, UK2,946 contributions
Jul. 2022
An excellent trip. We had initially booked for the small open boat sunset tour but due to the poor weather that was cancelled due to lack of passengers. Instead we sailed on the catamaran which takes 64 passengers but had only 25 for our sailing. This gave us plenty of room inside and outside.
The captain made good speed into the open channel when the covered area was appreciated. We had plenty of warm waterproof clothing with us but for those who didn't there was plenty to borrow.
We arrived with 2 other whale watching boats to the area where there were 2 humpback whales feeding. We watched them for a while them had the good fortune to see one of them completely breech the water which was an amazing sight.
The other 2 vessels then headed back to port but we continued on to watch a lone humpback feed. It seemed inquisitive and the captain cut the engines, the whale then swam right under the hull of the catamaran close to the surface so you could see the outline of its body. The whale then circled again and swam at the bow surfacing between the hulls of the catamaran so we could see its eye - it looked as though it was watching us! We could see the barnacles on its body in detail it was so close. It then swan on its way.
We returned to shore as it was dusk but visited the Sea Lions close to the lighthouse which were interesting .
The captain knew were to head to but always gave the whales their own space. The 2 crew provided interesting information about the whales and their habitats.
Overall an amazing trip
Written July 21, 2022
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Good afternoon susan m, Thank you for choosing Eagle Wing Tours, and for taking the time to write such a thorough review! We're very happy to hear you had a fantastic time exploring the Salish Sea with us. Thank you also for your flexibility. It sounds like you had a spectacular humpback encounter — certainly not something we see every day! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us, and we hope you will join us again the next time you visit Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written July 25, 2022
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Leah P
5 contributions
Jul. 2022
We had a group of international visiting scholars in town and took them on the Wild 4 Whales tour on July 21st at 2PM. What an incredible experience! With our fantastic guides, we were able to see about 20 humpback whales througout the trip, plus loads of harbour seal mums & babes and sea lions at Race Rocks. The partially covered catamaran was so comfortable - there was loads of space for people to choose to be inside to warm up, or outside to enjoy the wind and waves. We had a bit of choppy water that was expertly navigated by our captain, Lilly our naturalist was full of energy and information that was provided in both French and English. That this company is carbon-neutral is an excellent bonus. The whole experience from booking to completion was outstanding, and I would 10/10 recommend booking a whale watching experience with Eagle Wing.
Written July 22, 2022
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Good morning LeahSpeaking, Thank you for your kind words about our team. We're very happy to hear you had a fantastic time exploring the Salish Sea with us. We are so lucky to see such a resurgence in humpback whales in the area in the past decade. Days like that still amaze us! We appreciate you taking the time to review your tour, and we hope to see you again the next time you're in Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written July 25, 2022
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ButtercupOwl
leicestershire411 contributions
Aug. 2022
WOW!!! What amazing trips we had out on Wild 4 Whales. We were returning customers, having been out on 4 Ever Wild three years previously, and wouldn't consider booking with any other company.

We went out on consecutive days and besides amazing wildlife, we were looked after and entertained very well by Captain Pete, Derek, Izzy and Kristina on day one and Captain Russ, Derek, Meaghan and Kristina on day two. Huge thank you to you all. It was a very warm day on land but still very cold out at sea so dress warmly. I suffer from seasickness but the boat was very stable and I didn't feel queasy once (I had taken tablets).

On day one we desperately wanted to see orcas and we weren't disappointed. We saw two different pods (a dream come true for my daughter). At one point the orcas we were watching disappeared and then resurfaced not far from our boat. They were amazing to watch. On the return journey we visited race rocks and saw lots of seals, sealions, various birds and super-cute Ollie the otter.

On day two we were more relaxed about what we hoped to see. Captain Russ took us a long way west to see a large gathering of humpback whales. There were no other boats around because Eagle Wing are the only company that will consider going so far. We watched as whale after whale dove down, then suddenly a whale breached not far from our boat. It was incredible!

On the way back we were heading for Race Rocks but suddenly took a diversion - orcas had been spotted! Taking the diversion to see them made us late back to harbour. Eagle Wing don't run on a strict time schedule but go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience possible.

If I didn't live thousands of miles away I'd be a very regular customer!! Still, I hope to be back one day...
Written August 31, 2022
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Good morning ButtercupOwl, Thank you for exploring the Salish Sea with us again, and taking the time to write such a thorough review of your experience! It looks like you had the opportunity to meet most of the team so you no doubt heard a variety of stories based on their diverse experiences. We're happy you were able to take advantage of our flexible tour times and extended tours to see as much as possible during your tour! We appreciate your feedback, and we look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written September 5, 2022
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micheletate21
Manchester, UK59 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Definitely recommend this local company based at Fisherman’s Wharf which is easy to get to by the water taxi from the harbour.
From using their website to book which is packed full of knowledge about them and what they do not to mention the very important conservational aspect in the role they play to the environment they use, it was a very easy booking!

Our tour aboard the semi covered catamaran was switched from 10am to 2pm which wasn’t a problem for ourselves and it turned out for the better…we had the joy of meeting Sam, the Humped Back Whale, who was breaching out of the water so many times, and the sound when he lands not to mention the splash is a memory to treasure.
The crew of Cpt Rod, Sierra and Lilly were very friendly but most of all it’s evident to see and hear their love for their job, sharing their wealth of knowledge with their guests and the conservation work they do too.
Part of your ticket money is used for this.

We also met the resident Cali and Stellsr sea lions and the Harbour seals by the Light house at Race Rocks….. some very large, very vocal and an aroma all of their own!

If there is only one thing you can do whilst in Victoria, it’s to book this tour!
Written September 9, 2022
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Good afternoon micheletate21, Thank you for doing your research prior to booking your whale-watching tour, and for choosing Eagle Wing Tours! We are very happy to hear the website made it easy for you to plan ahead for your Salish Sea adventure. We appreciate your flexibility in tour timing, and we're thrilled to hear you had an absolutely spectacular tour with a breaching humpback! What an amazing thing to experience! You had a fabulous team to introduce you to the wonders of our big blue backyard. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us, and we hope to see you again the next time you're in Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written September 18, 2022
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KarleeH
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We completed payment and waivers online, so all we had to do was show up and hop on the boat and the whole day was just so well organized. We must have been lucky because saw about 15 Orca Killer Whales and a Humpback whale and some even swam right under our boat.

Tom and Kristine were on the deck with us the whole time, pointing out where we should be looking, entertaining us, making jokes and also educating us on all the animals and the area. They were awesome!

The crew worked hard to ensure we had the best possible experience and see as many whales as possible, and they did not disappoint. I would do this 100 times again!!
Written June 30, 2022
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Good afternoon KarleeH93, Thank you for your kind words about our team! We're so happy to hear you had a fabulous time with some amazing whale sightings! It sounds like a wonderful day out on the water. Thank you for exploring the Salish Sea with us, and for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written July 8, 2022
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Dawn B
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
Aug. 2022
Great day on the water with Lily and Brett on the larger open boat. I chose this company as I wanted a smaller more local experience rather than a huge full boat. Luckily had beautiful weather AND loads of whale time. We quickly found 7 or 8 orcas and spent quite a long time watching them play hunt and then interact with 2 humpbacks who were close by. Lily was super knowledgeable and kept us informed about what we were seeing and answered my many questions. I couldn't hear Brett much as he was speaking more to the front section of the boat. It was set up so everyone could hear their respective guide. We then went on to see a zillion sea lions and other wildlife before heading in after about 4 hours. It went by very quickly! Great day and great staff. I'm happy that each ticket has $5 that goes back to ocean sustainability. I took advantage of the 20% locals discount as well. Overall very recommended! My only wish is that there was a way to replenish fresh drinking water onboard if needed. I hated having to buy plastic bottle to supplement my personal water bottle water just in case I ran out (it was a very hot day). But overall top notch. Thanks!
Written August 8, 2022
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Good afternoon dawnbV6492ZG, Thank you for choosing Eagle Wing Tours, and taking the time to share your experience with us. You lucked out with Brett on board as his passion for the Salish Sea is unmatchable, and he loves nothing more than to share his knowledge with our guests! We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to see you again the next time you visit Victoria! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written August 9, 2022
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m1nhuh
Edmonton, Canada93 contributions
Sep. 2021
I've been whale watching before but my friend never had. He thought it was some boring, tame cruise but he didn't realize it was super fun and exciting. We saw almost 2 dozen whales, as well as sea lions at an ecological reserve. The team was really engaging and focused on safety.

A few tips, when booking the tour, know what type of boat you have. If you're looking for a more relaxed trip on a catamaran with a cover and indoor seating and bathrooms, choose the boat named WILD 4 WHALES. You can verify this on their website. This one you can wear normal clothing, but definitely bring a winter coat, even if it's +20 out. You go out to see at a high speed. You should also look for promo codes online as you will get 20% off. Don't just buy it, but seriously look. Some local hotels also offer 'secret' promo codes but you can easily get it from any hotel website. I don't know if I'm allowed to post them here so I won't. The email also says to arrive 45 minutes early, but if you're coming on a weekday, you probably don't need to arrive that early. However, you can also come an hour early, sign in, and then grab some food as it's located right in the Fisherman's Wharf, so you can double up that on the check list. And, do not bring food especially if it's wrapped in plastic. It will 100% fly off the boat and go into the ocean. Also, if you bring a baseball cap, be prepared to have it fly off so wear a toque or a hoodie.

Definitely do this. Don't let the $100+ price scare you. If you are an avid animal lover and appreciate what nature offers, pay it. We were there for 4 hours almost, and it was just so relaxing. And a portion of their proceeds go to help the animals!
Written September 24, 2021
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Good morning m1nhuh, Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review and share your experience with us! You have some great tips and information to share! We're so glad to hear you had an amazing time with an abundance of whales and other wildlife to view and learn about. Thank you for bringing your friend as well, and opening his eyes to the wonders of the Salish Sea! we very much appreciate you taking the provide feedback, and we invite you to join us again soon! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written September 29, 2021
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Fisher327
Laramie, WY237 contributions
What a wonderful evening we had. We saw seals and birds but the best were the whales!

We spent almost one hour watching whales playing in the kelp. Our naturalist kept us well informed during this playful event called kelping. We were constantly in sight of multiple whales with one coming close to the boat. Tales and flippers, covered in barnacles were clearly visible.

We had a grand time and while we have been whale watching in the past in other areas nothing, so far. Has come even close to this encounter with these gigantic mammals.

Strongly encourage going out with Eagle. Also recommend multiple layers of clothing - while the boat has a wonderful, warm cabin that is great for viewing you may find yourself outside as people will line up in front of the windows.
Written August 20, 2022
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Good morning Bill W, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It sounds like you had a spectacular tour watching whales play in the kelp — definitely high on our list of favourite things to see out on the Salish Sea! Great suggestion to dress warmly — it is always much colder out on the water and we do encourage everyone to get outside when we stop to view wildlife. We do have extra gear on board as well if needed. We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again soon! All the best, Mika, Operations Manager
Written August 29, 2022
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