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Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat in Victoria provided by Orca Spirit Adventures

Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat in Victoria

Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat in Victoria
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Tour snapshot
Look for whales from a Zodiac boat trip through the straights of Haro and San Juan de Fuca
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Embark on a whale-watching excursion onboard a small Zodiac boat that allows up-close encounters with marine life. As you search for whales, enjoy an intimate experience that you can’t get on larger whale-watching tours. Additionally, the small group size means you don’t have to compete for a spot at the rail when you want to take a photo or enjoy the views.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • The small-group environment ensures personalized information from your guide
  • Hotel shuttle pickup and coffee or tea included
  • The tour includes a guarantee—if you don’t see whales you can go again for free
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • The small-group environment ensures personalized information from your guide
  • Hotel shuttle pickup and coffee or tea included
  • The tour includes a guarantee—if you don’t see whales you can go again for free
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 7111P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle pick up
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • To request a shuttle pick up from your downtown Victoria Hotel, please call our office 24 hours prior to your tour departure.
  • 950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada Located at same dock as seaplane terminal.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • Not suitable for participants with pre-existing injuries and/or health conditions
  • Minimum age of 6 years old
  • This experience requires good ocean conditions. If it is cancelled due to poor conditions, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle pick up
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • To request a shuttle pick up from your downtown Victoria Hotel, please call our office 24 hours prior to your tour departure.
  • 950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada Located at same dock as seaplane terminal.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • Not suitable for participants with pre-existing injuries and/or health conditions
  • Minimum age of 6 years old
  • This experience requires good ocean conditions. If it is cancelled due to poor conditions, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
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
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
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
134 reviews
Excellent
114
Very good
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Poor
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Terrible
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Aimee K
Hixson, TN3 contributions
Book it!! This company went above and beyond for our small group. We came from a cruise line and after docking, we weren't able to get off the boat for almost 2 hours later. They let us go at a later time and sent someone straight to the dock to pick us up, instead of us having to meet at the storefront. They didn't have to do that, but it was amazing of them that they did!

Matias was an EXCELLENT tour guide. He made sure everyone was having a great time, took us to see sea lions and seals, and made sure we got to see some whales. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of the whale (just the back and tail, but that was no one’s fault. He made sure everyone had gotten their pictures when we stopped before taking off again, had tons of knowledge of the animals and their habits. It was one of the best tours we had! I'll def be back again.

Word of advice, they do provide thick coverall-type jumpsuit to wear, but if you are going when the weather is going to be cold, bring gloves and a warm beanie. A mask/scarf that covers your mouth would be great too if it's raining, otherwise the rain does sting a little but it's bearable.
Written May 24, 2022
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Hello aimeeloulu, Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your five star experience to our future guests! We are so happy to hear that you had such a fantastic experience with Orca Spirit Adventures. We take pride in providing excellent customer service and going above and beyond where we can. I will be sure to let our crew know of your kind words. Thanks for the great advise - it is always cooler on the water then it is on land, so extra layers, like a hat, gloves, and a face covering for rainy days is always recommended! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria and we hope that we can welcome you on board with us again soon! Regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written June 2, 2022
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MelsG95
Swindon, UK22 contributions
We did the Zodiac tour today with Jordan and wanted to share feedback about how amazing the trip was.

I've been waiting my whole life to see Killer Whales in the wild and today that bucket list item has been ticked off.

Although the sea conditions weren't great (the trip after ours needed to be cancelled) we had such a great time. We chose to sit at the back as I'm a little uneasy when on the water but Jordan made me feel comfortable straight away as he explained the safety features of our wetsuits and the boat before we set off.

The ride in the boat itself was really fun, it was like a jet ski experience just slightly bigger with beautiful surroundings.

We spotted a pod of seven transatlantic orcas, sea lions and seals. Jordan was great about giving us information about the animals, constantly on the look out and telling us where to look and also gave us information about local area and surroundings.

If you're looking for a fun way to view the whales when staying in Vancouver Island I'd highly recommend Orca Spirit. They do also have covered vessels if you'd prefer a larger boat.

Thanks again 😊🐳🇨🇦
Written July 12, 2022
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CABear00
Calgary, Canada52 contributions
Whenever I go somewhere near the ocean I try to get in a whale watching tour. I know these aren't always successful but we had great success at the very beginning to find a pod of 7 orca whales! A driver from another company warned our driver so we were quite early before other boats got there, but once it did get crowded our captain, Mick, did a wonderful job moving us around as the whales moved to keep a prime view, while respecting the space he is required to give the whales. We were lucky enough at one point that 2 member of the pod swam right infront of our zodiak. We could have spent hours there, but Mick wanted to try and find other whales so we were off, we didn't see other whales but eventually went back to the same area as previously to see the sea lions and seals when the whales were out of the protected area. Mick was very knowledgeable, friendly and humble, and clearly cared to provide a great experience while following proper protocols; a great captain overall!

Props as well to the check-in staff who explained protocols well and gave a good health and safety overview. Due to the speed of a zodiak I would highly recommend doing a tour on one of these boats since you can get around faster, but not advised if you have back or neck pain.
Written September 8, 2020
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Hello CABear00, Thank you for choosing Orca Spirit Adventures for your recent whale watching tour out of Victoria! It sounds like you had a truly magical experience exploring the Salish Sea with Mick as your guide. We are thrilled that you were able to find a pod of orcas so early in to your trip and that Mick was able to keep you in prime view of the wildlife! We greatly appreciate your kind words of our staff, I will be sure to pass on your message! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria! Sincerely, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written September 10, 2020
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Mrs-C125
1 contribution
Family
The most expensive boat ride and we never saw any whales. You can come back for free at any time but you will be put on a wait list so the chances of you getting to go again are very slim and I live 2,400 miles away. So I don’t recommend this place.
Written July 2, 2022
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Hello Mrs-C125, Thank you for taking the time to write to us about your recent experience. We are very disappointed to hear that the whales were not spotted during your tour and that you did not enjoy your experience with us. Orca Spirit Adventures was one of Victoria’s first whale watching companies and boasts an incredible history of success in spotting whales in the Salish Sea. Our company whale sighting success rate in our peak season which we are currently in, between May-September, is over 95%. It is the time of year when there is the greatest number of and different types of whales in our waters, however, the wildlife we view is wild and cannot be planned. Orca Spirit Adventures is part of a large spotting network with the Pacific Whale Watching Association that is made up of the different whale watching companies in the Pacific Northwest of both Canada and the US, local fishermen, researchers, and a number of other resources that are in constant communication with each other. During your tour, your captain was communicating with the other vessels on the water and taking into consideration where the whales had been spotted the before and the direction of their travel, as to the status of potential whales and wildlife entering the area and coming within range for us to be able to view. There is no best time of day or weather for whale watching as these gentle giants are always moving. With our whale guarantee, we want to make sure that when you return for your second tour, whales have been spotted earlier that same day. The way that our whale guarantee works and is advertised on our website is that guests’ original booking is flagged in our system as a “no whale tour”. Our whale guarantee redemption bookings are made on a stand-by basis and subject to Transport Canada vessel capacity and mandatory staffing requirements. The guarantee does last for life, so the next time you are in Victoria, we really do hope you will join us again. If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly at hailey@orcaspirit.com Best regards, Hailey Sales Manager
Written August 4, 2022
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Josh G
Nottingham, UK19 contributions
My wife and I booked a whale tour which there was some uncertainty about the day before due to bad weather conditions. Marnie provided excellent customer service by informing us of the weather conditions well in advance and being very understanding and helpful as we unfortunately decided to cancel. They were nothing but helpful and kind, hopefully we’ll be able to use this company for a tour in the future!
Written October 23, 2021
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Hello 567joshg, Thank you for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a five star review on the customer service that you received from Marnie. We have a strong belief in keeping guests in the loop of weather conditions in advance and providing alternative options if needed. I will be sure to let Marnie know of your kind words which i'm sure will put a big smile on her face! We hope that the next time you are in Victoria that the weather cooperates and we can have you on board to experience the wild with Orca Spirit. We thoroughly hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria and hope to welcome you on board with us in the future! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written October 25, 2021
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crodrigue
Richmond, Canada7 contributions
Family
Amazing experience despite rough seas on the return trip! Loved being on the open water and our Captain - Aidan - not only handled the boat expertly, keeping our ride as comfortable as possible, but was obvious very knowledgeable about the marine life we encountered. It was a priviledge to be in the Orca's habitat and Aidan gave us an extra 10 minutes which really made a difference as we got to be closer without the other boats around. The return trip took longer than expected as the seas were rolling and the winds were quite strong but at no point did we feel unsafe. The dock where Orca Spirit is located is easy to find and a good spot to grab a beer and food after your tour too! We had a great adventure and would highly recommend Orca Spirit.
Written August 8, 2021
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Hello crodrigue, Thank you for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a five star review on your recent whale watching tour out of Victoria. We are thrilled to hear that you were able to watch Killer Whales in their natural habitat and that Captain Adrian was able to extend the tour a little bit to give you some more time with these magnificent creatures. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing wildlife and we love to showcase it to our guests. These rigid hull inflatable zodiac vessels are known for their ability to handle all types of weather and water conditions, while still offering a safe and exciting ride. Zodiac vessels are known for their safety, durability and seaworthiness; they are the vessel of choice for Coast Guards around the world. We are so glad to hear that you had a fun ride! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria and we hope to welcome you on board with us again soon. Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written August 18, 2021
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Gary J
Edmonton, Canada3 contributions
Couples
We booked the beginning of November and they told us they had seen a few whales over the last week. We couldn't go out for 2 days due to weather. The office staff is super friendly and helpful!! Along comes Friday (Nov 6) , the weather is beautiful! Matt and Alex take us out. AMAZING!! Within 15 min we're watching orcas, including the (recently) famous T'luk, look him up!! Really cool!! As we were all admiring the orcas, Matt noticed humpback whale blows. Off we went and watched a humpback whale spout many times including showing its full tail twice!! Amazing!! After that we went to see harbour seals, California seal lions and Stellar sea lions. All wonderful and amazing!! What a great day!! Thank you Matt!!!
Written November 6, 2020
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Hello GaryJ968, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a glowing review on Trip Advisor! We are so happy that the weather cooperated and we were able to get you on the water. WOW!- It sounds like it was an incredible day to be out exploring the Salish Sea with Captain Matt and Alex. I will be sure to pass along your kind words. Little T'Luk is one of our crews and guests favourite whale and it's always exciting to see him while on tour along with all of the other wildlife that calls the Salish Sea home. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria and hope to welcome you on board with us again soon! Best regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written November 10, 2020
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Liam F
1 contribution
Friends
Went out on Kodiak this morning and was fortunate enough to have Sarah as our skipper! She was very knowledgeable, infectiously enthusiastic, and showed us an exceptional time. We were able to see a vast array of marine life, including otters, seals, porpoises, and a lone killer whale, while also seeing an enormous cormorant nesting site.

Having lived in Victoria for 4 and a half years, it becomes difficult to find things that I have not done before and even day trips or outings can become repetitive. This however was truly a unique and special experience that reminded us how fortunate we are to live in such a special location. The price was worth the experience a hundred times over, and we were ensured that if no whales were seen, we could come back at any time to go out again for no extra charge.

All in all, it was an excellent morning, and something my friends and I will cherish for a long time. Thank you to Orca Spirit Adventures and to Sarah for an excellent morning and a reminder of how special Vancouver island really is.
Written June 4, 2021
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Hello 585liamf, Thank you for taking the time to share your review of your recent whale watching tour with us at Orca Spirit Adventures with our future guests! It sounds like you had a truly magical experience exploring the Salish Sea with Sarah as your guide. We greatly appreciate your kind words of our staff, I will be sure to pass on your message! Thank you again for your recommendation, we look forward to welcoming you on board again soon! Sincerely, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written June 10, 2021
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Geoff D
St Ives, UK16 contributions
Such a great time out on the water! Our departure was delayed but the staff were very friendly and did a great job of keeping us updated and formed. Despite the delay, we still had our 3 hours out on the water.

The experience was great, Captain Jordan was very friendly and informative which made for a great tour. Just being out on the water in the zodiac was awesome (you will want to wrap up as the temp can drop) and then we saw a humpback whale! Cpt. Jordan was great, slowed the boat down, and we spent a good 45-60 mins following the whale and getting lots of good looks!!
Written June 25, 2022
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Hello 308geoffd, Thank so much for taking the time to write Orca Spirit Adventures a glowing five star review on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with Captain, Jordon on the Salish Sea. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to work and play on the biologically rich waters surrounding Victoria and we love being able to show case it to our guests. Seeing Humpback Whales back in our waters after spending their winters in the warmer waters off of, Hawaii, Mexico, and California is always exciting for us! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Victoria. Best regards, Hailey Sales Manager
Written July 14, 2022
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Melanie P
1 contribution
Friends
What a beautiful experience! We got lucky with the weather and even more lucky to see killer whales. Our captain Jordan didn’t hesitate to go a bit further away to make sure we would see whales. So thanks to him we got to enjoy the experience fully. He also took us to watch sea lions.
And who said there is no washroom on zodiac! Captain improvised something for the ladies, and I have to admit, best view for a washroom ever :D
This was just one more adventure for our great tour.
We had a lot of fun!
Thanks to the entire team to make the experience so smooth.

We’ll come back!

Mélanie and Nina
Written March 30, 2022
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Hello Melaniie-pa, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave Orca Spirit Adventures a glowing five star review on your recent winter wildlife zodiac tour. Wow! It sounds like you had an incredible tour on the Salish Sea, with thanks to your guide, Jordan. Being able to see the beautiful Killer Whales and Sea Lions in the wild is a experience that people will never forget! I am glad to hear that Jordan was able to extend the tour to ensure you got to experience the beauty of these animals fully. Thanks again for sharing your experience with our future guests. We hope you enjoyed your time in Victoria and look forward to welcoming you on board with us again soon! Regards, Hailey Sales Coordinator
Written April 4, 2022
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Not what we thought!
We booked to go on a tour and were given the option of the Zodiak or the catamaran. We pointed to the large vessel
D1483QLjohnr
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Wonderful Experience
Seeing the sea lions was a highlight. Adrein was a very good guide. knowledgeable and respectful of the environme
Agnes H
Agnes H
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Amazing experience seeing many whales and some up close
This was my first zodiac whale watching tour and it was incredible! Matt, our tour guide, knows so much about the a
cresty888
cresty888
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Orcas and humpbacks
We had a great excursion with Orca Spirit. Initially we saw two humpbacks and then after a while our guide Jake sai
deborahc719
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Magical experience
The crew made us feel excited yet safe. They were knowledgeable and passionate about the Orcas and great guides. We
TobiTornado69
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Best whale watching
This is a real adventurous and unique experience. Sarah, our guide, is very knowledgeable and answers the many que
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Awesome day!
Laurie did a great job talking is throughout the experience! It was nice to hear more about the wildlife. Beautiful
MartinevanZurenborg
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Enjoyable and succesful trip
Comfortable catamaran with washrooms, windows clean enough. Knowledgeable and very social guides, English only. Bey
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lorrainemD805VJ
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What we hoped it would be!
The entire trip was awesome. The guide Lori was knowledgeable and entertaining. We were able to see orca’s, and har
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Great trip, shame no orca
We had a fantastic trip. Our family (15 and 11 year olds) went on the zodiac trip. The ride itself was brilliant,
ginomemoli
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Great experience
Great tour. Saw some humpbacks and sea lions. The only reason why I didn’t give this your is because I booked a zo
heloises860
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Whale watching review
Today me and my family went on a whale watching tour with Laurie. We had such a good time and saw a humpback whale
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M K
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Incredible and unforgettable
It was amazing! We went in a big boat with 95 person capacity. We could see a few humpback whales and one of them d
Darake
Darake
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A wonderful experience, do it!
Amazing experience. Watching huge humpback whales leaping out of the water was just breathtaking! Everything was ru
TimWCSG
TimWCSG
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Great trip, esp thanks to Jake
Very friendly team, and Jake was a great host/naturalist - just the right mix of chat, bad jokes and knowledge. We
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