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Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel provided by Orca Spirit Adventures

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Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel

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Departure Point
146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4, Canada
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks (for purchase)
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Dee L wrote a review Oct. 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom163 contributions32 helpful votes
Me, I love to go whale watching and have tried on many occasions to get out and spy one or two, so this time I was torn between checking out Victoria or possibly seeing an Orca; well, the latter won the day and OMG! how glad I was to have been there on this day. It was very
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
Responded Nov. 26, 2019
Hello 602deel, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We are so happy to hear you had an incredible day on the water with us, with not only orcas, but humpback whales and minke whales too! Being able to provide experiences like this, is why we do what we do. We are so lucky to be able to showcase these amazing animals and share our passion with people from all around the world! Don't forget that you can look at the photos that our naturalists took on our Flickr page! They are available to download at no additional cost. Just search "Orca Spirit Adventures" on Flickr and all of the albums are organized by date and tour time. Thank you again for choosing Orca Spirit Adventures and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmly, Rebeca Sales & Marketing Coordinator
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jjcoffman wrote a review Oct. 2019
Parker, Colorado1,061 contribution135 helpful votes
Dress warm, and enjoy not only the beautiful scenery but the whales! We were disappointed to not see orcas but it was a great tour. Stopping at the lighthouse and seeing all the seals & sea lions was awesome!
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Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
Responded Oct. 28, 2019
Hi there jjcoffman, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us on Trip Advisor! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your covered vessel tour with us and that you were able to see some of our beautiful local wildlife, including Humpback whales, Seals, and Sea Lions! If you haven't already, be sure to check out the photos taken on your tour - they are free to download on Flickr! Just search 'Orca Spirit Adventures' on Flickr, and the photo albums are organized by tour date and time. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, The Orca Spirit Adventures Crew
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Anna wrote a review Oct. 2019
Dubendorf, Switzerland1 contribution
We got to see several times for 2-3 seconds a fin of an Orca from a distance of approx. 200m. No other whales. Not even possible to take a picture. Our captain seemed to be mostly too late on the right place. All other boats were in the vicinity of animals, but every time as we
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
Responded Oct. 23, 2019
Hello Anna, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience on your recent whale watching tour. We appreciate all feedback from our guests. Leaving from Victoria’s inner harbour, we stopped by at Race Rocks Marine Lighthouse as our first destination. Race Rocks is a marine protected area, the southern-most point of Vancouver Island, and home to a number of marine birds, sea lions, and a single male otter – Ollie! While there, the captain received a report of T049C, “Janet”, a mammal hunting Bigg’s killer whale, and so off we went! During our encounter with him, he surfaced over a dozen times and, despite the choppy conditions, we even had a unique view of him approaching our vessel head on. All vessels on the water abide by the laws and regulations set by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and guidelines set by the Pacific Whale Watching Association (PWWA). As per these guidelines, we are able to view transient mammal-hunting killer whales from a distance of 200m. Our captains are trained in manoeuvering the vessel to ensure compliance and viewing opportunities for all guests located in different locations on the vessel. We are committed to respectful wildlife viewing and follow these regulations. Additional information can be found on our website as well as the Pacific Whale Watching Associations website. As the whales and wildlife we encounter during our tours are wild, every tour is a unique experience, with no two departures ever being the same. Whale behaviour is always changing and is not influenced by the time of day or weather conditions - they can even travel up to 100km in one day in search of their next meal. Victoria is one of the best places to view whales in the wild and we are disappointed that you were not satisfied with your experience. Our whale guarantee is not specific to any certain species or criteria for sightings behaviour, and is available for those guests who are on a tour where the whales are more elusive and unfortunately are not spotted. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Victoria. You can check out our Flickr page for photos that our naturalists took during your tour, Trip Advisor does not allow links but I have put the link to the album on the facebook response for you. If you have any questions or would like to continue this discussion, please do not hesitate to contact me at rebeca@orcaspirit.com. Kind regards, Rebeca Sales Coordinator
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Chip J wrote a review Oct. 2019
Tucson, Arizona52 contributions17 helpful votes
We'd previously done whale watching in Victoria (in May) and got shut out -- no whales seen. This visit was in late September, and we got to observe a pod of transient Orcas. This was quite a thrill, and we got lots of great pictures. There was other wildlife, too -- mostly
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
Responded Oct. 28, 2019
Hi there Chip, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Orca Spirit Adventures. We're so glad that the whales were not so elusive this time and that you were able to see orcas, seals, and other marine wildlife - What a treat! Thank you for the mention of our naturalists; they are incredibly passionate about what they do, so they will appreciate your kind feedback! As well as the photos, I would also suggest checking out our Captain's Blog on our website - The blogs are a great source of information and go over the sightings from every tour. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to welcome you onboard again soon! Sincerely, Rebeca Sales Coordinator
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Cal47 wrote a review Oct. 2019
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My first ever whale watching experience and it was even better than I expected. The staff were all extremely friendly and knowledgable, I learned a ton and had a blast even though I went by myself. Adrian hit me with fun facts for the entire time and Taylor took incredible
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
Responded Oct. 24, 2019
Hello Cal4747, Thank you for sharing your review with us! We are so honored to be a part of your first ever whale watching experience! Our crew is extremely passionate about educating our guests, so we are glad that you were able to soak up some of Adrian and Taylor's knowledge. If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the photos taken from your tour! All albums are organized by date and time of tour. Just search "Orca Spirit Adventures" on Flickr. Thank you so much for joining us and we can't wait to have you back! All the best, Rebeca Sales Coordinator
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Jordyyj
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Whale watching tour
Saw some resident orcas, which is a treat since they are very rare. Crew was informative and respectful of the wid
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canadatravels1983738
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Fantastic trip - Beautiful day, great guide
Being February in Canada I knew it would be cold but didn’t expect the trip to be sunny and flat! We could not have
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SunsetBeachLover725
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Orca Spirit Adventures Evening Tour THE BEST!
It was June 14, the last night of our Princess Alaskan cruise. We had been on several excursions that week and had
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Roman W
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Great fun and success despite so-so weather conditions
Our skipper made every effort to find killer whales and humpbacks, and succeeded! He knows a lot about the animals.
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Natalie5722020
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Highly recommend - even in inclement weather!
The team at Orca Spirit Adventures did their best to ensure our experience was top notch. It was a cold and damp da
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Ophelia B
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A Magical Experience
We took a zodiac tour in early November and were thrilled to see a transient pod of Orca and a grouping of about 8
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bart917
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Whale watching
A perfect trip,we got picked up from our hotel and taken to the boat.The crew were so knowledgeable about the whale
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safarited
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Awesome Orcas....
We were on a Zodiac Tour with Captain Mick and our first ever view of Orcas will stay with us forever. The Zodiac j
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Stephen R
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Oustanding trip
Obviously from the title you will deduce that we saw lots of Whales - clearly you can be unlucky however the zodiac
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Nairn_11
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An Afternoon to Remember
Orca Spirit Adventures provided a great and memorable afternoon not only in finding a pod of orcas who we observed
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Richard C
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Scary very wet whale watching, it wasn't raining.
Whale watching trip on the 24th September at 10.00 hours. Was picked up from our hotel on time which was great. Got
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Tor A
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Whales were amazing but opportunities to share local knowledge not taken.
Today my husband and I took a zodiac whale watching trip with Orca Spirit Adventures. Amazingly we saw a large num
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S5293HFrichardm
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Great afternoon
Despite being delayed flying into Victoria, the staff were very accommodating and moved us onto a different time/tr
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Byslips1
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Fabulous
We were very lucky to not only have a fabulous calm sea but also Matthew as a guide. Matt knows his humpback and t
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SalB47
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Orca spirit adventure
This has been on my bucket list for a few years and finally check it off.... amazing experience..we seen Hump Back
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