Orca Spirit Adventures
Orca Spirit Adventures
4.5
Eco ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Orca Spirit Adventures is Victoria's premier whale watching company, offering carbon neutral tours led by captains and naturalists whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry. April through October are the peak whale watching months and during this time we boast a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including Humpback Whales, Bigg's Killer Whales, Minke, & Gray Whales! Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and Harbour Porpoise, Harbour and Elephant Seals, otters & marine birds such as Cormorants and Bald Eagles. Unlucky tour? Join us again using our WHALE GUARANTEE for a complimentary tour to bring your dreams of seeing these magnificent animals to life. Choose between a covered vessel with indoor and outdoor viewing areas and the 12-passenger zodiac vessel, for the more wild at heart. For all guests we offer complimentary shuttle pick up from all hotels in downtown Victoria. Tour length is 3-hours.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Meets animal welfare guidelines

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Ace246
Guildford, UK219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a fabulous trip. It started with meeting our captain and all the safety briefings which are necessary but he made fun. He had an immense amount of knowledge about seals, whales, birds and was keen to share it - which made it all the more interesting. Take layers - it's chilly out there on the water - but well worth it - highly recommended.
Written December 21, 2023
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This was the highlight of our trip. A pod of killer whales, including a baby!!! We were so close I could have thrown a stone and hit one of them. To watch the adults teach the baby to hunt was fascinating. The bull was huge. It was an unforgettable experience, absolutely AMAZING!
We also saw humpback whales so close to our boat that when it unexpectedly came up for air its massive body created large waves which added to our excitement, a sea otter, porpoises, and sea lions (boy, do they smell). Our captain was well educated and shared so much information with us that I thought I was taking part in a National Geographic documentary, LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF OUR TOUR!
Well worth the money.
Written November 21, 2023
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Stacey Wittig
Flagstaff, AZ159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We L.O.V.E.D. our Orca Spirit Adventure! The rain was falling lightly on the morning of our tour...and we were hesitant to go. But the lovely woman at the desk reassured us by showing us the flotation suits we'd be wearing. Like a huge snowmobile suit! So we decided to JUST DO IT, and we're so glad we did. Our skipper, Nick, handled the Zodiac skillfully! It was easy to trust his navigational skills. He explained how we didn't get too close to the whales for proper animal tourism ethics and Canadian law. We saw a huge male Orca and followed him as he hunted the shoreline. Then we went to see two different groups of humpbacks. Of course there were Harbor seals and sealants to see as well. Nick is a fantastic educator and naturalist guide. The equipment was top notch and I felt safe the whole time. Even on our crazy Zodiac ride on the way back to Port. we got great video of the wild ride! Thanks, Orca Spirits Team!
Written October 29, 2023
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Stuart S
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Me and my wife went on a whale watching trip for the first time as part of our delayed (covid) honeymoon. We have to say that we had the most amazing experience seeing humpback whales and sea lions. The environment is completely mesmerising and beautiful. The guide Jake and Ryan were so knowledgeable and interesting. The whole team have a passion for the wildlife and area. I would definitely recommend a trip with Orca Spirit.
Written October 23, 2023
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KazJohnston
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a great tour with an informative and fun guide, great service. Saw humpback whales, sea lions and seals as well as other wildlife. Unfortunately didn’t get to see Orcas. Enjoyed our tour
Written October 12, 2023
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David A
Middlesbrough, UK153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We booked this as a day trip from Vancouver with Harbour Air, flying in a seaplane. The walk from the airport terminal to the Orca office and departure pier is 1.5km and takes about 20/25 minutes we only had 30 minutes from landing to leaving so was a bit tight and we walked at a pace. The tour was well organised, lovely sunny day and calm seas, it didn’t take long to see humpbacks but unlike other trips done off California the whales didn’t /don’t fully breach out of the water, our guide said they only do this when showing off to mate, they are here to feed, saw plenty of tails in the air. No Orca or dolphins but never less a great trip out with very knowledgeable crew.
Written October 12, 2023
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Howard B
New Jersey279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
We lucked out with a beautiful day and 65-degree temperatures. The boat was comfortable and Captain Bill came over and answered our questions and pointed out some highlights. The running commentary up top by Megan was top-notch, from pointing out how hydrodynamic Orcas are to what all the sea creatures eat and their habits. She was also the official photographer and we can download all her photos, which is a nice touch. Another thing I loved, and this was a main reason I chose Orca Spirit Adventures, is that they will pay for a cab to and from the boat if you're staying in downtown Victoria. All in all, a great day and it went way too fast.
Written October 11, 2023
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Tracey
Caerphilly, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What an absolutely amazing experience, with people who are so passionate about their environment. We were lucky enough to have Jake and Sophie to explain the tour and to shed some light on the marine wildlife in the waters we would be in. We had incredible weather that made the day even more special. We saw a pod of Orca feeding, which was just incredible to witness, followed by humpback whales, lots of sea birds and the seals and sea lions that call this place home.
The tour was for 3 hour, but it felt like it was over far too soon. The staff all made the trip such a remarkable experience with their enthusiasm and knowledge of the wildlife,along with the history of almost losing these amazing animals in the past. They explained the efforts to reintroduce the wildlife to the area, this has been a huge success, but there is still more to do.
Orca Spirit Adventures supports organisations to benefit the environment by providing a percentage of the ticket price to them. They are also 100% carbon neutral. Their philosophy is sound.
We would highly recommend adding this company to your itinerary if whale watching is on your agenda.
Written October 6, 2023
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Excursion826127
United Kingdom8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had a great trip with Orca Spirit. The rib boat was comfortable, and felt safe, and we were given plenty of information by our captain. We were lucky to see about 3 or 4 different humpback whales, including a mother and calf, and one whale quite close to our boat. Prior to the trip we were contacted by Orca Spirit to change the time of our booking - they were very helpful with this, and quick to respond to phone calls and emails.
Written October 6, 2023
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Larry B
Canberra, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This was a wonderful opportunity to see orcas and whales in the wild. We were amazed at the number of different animals we saw and were lucky to have perfect weather. The skipper was very respectful of the whales. To see such beautiful animals behaving in the wild is a privilege inspiring us to do our bit for conservation.
Written October 5, 2023
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