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Boat Rides & Cruises in Vancouver Island

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  • Laura S
    1 contribution
    We had such a knowledgable crew and saw dozens of humpbacks. The seals and sea lions were fun to watch. Great adventure!
    Written November 1, 2023
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  • nluttmann
    Little Egg Harbor, NJ44 contributions
    We were on an a nice medium sized boat with plenty of room for everyone. We were on a flat calm sound at sunset. Sunset took four hours so we were stuck with gorgeous purple pink and orange skies the entire time. There was a pod of orcas, breaching, playing. The sounds of them spouting all around us echoed across the sound They came up close to the boat as we sat, quietly anchored. It was as though they were getting paid by central casting. An enchanting evening.
    Written December 10, 2023
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  • K K
    2 contributions
    This was probably one of the best things we have ever done! Being the Sunset Cruise made it extra special. We saw so many whales! And different kinds! The crew knew exactly where to go and went to move on. They were all so careful not to disturb the families of whales. We went out of Anacortes the year before and could only find one Minke all afternoon. Thank you for a great experience and all of the beautiful pictures.
    Written December 21, 2023
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  • Trail293948
    Jakarta, Indonesia4 contributions
    Great place and Ken - our tour leader - very accomodating. The Butchart garden is georgious. However, because of time change, our schedule allowed us to spend only for one hour.
    Written December 29, 2023
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  • Sheila F
    Scottsdale, AZ15 contributions
    The flowers are breathtaking. I went in late September. Want to come back during the summer with roses more in bloom. Also want to see at night!
    Written September 27, 2023
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  • sandra T
    9 contributions
    Absolutely fabulous from the start, our tour guide, was so passionate and knowledgeable. The trip was the realisation of a lifetimes, dream. A gift from family, the memories I have and the photos are something I will cherish forever.
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • Treker650
    Kaysville, UT162 contributions
    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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  • David A
    Middlesbrough, UK153 contributions
    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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  • SorenR
    Victoria, Canada11 contributions
    The guides are super knowledgeable and they go above and beyond to make your experience pleasant and exciting. Highly recommend!
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • katyani s
    1 contribution
    The trip was friendly, reliable and very nice. He was very kind and showed us many places and suggested good lunch place and he suggested good photo places
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Allysa P
    1 contribution
    My fiancé, best friend and I went on the sunset whale watching tour August 19th 2023 and it was an incredible experience! The customer service/tour was really great, we loved the knowledge and insight from Jamie, Algebra, and other crew members Richard, Lindsey, and Rajan. We even got to see a few sightings of killer whales and the sea lions were cool! An experience we would highly recommend! We will definitely be going on another one when we are back in Victoria :)
    Written October 15, 2023
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  • J20140728
    Fergus, Canada3 contributions
    Incredible experience. Such knowledgeable friendly staff. I love that they do not have a set schedule. They take all the time needed to make an incredibly memorable experience. The environmentally conscious ethos adds to the experience. These people care about what they do and care about the animals they give us the privilege of seeing.
    Written November 19, 2023
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  • Kaligua R
    1 contribution
    Great tour with James and Sam! We got to see many humpback whales despite it being late in the season. They shared lots of information with us about the species we were seeing and the history of whales in BC.
    Written November 21, 2023
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  • Tamara M
    Vancouver Island, Canada3 contributions
    Fantastic experience made wonderful by great people! Highly recommend Mark and the crew in-house who are very helpful, friendly, informative and welcoming. And Finn the dog is very cute too!
    Written February 19, 2024
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