Outdoor activities in Vancouver Island

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Outdoor Activities in Vancouver Island

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Bus Tours
6+ hours
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C$249.00
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Full-day Tours
3 hours
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C$130.00
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3 hours
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C$130.00
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5 hours
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C$199.15
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Adventure Tours
3–4 hours
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Recommended by 96% of travellers
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C$129.00
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Air Tours
1 day
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C$572.14
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Shore Excursions
3–4 hours
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C$178.12
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3 hours
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C$203.99
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3 hours
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C$177.45
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4 hours
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C$183.76
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3 hours
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Adventure Tours
3 hours
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C$182.00
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Adventure Tours
2 hours
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C$124.95
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Private Sightseeing Tours
1–2 hours
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C$345.00
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City Tours
4 hours
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C$550.00
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  • Destination702393
    Sacramento, CA2 contributions
    Our Tour Guide, Herman was absolutely AMAZING! He had incredible knowledge and shared history of the areas that were so interesting. Herman was an extremely safe driver. He gave us information on how to find the bus on the ferry that was logical & easy to remember. I’m a retired principal and really admired his style. Thanks Herman!
    Review of: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • Roberlaur
    Riverside, CA2 contributions
    We sat upfront. We couldn’t hear anything the captain was saying.. so we missed out on a lot. I gave a 4 because we did see whales and he seemed to have a good handle on where they would be, their behavior, etc.
    Review of: Ultimate Marine Whale & Wildlife Tour
    Written May 25, 2023
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  • Varun D
    Toronto, Canada54 contributions
    We were greeted by a friendly team at Five star whale on a bright Thursday afternoon. Catherine and the boat Captain worked together seamlessly to take us out in the boat, where we spotted a few humpback whales and 1 orca. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the overall experience was great. Would definitely recommend them as they're very reasonably priced compared to other operators and provide a great experience!
    Cheers!
    Review of: Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • Juliedar67
    Irvine, CA9 contributions
    Convenient pick up and drop off locations, easy to purchase ticket to the gardens ahead, at the bus, friendly staff and bus driver provided great and interesting information. Bus was on time and also appreciated option of several return times if you wanted to spend a little longer at the park.
    Review of: The Butchart Gardens Express Shuttle
    Written May 12, 2023
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  • Olivia K
    2 contributions
    I would highly recommend Prince of Whales to anyone considering this kind of trip. The vessel was nice, and the crew was amazing. They were really friendly and knowledgeable. Thanks to Coco, Reid, Rajan, and Shawn for making our experience worthwhile!
    Review of: Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • ira
    Vancouver Island, Canada2 contributions
    Crew was very knowledgeable and nice, my daughter loved seeing whales, is a unique and exciting experience definitely worth the time and price.
    Review of: Victoria Whale Watch Tour
    Written October 23, 2022
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  • Sue S
    Highland, IL5 contributions
    We wanted to visit Victoria and Butchart Gardens but only had one day to do it from Vancouver. This trip for the bill perfectly. This is not a sightseeing flight. But, in 35 minutes in a very pleasant flight, we landed in Victoria. It’s a short walk to the motor coach that delivers you to Butchart Gardens. The driver was very informative. They allowed about 2 hrs at the Gardens. Plenty of time. Had lunch back in Victoria then flew back to Vancouver.
    Review of: Seaplane Flight to Victoria with Ground Transport and Butchart Gardens Admission
    Written May 29, 2023
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  • AngieL
    Barnsley, UK3 contributions
    Great tour with great staff who kept us engaged throughout. The staff were particularly caring about their guests always checking in to see if they were ok. We were lucky enough to see Whales, Sea Otters and Sea Lions on our trip.
    Review of: Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise
    Written June 7, 2023
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  • Pumpkin20
    Bathurst, Australia316 contributions
    I decided to take up the challenge & go out in the zodiac, I was worried about being sick out on the water, so chose to sit in the back of the boat. Absolutely nothing to worry about! It was a fantastic experience, our guide Tray was outstanding, very engaging & knowledgeable. We were so fortunate to see 3 families of Orca & a humpback. Beyond my expectations!
    Review of: Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • marmite724
    Preston, UK248 contributions
    What a thrill. I am not good on water and not looking forward to this trip. My husband really wanted to see a whale and was not disappointed!! Our captain and guide Lori, was very good and gave us some useful and interesting information and answered all questions . We had the delight of a huge humpback whale that stayed under our boat , nudging it gently now and again. It surfaced many times just feet from us and when it finally swam off after about 40 minutes we had the awesome view of it tail ( a white one) as it waved us goodbye and did a deep dive. Thank you Lori. The other boats that had come to see the whale watched us jealously!!! We also saw many harbour porpoises, Californian sea lions, harbour seals and two river otters . Plenty of sea birds about too .
    Review of: Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat in Victoria
    Written June 6, 2023
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  • terri
    Shreveport, LA2 contributions
    Absolutely stunning, pictures do not do the gardens justice. I saw my first redwood tree, the colors were vibrant it was just a fantastic day. Took about 2 hours to see everything
    Review of: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
    Written June 6, 2023
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  • Karen H
    Houston, TX5 contributions
    The crew were friendly and informative. It was a wonderful day to sail. We saw sea lions, otters, and a humpback whale. Captain moved in closer for to get great pics.
    Review of: Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
    Written June 8, 2023
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  • Graham
    Altrincham, UK5 contributions
    An excellent trip almost 4 hours

    The guide Val was really knowledgeable and friendly

    The captain was great too

    And some excellent Orca whale watching too
    Review of: Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
    Written June 7, 2023
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  • Kathy J
    Chicago, IL31 contributions
    Our group of 4 truly enjoyed this wonderful customized tour led by Darwin, who was very professional, informative, timely, and accommodating! We saw a lot of Victoria without feeling rushed, including the Butchart Gardens, Craigdarroch Castle, Hatley Castle, downtown Victoria and more. The SUV was comfortable, clean, and well maintained. I will definitely reserve another tour with Darwin during my next visit to BC.
    Review of: The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria
    Written September 19, 2022
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  • LeeAnn N
    1 contribution
    Captain Simon gave us a great day! We saw both Orcas and humpbacks as well as many other wildlife. Two of us have back issues and the boat seats were very comfortable. The scenery was amazing. The company’s philosophy on eco management is commendable.
    Review of: Cowichan Bay Half Day Whale & Wildlife Adventure
    Written May 21, 2023
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