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“Safety First”

SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: WHALE WATCH with SpringTide on the 84 passenger, 61-foot Marauder. Experience the joy, excitement and wonderful memories of our mammals, whales, porpoise, seals and marine birds! Enjoy complimentary beverages while listening to professional biologists provide informative narrations. Or, join an exhilarating excursion onboard one of our high-speed, open Zodiacs. SPORTFISH year round for Salmon & Halibut on SpringTide’s 42’ Sporfisher.
Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Couldn't be happy with our experience here.
Booking was simple, friendly and great value for money.
We saw a group of 12 humpback whales and spent a great amount of time with with them.
Having said this the best thing for me was they said safety first and they meant it! We were heading out of harbour when a warning alarm sounded. Our fantasic captain Greg went through his check lists and decided he wasn't happy, he took us back to dock got a new boat and a new captain and we headed off again. The tour was due to be 3 hours and the delay cost us an hour, yet we weren't penalised they added an extra hour onto the trip.
If you plan on going whale watching in Victoria go with springtide they value your experience.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank GenevieveMorris86
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SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2016

Dear GenevieveMorris86,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review of SpringTide! We are very happy to hear that you appreciate Greg taking the time to put the safety of our crew and passengers first. Having the opportunity to see 12 Humpback Whales is not one we get every day - you are so lucky! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Whale Watching trip and thanks again for the fantastic review.
Sincerely,
Fiona Fogarty
Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed July 10, 2016

We went out on a zodiac boat whale watching trip on 26th June with Greg. We booked on line from the UK. On the day you first go the Springtides office on Wharf St in Victoria. The team were so welcoming and professional including Joanne the co- owner and manager who was on hand to to help. We then met our captain Greg who led us down to the dock where we pulled on the full length flotation suits. Greg was so knowledgeable, informative and passionate about his job, the marine life and the ocean. We saw orcas including an incredible moment when an orca breached the water and a lot of tale flucking. Greg heard about two humpback whales and we we were ended up at one point being the only boat cruising alongside two humpback whales. What an amazing and humbling experience to feel so close to these beautiful creatures. On the way back we also saw seals. What a great experience run by people who truly enjoy their job and who totally understand and appreciate what their customers are hoping to see. I am a travel agent in the UK and will have no hesitancy in recommending this friendly company to my clients.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank PennyMat
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SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2016

Dear PennyMat,
Wow, thank you so much for your kind and detailed review of SpringTide! It sounds like your Zodiac trip with Greg was fantastic. We agree; it is an incredibly humbling experience to be out on the ocean with these gigantic creatures who call the Salish Sea their home. To see breaching Orcas as well as Humpback Whales in one trip is very lucky! Greg is a fantastic Skipper who cares so much about his passengers and giving them the best experience, and of course about the wildlife that he is taking them to see. We are very lucky to have him!
We would absolutely love if you recommended SpringTide to your customers at your Travel Agency - thank you. We would also love to have you join us again in the future!
Sincerely,
Fiona Fogarty
Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed July 8, 2016

Great energy from the people in the office to the people on the boat. We stayed out an extra hour to see two orcas which I was super happy about.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Stephanie093
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SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2016

Dear Stephanie093,
Thank you for taking the time to review SpringTide! We are delighted to hear that your experience on the boat and with the staff in our office was positive. More importantly we are so happy you enjoyed seeing Killer Whales in the wild.
Thanks again!
Sincerely,
Fiona Fogarty
Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed July 8, 2016

We went on the Zodiac today with our three kids (aged 10-7). The boat only seats 12 so everyone got a fantastic view. Mark was the skipper and he was really fantastic. The beauty of the Zodiac is that the ride is thrilling and everyone was really exhilarated. To top that off we saw about 15 Orca's (including a baby) and then Mark took us to another part where we saw about 12 humpback whales. Mark said he hadn't seen as many in the bay for a couple of years so we really felt very lucky. All in all a brilliant day and worth the price. Springtide are a bit further down the bay from Prince of Whales so be sure to look out for them as Prince of Whales seems to advertise heavily and are more expensive...(but not any better as far as I could see).

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Radha D
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SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2016

Dear Radha D,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review SpringTide on TripAdvisor! It sounds like you had a fantastic trip – we all heard raving reviews about the sightings on the day of your tour, and we are glad that your family got to be a part of it! We agree, Mark is an awesome Skipper and is excellent at sharing his expertise and excitement about the Whales and the environment with his passengers. We’re also glad to hear that you found the Zodiac exhilarating and fun; we certainly think it adds to the adventure!
Thanks again for the awesome review. We would love to have you and your family join us again in the future!
Sincerely,
Fiona Fogarty
Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed July 8, 2016

What an incredible visit! I had gone out with SpringTide on one of their zodiacs a few years back (and it was great!) so I thought I would try the covered boat. What a spectacular experience! We and a few other boats were treated to a close encounter with a humpback whale. It came out of the water a bit to look at us and I got sprayed with its exhale :) After spending time with this beautiful giant, we headed to Race Rocks.

I love going here to see all the seals and sea lions. They are hilarious to watch as they laze around on the rocks in the sun. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and answered questions. A great experience that I would do again!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank m0nas
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SpringTideWhaleTours, Manager at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2016

Dear m0nas,

Thank you for your review. Wow... It sounds like you had an experience like no other. To have a whale approach the boat so closely that you felt it's spray is amazing and something that I have never experienced. It is rare that the Whales get so close because we have such strict rules in place here. We must stay 100 meters away from any wild Whale in Canadian waters but every now and again we get a curious critter that approaches us out of the blue! So very exciting.

Thanks for joining us again, this time on our Covered Vessel, the Marauder IV. We are so happy you enjoyed yourself.

We look forward to your third visit :)

Sincerely,
Fiona Fogarty
Guest Services Manager

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