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Victoria Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac

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    Your 3 hour tour starts in downtown Victoria, where you’ll check in at our office in the beautiful & historic Rithet Building located at 1119 Wharf Street.  You will be escorted to the dock, slip into a one-pice flotation suit and hop aboard the 12 passenger Zodiac for your whale watching adventure.
    In contrast to the smoother ride of a large motor yacht, a Zodiac boat travels fast and puts you nearer to the water, providing you with an adventure style ride and maybe getting you a bit wet.  But that’s all part of the fun!
    Sit back and hold on tight as your skipper zooms across the Strait of Juan de Fuca or Haro Strait ... the bodies of water that separate Vancouver Island from the United States. Watch for whales like humpbacks, orcas, minke whales and gray whales, as well as other marine mammals like sea lions, elephant seals and harbour seals. And, look up once in a while to spot bald eagles soaring through the sky and sea birds scanning the water to find food.
    During the ride, your naturalist guide provides expert commentary about the ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean while you learn about the behaviour and biology of the whales and other sea life. Your tour ends with a return to the same dock you departed from.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Alex was an amazing guide—making us feel excited from boarding onward. He found whales immediately; close-up to at least 8 during the trip. The icing was viewing—and hearing—oodles of seals and sea lions. Bravo!!!!! I’ll be back next year.More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Kathy K
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Hello Kathy K, Thank you for your stellar review and rating. We agree that Alex is a fantastic skipper, so passionate about the whales we are lucky to share our waters with! We would love to have you back again, thank you for choosing to...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We had a perfect day, dry calm and not too hot. We saw a pod of three killer whales including one little one. Sad thing is I seem to have lost my camera with the photos. 🙁More

    Thank X6541FWphilh
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi X6541FWphilh, Thank you for the great rating and review. It is so awesome that you saw a baby Killer Whale. They are so cute when they are young! Sorry to hear about your camera, if you are interested in seeing some photos from the...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Managed to find space on a whale watching tour the following day, was easily organised and clearly explained. Headed out on a zodiac, had a fantastic guide Alex, who was very knowledgable about the wildlife and surrounding, not only the whales. Would highly recommend this...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank PhilJK91
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi PhilJK91, I'm so happy you were able to come out with us! I'm also excited to hear that Alex helped to make the trip extra memorable with his knowledge of all the wildlife and area you saw. Thank you so much for your glowing...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We went on the Zodiac driven by Alex who was friendly, confident, and knowledgeable. We saw a pod of 7 transient Orcas and followed them for a while and also a couple of sea lions in open water, we then tried to locate a humpback...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank lenniec1226
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi lenniec1226, Thank you so much for leaving such an awesome review! I'm really happy Alex managed to show you so much wildlife and tell you about the area. Our crew members always try to make sure our guests are comfortable and entertained, no matter...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Capt. Bennit did great work to make this zodiac tour a real success. We spotted orca's (killer whales - some pretty close), 4 humpback's, 2 species of sea lions, seals, bald eagles, sea otter, river otter. It was an extremely beautiful trip.More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Marpet06
    SpringTideWhaleTours, Guest Services Representative at SpringTide Whale Watching & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Marpet06, Wow! It sounds like you had a really awesome day on the zodiac! Getting the opportunity to see so many different species is always really special. I'm also happy to hear that Bennit was able to make the tour just that much better....More

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    Response from Bradley B | Reviewed this property |
    This time of year right through November. There are always whales in and around the Island year round but the migration of other species of whales happens in early spring and the fall going from / to Alaska
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