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Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

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Victoria, Canada

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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter native marine life such as orcas, gray whales, and harbor seals with the help of expert guides. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate floral landscapes of Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Includes round-trip transfers from downtown Victoria and a flexible return schedule, so you can linger to enjoy the gardens’ luminous displays at night.
  • Enjoy two must-do Victoria experiences in one day
  • Take a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands
  • Spot whales and other wildlife with the help of a naturalist guide
  • Explore the famous Butchart Gardens at your own pace
  • Wind through stunning floral gardens and capture photos of this National Historic Site of Canada
  • Round-trip transfers and a flexible return schedule included
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Naturalist guide
Whale-watching cruise
Round-trip shuttle transfers from downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee * If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour free of charge! This offer does not expire
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drink

Departure Point

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

Departure Time

1:15 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens.

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  • "This is a don't miss tour if you are a nature loving person." See review

Reviews

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Whale watching and gardens
smdykeman86
, Sep 2019
There weren't a ton of people on the boat so it felt like a very personal experience. We were warned we might not see anything, which was disappointing.. however we saw a whale early on and watched it for a while. Very cool. Staff were awesome. Plan on very warm clothing as out on the ocean is very cold, I did and I still got cold, so over prepare. They do have blankets available and an inside space to stay warmer. We also got to see sea lions on an island. The gardens are awesome and beautiful! They give you times to get picked up, but these had changed and it was either be there for 1.5 hrs or 4.5 so it felt rushed, and we did see almost everything but were didn't want to be there until 9 at night esp. When the cafe and food places were closed by the time we got there. Was raining, but they provided us with umbrellas. Overall very happy and good experience.
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star-5
Loved it and would recommend! Great! Andrew, Sandy, James & Amy!
Exploration20041
, Sep 2019
We enjoyed nd highly recommend Andrew, Sandy, Amy and James as very knowledgeable and pleasant crew.
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star-5
A voyage we will never forget!!
Jennifer V
, Sep 2018
Had the most spectacular whale watching adventure. The scenery was just gorgeous, the crew was friendly and knowledgeable. We saw amazing birds, bald eagles and a truly spectacular orca sighting seeing 4 or 5 orcas and being able to observe them for probably 20 minutes. I know they can’t guarantee that every time but they do their best to locate them if able. Loved it!!!
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Half and Half
bubbles14162
, Aug 2018
I had to give this one a 3 because the whale-watching cruise for us was a bust & we regret we took it; not worth the money it cost; however, the Butchart Gardens part was definitely a 5 & we will be recommending that to everyone who asks.
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star-5
Amazing!
Pamela J
, Aug 2018
Okay. I thought this was going to be an expensive, cheesy tour. I only did it because I was with a friend who thought it would be a fun thing to do. The professionalism, knowledge, and generosity of the crew was quite remarkable. We saw countless whales-then birds including a huge bald eagle. Seals and sea otters-then the gardens, which alone could have been an entire day. One crew member actually shared her professional quality photos of the trip. I assumed they were for sale and would have gladly paid $50+ for those photos-whales, otters, and that eagle-FREE!!! (I hope she isn't in trouble for that, but I do wish I could give her credit for all of the compliments I have received on her photos). Great experience. Great value.
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star-5
This tour was fantastic!!! We saw 3...
Michael M
, Feb 2018
This tour was fantastic!!! We saw 3 yes 3 pods of whales. The crew was very knowledgeable and nice. It was an unforgettable experience. This is a don't miss tour if you are a nature loving person.
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star-3
Unfortunately we had no luck to see any...
Roberto M
, Nov 2017
Unfortunately we had no luck to see any Orca, we saw twice a whale but very far away.
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star-5
We saw whales, but that part was not...
Brett R
, Oct 2017
We saw whales, but that part was not the best, then these amazing gardens. The history and the beauty of the gardens was beyond the imagination and among the best I've seen anywhere in the world.
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star-5
Beautiful sunny day , Really great...
Julie B
, Sep 2017
Beautiful sunny day , Really great crew , Maeve was very informative and knew her information on the Killer Whales which we all watched the pod for quite a while all very well organized .Butchart Gardens are great to see and the history that goes with it .
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Never saw any whales - not even a fish...
Kimberly L
, Sep 2017
Never saw any whales - not even a fish. Loved Butchart Gardens though!
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