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Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Admire native marine wildlife in the waters of British Columbia on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your open-top boat in Victoria Harbour and cruise out into the rolling waves with your guide. Your vessel, a zodiac speedboat, is built with stability in mind and remains buoyant even in rough seas. Cruise through the Haro Straight to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Watch the water for sightings of humpback whales, minke whales and orcas breaching the waves, and learn of their life cycle and migration habits.
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Whale and marine life watching tour on a 12-passenger open-aired zodiac boat
Expert Guide/Skipper
All-weather exposure flotation suits
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - new free tour from Vancouver or Victoria until you see whales!
$5 per person Salish Sea Conservation Fee (1% For The Planet Initiative) is included in price
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
812 Wharf St , 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

Lower causeway

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not suitable for participants with back or neck problems, pregnant women, participants with recent surgeries
  • There is a minimum passenger height restriction of 4ft (120cm)
  • Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check in. Participants must be 19 years of age, or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date/time/vessel or full refund
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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star-4
Humbling and exhilarating!!
Neil_H
, Aug 2022
The trip was fantastic and totalling exhilarating. Seeing whales in their natural habitat was a highlight of our holiday to Canada.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Neil_H, Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy we were able to provide the highlight of your holiday and show you some amazing whales. We hope to see you again in the future some time to change that four star experience into a five star!
star-4
Great day with family...
Midge_T
, Aug 2022
Great day with family from near and far. Good whale experience. Very knowledgeable guide. (Sydney) Good suits and the zodiac was more comfortable than I expected
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Midge_T, Thank you for leaving a review! We're happy you had a great day with your family on our tour and that you saw whales! If there was anything we could have done to turn your four star experience into a five star one, please feel free to reach out to us. We value all feedback, and we appreciate that you took the time to review us!
star-5
JUST DO IT!
Kari_C
, Jul 2022
Super fun day! George was fabulous, informative and fun! Saw several humpback whales, a rare sea otter, sea lions and some harbour seals. Highly recommend! Layer up! The floatation gear keeps you pretty warm, but it's colder out there than you think. (Even on a 78* day!)
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kari_C, Thanks for the awesome review! We are pumped that you had fun with George on your sailing. It sounds like you had some great sightings! It definitely does cool down quick out on the open water... layers are key. Thanks so much for joining us, we hope to see you again next time you're in the area :)
star-5
wonderful day!
Chuanqi_Z
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful day on the sea! The zodiac is very fast and feeling the speed is a special advanture for us. The flotation suits keep us warm and cozy. Our captain Terry is super nice and patient with us. We saw several humpback whales with an appropriate distance to avoid disturbing them. I am glad Terry and the company respect the animals and try to find the best angle for us to watch the whales.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Chuanqi_Z, Thank you so much for your review! The zodiacs certainly are an amazing adventure and we are so glad you had a wonderful time on board. We hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
Great times at sea!
Alexandre_R
, Jul 2022
We saw 3 different kinds of sea creatures: a family of killer whales, one sea lion perched on a floating buey and one majestic humpback whale.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Alexand Thank you so much for giving us a five-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the wildlife sightings, and we hope to welcome you back again soon!
star-5
Great experience whale watching!
Maria_S
, Jul 2022
This was a great experience! We have gone on a zodiac with another company but this surpassed that experience. We saw more whales due to the locations traveled to and patience of the crew. Thank you!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Maria_S Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a five-star review, and for praising the patience and experience of the crew. We are so glad that you got to see a lot of whales and enjoyed the tour. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
star-5
A totally amazing...
Matthew_G
, Jul 2022
A totally amazing experience. We saw no less than 12 humpback whales and 3 Orcas. The skipper, Mark, was exceptional and gave us an experience we will never forget!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Matthew_G, Thank you so much for your review! It sounds like you had an incredible showing!! We're so happy to hear Captain Mark was able to give you an exceptional tour and help you create some amazing memories. We hope to see you out with us again in the future!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Lani_T
, Jul 2022
Captain Sydney was fantastic! She went the extra mile (literally) to provide us with such amazing experiences! We were able to see 7 humpback whales and 7 orcas and it was incredible!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Lani_T, Wow! 7 humpbacks and 7 orcas!! What an incredible sight to see!! Thank you so much for sharing details of your incredible tour with us! Sydney will be so grateful to read this review. We hope we can welcome you on board another tour in the near future!
star-5
A great ocean getaway
Joel_M
, Jul 2022
Zodiac boat ride was awesome and guide gave us a great tour and found us a humpback whale that we got some good pictures of !
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Joel_M, Thank you so much for the positive review! That's fantastic that you had a high-quality encounter with a humpback whale, and enjoyed your day cruising through the Salish Sea on the Zodiac. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon!
star-5
Fantastic.
Vari_E
, Jul 2022
Amazing trip. Terry, our captain was very friendly and informative. Flotation suits kept us cozy out on the water. It didn’t take him long to locate a pod of Orca. He got close enough to let us view and take photos, but not too close to disturb them. We also seen approx 5 humpbacks which was awesome. Highly recommend. ❤️
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Vari_E, Thank you so much for the lovely review! That's amazing that you got to see orcas AND humpback whales with expert guidance from Captain Terry. Our crew really cares about the whales and always makes sure to keep a respectful distance, while making sure you get the best view possible. Thanks for joining us, and we hope to welcome you aboard for another tour in future!
star-5
Zodiac Whale Watching Tour
Debra_R
, Jul 2022
The day was beautiful. It was great the guide was very informative and friendly. We saw lots of orcas and seals.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Debra_R, Thank you for the 5 stars! We love to hear you had a great time, and that you saw so much diverse marine life!! We hope the zodiac trip was fun and adventurous, and that we can welcome you again soon!
star-5
Special Encounter
Patricia_R
, Jun 2022
The weather kept us from seeing numerous cetaceans, but we did get a very special encounter with two humpbacks.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Patricia_R, Thank you for your five star review! We're happy you had a great experience, despite the weather, and that you had a great encounter with two humpback whales! Our zodiac tours are a fun, fast excursion that's perfect for any adventurous traveler. Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you on our tour again soon!
star-5
Whale to the port side!
Stephanie_D
, Jun 2022
This was a great excursion! Terry was our captain and shared a ton of information about Victoria with us. We saw a humpback whale and an orca whale. Dress warmly- but they give you hats and gloves in addition to the floatation suits. I highly recommend this activity.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Stephanie_D, Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you had an amazing spectacle of whales on your tour and stayed nice and warm in our suits. We hope to see you out with us again in the future!
star-5
Great to see wild whales in the wild !
Susan_A
, Jun 2022
Great to see the orca dorsal fin for the first time ! Really appreciated the distance we gave to the wildlife as made it seem far more caring and not zoo or theme park like.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Susan_A, thank you so much for the review - we're so glad you enjoyed your tour and had a chance to see orcas in their beautiful natural habitat! We hope to welcome you aboard for another adventure some time.
star-5
Best excursion and most fun!
Sarah_H
, May 2022
We had the best time on the Zodiac. It was small and fast and cut the engine as soon as we saw a whale. The grey whale swam around our boat for almost an hour and in the zodiac you feel so close to them and can hear them! It was amazing. We did this on a cruise excursion and it was by far our favorite! Thank you Prince of Whales and your awesome staff.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sarah_H, We are thrilled to hear about your experience sailing with us! Thanks so much for leaving a review. Sounds like you had a blast! Those zodiac rides are quite thrilling, fit for anyone up for an adventure. It's pretty wild to be so close to such awe-inspiring creatures. We are so thrilled that you were able to make it on a tour with us for your short stay in Victoria. We hope to see you again one day!
star-5
Wonderful Family Trip!
Jessica_S
, May 2022
We got to see 2 different pods of whales and our guide was very knowledgeable. It was a great experience!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Jessica_S, It is great to hear that you were able to see two pods! We hope it was a fun, unique adventure for you and that you learned something as well. Our wonderful crew are always excited to share their wealth of knowledge about these mesmerizing creatures, in hopes of inspiring people to protect them. We couldn't do what we do without the whales! Thanks again for sailing with us, we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Excellent company
Janice_P
, May 2022
The knowledge of the skipper, the whale spotting (orca and a grey) and customer service back at the booking desk including weather gear organisation/changing space … all round awesome!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Janice_P, Wow!! Orcas and a grey whale is an amazing sight!! We are so happy you had a fantastic time, and we hope you made memories that will last a lifetime!
star-5
Great experience
Michelle_S
, May 2022
Enjoyed the humpbacks (3). Saw two of them “playing”! Also saw harbour seals. Amazing Captain who had a great knowledge about the habitat and whales 🐋 My family really enjoyed it! Thank you:)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Michelle_S, Thank you for your five star review! We're glad that your family had a great time on your tour, and we're happy that we were able to provide a great experience and memories. Hopefully we'll see you again on another Prince of Whales tour in the future!
star-5
Outstanding sightseeing and whale watching experience
Liane_O
, May 2022
My nieces and I had a fabulous experience on Prince of Whales zodiac. After leaving the inner harbour, we headed offshore and followed a humpback whale to Trial Island, then headed to Becher Bay (near East Sooke Park), Race Rocks, where we saw Steller and California sea lions and seals, then to Discovery Island, where we followed the same humpback and then back to Victoria via the Chain Islets ( more seals) and Enterprise Channel. The zodiac travels at about 32 knots, but we were kept warm in Mustang floater suits, toques and gloves (freshly laundered). A superb experience for anyone who wants to see the Salish Sea up close and view the beauty of southern Vancouver Island from the water. I should add that the boat and equipment were shipshape, the shore operation efficient and clean and friendly, and the skipper very experienced, knowledgeable and safety conscious. He displayed sound etiquette both in the presence of the whale and other boats.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Liane_O, Thank you so much for your rave review! We take pride in our awesome, experienced crew, who are lucky enough to take guests like you out every day! We are so glad that you and your nieces got to see so much wildlife on your tour. Even just cruising on our beautiful waters is mesmerizing. We love to hear that our captains/skippers are keeping everyone safe out there. Thanks again for your review, we hope you'll join us again in the future!
star-5
Fun times
Katherine_S
, May 2022
Our first time whale watching, was amazing. Beautiful weather. Beautiful people. Beautiful tour. Beautiful animals. Blast on the boat.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Katherin Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a 5-star review! We are so happy to hear that you had such an amazing time and hope to welcome you back again sometime soon!

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