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Our most popular Victoria adventure is a 3+ hour fully-guided whale watching & wildlife viewing tour departing at 12:30 from Victoria’s inner harbour aboard Salish Sea Eclipse – a high-speed, luxury, custom-built catamaran.

$130
Starting at $109* CAD / Adult Learn More
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Highlights & Inclusions

  • The perfect viewing platform and the only one of its kind on British Columbia coast. This 95 passenger catamaran was engineered and built in Canada with the safety of our beloved marine wildlife and our guests as priority number one.

  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour. Opportunity to observe different species of whales in the wild, sea birds and other marine wildlife. Guided by 3-4 Transport Canada certified marine naturalists.

  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 360 degree panoramic views from a 22 ft tall elevated viewing platform means all 95 guests will see further while we maintain a safe viewing distance from our beloved marine mammals.

     

  • Experience spectacular views through floor to ceiling windows. Only a few feet above the water these 10 ft tall glass windows offer unobstructed views of dramatic Salish Sea scenery.

Experience

Experience the majesty of the Salish Sea and its wildlife, from whales surfacing in unison to bald eagles soaring overhead. Cut through the Strait of Juan de Fuca’s currents in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal experts bring the animals stories to life (while you stay warm, dry and hydrated in its heated cabin, of course!) The quintessential whale watching experience for every adventurer.

Did you know? Bald eagles mate for life, like wolves (we have those, too!)

What To Bring

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Onboard snacks are available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

Departure Location

Downtown Victoria Adventure Centre

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

The Victoria Adventure Centre is located below the Visitor Information Centre, next to Milestones restaurant across the street from Fairmont Empress hotel.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.

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Know Before You Book

  • The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

  • Luggage can be stored safely in our office.

  • Reviews

    Great trip We had a great time. We saw orca, seals and 3 bald eagles. The staff was wonderful- knowledgeable and friendly!!

    Posted on 7/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale Watching Excellent We enjoyed the Whale Watching Tour. Their new boat was comfortable. The staff were extremely knowledgeable, especially Lili. While out, we saw eight Orcas; amazing. On the way back to shore we were treated to hot chocolate. Wonderful day!!!!

    Posted on 6/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Superb Absolutely excellent experience. The staff are all highly professional and knowledgeable. They worked hard to ensure we found some whales and then spent a long time watching them and enjoying the experience for as long as possible. The team clearly love what they do and sharing it with visitors. Absolutely first class experience.

    Posted on 7/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wonderful afternoon Had a great 3 hour late afternoon trip. Staff were pleasant and informative. Spent time identifying individual whales and letting us listen to whales ‘talking ‘ by hydrophone. Spotted orcas and humpback and saw the biggest salmon ever in its natural habitat. Thank you Andy & staff for a memorable trip

    Posted on 8/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Perfect trip The morning spent with Roman, Sharon & Andy was perfect. We saw 2 humpbacks, a rock full of sea lions, seals & an amazing find of over 50 bald eagles all together in the trees & rocks on a tiny island. Even our guides said they had never seen so many in one place this season. They all three did an amazing job. Sharon was our guide on the top deck. She was extremely knowledgeable and her enthusiasm was contagious. It was easy to see that she loved what she was doing. Thank you.

    Posted on 6/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing! Wonderful crew! We got to see two species of whale (orcas and a humpback). The whole crew (Wilma, Aaron, Aurora, and Rebecca) were amazing and so knowledgeable. Wilma was the naturalist I was sitting with and you could really see her passion for these animals. She knows so much about them and is so excited to share.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Watched Whales! This is the best whale watching I have experienced! Orcas, Humpbacks and more. Great scenery too.
    The naturalist Rebecca was friendly and had a vast knowledge of whales and wildlife. I learned much about The history of whales, and their behaviours.
    In conclusion: Great sights, animals, and friendly staff. I will come again next year!
    I rate this a 5/5 whale tails! 🐋

    Posted on 8/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience saw hump asks and orcas Staff very helpful and knowledgeable boat in excellent condition
    on trip we saw humpbacks breaching water and orcas Playing and feeding

    Posted on 8/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing tour on 22.6.2019. It was a great tour, wonderful close experience with one family of whales, great weather and fantastic crew. Wilma was our host and she did an amazing job, so passionate, devoted and honest. Well done and congratulations!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A beautiful experience! The boat ride alone was worth the trip in the midst of vast expanses of water and islands. We sighted 8 whales surfacing and deep diving. Wow! The guides were
    knowledgeable and informative, always helpful and generous. It was a great experience all around. I will do it again!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor

FAQS

Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

The boat we use for this tour is equipped with two airline-style washrooms.

Do passengers often feel seasick?

No, our boats are custom-built for whale watching with passengers in mind. Captain and crew will also do their best to minimize the impact of the sea. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you purchase non-drowsy Gravol from a pharmacy prior to your adventure with us.

Are there snacks or beverages on board?

Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate bars) can be purchased with CAD cash. You can also bring your own snacks.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Cancellation Policy

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

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