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Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel

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    Prefer luxury over adventure? Our variety of covered vessels all offer comfortable seating, full washroom facilities, and elevated outdoor 360-degree panoramic viewing decks – great for photo opportunities. You can enjoy a luxurious, easy-going ride, sipping complimentary beverages while listening to our dedicated and knowledgeable marine naturalists teach you about the wildlife you are viewing. This tour is wonderful for all ages, especially those looking for a serene experience.

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    • Orca Spirit Adventures, 146 Kingston St Marina Level, Coast Harbourside Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1V4 Canada
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4, Canada

    Traveler pickup is offered
    To request a shuttle pick up from your downtown Victoria Hotel, please call our office 24 hours prior to your tour departure.
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Light refreshments
    • Snacks (for purchase)
    • Driver/guide
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Me, I love to go whale watching and have tried on many occasions to get out and spy one or two, so this time I was torn between checking out Victoria or possibly seeing an Orca; well, the latter won the day and OMG! how glad I was to have been there on this day. It was very
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    Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
    Responded 26 Nov 2019
    Hello 602deel, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We are so happy to hear you had an incredible day on the water with us, with not only orcas, but humpback whales and minke whales too! Being able to provide experiences like this, is why we do what we do. We are so lucky to be able to showcase these amazing animals and share our passion with people from all around the world! Don't forget that you can look at the photos that our naturalists took on our Flickr page! They are available to download at no additional cost. Just search "Orca Spirit Adventures" on Flickr and all of the albums are organized by date and tour time. Thank you again for choosing Orca Spirit Adventures and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmly, Rebeca Sales & Marketing Coordinator
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    Dress warm, and enjoy not only the beautiful scenery but the whales! We were disappointed to not see orcas but it was a great tour. Stopping at the lighthouse and seeing all the seals & sea lions was awesome!
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    Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
    Responded 28 Oct 2019
    Hi there jjcoffman, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us on Trip Advisor! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your covered vessel tour with us and that you were able to see some of our beautiful local wildlife, including Humpback whales, Seals, and Sea Lions! If you haven't already, be sure to check out the photos taken on your tour - they are free to download on Flickr! Just search 'Orca Spirit Adventures' on Flickr, and the photo albums are organized by tour date and time. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, The Orca Spirit Adventures Crew
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    We got to see several times for 2-3 seconds a fin of an Orca from a distance of approx. 200m. No other whales. Not even possible to take a picture. Our captain seemed to be mostly too late on the right place. All other boats were in the vicinity of animals, but every time as we
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    Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
    Responded 23 Oct 2019
    Hello Anna, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience on your recent whale watching tour. We appreciate all feedback from our guests. Leaving from Victoria’s inner harbour, we stopped by at Race Rocks Marine Lighthouse as our first destination. Race Rocks is a marine protected area, the southern-most point of Vancouver Island, and home to a number of marine birds, sea lions, and a single male otter – Ollie! While there, the captain received a report of T049C, “Janet”, a mammal hunting Bigg’s killer whale, and so off we went! During our encounter with him, he surfaced over a dozen times and, despite the choppy conditions, we even had a unique view of him approaching our vessel head on. All vessels on the water abide by the laws and regulations set by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and guidelines set by the Pacific Whale Watching Association (PWWA). As per these guidelines, we are able to view transient mammal-hunting killer whales from a distance of 200m. Our captains are trained in manoeuvering the vessel to ensure compliance and viewing opportunities for all guests located in different locations on the vessel. We are committed to respectful wildlife viewing and follow these regulations. Additional information can be found on our website as well as the Pacific Whale Watching Associations website. As the whales and wildlife we encounter during our tours are wild, every tour is a unique experience, with no two departures ever being the same. Whale behaviour is always changing and is not influenced by the time of day or weather conditions - they can even travel up to 100km in one day in search of their next meal. Victoria is one of the best places to view whales in the wild and we are disappointed that you were not satisfied with your experience. Our whale guarantee is not specific to any certain species or criteria for sightings behaviour, and is available for those guests who are on a tour where the whales are more elusive and unfortunately are not spotted. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Victoria. You can check out our Flickr page for photos that our naturalists took during your tour, Trip Advisor does not allow links but I have put the link to the album on the facebook response for you. If you have any questions or would like to continue this discussion, please do not hesitate to contact me at rebeca@orcaspirit.com. Kind regards, Rebeca Sales Coordinator
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    We'd previously done whale watching in Victoria (in May) and got shut out -- no whales seen. This visit was in late September, and we got to observe a pod of transient Orcas. This was quite a thrill, and we got lots of great pictures. There was other wildlife, too -- mostly
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    Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
    Responded 28 Oct 2019
    Hi there Chip, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Orca Spirit Adventures. We're so glad that the whales were not so elusive this time and that you were able to see orcas, seals, and other marine wildlife - What a treat! Thank you for the mention of our naturalists; they are incredibly passionate about what they do, so they will appreciate your kind feedback! As well as the photos, I would also suggest checking out our Captain's Blog on our website - The blogs are a great source of information and go over the sightings from every tour. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to welcome you onboard again soon! Sincerely, Rebeca Sales Coordinator
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    My first ever whale watching experience and it was even better than I expected. The staff were all extremely friendly and knowledgable, I learned a ton and had a blast even though I went by myself. Adrian hit me with fun facts for the entire time and Taylor took incredible
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    Response from OrcaSpirit, Sales Coordinator at Victoria Whale Watching Tour on a Covered Vessel
    Responded 24 Oct 2019
    Hello Cal4747, Thank you for sharing your review with us! We are so honored to be a part of your first ever whale watching experience! Our crew is extremely passionate about educating our guests, so we are glad that you were able to soak up some of Adrian and Taylor's knowledge. If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the photos taken from your tour! All albums are organized by date and time of tour. Just search "Orca Spirit Adventures" on Flickr. Thank you so much for joining us and we can't wait to have you back! All the best, Rebeca Sales Coordinator
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    SunsetBeachLover725
    Springfield, IL
    138
    Orca Spirit Adventures Evening Tour THE BEST!
    It was June 14, the last night of our Princess Alaskan cruise. We had been on several excursions that week and had
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    Roman W
    London, United Kingdom
    2735
    Great fun and success despite so-so weather conditions
    Our skipper made every effort to find killer whales and humpbacks, and succeeded! He knows a lot about the
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    Natalie5722020
    12
    Highly recommend - even in inclement weather!
    The team at Orca Spirit Adventures did their best to ensure our experience was top notch. It was a cold and damp
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    Ophelia B
    Calgary, Canada
    25
    A Magical Experience
    We took a zodiac tour in early November and were thrilled to see a transient pod of Orca and a grouping of about 8
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    bart917
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    134
    Whale watching
    A perfect trip,we got picked up from our hotel and taken to the boat.The crew were so knowledgeable about the
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    safarited
    Darlington, UK
    4313
    Awesome Orcas....
    We were on a Zodiac Tour with Captain Mick and our first ever view of Orcas will stay with us forever. The Zodiac
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    602deel
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    6931
    What a Whale of a Day !
    Me, I love to go whale watching and have tried on many occasions to get out and spy one or two, so this time I was
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    jjcoffman
    Parker, Colorado
    642116
    Humpback Whales!
    Dress warm, and enjoy not only the beautiful scenery but the whales! We were disappointed to not see orcas but it
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    Anna M
    Dubendorf, Switzerland
    10
    The most disappointing and expensive experience ever
    We got to see several times for 2-3 seconds a fin of an Orca from a distance of approx. 200m. No other whales. Not
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    Chip J
    Tucson, Arizona
    4317
    We saw whales! Excellent guides...
    We'd previously done whale watching in Victoria (in May) and got shut out -- no whales seen. This visit was in
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    Cal4747
    10
    Incredible! Saw Humpbacks, Orcas and Sea Lions!
    My first ever whale watching experience and it was even better than I expected. The staff were all extremely
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    Stephen R
    Darwen, England, United Kingdom
    16570
    Oustanding trip
    Obviously from the title you will deduce that we saw lots of Whales - clearly you can be unlucky however the
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    Nairn_11
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    106
    An Afternoon to Remember
    Orca Spirit Adventures provided a great and memorable afternoon not only in finding a pod of orcas who we observed
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    Richard C
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    2111
    Scary very wet whale watching, it wasn't raining.
    Whale watching trip on the 24th September at 10.00 hours. Was picked up from our hotel on time which was great.
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    LSheil
    20
    Excellent experience, great guides
    Have had a fabulous trip ...saw orcas and humpbacks as well as other marine mammals. Guide was exceedingly
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