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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 animal’s stories to life (while you stay warm, dry and hydrated in its heated cabin, of course!) The quintessential whale watching experience for every adventurer.

Ease into the evening aboard our luxury catamaran, Salish Sea Eclipse, as we depart Victoria’s scenic inner harbour. This 3+ hour tour is a photographer’s favourite and a relaxing way to end the day as the sun sets over the Salish Sea.

Starting at $119* CAD / Adult Learn More

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2021 Season
May 1st - October 31st
Adult (18+) $119* CAD
Youth (13-17) $99* CAD
Child (7-12) $89* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

What's Included

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

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.).

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.

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.

  • Reviews

    Great Day on the Water We were traveling with our adult children and had a half-day tour, we booked the afternoon and had a fabulous staff we sat on top and our guide was Wilma she was amazing and so informative. Would do it again in a heartbeat, we saw seals, sea otters, killer whales and bald eagles.

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Perfect day for wildlife crazy family Fantastic day for our wildlife mad family. Informative naturalists including Hannah were a fabulous help in identifying the numerous whales we saw on our trip. Harbour seals and an impressive bald eagle were also spotted on our way to Butchart Gardens.

    Arriving at 4pm at the gardens gave us an opportunity to explore without the crowds in daylight and allow us to enjoy a picnic and the garden’s superb firework display before heading home by bus. An unmissable day that we’d highly recommend.

    Posted on 7/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Bucket list add on Our guide was awesome . Seeing the whales and getting info from jasper was enlightening. It was
    Safe and do much fun!

    Posted on 6/28/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    So fun! The crew was fantastic. Blankets and hot cocoa were great. We were out for 4 hours or so. Saw a humpback that swam around us for an hour and put on a great show! Stopped and saw some sea lions, too.

    Posted on 10/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing Day ! We had a great trip! We saw humpbacks, orcas, eagles, seals and a bird colony! The crew (Anthony, James, Amy, Stuart and Ian) were excellent. They shared their knowledge and enthusiasm! And they continually looked for interesting things to point out and stop for.

    I would recommend bringing binoculars. I didn’t have them and wish I did to get a bit closer look st the beautiful orcas.

    Posted on 8/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Up close whale encounter Small boat more personal, quicker & easier to manoeuvre to follow whales as they hunt for fish. Our Guide/ Driver, Joe was very polite, considerate & knowledgeable. He tried to get as as close as he was allowed to the whales after spotting them, stopping the boat so they might swim towards us. We were lucky enough to see a group of about 6 orcas that were local to that area. In saying that they travel quite a distance so may only be seen every few weeks, especially in the winter. We also saw a couple of eagles, sea lions & sea otters, however the orcas were definitely the highlight... so beautiful to see them in the wild. More exciting than on a big boat with a lot of people, although cold we were given waterproof jumpsuits, beanies & gloves & told to dress warm. Perfect end to our Canadian Holiday.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Esperienza indimenticabile Abbiamo fatto whale watching con il catamarano. Imbarcazione comodissima e super adatta. Abbiamo visto le balene a pochi metri di distanza ben 4 volte. Emozione fortissima: riuscivamo a sentire il rumore del soffio delle balene. Il team molto gentile, disponibile e ci ha fornito tantissime informazioni. Hanno fatto delle.foto professionali alle balene che ci invieranno gratuitamente via e.mail. Il nostro eccezionale team era composto da Chris, Joe, Lili, Laura e Seanie. Veramente incredibile. Non lo dimenticherò mai!!!! Super consigliato

    Posted on 6/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing day out! Amazing experience, we saw orca and a humpback. I've already raved about it to colleagues who've thought about going. Also really informative guides on board

    Posted on 7/08/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    One of the best experience of my life! Do this. You will it regret it. This really was awesome and I can’t recommend enough. We saw so much life - whales, orcas, otters, seals, sea lines and eagles. Mark was incredibly knowledgable, not just about where to find them but about their lives, their history and their behaviour. Just a couple of hours of hearing him talk about the sea life and looking at his photos would be worth the money alone! We got so close (but not too close!) to them and we’re able to take some great photos, but also left understanding much more about them and the threats to them (and the recovery stories too!)

    Posted on 11/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    It was a wonderful day!!! We went on the half day tour with Captains Anthony and Sandy.. Wilma is an amazing naturalist! We saw 8 humpback whales, seals, an eagle and other seabirds which Wilma pointed out for us. The crew which included Amy & Camille was very friendly and shared interesting tidbits. Hot drinks were included with the price of the tickets. We would certainly recommend this tour and would do it again to try and spot Orcas if we had the time.

    Posted on 10/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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