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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.

$119
Starting at $99* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
July 1st - November 4th, 2020
Adult (18+) $119* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (2-12) $95* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2021 Season
May 1th - October 31rd, 2021
Adult (18+) $119* CAD
Youth (13-17) $99* CAD
Child (7-12) $79* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

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

    Wow! Best whale watching ever! We had the most amazing day out on the water. The staff were so professional and knowledgeable. We saw killer whales (they even jumped out of the water !!) Humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions and seals!! The catamaran was so comfortable and I saw the staff constantly cleaning for Covid. This was a fabulous group of staff. They even walked around to show us photos and markers to identify the whales we saw that day and answer any questions we had. It was the best whale Watching I have ever experienced! Thank you Bill, Joe , Lili, Valerie and Seanie!!

    Posted on 7/05/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    1/2 day Whale Watching tour Our staff (names shown in the picture) were very knowledgeable and passionate about their career as keto ologists and wonderful to talk to. We saw 4 families of whales totaling 21. Our experience was very enjoyable. Our family would recommend this trip to any and all whom have any intrest in a water tours.

    Posted on 6/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Incredible sites and crew! Anthony, Tom, James and Amy made this a trip we will never forget! Many incredible sightings, photos and knowledge was shared. The staff are well educated in marine life and they are very approachable and willing to share information. They are globally conscious in that they keep their waste to a minimum as an added bonus!
    On the tour we were guided and advised a perfect day looking at the butchart gardens and wildlife like deer, eagle, hump backs and killer whales. They provided blankets and toques as it was chilly on the water too!
    Worth every penny! Will come back 😁

    Posted on 9/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Want a insightful and fun time? Go book your trip with this company! Not only did we get our luck of the draw and see whales but what made our time on the boat the best. Is the ever amazing, friendly, informative, nice, CAPTAIN RUSH. Please ask to be booked with him if you do this! He knows what he is doing and will give you the best time and whale watching spots; to the best of his ability. This man is a blessing.

    Posted on 8/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing! I went with a friend on the zodiac and it was so much fun. The ocean was a bit wild that make the crossing really exciting. Only with the wind and the speed of the zodiac made me happy. Then the best of all was to see 2 humpback whales. The staff are really professional. I really recommand this place. I'll come back for sure to see Orcas 😁

    Posted on 4/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing experience I have always heard good things but never had the opportunity to be on a tour. It is definitely an experience to have in person. The whales are a lot more massive and the crew keeps in touch with other whale watchers to always ensure a sighting. It is also not restricted to whales. We also saw eagles, seals, and other creatures. The tour guides also gave us information about the whales and the locations we were at.

    10/10

    Posted on 10/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience!! We saw Orcas sind Humpback whales, it was an amacing and unfortgetable experience!! Crew was very nice and gave us a lot of interesting informations about the whales. Thanks to Captain Chris, Joe (?) and the great girls crew!!

    Posted on 6/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    The Greatest Experience!! The crew was so kind and knowledgeable and the boat was comfortable and spacious! I researched which touring company would be best and I definitely chose the right one! Stopped the boat and offerred ample time to admire the whales and other wildlife! Would definitely go again!

    Posted on 4/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching was great Saw seals, orcas and humpbacks! Long afternoon but amazing. Bring a jacket- high speed on the boat makes even a warm day cool. We were out on sea for 5 hours! Wonderful! The naturalists on board were informative.

    Posted on 8/31/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome We took the Zodiac boat and where lucky to have Rush as A tour guide. We saw killer whales, humpback whales and he took the time to be in their vicinity and to tell us about these wonderful animals. Great ride!!

    Posted on 9/18/2019 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

*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.).

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