Orca Spirit’s three hour whale watching tours run daily from April through October. Every trip is led by a certified marine naturalist whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry, and every vessel in our fleet is equipped with hydrophones to bring the underwater experience to light.
“WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!”
“The trip lasts about 3 hrs – and it is awesome!! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and attentive. We saw orca and humpback whales – an amazing experience. This is an extremely professional organization with a group of very professional staff. Having sponsored a whale for many many years it was, for me, a dream come true – an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life – thank you Orca Spirit Adventures.”
“BEST EVER WHALE WATCHING TOUR!”
“Superlatives galore! No doubt aided by the most fabulous weather and a calm sea, today my family and I had an unforgettable day out sighting Orca, Seal, Sealion and Humpback with Greg and his crew. Beautiful scenery and the crew’s humour and local natural history knowledge really enhanced our experience.”
“FANTASTIC TRIP, GREAT WILDLIFE!
“Fantastic trip – wasn’t just about the Orcas (although they were brilliant!), we saw humpback whale, sea otter, bald eagle, sea lions, harbour and elephant seals too. Staff onboard were really knowledgeable and the backdrop of the mountains in Washington State was just spectacular. All in all, a great trip and sensitively done.”
Stephen I, UK
Top Rated Packages
After a morning on the water, we shuttle over to the tropical Butterfly Gardens, and beautifully manicured grounds at Butchart Gardens.
Cruise over snow-capped mountains in a seaplane from Vancouver, then join a 3 hour tour on one of our luxurious covered vessels or open air zodiacs.
After a hearty breakfast at the oceanfront Coast Victoria Hotel, we hit the seas for an action-packed 3 hour whale watching tour.
The Captain’s Blog
May 20, 2019
Morning Tour The vibrant, weather protected and eager group boarded Orca Spirit this morning! It could be a damp ride because of the rain, but everyone was excited to get going! We headed out of the inner harbour and made our way into the Juan De Fuca Strait, eyes peeled, ready to do the best […]
May 19, 2019
Morning Tour It was a beautiful, sunny start to the day with excitement buzzing on the boat about the prospect of finding whales! With vessels on the water searching and sending reports out to the whole whale watching team, we made our way southeast through Juan de Fuca Strait. After passing by historical lighthouses such […]
May 18, 2019
Morning Tour It was a beautiful start to the day with calm seas and a sky dotted with sun and clouds. The boats of the whale watching fleet set out in all directions to search for whales. Local waters can be inhabited by four species of whales including Humpbacks, Southern Resident and Bigg’s Orcas, Minke […]
May 17, 2019
Morning Tour We set out to find some whales with very blustery conditions – the winds were blowing at a steady 22 knots! It was a very wet and bumpy ride on the top deck of the Orca Spirit! We cruised west along the shore, passing Metchosin when we came across a pair of male […]
May 16, 2019
Morning Tour It was a beautiful morning to get out on the water and look for local marine wildlife. We decided to start our search by heading towards Islandview Beach which is east and then north of the Victoria Harbour. Yesterday we were excited to find a young Grey Whale foraging in this area, and […]
May 15, 2019
Afternoon Tour This afternoon we set out on the Juan de Fuca Strait heading east before turning north into Haro Strait. With a report from land that blows were seen from Islandview Beach, we decided to have a look in the area. Our efforts were rewarded when Captain Alex from one of our zodiacs spotted […]
May 13, 2019
Morning Tour Excited to get going on this chilly morning, our group boarded the vessel Orca Spirit, the boat that started it all for the company Orca Spirit! We were eager to get out on the water and look for the beasts of the sea. While in the Juan De Fuca Strait we stopped a […]
May 12, 2019
Morning Tours Happy Mothers Day! It was another lovely morning in Victoria with slightly cooler temperatures than we have recently experienced, but fortunately, the air temperature does not affect the wildlife in our area- they live in 12 degree Celsius water year round! We decided to start our search by heading west of Victoria. Other […]
May 11, 2019
Morning Tour Today on the Orca Spirit, we started to head East through the Strait of Juan de Fuca with beautiful views of Mount Baker. We geared Northbound along Haro Strait in search of wildlife. We soon started spotting eagles and other marine birds such as cormorants. The highlight of the tour was shutting off […]
May 10, 2019
Morning Tour It was another gorgeous day on the water as we set our sights east of Victoria, heading into Haro Strait before turning North into the San Juan Islands. There was a report of a humpback spotted near Henry Island at 9 am this morning, but we could not see any blows in the […]
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