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
June 16, 2019
AFTERNOON TOUR It was a beautiful afternoon to board Catalina Adventure and make a trip out into the Salish Sea. Making our way North, we left the Juan De Fuca Strait and entered what is called Haro Strait. Haro Strait is the home to both the Southern Gulf Islands, and the San Juan Islands. The […]
June 15, 2019
MORNING TOUR Every day is a new adventure on the water, with different species of whales moving through the area each day. This morning we started our search by heading east and then north into Haro Strait. We search for whales by sight and sharing information with other whale watching boats. We do not use […]
June 14, 2019
AFTERNOON TOURS Another beautiful spring day was upon us as we set out with below above and blue below our boats! Some days we get really lucky and find whales a very short distance from the Harbour. Today we travelled close to the Chain Islands where we spotted the black, triangular fins of local Transient […]
June 13, 2019
MORNING TOUR The Salish Sea is home to a huge diversity of wildlife that create unique experiences every time we head out on the water. With six of our own vessels on the water, the search was on! We decided to search in Haro Strait where we have had lots of whale activity in this […]
June 12, 2019
A short 2-hour drive North West of Victoria takes you to true west coast wilderness. Here in Port Renfrew, we are kicking off our third season of whale watching. As the only ocean wildlife operator in the area your sure to get an intimate, once in a lifetime adventure! Join us down on […]
June 12, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning was beautiful and calm as we headed east towards San Juan island. With many boats in our fleet out searching, we were luckily able to find a humpback in the Haro Strait. Humpbacks are coming to this area around Vancouver Island and up towards Alaska to feed. They are eating smaller […]
June 11, 2019
MORNING TOURS It could not have been more beautiful this morning as we headed out onto the Juan de Fuca Strait to look for marine mammals of the Salish Sea! Our journey took us east and then north into Haro Strait. Because all of the Pacific Whale Watching Association companies work together, we received a […]
June 10, 2019
MORNING TOUR It was a beautiful, calm morning to set out on the water. We began our search by heading east out of Victoria Harbour, to the Chain Islands. As we arrived, the first things we saw were the birds – many species of gull, pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, and cormorants. Many of the cormorants […]
June 9, 2019
MORNING TOUR It was a beautiful morning for an ocean exploration on the Catalina Adventure! After boarding the vessel we headed east into the Juan De Fuca Strait. We passed Trial Island, an ecological reserve that is home to a variety of rare and endangered vascular plants, as well as one of the few manned […]
June 8, 2019
MORNING TOUR Today we headed west in search of wildlife. Along the way, we were lucky to come upon a pair of Humpback whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After seeing a few dive sequences we were able to capture identification photographs. While going through our identification book, we were able to match […]
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