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
August 20, 2019
Something magical was spotted in the water off the coast of British Columbia near Victoria, BC. A frequent spot for interested travellers and locals alike, Canada’s west coast boasts incredible views of orcas travelling between southern California and Alaska. During the prime summer months of May through September, the activity picks up big time. And […]
August 17, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning we headed out West into the Juan De Fuca Strait. After just a short time of travelling, we had quite the surprise when we spotted three Humpback Whales! These three were Zephyr, her calf, and Pantera. Pantera was swimming with these two for extra protection, since our mammal-eating Transient Killer Whales […]
August 16, 2019
AFTERNOON TOUR As we approach September, the days on the water get calmer and calmer with the surface of the sea smooth as glass. We were very fortunate to not have to search for far for whales as we found mammal-hunting orcas between Victoria and Race Rocks Lighthouse! As we set eyes on these creatures […]
August 15, 2019
MORNING TOURS This morning we headed out West into the Juan De Fuca Strait. Our first stop was just outside of Race Rocks with a Humpback Whale! This animal surfaced a few times but we had reports of several more slightly further West of us. We were able to see blows all around the boat […]
August 14, 2019
MORNING TOUR After boarding the Catalina Adventure the guests and crew this morning made their way out into the Juan De Fuca Strait. This body of water is shared between Vancouver Island and Washington State and was named in 1787 by Charles Barkley, a maritime fur trader! The strait is 96 miles long and about […]
August 13, 2019
MORNING TOUR It was yet another gorgeous morning on the west coast of Vancouver Island with the sun shining and the waters calm and glass-like. We decided to look west of the Capital City to see if any leviathans (creatures of the deep) were out and about in the Juan de Fuca Strait. As we […]
August 12, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning we headed out into the Juan De Fuca Strait with sunny skies and beautifully calm waters. Due to the stillness of the water, we were able to spot several Harbour Porpoises throughout the morning! These are the smallest Cetaceans we see and are quite boat shy so they don’t tend to […]
August 11, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning we headed out into the Juan De Fuca Strait, travelling South. After a short time, we ended up just outside of Port Angeles with a Humpback Whale! After getting a look at this whale’s fluke, we could see that this individual was “Stitch”. We are able to identify individual humpbacks apart […]
August 10, 2019
MORNING TOUR Our first stop this morning was Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Which in the rain, was still stunning as always. Here we got to see many different species of animals that are native to the Salish Sea. The sea lions are always a favourite of the guests as these big guys can be very […]
August 9, 2019
MORNING TOURS Well, some days things happen that will make you remember that day for a lifetime- today was one of those days because… THERE WAS AN ORCA IN THE HARBOUR! WHAT?! Yes, we thought we had Deja Vu as we watched the tall dorsal fin of T65A2 cruising into the Victoria this morning because […]
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