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On an exhilarating Whale & Wildlife Watching Tour with Victoria’s leading Eco-Tourism Company
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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
July 27, 2021
Written by: Rachael, Lead Naturalist As always, the past week has been full of excitement and indescribable moments with the wonderful animals of the Salish Sea. In our little corner of the world, the ocean abounds with mammals, birds, fish, gorgeous seaweeds and interesting invertebrates! The diversity of the straights are backed by stunning scenery […]
July 23, 2021
Written by: Matt Burnaby, Zodiac Captain Halfway through our fifth season here in Port Renfrew, Sarah and I often ask ourselves how it is possible that we have managed to find whales on every single voyage. While there are only a handful of exceptions where we have not been able to access the waters outside […]
July 22, 2021
Weekly Sightings Summary July 12th to 18th As we approach the middle of summer, sightings of wildlife continue to be diverse and abundant here in the Salish Sea! This week was full of experiences with creatures who depend on the salty waters that surround south Vancouver Island, including rare species like Brown Pelicans, mammal hunting […]
July 14, 2021
Written by: Matt Burnaby, Zodiac Captain Having access to waters that no other whale watching vessel goes to allows us the unique opportunity to gather data on wildlife through citizen science. We are the only whale watching company based in Port Renfrew, amidst the numerous sports fishing boats in the area. That said, these incredible […]
Victoria Whale Watching Report: Steller and California Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Killer Whales, and More!
July 13, 2021
Written by: Rachael Merrett, Lead Naturalist It has been a week of exciting visits with creatures we haven’t seen very much in the past couple of months, making for very memorable tours on the water! The waters surrounding Victoria are home to hundreds of male Steller and California Sea Lions who ship out to the […]
July 11, 2021
Written by Matt Burnaby, Zodiac Captain Driving from Victoria to Port Renfrew is where the adventure begins. Part of the Pacific Marine Loop, Port Renfrew sits between Victoria and Cowichan. Coming from either direction takes you down a winding paved road leading you through the wild coastlines, valleys and rivers of the Pacific temperate rainforests. […]
July 6, 2021
Week of July 1st, 2021 – Covered Vessel Tours What a week on the water it has been! Sightings of whales and other marine wildlife has been spectacular with whales spotted on all of our tours. We started the week off with sightings of one of our favourite seasonally returning humpback whales named Divot and […]
June 29, 2021
Week of June 21st, 2021 – Covered Vessel Tours What a week it has been on the waters surrounding Victoria! Hot, hot temperatures and hot, hot whale sightings too! Humpback whales are back in droves and Bigg’s Killer Whales are cruising the Salish Sea in large groups made up of multiple families in search of […]
June 25, 2021
Sunday, June 20th- 12pm Tour It was a perfect day to be on the water surrounding south Vancouver Island! We headed out on the Orca Mist to look for the abundant wildlife that call the Salish Sea home. We made our way southwest when we saw the spouts of a Humpback Whale! This young creature […]
June 23, 2021
Written by: Matt Burnaby, Zodiac Captain Our 2021 season here in Port Renfrew has begun. What a start it has been so far! Beautiful weather almost every day with hot sunny days and calm seas. Each year at the start of the season we never know what to expect. Our remote little town sits on […]
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