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 11, 2019
MORNING TOURS For the second consecutive morning, orcas were encountered right in front of the Victoria harbour! Our 9 am zodiac tour was the first stop to spot orcas inside the breakwater! After we boarded our guests, we headed east to find them. The early morning fog was starting to lift, but it made for […]
July 10, 2019
MORNING TOUR The fog this morning was dense, but today we got lucky! The moment we left the harbour into the Strait of Juan de Fuca we saw the unmistakeable dorsal fins of the killer whale! These were the Bigg’s/Transient killer whales, the mammal-eaters. They hunt marine mammals like seals, sea lions, porpoises, other dolphins […]
July 9, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning we set out into the Juan De Fuca Strait, heading South towards Washington. After about an hour of travelling, we stopped in an area that has been a popular spot for Humpback Whales. In the distance, a spout was seen and we headed towards it. We spent time here with three […]
July 7, 2019
AFTERNOON TOUR Even with the rain this afternoon, our spirits were high and we were excited to get on the water! Our small group boarded Pacific Explorer and we made our way into the Juan De Fuca Strait. The Juan De Fuca Strait was named in 1787 by maritime fur trader and captain of the […]
July 6, 2019
AFTERNOON TOUR Today we got to spend our afternoon with the giants of the Pacific North West. In particular, we got to spend our time with one very important whale. Big Mama was out and about during our trip today! She is a humpback that we figure is well over 70 years old and has […]
July 5, 2019
AFTERNOON TOUR The cloud above us this afternoon did not deter our determination in finding whales! We made our way south and east until we were just off an area called Dungeness Spit on the Washington peninsula. A few other whale watching boats could be seen, a good sign there should be dorsal fins popping […]
July 4, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning, our covered vessels headed south into Juan de Fuca Strait in search of orcas and humpback whales. The early summer humpback whale encounters have been amazing and today did not disappoint. Several humpback whales were encountered in the waters south of Race Rocks actively foraging for krill and small schooling fish […]
July 3, 2019
MORNING TOUR At Orca Spirit we like to Wednesdays hump(back) days! Mornings like today give meaning to this saying. Less than 20 minutes in and our trip started out with a whale named Scratchy (MMY0079) just outside of the harbour! Scratchy’s name comes from having some rake marks on his fluke that make him stand […]
July 2, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning started very rainy in Victoria, something we have not really seen in months. The coast of Vancouver Island is a temperate rain forest so everything was in need of a good drink, from the thirsty forests to the migrating salmon. We headed for the South end of San Juan Island, Washington, […]
July 1, 2019
MORNING TOUR We began our trip today by going west into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, into the ice-cold wind! We always love to spend time watching our furry marine mammals so we went straight to Race Rocks Lighthouse, an ecological reserve that is home to harbour seals, elephant seals, sea lions (seasonally), and […]
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