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 orca whales travelling between southern California and Alaska. During the prime summer months of May through September, the activity picks up big time. […]
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 […]
August 8, 2019
9:30 AM TOUR Days like today are wonderful on the water! The sun was shining, there was basically no wind, and there were so many whales! To start the trip off we made a stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we got to see lots of the coolest creatures that the Pacific North West […]
August 7, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning, we headed out on the Pacific Explorer in search of marine wildlife. Our morning tour started with a great encounter with Hemlock (MMY0080), a large humpback whale with a very distinctive fluke! We watched the animal for several minutes as it foraged for krill. We had several looks at the massive […]
August 6, 2019
This afternoon we headed out East into the Juan De Fuca Strait. It was a beautiful day on the water and, although it took a bit of time to get there, we ended up amongst the San Juan Islands with a Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale! This was a 15-year-old male on his own, separated from […]
August 6, 2019
I can’t remember if I was more nervous or excited the night before I went on my first whale watching adventure. Surely I was excited – I’d grown up obsessing over whales and I was hours away from seeing them in their natural habitat for the first time. However, part of me was concerned. I’d […]
August 4, 2019
With our group, excited and eager to get on the water, we boarded the Catalina Adventure. This boat is a 95 passenger vessel with many great viewing opportunities. While journeying and searching the Juan De Fuca Strait we came across a Humpback Whale in the distance. As we waiting and watched the whale moved closer […]
August 3, 2019
MORNING TOUR This morning we headed straight south, following a call of a possible wildlife sighting near Port Angeles. As we crossed the glassy Juan de Fuca Strait we were able to see big billowy blows from quite far away. This indicated that we were approaching a couple of humpbacks. While we watched these animals […]
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