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Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: The 2021 Season has Arrived!

June 1, 2021

Summer is finally here! We are kicking off our 5th season in Port Renfrew and cannot wait to get on the water to see some incredible marine wildlife. June has already come with stunning blue skies and beach worthy temperatures. Port Renfrew is mostly known for it’s torrential rain and roaring winter storms, but now […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Sunshine, Seals, Ollie the Sea Otter, and More!

May 22, 2021

May 22, 2021- 12pm Tour The Victoria Long Weekend brought the Capital City blue skies and sunshine. Guests joined us on the Haisla Explorer and we began our search for whales and other marine wildlife by heading west. We cruised along the shoreline until we reached the shores of Becher Bay, then we swung out […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: T101 Family of Bigg’s Killer Whales!

April 25, 2021

Sunday, April 25th- 12pm Tour It was an exciting day to be on the water with guests and crew anxious to see whales and other fascinating wildlife. We boarded the Haisla Explorer and set out west of Victoria. West of Race Rocks Lighthouse, we spotted the tall fins of 2 males and one female killer […]

The History of Sea Otters in the North Pacific

February 25, 2021

Written by: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist Most people swoon at the adorable faces of Sea Otters and their habit of holding each other’s paws to stay close together. Many people are unaware of the history of sea otters in the North Pacific and how close the world came to losing them completely. Locally, […]

Victoria Whale Watching Season Highlights

October 16, 2020

This was a year like no other with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of the Victoria whale watching season until July. With international borders closed, Victoria was a quieter place with only tourists from across Canada visiting our Capital City. While the world seemed up-side-down on land, time on the water and with wildlife […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: The Southern Resident Orcas Came for a Visit!

July 26, 2020

Sunday, July 26th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour This morning our covered vessel, along with two zodiacs, headed out into the Juan de Fuca Strait in search of wildlife. After a bit of travelling, Captain Jordan stopped the boat because he had seen some Killer Whales ahead of us. Upon arrival we thought these […]

2019 Victoria Whale Watching Season Highlights

November 24, 2019

The 2019 season was full of diverse wildlife and amazing sightings on the waters of the Salish Sea! We keep track of our daily sightings and this year our success rate of sighting whales was over 95% from April until the end of October. Orcas were the species of whale that we saw the most […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Killer Whales & More

July 31, 2019

MORNING TOUR This morning, we headed out aboard the Catalina Adventure in search of orcas and other cetaceans. It would prove to be a fantastic trip! Not long after leaving the harbour, we encountered members of the T46B group of Bigg’s killer whales. Unbeknown to us at the time, this group of orcas had split […]

Whale Watching Promotion for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2018

Moms are the best. On May 13th, we want to show our love and appreciation by giving them 50% off whale watching tours. Just show up (or better: call 250.800.3747 in advance and make a reservation to make sure we have seats left) and embark on an adventure of a lifetime filled with “oooh” and “wow” […]



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