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Cruiser or Zodiac? The Best Choice for Whale Watching

January 2, 2013

Here at Orca Spirit Adventures, we like to give you choices for your Victoria whale watching tour. During the high season, we have several whale watching tour departures every day, so you can choose the one that suits your schedule best. But more than that, we even give you the choice for what kind of boat you can use for your whale watching tour: a comfortable cruiser or a zippy Zodiac.

So, which one should you choose? Although both types of boat are safe, there are differences in the kind of experience you will get from them. Here’s a bit of information to help you make your choice.

The cruiser: comfortable, kid-friendly, warm

Our 45-foot ocean cruiser is perfect for those who like to travel comfortably and with convenience. It can hold up to 47 passengers and has washroom facilities as well as a tea and coffee service.

We recommend the cruiser in several situations. It’s the best way to keep a large group together, and is also good for kids as they can move around the boat. For people with mobility issues, the cruiser is perfect because you don’t have to wear a cruiser suit (as you must do in our Zodiacs). Photographers also prefer the cruiser because it gives them more angles and viewpoints. And with its indoor seating, the cruiser is a great choice for days when the weather isn’t playing along.

The Zodiac: fast, adventurous, fun

The Zodiac boat is a safe ocean-going craft that’s a fun and different way to experience whale watching. With a maximum of 12 passengers, the boat is never overcrowded. We even provide a full suit to protect you from the elements.

Because the ride can be a little bumpy, we don’t recommend the Zodiac for those with back or bone density issues or for pregnant women. Otherwise, it’s an exhilarating ride that fully exposes you to the elements (at OSA, we call this “the full salt-air experience”). The Zodiac is perfect for thrill-seekers with its fast speed and fully open experience.

Despite their differences, both types of boat are equally good for whale watching;  they both do the same tours. The high season begins mid-April, so you have a few weeks left to choose your own Orca Spirit Adventure!

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