Tours from Port Angeles


Hop on the the M.V COHO Ferry With floor to ceiling windows, abundant exterior decks and an enclosed solarium, that provides passengers with stunning views of the waters along the Strait of Juan de Fuca enroute to Victoria, BC. Shortly after arriving in the Inner Harbour, you’ll join us for your 3 hour whale and wildlife watching adventure.



The M.V. Coho, named after BC’s silver costal salmon, travels the distance between Port Angeles and Victoria’s Inner Harbour in about 90 minutes, covering 37 kilometers or 20 nautical miles.


Almost 200 species of mammals and birds call the Salish Sea waterways surrounding southern Vancouver Island home, relying on its delicate marine ecosystem for food and habitat.


Race Rocks is a designated Marine Protected Area. To preserve its special ecosystem of plants, animals and biological diversity, access is restricted to scientific and educational purposes.


146 Kingston St, 950 Wharf St.

Vessel Type

Covered, Open - Zodiac

Minimum Age

Zodiacs: 6 years and up

Tour Duration

3 Hours (+ ferry and transfers)


Daily Tours

Departures - Covered

10 am, 2 pm

Level of Difficulty

Easy, suitable for all ages


April 1st - October 31st

Departures - Zodiac

9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm


Routes vary depending on whale sightings and weather. A typical route takes us along Victoria’s scenic waterfront to Oak Bay and the Chain Islets, where we pause to watch harbour seals and seabirds. From there, we often head east to San Juan Island, or north along the Saanich Peninsula. When whale sighting reports come in, we typically alter course towards whales within range of the boat. Round trip distance is usually 50 to 80 km.

How old do you have to be to go on a tour?

Our covered vessel tours welcome people of all ages, but the zodiacs are restricted to those that are 6 years old and above.

Is there parking near the departure dock?

Wharf Street Departures

Yes, there are pay parking lots at this office as well as street parking.

Coast Hotel & Marina by APA Departures

There is a parking lot at the corner of Quebec Street and Montreal Street about a half block from our office. As well, there is another lot at the corner of Kingston Street and Menzie Street.

What is the boat ride like?

Exciting and sometimes quite adventurous. Depending on the weather and conditions on the water, the experience can be wild and wet, smooth and dry, or any combination of the two. A typical zodiac trip experiences more ocean spray, and passengers can be splashed at some point along the route. Morning tours and those on covered vessels are usually the calmest.

What is the best time of year to see whales?

While it is possible to see whales at any time of the year, there is a peak season from May through October. During this peak season our sighting success rate is at 95-98% for viewing whales near Victoria.

Where do I board the boat?

Depending on which tour you’re on, boarding will take place at one of our two locations. You’ll be notified in advance of the departure location at either:

  • Covered Vessel Tours: 146 Kingston Street in Victoria, below the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA,
  • Zodiac Vessels: 950 Wharf Street in Victoria, BC on the same docks as the Harbour Air Seaplane terminal

What should I wear?

During the summer (June through August), light summer tops and pants or shorts are fine, but it’s a good idea to bring layers such as a fleece jacket or sweater. It is surprisingly cool traveling quickly over the ocean. On cool days, evening trips and during the spring (April – May) and fall (September – October), long pants, sweaters, snug fitting hats and warm footwear is recommended.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes! If you are joining us on a zodiac tour, we recommend talking to captain before your tour as he may recommend that you put it in the dry storage beneath your seat depending on the wind, weather, and sea conditions on the day of tour. Onboard covered vessel tours, if we experience inclement weather you can leave it in the heated indoor cabin, protected from the elements.

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

There is a bathroom onboard all covered vessel tours.

Are there snacks and beverages available for purchase on board?

Snacks & drinks are available for purchase on board covered vessel tours.

What is your cancellation policy?

24 hours prior to your departure time.

  • Guests must book their ferry trip aboard the M.V. Coho separately from their whale watching tour. Tour costs do not include ferry fees.
  • Guests must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure time at their specific check in location
  • Passenger boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time
  • Tour departures and packages can be subject to time change and are weather dependent.
  • The Zodiac is not recommended for those with neck or back injuries, expectant mothers, or children under the age of 6
  • You can cancel any Victoria whale watching tour if you contact us at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure time
  • Disclaimer: Tour departures and packages can be subject to time change and are weather dependent

What's Included

  • 3 hour, 100% carbon neutral whale watching tour
  • Free hotel shuttle pick-up & drop off
  • Choice of open zodiac or covered vessel*
  • Full length cruiser suits (XS to XXL) for protection from ocean spray and cool air (Zodiac tours only)
  • Certified Marine Naturalist/Biologist on board each tour
  • Wildlife identification kits
  • Whale Sighting Guarantee
  • Complimentary coffee & tea on board covered vessel tours
  • Blankets and binoculars
  • $4 Wildlife Conservation Fee that contributes to the restoration of the salmon in the Salish Sea
  • A safe and comfortable experience backed by our perfect safety record

*NOTE: Zodiac is not recommended for those with neck or back injuries, expectant mothers, or children under the age of 6

What to bring

Sunglasses, camera, tight fitting hat, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!



Date RangeDepart Port AngelesArrive in VictoriaDepart VictoriaArrive in Port Angeles
April 27 - May 178:20 am 9:50 am 10:30 am 12:00 pm
2:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm
May 18 - June 218:20 am 9:45 am 10:30 am 12:00 pm
12:45 pm 2:15pm 3:00 pm 4:30 pm
5:15 pm 6:45 pm 7:30 pm 9:00 pm
June 23 - September 48:20 am 9:50 am 10:30 am 12:00 pm
2:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm
Tour Rates
Starting From:
Zodiac VesselAll Ages 6+
Covered VesselAdults 19+
Covered VesselYouth 13-18
Covered VesselChild 3-12
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Responsible Whale Watching

We believe that it’s possible to provide an educational experience to guests while respecting the whale’s natural habitat. Orca Spirit has always taken special care to practice respectful whale watching by following strict guidelines around vessel speed, viewing distance, and radio and engine usage.
  • Maintain a distance of 200 meters from killer whales and 100 meters from all other whales in Canadian and US waters
  • Operate at no more than 7 knots when within 1 km (0.65 mile) of a whale
  • Travel at the same or slower speed as the whale’s speed, and travel parallel to the direction whales are traveling
  • Limit time in the vicinity of a particular group of whales to 60 minutes
  • Respect marine protected areas by adhering to Go Slow Zones and minimum distance guidelines around rocks, landmasses, historic sites and wildlife
  • Turn off sonar, depth sounders, fish finders and other underwater transducers when in the vicinity of whales
  • Get closer without disturbing marine life by using a camera with a zoom lens