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10 Best Whale Watching Tours in Victoria, BC: 2024 Local Guide

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There are plenty of wonderful whale watching tours in Victoria, BC Canada, you can take to see the abundant and majestic wildlife in west coast waters. You can tour by zodiac, covered boat, kayak and even plane.  

With so many different companies offering the “best” tour in Victoria, it can be hard to figure out which one to take.

Growing up in Victoria, BC I’ve taken many visitors and my family to see the whale watching & the local sites both on and off the waters. Including taking a recent Victoria whale watching Eagle Wing tour with my youngest. I share our personal experience whale watching and our favourite companies and tours to take.

🐳 Our top pick for everyone is this half day Eagle Wing tour we took ourselves. Excellent guides that interacted one on one with us, plus great for all ages in a covered boat with a smaller group size. They also sent free wildlife photos & give a whale sighting guarantee.

I’ve put together what you need to know about the best whale watching in Victoria (a local’s guide). So you’ll know what to expect, and who it may be best for. To help you find the best experience for your budget and travel preferences.

Ready to book your epic whale watching adventure? Let’s go!

Victoria Whale Watching Season

Our daughter smiling while whale watching a tthe back of the boat.
Miss S looking for whales | Photo: Packed for Life

The best time of year for whale watching in Victoria, BC is from  late April to October. For the best chance of seeing Orcas, Humpback Whales and Minke Whales around Vancouver Island. Sometimes you may even be able to see Grey Whales.

LOCAL TIP: The most popular time for visitors to Victoria is summer months June to early September. So if you’re looking to avoid the crowds our favourite times to go are in May and from mid Sept to early October. We last went in May and it wasn’t too crowded, & the weather was nice.

It really is one of the most magical and best things to do in Victoria.

We have more tips and info at the bottom of this post, so don’t forget to check those out too.

Types of Whales & Marine Life You May See

There are many types of marine life you may see wahlae watching from Victoria, Canada including Orcas (killer whales), Humpback and Minke Whales, and a variety of different dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Whales & Marine Life you can see whale watching from Victoria, Canada | By Packed for Life

Top 3 Picks: Best Whale Watching Victoria


Orca whale tail splashing out of water off Victoria Canada.


✔️ Heated cabin, outside seating, toilets

✔️ 3.5 – 4 hours, whale guarantee

✔️ Accessible & for all ages


Prince of Whales Tour boar with orca in front


✔️ Small Group

✔️ All-weather flotation suits

✔️ Wildlife photos & whale guarantee


Sunset whale watching tour, orca swimming.


✔️ See sunset & whales

✔️ Viewing decks, toilets

✔️ Hot drinks & Free wildlife photos

Top Victoria Whale Watching Tour Companies

There are quite a few whale watching tour companies that offer marine wildlife tours and whale watching from Victoria.

Popular whale watching companies in Victoria are:

  • Prince of Whales – *most popular*
  • Orca Spirit Adventures
  • Five Star
  • Spring Tide
  • Eagle Wing
Chart of the Best Whale Watching companies in Victoria BC amenities.
Handy List of what each Victoria Whale Watching Company provides | By Packed for Life

They typically leave from downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbor area. These companies all have great success rate in finding wild whales, and orcas in the coastal waters, over 80 to 95% of the time.

They know the best places to look. On our tour we could hear the captain communicating with other boats & course correct to where they were more likely to be seen.

Types of Boats

While you can see the transient orcas, and other whales by boat, kayak or plane, or even the ferry, we recommend taking a boat tour for the more up close and unique views. 

  • Zodiac Boat Tour Who it is for: Choose zodiac tours if you want a smaller group, have older kids (over 4ft tall) or don’t mind being more exposed to wind, and water. It gives you a more unique and personal feel being at ocean level.
  • Covered Boat Tour Who it is for: Choose a covered boat tour, if you prefer a warm place to escape the elements, don’t mind a larger group, or have younger kids you need to keep an eye on. We like that they have toilets, which is handy. If you get seasick, a larger catameran boat is the better option, as it will be more stable. I get seasick and the covered boat was no problem for me at all.
Our view of a Zodiac Tour from our Eagle Wing boat in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Top 10 Best Whale Watching Tours in Victoria, BC 

We’ve highlighted our top 10 picks for the best whale watching tours in Victoria, BC from a local’s perspective below.

  • All these tours have review ratings of 4.5 or 5 / 5, and are well reviewed and liked by those who’ve taken the tours, including us.
  • All tours offer experienced and knowledgeable guides / naturalists who can teach you all about the magnificant marine life.
  • COST: In general whale watching tour costs range from around $130 / per adult on up to $200+ / per adult. Luckily youth and kids are less, and lap infants are usually no cost. The higher priced tours tend to offer more perks.

1. Victoria Whale & Wildlife Cruise – Eagle Wing (Wheelchair Accessible)

Mom and daughter in front of Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tour boat, smiling after tour.
All smiles after our awesome whale watching tour with Eagle Wing Tours Photo by Packed for Life

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  3.5 – 4 hours | ✅ Book it!

Our number one pick is the Eagle Wing whale & wildlife cruise from Victoria, BC, and is the most recent whale watching tour we’ve taken as a family.

What sold us on Eagle Wing were their semi-covered boat, with max 50 people.

We were highly impressed with the engaged guides, who interacted with my daughter & I one on one, and had interesting info and stories to share. Miss S was excited to tell everyone that the guides had recently witnessed a whale kill a seal and it had a sweet cucumber smell.

The up front seating had amazing almost 360° views of not only sealife, but the Olympic Mountains, & San Juan Islands were a highlight. Also it’s super handy to have a washroom on hand, and a place to warm up out of the wind.

Great day on the water! The entire experience was excellent. Great communication pre-trip, engaging interactions on board, a very well-designed boat. We saw a group of orcas as well as some bald eagles, sea lions and sea otters. Wind breakers gloves and caps were a welcome offering. All in all a fun morning and a must do in Victoria.
AMIT ⭐️ Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Cruise reviews

🐳 This cruise is enjoyable for everyone, as it’s wheelchair accessible, their semi-covered boats have washrooms, and whales are guaranteed!

They went out of their way to find whales and we were out there for extra time.

Takaya the wolf mural on Discovery Island with sea lions lounging on rocks.
Takaya Wolf Mural on Discovery Island (sent by Eagle Wing Tours) | Photo: Shorelines Photography

LOCAL TIP: They give you a Lanyard when you check in that can give you 10% off at certain vendors in Fisherman’s Wharf. They take it as you board your boat, so go a little early if you want to take advantage of the discount for some food or ice cream.

Whale watching really is one of the best things to do in Victoria, Canada.

BEST FOR: Everyone – from younger kids to older adults!

Leaves from: Fisherman’s Wharf Downtown.

Price: $189 Adult | $157 Youth | Child $136

Size: Max 50 passengers

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, on the semi covered vessels only. Service animals allowed.

2. Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure by Prince of Whales

Prince of Whales Zodiac boat and orca whale
Zodiac Whale Watching – Orca sighting | Photo by Prince of Whales

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  3 hours | ✅ Book it!

Cruise the rolling waves of Haro Strait into the Strait of Juan de Fuca aboard a zodiac speedboat. A highlight for teenagers, and those who like a bit of speed.

We don’t recommend a zodiac boat for kids under 9 years and they require your child to be at least 4ft (120cm) tall.

🐳 Taking this 3 hour Zodiac Whale Watching Tour by Prince of Whales is a must for whale watching, adventure seekers.

See orcas and humpbacks breach from ocean level, for a more unique and personal experience. While you learn all about their migration habits, life cycle, and history of the area.

Amazing trip. Our captain was very friendly and informative. Flotation suits kept us cozy out on the water. It didn’t take him long to locate a pod of Orcas. He got close enough to let us view and take photos, but not too close to disturb them. We also seen approx 5 humpbacks which was awesome. Highly recommend.
VARI_E ⭐️ Prince of Whales Zodiac Tour reviews

They provide all weather flotation suits to keep you cozy and warm. Just remember to wear layers underneath, and warm socks / footwear, as it’s much cooler right on the water than you would think.

LOCAL TIP: We also recommend bringing a waterproof cover for any electronics. As well as your own snacks & water as they don’t provide it on their zodiac tours.

BEST FOR: Families with Teens & Adventurous folk

Leaves from: Lower causeway, Inner Harbour, 812 Wharf St

Price: Adults & Youth $204

Tour Size: Up to 12 passengers

Wheelchair Accessible: No. Also not recommended for pregnant people, or those with back issues.

3. Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria by Prince of Whales

Killer Whales on a Sunset Whale Watching Tour

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3+ hours | ✅ Book it!

See the stunning coastal scenery from a perspective many people miss, on this sunset whale watching tour from Victoria. 

Head out on the Juan de Fuca Strait to see bald eagles soar overhead, and whales swim, play and feed as you watch the sunset from one of their three viewing decks. Then head inside for a warm drink to warm up. 

🐳 A top pick for epic photos. This is a photographer’s favorite sunset tour, for the vibrant colors, scenery and unique sunset experience. There are plenty of different viewpoints on this boat to get the perfect shot.

An experience of a lifetime. Far exceeded my expectations. Our guide was as awesome, very knowledgeable, a lot of fun. He made sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. What a phenomenal site to see not one but two separate pods of killer whales. If I’m ever in Victoria again I will definitely do this again.
MARIE ⭐️ Sunset Whale Watching from Victoria, BC reviews

Not good with a camera? No worries the tour guides will take photos of the marine life, and send them to you electronically. 

So you can just focus on the magic of watching whales, sea lions and the sunset with your sweetie or family.

BEST FOR: Photographers, Couples & Sunset views. Hot coffee & Tea provided

Leaves from: Lower causeway, Inner Harbour, 812 Wharf St

Price: $200 Adult | $177 Youth | $155 Child

Tour Size: Max 95 passengers

Wheelchair Accessible: No. Service animals allowed with documentation.

4. Vancouver Seaplane to Victoria and Whale Watching Cruise

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: ~10 hours | ✅ Book it!

Combine the best of both worlds with this amazing sea and sky tour. Take a scenic seaplane flight from Vancouver, then hop aboard your choice of a Victoria whale watching cruise.

🐳 This option is perfect for those who only have a little time on the west coast, or are looking for a quick day trip to Victoria from the mainland. You can even stay a bit longer in Victoria after your tour, and sightsee, making this the best option.

Start your day with aerial views of the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands below. You may even be lucky enough to spot some Orca pods from the sky.

Worth every penny! First time doing both sea plane and whale watching and it was beyond expectations! The staff and crew of all; Harbour Air and the whale watching crew was amazing! Can’t say enough about this package! Bucket List checked off!
TAEKO ⭐️ Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching Cruise reviews

We’ve taken the puddle jumper as we like to call it many times, and it’s quick, easy and usually smooth flying. It lands right in the Inner Harbour, within walking distance of all downtown attractions like the Empress, Parliament Buildings & shops as well.

LOCAL TIP: When choosing your tour, consider that covered boat tours welcome people of all ages. But the zodiacs are restricted to those 6 years old and above, and have a minimum height of 4 feet.

Check out more whale watching from Vancouver Island.

BEST FOR: Quick Victoria day trip & whales. Options for all ages!

Leaves from: Harbour Air Seaplanes 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC

Duration: ~10 hours total

Cost: Adult $604 | Child $314

Tour Size: Depends on tour chosen

Wheelchair Accessible: No. Zodiac Tour option also not recommended for pregnant people, or those with back issues.

5. Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria – Prince of Whales

Orca (Killer Whale) swimming off the coast of Victoria, BC Canada

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 4 hours | ✅ Book it!

This 3 hour whale watching adventure aboard the Prince of Whales catameran, semi-covered vessel, is one of the best experiences you can have.

While cruising through the Haro Strait you’ll spot beautiful orcas, humpback whales and sea lions from the open sun decks or heated indoor cabins. Also keep your eye out for bald eagles,

🐳 Perfect for families and people of all ages, as there’s restrooms, and large covered areas to stay warm. They also provide coloring books & learning guides for the kids.

Plus their informative guides bring the animals’ stories to life and teach you all about the Salish Sea and its marine life.

Wow – amazing trip. Saw so many humpbacks and luckily an Orca on our way back. Guides were incredible- couldn’t recommend more. Boat was perfect for children – inside warm seating, toilets and great out side areas. Just amazing.
– TINA ⭐️ Half Day Prince of Whales Tour reviews

While you may not want the tour to end, you can take home precious photo memories of the wildlife seen, and your family, which is included in the tour.

The catameran holds up to 95 passengers, so it can get quite busy. If you are looking to escape the crowds, a zodiac tour may be more your speed.

BEST FOR: Families & All Ages! Largest boat, includes photos, kids colouring books

Leaves from: Lower causeway, Inner Harbour, 812 Wharf St

Price: $211 Adult | $189 Youth | Child $155 | Infant $23

Tour Size: Up to 95 passengers

Wheelchair accessible: No

6. Victoria Covered Boat Whale Watching Tour – Orca Spirit Adventures

Orca Spirit Adventures Covered Boat in Inner Harbour, Victoria Canada
Photo by Donna | Packed for Life

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3 hours | ✅ Book it!

This Orca Spirit Adventures can start right from your hotel or the port, with pick up service. Which is the only company we found that did, making it super easy for you to make your tour on time.

Choose from morning (for the early birds) or afternoon departures into the stunning Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits. For a delightful whale watching cruise from Victoria, with certified marine biologists.

🐳 Great for families and people of all ages, as there’s a washroom on board, and comfortable indoor seating and viewing areas. Plus free hot beverages and snacks to buy just in case.

Great experience! We saw orcas, sea lions, and harbor seals. The team was knowledgeable and friendly and the boat was spacious and warm with plenty of interior and exterior viewing space.
ANGEL ⭐️ Victoria Covered Boat Whale Watching reviews

Your guides are happy to teach you all about, and answer any questions you may have on orcas, humpbacks, marine birds, seals, and sea lions you see along the west coast waters.

Travel in the comfort of this covered boat that offers indoor and outdoor viewing areas. Raised upper deck offers fantastic photo ops with their panoramic 360° views.

Then warm up with a hot beverage.

BEST FOR: Almost everyone! Hotel or Port Pick up / Drop off. Free drinks & snacks to buy onboard.

Leaves from: 146 Kingston St. Go down to the Marina Level of the Coast Hotel & Marina.

Price: $171 Adult | $137 Youth | $119 Child | $15 Infant

Tour Size: Max 75 passengers

Wheelchair Accessible: No.

7. Whale Watching Zodiac Boat Tour in Victoria – Orca Spirit Adventures

Orca Spirit Adventures Zodiac Boats for Whale Watching
Photo by Donna | Packed for Life

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3 hours | ✅ Book it!

Get ready for an up close experience you won’t want to miss.

Set out on the Pacific Ocean in this Orca Spirit Adventures Zodiac whale watching tour from Victoria.

For a chance to see resident Orcas, Humpbacks, Harbor Seals and more.

🐳 Perfect for families with older kids, adventurous folk and those looking for a small group, up-close and personal west coast experience.

This tour was the highlight of our short time in Victoria, the captain was awesome and very informative. We saw killer whales, seals, eagles, and the best was a mamma humpback and her yearling calf.
STACY ⭐️ Orca Spirit Zodiac Whale Watching Tour reviews

The wild at heart will feel the salty wind against your face, as you grab the chance to photograph magnificent marine creatures.

BEST FOR: Families with older kids, Adventurous folk, Avoiding crowds, Hotel or Port Pick Up

Leaves from: 950 Wharf St. Same dock as seaplane tours & terminal

Size: Max 12 passengers

Price: $182 Adult, Youth & Child

Wheelchair Accessible: No. Also not suitable for pregnant people, or people with injuries / conditions

8. Victoria Whale Watching Cruise by Five Star (Wheelchair Accessible)

Killer Whale Pods in British Columbia, Canada. Best whale watching Victoria.
Keep your eye out for Killer Whale Pods in British Columbia, Canada

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3 hours | ✅ Book it!

Get ready to take in the beauty of British Columbia’s Salish Sea, with Victoria’s 1st Certified Responsible Whale Watching Operator Five Star Whale Watching.

🐳 This Victoria whale watching tour is wheelchair accessible and stroller accessible, with washrooms, making it a great choice for everyone. With a smaller capacity boat (up to 40 passengers), you also get the comfort of a covered boat to warm up in, but with less crowds. 

Excellent! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the boat was comfortable and spacious and we saw several species of whales! Overall a fantastic trip and I would happily do it again..
CHANTELLE ⭐️ Five Star Victoria Whale Watching Cruise reviews

You’ll have plenty of time on this 3 hour Five Star covered boat whale watching cruise to ask questions and  learn all about the surrounding marine ecosystem.

As well as the opportunity to spot humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters and more!

BEST FOR: Everyone! Smaller crowds (40 ppl max), Wheelchair & Stroller Accessible

Leaves from: Meet at 645 Humboldt Street on the North side of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, next to Willow Stream Spa.

Price: $145 Adult | $124 Youth | $109 Child

Tour Size: Max 40 passengers

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. Stroller accessible & service animals also allowed.

9. Victoria Whale Watching in Luxury Yacht by Spring Tide

Things to do in Victoria, BC with Kids. Humpback sighting on whale watching tour
Humpback whale breaching off the coast of Victoria British Columbia, Canada.

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3 hours | ✅ Book it!

Travel out onto the Pacific Ocean aboard a comfortable, motorized yacht. With fantastic views of Vancouver Island in between sightings of orcas, humpback whales, elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat.

Keep your camera ready and eyes out for Bald Eagles and marine birds as well.

🐳 Spring Tides Whale Watching is great for almost everyone, due to their comfortable luxury cruiser (with washrooms), that provides 360 degree views. Plus a hydrophone to hear the orcas underwater.

Best whale watching tour we have been on. The boat was perfect size, not too small or too big. Was able to get close to the whales and follow along them easily. Great crew, super informative. Great views of Olympia and the islands too.
MONICA ⭐️ Spring Tide Luxury Whale Watching reviews

Learn from their expert naturalist guides all about the Pacific Coast ecosystem and wildlife. Ask questions, take amazing photos up close.

When the conditions are right, you can even hear the boat’s hydrophones pick up and amplify the orca’s sounds, as they travel off the coast of Vancouver Island.

While the tour is not wheelchair accessible, they have had guests with collapsible chairs and limited mobility join their tours. I recommend calling them directly with any questions, prior to booking.

BEST FOR: Almost everyone! 360° view & Hydrophones to hear the whales

Leaves from: 1119 Wharf St (at street level – next door to Darcys Pub)

Size: Max 84 passengers.


Wheelchair Accessible: No. Service animals allowed. Stroller accessible.

10. Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour by Five Star

Humpback whale tail, whale watching off Vancouver Island

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH: 3 hours | ✅ Book it!

Combine the best of Vancouver Island sunsets & whale watching. It’s a true west coast experience not to miss. 

🐳 This is for families, adults or couples who want the adventure of whale watching & a beautiful sunset.

Amazing experience! The guides were knowledgeable and passionate about viewing the wildlife in a safe and respectful way and were always happy to answer questions. We got to see a whale, sea lions, seals and a sea otter. Truly a can’t miss experience in Victoria!
⭐️ Victoria Sunset Tour reviews

Watch the sun dip below the horizon, as knowledgeable guides regale you with stories of the wildlife of the Salish Sea. 

Sightings may include killer whales, humpback whales, and porpoises!

Make sure to bring snacks & water for your trip as they only provide hot drinks.

BEST FOR: Sunset Watchers. Includes hot drinks

Leaves from: 645 Humboldt St.

Size: 12 People

Price: $153 Adults | $114 Youth | $130 Child

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. Service animals allowed


Types of Whales off Vancouver Island

These are a few of the most common whales you can see on a whale watching tour in Victoria, BC. Including:

  • Orcas: Also known as Killer Whales. These majestic beauties are black and white with a large dorsal fin. You can also often see them feeding off the islands, and traveling with their young, on the ferry ride between Vancouver and Victoria.
  • Minke Whales: Are the smallest of the baleen whales. They are dark grey / black with white patches on their bodies.
  • Humpback Whales: Largest of the whales, they can reach up to 52 feet long. You can ID them with their distinct hump, and long fins. 

Other sea life that can be seen on a Victoria whale watching tour can include California Sea Lions and Elephant Sea Lions, Harbour Seals and Porpoises, Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and Sea Otters. 

Look to the skies for bald eagles and other west coast marine birds. As you cruise the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Victoria, BC sunset and whales in the distance.
Look from shore, you never know when you’ll see whales in the distance

Types of Whale Watching Tours

By Boat

The best and easiest way to see whales is to take zodiac or covered boat whale-watching tours from Victoria, BC Canada.

As mentioned earlier, there a few things to consider when choosing which type of boat.

Zodiac Boat Tour

Choose a zodiac boat tour if you want a smaller group, have older kids (6+ years) or don’t mind being more exposed to wind, and water. It gives you a more unique and personal feel being at ocean level.

These small inflatable boats hold up to 12 People and tend to be less expensive.

Covered Boat Tour

Choose a covered boat tour, if you prefer a warm place to escape the elements, don’t mind a larger group, or have younger kids you need to keep an eye on. They also have toilets, which is handy.

If you get seasick, a larger catameran boat is the better option, as it will be more stable.

Both types of boats allow you to get close to whales. There are rules in place for the safety and protection of the whales as to how close the boats can get, and the tour operators follow these carefully.

By Air

A plane or helicopter tour can potentially allow you to see more whales, as you can cover more area of the sea.

This would provide a unique perspective, of both Vancouver Island and marine wildlife. However you won’t get as close.

By Kayak

If you are an experienced kayaker, renting a kayak, and heading out on the ocean, is a great way to see whales up close at their level. But they can be quite far from shore.

Definitely not for beginners, or those without any kayaking experience.

By Ferry  

I love the BC ferry ride from Victoria to Vancouver and it’s my favorite way to see orcas.

There’s no guarantee, but they can often be seen as the ferry passes between the Gulf Islands. 

From Land

There are times when you can see pods of Orcas or Humpback Whales, and other marine mammals from the shore.

The breakwater is a great place to walk, and often you can see harbour porpoises in the distance.

I’ve even seen whales from Willows Beach (one of our favourite parks / beaches in Victoria) on occasion.  

Check out Race Rocks Lighthouse, as Orcas sometimes gather around here, and you can often see sea lions on the rocks.

Wolf Mural and Sea Lions on a rock. Victoria Whale Watching Tours.

What to Wear Whale Watching

Being out the water you will be exposed to the elements; wind, sun, rain, spray from the water. It’s best to wear layers. Wear a sweater, wind / waterproof jacket, warm socks, and appropriate closed toe footwear (no flip flops!).

We wore a fleece sweater under our light rain jacket with a hood and long pants. Our hands got a little cold so we borrowed their mitts, but were fine otherwise in May.

Even on sunny summer days, it can be cool on the water.

If taking a Zodiac Tour, the company usually provide survival suits for you to wear. In open boats, tours often also provide jackets and rain pants. Check to see what your tour will provide.

Make sure to bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry.


When is the best time to see whales in Victoria?

The best time to see whales in Victoria is from the end of April through to October. During the peak season you have up to a 95% chance of seeing resident & tranisent Orcas, and humpback whales. However you can see whales year round. Whales are active throughout the day, so morning, or afternoon you have an equal chance of viewing these majestic mammals, as well as other wildlife.

Is Whale Watching worth it in Victoria, BC?

Yes, whale watching in Victoria, BC is worth it. Seeing these awe inspiring creatures up close is one of the most memorable, and best things to do in Victoria in winter or anytime. . The southern tip of Vancouver Island is one of the best places in the world to see orcas, humpbacks and other marine wildlife like sea lions, seals, and porpoises.

How much does it cost to go whale watching in Victoria?

Whale watching in Victoria costs anywhere from around $130 to $200 per adult, and $100 to $170 per child / youth. Infants 1 and under are under $25, sometimes free. Tours last around 3-4 hours.

Can you see Orcas in Victoria?

Yes you can see Orcas in Victoria, both resident and transient Orcas who who pass through west coast waters. While you can see them year round, the best time to see Orcas in Victoria in larger numbers is Spring and then late summer into fall.

Final Thoughts: Best Whale Watching Victoria

🐳 We think this half day whale watching tour with Eagle Wing is the best whale watching Victoria BC. As it’s great for everybody due to their inside warm seating areas, toilets and fantastic 360 degree views from their outside platforms. And only 50 people max.

Plus the personal extras of tour photos, Whale sighting guarantee & accessibility make this a fantastic choice.

Or there are nine other fabulous tours to choose from that may better suit your travel needs.

I hope our local’s guide has helped you choose the best Victoria whale watching tour for your Victoria, BC Canada Itinerary.

Things to do in Victoria, BC - Whale Watching
Vancouver Island Bucket List, orca whale & zodiac tour.


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