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Marine Wildlife Tour with Expert Guides

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Watch for wildlife along the scenic coast of Vancouver Island on a 3-hour boat tour from Victoria with an experienced marine naturalist. You’ll travel by high-speed catamaran with heated indoor cabins and outdoor decks, and scan the water for whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions, and many species of marine birds. This 3-hour wildlife tour departs from a central location in the heart of historic Victoria.
  • Boats offer indoor cabins and open decks
  • Watch for whales, porpoises, seals, and sea lions
  • Explore a scenic coast from the water
  • Departs from Victoria's Inner Harbour
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
The listed price does not include a parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.

Departure Point

645 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6, Canada

Check in: We ask all passengers to meet 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time. Meet us at 645 Humboldt Street on the North side of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, next to Willow Stream Spa

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to a tour office in historic Victoria for 13:30 check-in, then meet a marine naturalist for an overview of the day’s activities.

Your boat departs from a nearby dock, and at 1pm you’ll board the catamaran and find a comfortable seat on deck. The route reflects recent wildlife activity, and the captain will steer for the best place to see animals.

Keep your camera ready, watching for killer whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and harbor seals, as well as both Dall’s porpoises and harbor porpoises. Steller sea lions and California sea lions cluster in rocky colonies off Vancouver Island, and more than 127 species of marine birds can be seen in the region.

Head east towards the San Juan Islands to see the bird and seal sanctuary in the Chain Islets, or steer towards Race Rocks Marine Protected Area to visit the rocks where sea lions and seals spend the winter. Take advantage of your time with a marine naturalist to ask questions about the birds and mammals you see from the boat, and learn more about Vancouver Island wildlife. 

This 3-hour boat tour concludes at the original departure point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Five Star Whale Watching
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Marine Wildlife Tour with Expert Guides?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Marine Wildlife Tour with Expert Guides?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Marine Wildlife Tour with Expert Guides?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Marine Wildlife Tour with Expert Guides?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Guides were very knowledgeable...
Paul R
, Sep 2017
Guides were very knowledgeable. Talked with everyone on the boat. Offered information about animals and surrounding areas. Very passionate, sensitive and caring. Made the tour a pleasure. The coffee and hot chocolate were a plus.

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