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Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

1. Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

After being collected from your downtown accommodation in a comfortable shuttle bus, you will venture down to the harbor where you will meet with your boat. After meeting your guides for the day, you will then depart from Victoria, setting off on your 3-hour whale-watching tour. Between April and October, you will have a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient and resident orcas, humpback, minke, and gray whales. Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, harbor and elephant seals, and otters and marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. The zodiac vessels used on your tour are definitely recommended for the more wild-at-heart. You can let the wind blow in your hair and be exposed to the true west-coast elements in an open style, 12-passenger vessel. At the conclusion of your exhilarating tour, you will be returned back to the harbor, at which point you will be driven back to your accommodation in downtown Victoria.

Victoria: Butterfly Gardens Admission Ticket

2. Victoria: Butterfly Gardens Admission Ticket

Take an amazing journey through nature with the admission ticket to Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Exchange your voucher and enter a tropical journey to learn about wildlife and flora from other continents. Once inside, discover 70 different species of butterflies and learn everything there is to know about poison dart frogs, tortoises, giant iguanas, tropical ducks and birds, flamingos, and more. Experience an impressive array of insects and invertebrates from around the world in a jungle-like setting in the InsectariumImmerse yourself in the atmosphere of the rainforest, with an indoor pond, waterfall, and an insectarium, featuring impressive insects and invertebrates from around the world. Stroll through and marvel at lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants, and fruits of the world. Experience the tropical jungle firsthand, while walking among butterflies and birds that fly freely.

Victoria: Guided Wildlife-Watching Tour by Catamaran

3. Victoria: Guided Wildlife-Watching Tour by Catamaran

This tour offers comprehensive wildlife viewing opportunities so that guests may experience as much as possible. The tours are generally shorter because of the seasonally cooler – while still mild – temperatures. Common sightings including wintering birds, seals, sea lions and playful porpoises. Though whale sightings are not guaranteed, if your captain and crew get word that whales are in the area, they'll often extend the tour at no extra charge. You have a 50-70% chance of seeing whales. Take advantage of the onboard wildlife identification kits, and learn about the region's wildlife from your naturalist guide. If you spot a whale, use the hydrophone to hear them! Please note: From Nov1st to April 30th, boat types and times may vary based on weather and tour numbers.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

We are a family with children aged 10, 12 and 14, and we have had a great time. We have seen killer whales for a long time, and the boat ride has been a lot of fun. Full adrenaline!

Best Guide on the boat!!! Trip was awesome, a Lot of explanations and a very good sightings.

Unfortunately we didn’t see whales. But a gorgeous day to be out in the water in the zodiac.

Definitely best whale watching experience I’ve ever had!

Great outing at sea and good sighting of the whales