From Victoria: Whale Watching Marine Wildlife Excursion
- Duration: 3 hours
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We went on this tour in October and saw a number of humpback whales and large numbers of two types of Sea Lions. The naturalist taking the tour, Leah, was knowledgeable, was able to identify the individual whales that we saw, and provided information about the all the different species including the birds we could see. Above all she was friendly, approachable and clearly loved her job and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the wildlife with us. The type of boat (covered with an upstairs viewing platform) was perfect for this type of activity and guests could shelter from the elements as we moved from spot to spot.
We booked this trip to avoid uncertainty of getting to the ferry in time. The trip was well planned, the driver very friendly and professional. He was also pretty good as a travel guide, which is not easy to do while driving. The only thing I would've done differently was to have less time in the garden and more in the town center. The garden is beautiful but the town has more interesting places to see. Otherwise, the tour definitely met our expectations.
A definitely must do! Orca Spirit adventure was amazing! We saw lots of animals, we were lucky finding our first humpback whale in the first 15-20 minutes of our trip. Our guide Ed was amazing, funny and knowledgeable. I was a bit worried about waves, but you simply cannot feel it in this powerful boat! I will definitely go back and do it again!
Personable driver able to answer most questions Lightly loaded new bus was very comfortable, even for my 6’8” frame Would have liked more time at Bouchard Gardens as there is a lot to see. Ferry ride was a bonus with great inter island scenery and wildlife including whales enroute.
We saw 5 humpbacks at the same time, even though the weather was very rainy. The suits they give you help a big deal staying warm and dry. After 3.5 hours in the rain my clothes were completely dry