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HUNT FOR THE GREAT ORCA WHALE BY ZODIAC

Per Person $113 USD
Teen (Ages 13-17) $89 USD
Children (Ages 6-12) $80 USD
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HUNT FOR THE GREAT ORCA WHALE BY ZODIAC

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ShoreTrips says...

Our customers use words like "exciting," "exhilarating," and "adventurous" to describe this tour. It can be wild and wet or smooth and dry or any combination. Expect the taste of ocean spray at some point along the route.

Enjoy the exhilaration of racing through the seas in an open-air zodiac. These state-of-the-art vessels were modeled after fast-response Coast Guard rescue vessels and combine speed with extraordinary stability to cruise at 25-35 knots. They give an intense hands-on experience of the sea and the marine environment.

April through October are the ideal months to view the southern resident orcas in all of their glory near Victoria, BC. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits are home to three resident orca (killer whale) pods. Nearly 100 killer whales belong to these three pods, providing you ample opportunity to have your own close encounter of the deep. Other marine wildlife frequent to the Victoria area that you may encounter include Dall's porpoise, harbour porpoise, harbour and elephant seals, otters, and many marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. There is also a chance of sighting humpback, minke, and gray whales during your Victoria whale watching tour.

In addition to the vessel operator, each of our boats carries a university-educated naturalist. Our naturalists are there to answer your questions and provide wildlife and natural history interpretation. We are the only company in Victoria offering this level of service on a vessel carrying 5-12 passengers (most have a single operator who doubles as a guide). This extra crew member provides a level of safety we refuse to operate without. The naturalist can attend to your needs while the vessel operator's full attention is given to running the boat.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • A thrilling whale watching adventure aboard a Zodiac
  • On-board naturalist
  • Lots of great photo and wildlife viewing opportunities!

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (3 hrs) May 1-Sep 30. Check in time; 9am boat departure.
  • 9:30 AM (3 hrs) Apr 1-Oct 31. Check in time; 10am boat departure.
  • 12:30 PM (3 hrs) May1 -Sep 30. Check in time; 1pm boat departure.
  • 1:30 PM (3 hrs) Apr 1-Oct 31. Check in time; 2pm boat departure.
  • 3:30 PM (3 hrs) May 1-Sep 1. Check in time; 4pm boat departure.
  • 4:30 PM (3 hrs) May 1-Aug 31.. Check in time; 5pm boat departure.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• It's a very short taxi ride or walk to the start of this tour.
• We suggest that you bring your camera, wear warm layers of clothing, and be prepared for wet spray.
• If you have more than 12 people in your party, we will be able to accommodate you in separate vessels. Please contact ShoreTrips for more details.

Restrictions

• Zodiac tours are not recommended for pregnant women or for people with back/neck problems.
• Children must be at least 6 years old.