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Zodiac Marine Wildlife Excursion Victoria
Zodiac Marine Wildlife Excursion Victoria

Get up close and personal with the ocean and its incredible marine wildlife during this wildlife watching excursion from Victoria.

Climb onboard a Zodiac boat equipped with padded bench seats and cruise the sea at up to 35-knots while your marine naturalist explains the area and animals around you.

Head for the Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait and lookout for humpback whales, otters, seals sealions, and birds.

  • See marine wildlife like humpback whales in their natural setting
  • Ride in a Zodiac boat to maximize your view of the water
  • Learn about ocean life from your marine naturalist guide
  • Use a hydrophone to hear whale calls travelling through the water.

Come aboard a 12-passenger zodiac to experience the wild west coast. Let the snow-capped mountains of the Olympic Peninsula be your guide to open the doors to fascinating wildlife of the waters surrounding southern Vancouver Island.

With tours lead by a passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced captain, you will be equipped with a cruiser suit, hat, and gloves before departing from the dock in search of the mysterious and exciting wildlife that’s waiting to be discovered. Possible wildlife that you may see include Stellar and California sea lions, harbour and elephant seals, humpback whales, otters, Bigg’s killer whales, and a variety of birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. Tours are three hours in length, departing from our inner harbour location daily at 1pm.

What’s Included

  • Professional guide
  • Certified Marine Naturalist
  • Full flotation cruiser suits
  • Dry storage under seat or place to leave belongings in the office during the tour


Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • Not suitable for participants with pre-existing injuries and/or health conditions Minimum age of 6 years old
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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