Orca Spirit whale watching, Victoria

Is there any ocean creature quite as impressive as the mighty orca? Distinctly recognisable with their jet black and glossy white markings, the orca is also known by its other name, the killer whale. Ironically though, this fabulous mammal is not a whale at all, but is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family.

The orcas’ popularity led to their sad history as captive animals but the only place you can truly appreciate them is in the wild. Victoria is arguably the best place on earth to view orca in their natural habitat and a whale watching experience with Orca Spirit will ensure that you do it in comfort. In peak months (April-October) there’s an almost 100% viewing rate and each tour has a certified marine naturalist on board to tell you what to look out for and to answer any questions when you reach them.

There are several tours daily from both large, covered vessels and 12-seater zodiac style boats for an even closer view from the water. Tours last three hours which is plenty of time to see these wonderful animals and if you’re lucky, you might even find a family pod or get wet if one decides to breach in front of you!

 

 

Highlights

  • Choose a covered vessel or get even closer from a 12-seater zodiac boat

  • Discover a family pod or see an orca breach from the water

Maddy
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Born in Toronto, I spent two years living in British Columbia after university, where I was completely taken by the incredible wilderness and adventure opportunities. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively in the vast country of my birth, as well as in Alaska. Highlights have included observing the polar bears of Hudson Bay, viewing coastal Alaskan brown bears in Katmai National Park and spending time in the beautiful walled city of Quebec.

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