See the majestic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean on a 3 hour Ocean Cruiser Whale Watching Tour starting from downtown Victoria. The 61-foot Ocean Cruiser Marauder IV is fast, quiet, stable and comfortable. Sit inside, outside, or on the top deck with the Captain – the viewing options are all terrific! Especially unique are side decks running the whole length of the boat – lots of room to move, view and take that perfect picture. Free hot drinks and a spacious bathroom make this 84-passenger boat suitable for all ages and abilities. Your expert naturalist guide is on board to ensure a memorable and educational experience. Sit back and enjoy our narration about wildlife and the natural history of the Vancouver Island Coast. Keep on the lookout for whales and other marine life like elephant seals, harbour seals, sea lions and marine birds!
Head to the Victoria wharf to board your 61-foot (19-meter) motor yacht, the Marauder IV, which holds up to 84 passengers and features comfortable seating and a smooth, quiet ride. Meet your naturalist guide and head out from the harbor, cruising into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the body of water separating Canada's Vancouver Island from the United States.
As you cruise, your guide will help you spot the variety of whales that live in these Pacific waters, including orcas, gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales. Keep your eyes open for other marine life, too, like sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals and sea birds. You may even catch sight of a bald eagle. During your journey, listen to your guide's informative, expert commentary about the biological and ecological features of the whales and their ocean environment. If you have any questions, ask away! And if the conditions are right, the boat's hydrophones can pick up and amplify the beautiful sounds of the orcas as they communicate with each other, giving you the amazing opportunity to hear the song of the whales.
If you get chilly, head inside the spacious heated cabin and warm up with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. You can keep watching for whales through the windows. Your tour ends with return to the wharf.