An Exhilarating West Coast Marine Adventure that Will Thrill Your Senses, Lead by Sooke’s Only Professional Whale Watching Team.

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Offering the perfect balance of excitement, safety, and education. Our experienced, knowledgeable crew will take you on an open water excursion lasting up to 3 hours, exploring Vancouver Island’s south western shores.

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Whale Watching Tours

Our adventures are 3 hours in length. May through October, are the ideal months to view Orcas (Killer Whales) in all their glory. The Juan de Fuca Strait is the perfect area to find the returning Humpbacks from June to November and with hundreds returning to their feeding grounds gives you ample opportunity to have your own close encounter of the deep. Some of most interesting encounters is of mammal hunting Transient Killer Whales that are now very regular visitors to our area. We also see a ever increasing amount of Humpback Whales and also the possibility of Gray, Fin and Minke Whales.

During peak months, our success rate for sighting whales is 97%.

Tour Rates

Adult (Ages 19+)
$115 CAD
Student (Ages 12-18)
$89 CAD
Child (Ages 5-11)
$79 CAD

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Sharing some past #memories of our  beloved #endangered #orcas #southernresidentkillerwhales off #Sooke #sooketoportrenfrew #pnw #vicbuzz #westcoast #whalewatching 
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What an amazing experience!

We are now taking bookings for private tours of 4 or more guests
#staywell #GetOutside #orcas #explorebc #whalewatching
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Orca encounters! T090's & T060's off Sooke BC. Video taken last year while on tour with @sooke_whale !
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This would be amazing!!!!

Laura Kaziechko

Travis Ariss

Don't we have a certain distance to observe like for belugas?

Ken Caruso

Eleni Vosdagalis

Marla Clark Carter

Peter Koop we should book!

Bridget Newcastle

Jezzikah Clarke

Kyle McKinney

Noelle Del Grippo

Mike Libbey

Luke Simpson

Daniel Skipper

Westley Gomez 😍😍🥰

Dominique Johnson

Lucy Brito Cuevas let’s go 😂

Nick Johnson cmon guy

It is looking like we are not welcome this summer to our favorite place on this planet of ours. See you again in the future.

I so love whales. Amazing

Amazing extraordinary beautiful stunning wail watching in BC Canada 🇨🇦

We have cancel pour travel in september, we hope to go the next year.

Nice view God bless you dear friend big hug

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Sooke Coastal Explorations is in Sooke, British Columbia.
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A great capture from past #encouters #whalewatching #adventures
off #sookebc #vancouverisland
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A great capture from past #encouters #whalewatching #adventures
off #sookebc #vancouverisland
We are getting excited to be #openingsoon #saltytowers #prestigeadventures #adrenalinezip #truekey #pointnopoint #staysafe

#ecotourism #explorebc #wow #transientkillerwhale #pentaxk1000 #wildlifephotography #wildandfree #sooketoportrenfrew #orcanetwork #tourismcanada #tourismvictoria
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Magnifique j adore.

Las odio!!,se comen a mis ballenas.🐋😭

Krissie Garcia

Fernie Vizcarro Morán

Awesome picture!!!

A great shot!!!

Beautiful WHALE 😘

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Quelle beauté, si beau paysage, le rêve de toute personne ayant une conscience.

So beautiful

Look how peaceful

Bellisimo

Kool

👍

🌹❤️💕

Amazing

God bless us all. such beautiful creatures!!

Amazing gentle giants. On my bucket list to see them especially when they breach.

Absolutely awesome.So relaxing to watch..

I remembered every morning in Virginia Beach so many dolphins like they were whole family... from adults followed by their children... So nice to watched... 👍

I have put whale watch and they were just amazing

I love to go whale watching! So amazing to see these huge whales.

Nature is so awesome!

Beautiful!🐳🐳

BEAUTIFUL BREATH TAKING ❤❤❤❤

Whales beautiful scenery 🐳 relaxing and enjoying British Columbia Canada 🇨🇦

I would love to go whale watching someday!

So beautiful.

Now that beautiful!!

So peaceful.

Beautiful

Amazing!

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We are getting excited to get back out on the water for some Aqua theropy! 
Many #transientkillerwhale have been sighted regularly in our area already this season and cant wait to sea which #humpbacks are back...
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We are getting excited to get back out on the water for some Aqua theropy!
Many #transientkillerwhale have been sighted regularly in our area already this season and can't wait to sea which #humpbacks are back...

#goodtimes #whalewatching #Sooke #ilovebc #ilovevancouverisland #saltytowers #adventure #westcoast #wildandfree #explorebc #herewego
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That's not him momma

This big boy knows how to remove a fish on a line leaving just the head and one steak. Don was out fishing and had about a 25 lb salmon on. He did a uturn and took his snack. Somewhere I have a picture of the head. He left the flasher as well.

Sharing memories of last year launch with some exciting #Sooke #history Andy and @silverstreakboats created this very special Vessel....She actually holds the record for the fastest Victoria to Victoria around Vancouver Island on record! And now even ...BETTER!

We are opening June 1st for private family tours please call us for more info
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Pauline Leadbeatter 😊

Good shipment at sea

Ollie the #seaotter is excited to see us very soon...We are ready to accept private family tours with groups of 4 to 12 for #adventure seeking guests. June 1st
Please call to make arrangements.
(250)642-2343 
Email info@SookeWhaleWatching.com
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#exploresooke #locals #vanisle #vi #prestigeadventures #adrenalinezip #openingsoon #staywell #ecotourism #whalewatching #westcoast #Sooke #saltytowers #pointnopoint #truekey

Ollie the #seaotter is excited to see us very soon...We are ready to accept private family tours with groups of 4 to 12 for #adventure seeking guests. June 1st
Please call to make arrangements.
(250)642-2343
Email info@SookeWhaleWatching.com

#exploresooke #locals #vanisle #vi #prestigeadventures #adrenalinezip #openingsoon #staywell #ecotourism #whalewatching #westcoast #Sooke #saltytowers #pointnopoint #truekey
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He's adorable 🥰

Adorable ❤️

My man ! 😍😂😍.Ollie ! Xxx

It's happy

We love Sooke! 
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#sooketoportrenfrew #vanisle #tourismcanada #explorecanada #wildlifephotography #wewillsurvive #wonderful_places #wildandfree #humpbacks #welovewhatwedo

We love Sooke!

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Once in a lifetime!
Finding #orca vs. #humpback predation off #sooke in the #juandefuca straight and #salishsea we live and work hard to share these #amazing #encounters please share your experiences with us from previous #tours we #lovewhatwedo

#lastyear Orca Behavior Institute SookeTown #adrenaline # #prestigeadventures #saltytowers Humpback Whales Love Sooke Sooke Social
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Sooke Coastal Explorations, coming to SanJuan Islands June 16.... too bad I cannot come into Canada to join you on an outing!!😔

Dyanne Sun

Ineke Bunink

Adam Lafreniere un jour j'aimerais énormément 🤩

Krystle Jennings

Not watching this, it is the main reason I favour the Residents over Transient/Biggs killer whales! I would not want to literally be eaten alive and I rather doubt the Humpback does either.

Wow! This is awesome! You have the best job in the world! ❤🐋

As much as I love orcas & humpbacks I cant watch this. I know they all need to eat but it’s too sad.

I love orcas but they are the top apex predators and all else is prey. But I love humpbacks too and it makes me sad.

what a feeling just watching the video

I love Sooke

Awesome picture.

wow

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Hopefully we can sea these #kelp #monsters soon... #humpbacks
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Hopefully we can sea these #kelp #monsters soon... #humpbacks

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We saw a few of them out there about one month ago..beautiful to see back. They were over close to the US side.

Me encantaría,mi gran sueño!!.🐳🐋

Maasya Allah***** The Giant of Ocean

Sharing the @lovesooke memories... #orca #humpbacks #greywhale all in one tour is #amazing off #Sooke #bc #westcoast #vancouverisland

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Yesterday with @sooke_whale! Resident Killer Whales, humpbacks and even a grey whale! #sooke #lovesooke #whalewatching #orca #humpback #greywhale #yyj #tourism #vanisle #amazingvancouverisland #instagood #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #explorebc #exploresooke @chek_news @ig_great_shots_canada @discover.vancouver.island
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So beautiful

Jake Haupt

Ronnie Grieco

Kyle McKinney

Jeremiah Johnson

Gorgeous 💕 Alain Stewart

Andrea Suarez

Patty Minaker lets take Wissa!!!’

Kathy Weightman

Love them orcas. Saw them in Alaska on a cruise

I e seen whales up there a few times at Point no Point Resort. So beautiful and wild up there. Need to return.

Sooke is a beautiful place

We seen them in Hawaii, beautiful creatures

Great memories of Sooke💕

Beautiful

I would love too, but how do you socially distant yourself on a boat?

Beautiful

Thank you

Amazing!

Id love to do this

I love to watch the killer whale

Awsome

Kool

Free willy seen

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We are getting excited that we may be #openingsoon till then enjoy a quick #slowmotion #killer #shot of #Orca

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Orca SloMo goodness! #sooke #lovesooke @sooke_whale #orca #nature #naturelovers #crewser #whalewatching #videooftheday #instagood #instadaily #beauty #vanisle @tourismvictoriabc @victoria_buzz @amazingvancouverisland #salishsea #ShareTheCoast
We are getting excited that we may be #openingsoon till then enjoy a quick #slowmotion #killer #shot of #Orca

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Belíssimo animal! Um dos meus preferidos!

Magnifique j adore

Nadia DiLuzio

Nakita Znebejanek I wanna see this

What a beauty!

WOW.....I love this.... It gets me every time...... Amazing! ❤️

Omg amazing. I cannot wait to come back but sadly not this year :(

Such precious beauty! ❤️

Sandy Adams we shall go. Its been a whale since we went for a boat trip.

So beautiful ❤❤❤❤

So amazing shot

Amazing!! 😍

Amazing!

Wow!

I'm sure they are doing better without us bothering them.

Oh wow

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Whale here we go!
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Looking forward to get out #sharing the amazing place we live and love!
#openingsoon #shoplocal #westcoast #whalewatching #wewillsurvive

Whale here we go!

Looking forward to get out #sharing the amazing place we live and love!
#openingsoon #shoplocal #westcoast #whalewatching #wewillsurvive
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Sharing some #orca #rainblow #killerwhale while on tour with us...
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Love this!

Keryll Harwood we need to go here next time I’m over x

We love our Whales Wild!
This special #transientkillerwhale was off #sooketoportrenfrew last year...
For our #orcaholic #followers we will #giveaway an #adventure for a private tour this year when we #openagain  
If you can identify this #bull and if you #share and #comment you will be entered for the 3 hour+ #ecotour
We will announce the winner June 1st
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#saltytowers #lovesooke  #wildandfree #adrenalinezip #prestigeadventures #PrestigeHotels #truekey #biggs #sookeharbourresort #bearmountain #sookeharbourhouse #pointnopoint #exploresooke #giveaway #wewillsurvive #welovewhatwedo #goodtimes

We love our Whales Wild!
This special #transientkillerwhale was off #sooketoportrenfrew last year...
For our #orcaholic #followers we will #giveaway an #adventure for a private tour this year when we #openagain
If you can identify this #bull and if you #share and #comment you will be entered for the 3 hour+ #ecotour
We will announce the winner June 1st

#saltytowers #lovesooke #wildandfree #adrenalinezip #prestigeadventures #PrestigeHotels #truekey #biggs #sookeharbourresort #bearmountain #sookeharbourhouse #pointnopoint #exploresooke #giveaway #wewillsurvive #welovewhatwedo #goodtimes
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We will try again...this one was T68A and was one of the tough ones...

Is this T011a? Would love to go on an adventure with you to see these magnificent creatures!!

Rainy! Love going on your tours! I have been 3 times in the last 2 years!

Oh would love to win just hope it opens this year :(

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you really see whales?

Absolutely! Sooke Whale Watching is proud to announce that we have a success rate of almost 95% for the season. Please understand that we never guarantee whales sightings. Every day brings new and exciting unpredictable marine adventures.

What time of year is best for watching whales?

While whale viewing success rates vary season to season, we consistently find our Southern Resident Orcas April through November. Transient Orcas are also frequently sighted throughout the year, when there are plenty of seals and sea lions to lure them. For the last few years, Humpbacks have been reliably sighted March through November, while the elusive Gray whales are only occasional visitors as they are in transit seasonally. We also encounter Minke Whales and the White Sided Dolphin.

How close will we get to the whales?

As a proud member of the Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest, Sooke Whale Watching’s number one priority is protecting the safety of the whales and other marine wildlife, as well as our passengers. When we’re within 100 yards of a whale we turn off our engines. As we drift along, whales will often swim right up to the boat. So, it’s up to the whales how close we get.

What else do you see on a trip?

In addition to Minke, Humpback and Gray whales, you may see Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, Dall’s Porpoise, Harbour Porpoise, California Sea Lions, Stellar Sea Lions, bald eagles, common murres and cormorants.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

Viewing sea life in their natural habitat is an incredible, unmatched experience, but the travel patterns and behaviors of these feral creatures are unpredictable. For this reason, we can’t guarantee you will see whales or wildlife on every tour. But, to offer our passengers the most enjoyable wildlife viewing experiences possible, we are part of a sophisticated, successful whale-spotting network. This gives you the best opportunity to view sea life in their natural environment.

What should we bring?

We provide Protective Flotation Suits for your safety. This will help keep you warmer and drier, but we strongly recommend you wear warm underclothes and flat closed-toed shoes.

We will be traveling at speeds of 30 miles per hour or more, so warm socks and a sweater or jacket will help you enjoy the outdoors even more.

  • Warm clothing
  • Proper footwear
  • Tight-fitting hat or toque
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses or other eye protection
  • Sunscreen – it will protect you from sunburn and windburn
  • Bring your camera and/or video camera
  • We recommend that you bring a plastic bag to keep your camera dry while we’re moving or if it’s raining
  • We always bring the boat to a complete stop for photo opportunities
How long are the trips?

Most Sooke / Victoria trips are up to 3 hours, but this will vary with weather and other conditions.

Should we make a reservation?

There is so much do and see throughout Victoria, Sooke and surrounding area that we highly recommended reservations so that we can offer you the best departure time that fits your busy schedule.

When should we check in?

Thirty (30) minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

What is Sooke Whale Watching’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy is 72 hours prior to trip departure time, unless agreed upon in advance with the office staff.

About Us

Sooke Whale Watching is a family owned and operated environmentally-friendly, year-round marine and eco-adventure touring company, serving Sooke, Victoria, Jordan River, and Port Renfrew.

Sooke Whale Watching owners are experts with the weather patterns, geography, wildlife and ancient history of Sooke, Victoria, and almost everything in between and beyond the western Vancouver Island shores. Your trip of up to 3 hours with us will be filled with a wealth of local knowledge and not a scripted spiel.

We are a Transport Canada certified Whale Watch Operator. When it comes to safety and vessel operation, we are as skilled as they come. What does this mean for you? It means a fun filled, exhilarating coastal adventure with all the facts and anecdotes you can handle. And, we bring you back to shore, safe and sound.

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Location

Your whale watching adventure begins in Sooke! The quaint, seaside town of Sooke is a scenic drive along Highway 14 (approximately 40 minutes) west of Victoria – British Columbia’s capital city.

Sooke boasts fabulous accommodations, restaurants, galleries and shops, as well as parks, unspoiled rain forests, tranquil beaches, and is well worth the short trip from the city. Sooke is easily accessible from Victoria by car, public transit, or if you’re up for the challenge, walk or cycle to Sooke along the breathtaking Galloping Goose Trail.

Ferries to Victoria from Vancouver, BC, and Seattle, Anacortes and Port Angeles, WA arrive daily via frequent scheduled sailings.


1581 Dufour Rd, Sooke, BC, V9Z 0T6
250-642-2343 // 1-855-642-2343
info@sookewhalewatching.com

Accomodations

We welcome you to stay on the water at our location for whale watching, fishing trips, or just to get away from it all.

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