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+)
$99 CAD
Student (Ages 12-18)
$89 CAD
Child (Ages 5-11)
$79 CAD

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This 2 year old #transientkillerwhale  is Tluk (T46b1b) with a rare condition known as luecism or lack of natural pigmentation has been encountered many times this season of #sookebc and we are always grateful to be able to share these special adventures with our adventure going guests!
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This 2 year old #transientkillerwhale is "Tl'uk" (T46b1b) with a rare condition known as luecism or lack of natural pigmentation has been encountered many times this season of #sookebc and we are always grateful to be able to share these special adventures with our adventure going guests!

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My first ever orca encounter was with you guys and my first ever orca pod was this incredible pod - feel honoured to have seen this special orca, planning our next trip for 2022 for more boat trips with you guys.

Seems to be getting along just fine , awesome

Love him, seen him 2019 πŸ‹πŸ‹β€οΈ

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Amazing pictures. Some day ☺️

Cannot get enough of these pictures. Thankyou

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Always special to visit this rare white #orca known as Tl'uk (T46B1B) today! #transientkillerwhale off #westcoast #racerocklighthouse #sookebc #goodtimes #whalewatching #wildandfree #biggsarethebalance ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow amazing . 😍

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Amazing . 😍

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We still have a few openings for next week with some small group adventures!
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Call now...(250)642-2343
#goodtimes #westcoast #wildandfree #whalewatching #biggsarethebalance

We still have a few openings for next week with some small group adventures!

Call now...(250)642-2343
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Just look at the size of that Dorsal fin πŸ‘€ :it's on my Bucket list so see these MAJESTIC creatures

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Class pic love them killer whales could watch them all day

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Only seen this guy twice this year...
#transientkillerwhale Rainy T11A
Was an amazing #Orca that was a regular whale that hunted #seals in #sookebc #sookeharbour his mother a beacon for their traditional waters has obviously changed after her death last year...#nofishnoblackfish #pwwa #biggsarethebalance #orcas_ig #vi #ig_orca #westcoast #whalewatching 
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Only seen this guy twice this year...
#transientkillerwhale "Rainy" T11A
Was an amazing #Orca that was a regular whale that hunted #seals in #sookebc #sookeharbour his mother a beacon for their traditional waters has obviously changed after her death last year...#nofishnoblackfish #pwwa #biggsarethebalance #orcas_ig #vi #ig_orca #westcoast #whalewatching
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Out of curiosity, since I’ve never seen any orca up close. How tall do you think T11A’s dorsal fun is?

So huge, but really amazing to see ..

So once the mom dies do the males hang out with their sisters??

Magnificent creature ♥

Gorgeous!

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Amazing . 😍

Is he still alive?

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Such beauty

So glad to see he's back and adjusting to loosing his Mom. So beautiful!

Wow he’s a beauty

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We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and are #thankful for all our wonderful guests that we could share the amazing marine wildlife we love so much this season. 
Stay safe and be well!
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We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and are #thankful for all our wonderful guests that we could share the amazing marine wildlife we love so much this season.
Stay safe and be well!

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Happy belated Thanksgiving to you all. Amazing picture <3

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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Amazing capture from a good friend David while fishing off Sooke, British Columbia #today #oceandreams #charters #humpbacks #goodtimes #wow #sooketoportrenfrew #whalewatching #weathernetwork
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I hope I make it there one day. I would love to see these amazing whales in person.

So much from stay 100 meters away!

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The whales don't mind the rain...they are already wet...πŸ˜‰ Today with #transientkillerwhale T123's near #racerocklighthouse #goodtimes #westcoast #whalewatching #vi

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Stanley #transientkillerwhale hunting off #eastsookepark again!
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"Stanley" #transientkillerwhale hunting off #eastsookepark again!

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That’s very encouraging.

Wow! Are they still around now?

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Amazing . 😍

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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