An Exhilarating West Coast Marine Adventure that Will Thrill Your Senses, Led by Sooke’s Only Professional Whale Watching Team & Sooke's best value with our Whale Sighting Guarantee!*

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. July 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%.

*Whale Sighting Guarantee is during our peak months (July through October) and allows for guests to return for another marine adventure.

(when/if space is available)

Tour Rates

Adult (Ages 19+)
$109 CAD
Student (Ages 12-18)
$99 CAD
Child (Ages 5-11)
$89 CAD

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Today with a young humpback feeding close to shore off Ediz Hook near Port Angeles cool to see Scuttle (BCX1795) back in our waters...
Also to see the Super Yacht LONIAN 87 meter with 27 crew and 12 guests owned by Lorenzo Fertitta launched in Netherlands in 2019!
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Today with a young humpback feeding close to shore off Ediz Hook near Port Angeles cool to see "Scuttle" (BCX1795) back in our waters...
Also to see the Super Yacht "LONIAN" 87 meter with 27 crew and 12 guests owned by Lorenzo Fertitta launched in Netherlands in 2019!

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It was pleasure to be there with you guys today! Can’t wait for the next time!

I’m so excited to take your tour in August!

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Today we found two Humpback Whales feeding together south of Race Rocks Lighthouse. They were BCX1747 Delta & BCX1657 Trifecta back from Hawaii breeding grounds!
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Today we found two Humpback Whales feeding together south of Race Rocks Lighthouse. They were BCX1747 "Delta" & BCX1657 "Trifecta" back from Hawaii breeding grounds!
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Despite some rough seas and no reports of whales we were excited to find a lone Gray Whale off East Sooke today...feeding very close to shore!
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Despite some rough seas and no reports of whales we were excited to find a lone Gray Whale off East Sooke today...feeding very close to shore!

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Erin Johns Gless...the one Rachel saw??

Alethea Leddy Erin Johns Gless would have gone far if it’s the same one! It was in Discovery Bay (between PT and Sequim) last night around 5:30pm) *edit to say there was a gray still present in Discovery Bay as of 3 hours ago, assume it’s the same one I saw yesterday

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Ollie the #seaotter a local at #racerockslighthouse is screaming
Come for a visit he loves people watching!
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"Ollie" the #seaotter a local at #racerockslighthouse is screaming
"Come for a visit" he loves people watching!

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What an interesting fluke from BCY00770 Lunar from todays adventure...Flat calm seas and whales...Good Times!
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What an interesting fluke from BCY00770 "Lunar" from today's adventure...Flat calm seas and whales...Good Times!

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Wow!! Look at that new camera quality 😍

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Memories of flat calm waters with #orca and #sheringhamlighthouse in the background!
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Memories of flat calm waters with #orca and #sheringhamlighthouse in the background!

#sooke #vancouverislandbucketlist #westcoast #britishcolumbia #whale #adventures #whalewatching #wow
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This family from Texas and a couple from Calgary and the Netherlands shared a very special memory today!
We love what we do...

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So excited to come

Those camera clicks in the background hahaha

Best whale watching company on the island

Thanks Mollie Naccarato our on board naturalist and our new Capitan this year for getting the great shots today...I got a few but seas, current and constant marine debris was a challenge at times.
Thank you!

Thanks Mollie Naccarato our on board naturalist and our new Capitan this year for getting the great shots today...I got a few but seas, current and constant marine debris was a challenge at times.
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Thank YOU for your experience as a wonderful captain! And teaching me everything I know! ☺️

What another Killer day! We found Chainsaw (T063) & Whidbey II (T065) again near Race Rocks Lighthouse and had the pleasure to be the only boat on scene...WOW!
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What another Killer day! We found "Chainsaw" (T063) & "Whidbey II (T065) again near Race Rocks Lighthouse and had the pleasure to be the only boat on scene...WOW!
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Amazing! 🤩 such a great day!

Sembra l'orca del film l'orca assassina... Aveva un intacca sulla pinna dorsale

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With 18+ Biggs / Transient killer whales spread out in the area today...we decided to go the extra mile to visit Chainsaw T063 & Whidbey II T065 off Port Angeles with only a couple boats than all to ourselves... Amazing adventure with these special orca... WOW!
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With 18+ Biggs / Transient killer whales spread out in the area today...we decided to go the extra mile to visit "Chainsaw" T063 & "Whidbey II" T065 off Port Angeles with only a couple boats than all to ourselves... Amazing adventure with these special orca... WOW!
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Beautiful

Great telephoto lens!

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Silky smooth "Chainsaw" T063 on today's adventure!

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The water was perfect!

This is perfect! 😍

Our first gray whale this season and a juvenile humpback on todays tour.
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Our first gray whale this season and a juvenile humpback on today's tour.

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Thank you for a great day out!!

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?

Transient Orcas are 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 from 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 Dolphins.

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 Vancouver Island, 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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