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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Humpback comeback is here!
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Humpback comeback is here!
Great to sea 20+ #humpbacks off #sooke #today #weareopen #welovewhatwedo #goodtimes #ecotourism #whalewatching #humpbacks #wildlifephotography #wildandfree #prestigeadventures #truekey #pointnopoint #tourismcanada #explorebritishcolumbia #explorebcnow
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Beautiful evening at our docks with our frequent locals! Still a couple seats available for tomorrow's 10 am departure!
#baldeagles #birdsofprey #sookebc #vancouverisland #explorebcnow #wildlifephotography #wildandfree #vi #saltytowers #sooketoportrenfrew #
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"Ollie" the #seaotter at #racerocklighthouse today!
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Jade Jones

Do transients hunt otters?

Hey Ollie!

Such a delight to watch. Thanks for sharing

Found this guy feeding around Sooke, B.C. this morning...one picture says it all...off to go find other marine wildlife...hopefully they are finding the food they need.
They did not seemed to be bothered by the hundreds of fishing boats in the area....
Orca Network

Found this guy feeding around Sooke, B.C. this morning...one picture says it all...off to go find other marine wildlife...hopefully they are finding the food they need.
They did not seemed to be bothered by the hundreds of fishing boats in the area....
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MIKE !!!!! ❤

So good to see one of the Js!

Who is it?

Chris Leavitt!!!!

Sooke Coastal Explorations is at Sooke Coastal Explorations.
Sooke Coastal Explorations
Who is ready for some well needed fresh air and aqua therapy?
Weather looks great for Saturday and we have availability for our 10 am departure...THIS GUY IS!
www.SookeWhaleWatching.com
Call us (250)642-2343

Who is ready for some well needed fresh air and aqua therapy?
Weather looks great for Saturday and we have availability for our 10 am departure...THIS GUY IS!

Call us (250)642-2343
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Kijk Sanne Harmsen zo groot is zo’n Vin.

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Today near #racerocklighthouse with #humpbackwhales #westcoast #whalewatching #tourismbc #prestigeadventures #wildandfree

Space available for our 10 am departure tomorrow...#excitment #explorebcnow
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Sooke Coastal Explorations is at Sooke Coastal Explorations.
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We are heading out tomorrow at 10 am with some space available...
Wildlife sightings are getting better every day!
Call (250)642-2343

We are heading out tomorrow at 10 am with some space available...
Wildlife sightings are getting better every day!
Call (250)642-2343
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Wish I could go!

Jeannette Perault

If only the border was open....

Lord love a duck...this is my #canada
Had to share this killer viral video of breaching Orca off Sooke a few years ago... Happy Canada Day Everyone!
#staysafe #bewell #explorebcnow
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Saw whales do their stuff my self in puget sound as a child, its amazing

Have been fortunate enough to see the orcas run in the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest! Truly one of the most incredible sights of my life!!!

Happy Canada day from Belgium! Would love to visit Canada some day 🇨🇦♥️

Happy Canada Day, I have had the pleasure to experience orcas in the wild in Victoria BC...so beautiful!

WoW! Great Video This is why I've Never been to a Sea World They Belong in the Ocean

So beautiful! I loved Canada when I visited. With the state of things in the US, if I had the money I would move there tomorrow.

My mother god love her and I are the only ones I have ever heard said that "Lord love a duck".

In the wild free where they belong ❤️

Love the dorsal fin is straight, strong and happy.

I was just scrolling by and this just jumped out at me. Happy Canada Day from Jamestown, NY USA.

I can only pray for a someday that I could be lucky enough to see this close up so please keep posting these beautiful pictures cause I love them!

Happy 🇨🇦 Day!! love you Kaitlyn, Kirstin, Steph 😘

Love how he just kinda slips backwards under the surface at the end. You just know he’s bragging to his pod about how much he just scared the crap out of the boat dwellers...

Wow beautiful! I would love to see orcas! That’s my bucket list ❤️

The audio is so canadian. Lord love a duck. Lol

Amazing video and so close to the camera.

Just saw this. Happy Canada Day from West Virginia!

Gorgeous!! Such a smart and amazing creature!😲

Would love to be there to see that live. WOW!!

Omg I say Lord love a duck all the time, you are the first I've heard say this besides my mom lol

Seeing orcas in the wild is the first thing on my bucket list

Wow...that made me soooo happy 😃❤️❤️❤️❤️

Probably my favorite orca viral video ever.

A perfect 10 belly flop at the beginning.

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Great to sea more #humpbacks returning to our area around #sooke #bc #westcoast #vancouverisland #whalewatching #weareopen #😎

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So beautiful to watch.

Marie-Eve Croteau

Saw a whale from BC Ferry going to Nanaimo last summer.

Victoria Collins

Cory Telfer This page keeps appearing on my feed. It’s a sign!!! 😉 I’m going to start tagging you in every whale video until you say yes to moving out west 🤣

Caitlyn Cullaro

Jaime JR Solis 🥺🥺🥺

Saw some orcas there a few weeks ago. Had a gray baby!

Looks like he’s coming to the boat for pets!

Enjoyed our honeymoon at the Sooke Harbour House and hung out at the Botanical Beach!!! So much fun had by all!! PSA Stellar Jays are food thieves when they get a chance. LOL

The best sound! 😍

Amazing video

So cool!

Fantastic !!

So cool

Incredible

Amazing

Whales scare away all the fish. Got to reel up and move on.

Au lac st jean

Beautiful

Heather McLeod lol Facebook knows 😂

Beautiful!!!!

Awesome!

Say hello to Bungee

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We love to share our past memories around Sooke BC with #Orca #amazingvancouverisland

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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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