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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We have a few seats left on tomorrows Sundays 10 am departure... finally some great weather and calm seas!
#Adventure awaits with #whales and #vitaminsea #whalewatching 
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Is this a picture, drawing or painting? 😮

Mike Backiel

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He’s magnificent!!Can’t wait till I have the opportunity to see him in person.

This is one big beauty!!

Seems to be clearing! :)

One day, one day.

I wish!...someday hopefully!

I wish I could go. One day my friends. One day!!!

Wish I could go

Sooke Coastal Explorations Do you have age restrictions on your trips? I’m looking for next year with my 8 year old daughter

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We should be there now! 🖕Corona Virus...

Wow

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Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the day the smoke and fog clear up...till then be Happy!
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#breaching #humpbackwhale #vi #vitaminsea #goodtimes #westcoast #whalewatching #sookebc #vanisle

Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the day the smoke and fog clear up...till then be Happy!

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likewise everyone in Canada!

Wow . 😍😍

So ready for the smoke to go away here in Oregon 😞

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We should be going out again by Friday this week...smoke predicted to be almost gone by than!
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#goodtimes #Adventure #orcas

We should be going out again by Friday this week...smoke predicted to be almost gone by than!

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Amanda just a big ol sea puppy 😍

My heart is so happy seeing these pictures.... though I am ok with the border closure and understand how necessary it is, I truly wish I could be there and photograph these beautiful creatures. Someday 🙂

Absolutely AWESOME

Amazing shot!

HANDSOME!!!!!!! Andrew

Wow amazing 😍

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Hopefully the smoke/fog goes away so we can enjoy days like this again!
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#racerocklighthouse #orca #goodtimes #whalewatching #sookebc #ig_orca #orca_ig

Hopefully the smoke/fog goes away so we can enjoy days like this again!

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Vraiment superbe. Dommage que je ne suis pas de la bas à les regarder.

Que lindo 💓

The smoke is soooo bad! Can't wait for beautiful blue skies and the ability to travel again!

Sunday’s whale watching with your Captain Dan was terrific! Humpbacks and dolphins and the calmest Salish Sea I’ve ever seen!!

So beautiful! My favorites , lighthouses and orcas!

Wonderful. Hope humans find other routes to stop irritating orcas by the strait.

What a great pic.

Awesome picture...

Wow that's so cool

BEAUTIFUL! Andrew

Is this lighthouse in the picture in Sooke?

Amazing

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Before the #smoke came to #sookebc 
We are all booked up tomorrow but still have space available for our Monday morning 10 am tour...
Sightings have been off the charts!
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Call (250)642-2343
*Side note we are not providing afternoon tours because we are a  responsible operation that does not want our guests using the same floatation suit as the previous guests before we can properly sanitize...
#staysafe #weareallinthistogether
#goodtimes #westcoast #ecotour #whalewatching #nofishnoblackfish 
#biggsarethebalance #weareopen

Before the #smoke came to #sookebc
We are all booked up tomorrow but still have space available for our Monday morning 10 am tour...
Sightings have been off the charts!

Call (250)642-2343
*Side note we are not providing afternoon tours because we are a responsible operation that does not want our guests using the same floatation suit as the previous guests before we can properly sanitize...
#staysafe #weareallinthistogether
#goodtimes #westcoast #ecotour #whalewatching #nofishnoblackfish
#biggsarethebalance #weareopen
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An excellent picture!

Irene Elliott

Amazing! Love this!

Awesome pic! Stay safe out there!

WOW! WOW! WOW!

Is The I Love Sooke videographer not with you this year?

Very Nice picture and I hope to see this soon ! 😀

Wow beautiful

Wow excellent shot . 😍

Beautiful ❤️

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Always great to sea!
#transientkillerwhale off #sookebc #salishsea #VictoriaBuzz #saltytowers #prestigeadventures #adventure #westcoast #vanisle #whalewatching #1 #wildandfree
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Beautiful!!!

Wow amazing .

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Amazing day off #sookebc #westcoast #vancouverisland #whalewatching with Tluk #transientkillerwhale this special #orca_ig #orcacalf again ....#wow 
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Amazing day off #sookebc #westcoast #vancouverisland #whalewatching with Tl'uk #transientkillerwhale this special #orca_ig #orcacalf again ....#wow

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Paul, You are taking some wonderful photos and videos. You and your family live in a beautiful place in our country. I look forward to seeing the different pictures you post. Keep up the good work. Kindest regards,

T'luk is getting so big. I know there was speculation that he may darken with age? Do scientists still believe it will happen or has it reached a point where T'luk is likely to stay white/grey?

Das ist Albino "Iceberg" es sollen noch mehr davon geben.

Leigh-anne Graham

Breathtakingly beautiful

To have been able to see this white orca is that I have waited for such a long time. I hope that this unbelievable beauty is him/her to whome I was love at first sight.

Photos like these make my heart swell. Years and years ago (probably over 20) I watched a killer whale show at a sea life centre, it makes me so sad I did that because I didn’t know any better

So great to see how big T'luk is getting and thriving with his pod! 💓 Thanks for sharing

Amazing. .great to see them thriving. . Does anyone know if Tl'uk is male or female. ???

She looks even whiter this year!

So beautiful 😍 💖 💗 ♥

Beautiful <3

He’s getting big!!

Amazing !!

Amazing

Wow amazing .

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Jumping for joy the winds are gone and our daily tours are a go again!
Get out and explore our amazing marine wildlife now!
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Call ahead and reserve as we booking up fast for our September adventures...
Call (250)642-2343

Jumping for joy the winds are gone and our daily tours are a go again!
Get out and explore our amazing marine wildlife now!

Call ahead and reserve as we booking up fast for our September adventures...
Call (250)642-2343
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Jolie cette photo.

Adriana Gajdos

That’s a beefy individual! Transient?

Awesome capture! WOW

Beautiful Capture!❤️

Love it!

Amazing!

Beautiful 😍

Amazing!

Wow!

WOW.

WOW... amazing picture!!!

Spectacular picture

David Isaac lets go to Sooke! 🚍

Great pic

Amazing pic .

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Wow I want a go !

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💜 whales. I have yet to see them with my own eyes, up close.

Mesmerizing!!

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Do you have someone that names and documents different shape and coloring of these animals. Just wondering.

MMZ0030 migrates to Mexico !!

Humpback

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Breathtakingly beautiful!♥️ Years ago I saw an orca in captivity and was devastated! It was at that moment I decided to make it my mission in life to travel the world to see all creatures in their natural habitats. I have been rewarded beyond imagination! During COVID-19 you have been my eyes. With travel restrictions in place I’m in lockdown. So keep these amazing photos coming. 😍

I let out a huge sigh, I so want to be there right now 😩

Absolutely Gorgeous!!♥️

You are amazing to take such incredible pics!

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Beautiful!

I always wonder what they think when they see us. In the other realm.

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Stunning

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Amazing!!

A touch of the sun on its head. Lovely.

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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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