Decisions. Decisions. At this time of year, Eagle Wing Tours offers a range of tour time options for you to come out with us and on a whale watch tour from Victoria—from 9 a.m. in the morning to as late as 6:30 p.m. in the evening in mid-summer.
How do you choose? What time of day is best? Daytime or sunset?
We have some tips to help you decide. But first, we stress that there’s no “best” time of day to go whale watching. Whales are out and about doing their thing day and night, so whether you go out in the morning, afternoon or evening you’ll always have a great chance of seeing whales and other marine wildlife.
Thanks to our vessel styles—which have a bigger distance range than many other companies—we guarantee whale sightings in the peak season, which in 2021 runs until the end of November. With that guarantee in your back pocket, all you have to do is decide what time to go!
Daytime tour: Bigg’s killer whales and Mt. Baker. Shorelines Photography/Eagle Wing Tours
A day whale watch tour is the perfect option…
- If you want a comprehensive tour with whales and lots more!
On our day tours—which are at 3.5 to 4 hours, sometimes longer—you get an intimate look at the real West Coast—the whales, other marine wildlife and scenic spots that make the Salish Sea such a spectacular place.
- If you have a flexible schedule
Our company is well known for extending tours as needed when whales are a further distance than expected. Or when we get a new report of nearby whales late in the tour. We don’t want you to miss anything. As long as your schedule is flexible, our captains can literally go the extra mile to make sure your whale watching tour is the best one ever!
- If you want more tour times to choose from
Our day tours leave at regular intervals throughout the morning and afternoon. No matter what else you have planned that day, it’s easy to fit in a whale watching tour!
Sunset tour: humpback whale in a spectacular sunset. Brendon Bissonnette Photography/Eagle Wing Tours
A sunset whale watch tour is the perfect option…
- If you want to travel straight to the whales
At three hours, sunset tours are a bit shorter than our day tours. That makes them perfect if you don’t have a ton of time to invest.
By that time of day, we usually know where the whales are. So, in most cases we head straight to the whales, give you plenty of time to see them in action, then head back to the Inner Harbour with an awesome Salish Sea sunset guiding the way.
- If you want to relax after a busy day
Fewer whale watching boats from other companies head out in the evening, so it’s often just us, the whales and the unbeatable backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan Islands or the Canadian Gulf Islands!
There’s something magical about those lazy summer evenings, when we’re floating with the whales and listening to their breaths in the soothing evening light. Being in the company of these magnificent marine mammals in the evening always seems more peaceful after the hustle and bustle of a busy day. (Pssst, we call it whale therapy!)
- If you have a smaller budget
Sunset tours are our most affordable option. That means you’ll have more cash to enjoy all of the other wonderful things Victoria has to offer.
Beginning July 1, sunset tours on our open boats leave at 6 p.m. until Aug. 8 and then 5:30 p.m. until Aug. 31. Sunset tours on Wild 4 Whales leave at 6:30 p.m. until Aug. 8 and then 6 p.m. until Aug. 21. Sunset tours on 4 Ever Wild will run from Sept 1 – Oct. 2 leaving at 4:30 p.m. All departures are dependent on demand and weather.
What do both of these tours have in common?
- Safe and exciting open-air and semi-covered vessels
- Certified and knowledgeable captains and naturalists as your guides
- A 98% whale sighting success backed up by our whale sighting guarantee (peak season)
- Onboard washrooms and premium extras
- You’re contributing to our many conservation, sustainability, research and education initiatives
- An adventure that’s fun and educational for all ages!
Learn more about planning your whale watching tour.
Learn more about our COVID-19 safety updates for summer 2021.
Have you decided which tour is right for you? You can book online or give us a call at 1-800-708-9488.