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When you make port in Victoria, take a 20-minute walk to Inner Harbour to board a whale-watching boat. As you cruise around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, admire forests of towering fir trees and listen to your expert naturalist guide talk about the history and ecology of the area. These waters are known for the magnificent orca whales that call them home. Have your camera ready as your guide points out these breathtaking mammals, as well as adorable harbor seals and sea lions.
Finish your 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise at a private dock in the secluded Tod Inlet, and then board a shuttle bus to Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Prepare to be awed by the profusion of colorful blossoms in this gorgeous garden that’s more than a century old. Explore the gardens at your leisure, walking along winding paths past fountains, ponds, statues and the famous Sunken Garden, created out of an abandoned limestone quarry.
After getting your fill of photos, board a shuttle bus from the garden back to Inner Harbour and make your way to the cruise port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Victoria port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
12:45: Check in at Victoria Office, 812 Wharf Street 13:15: Ocean Magic departs 16:15: Arrive at Butchart Gardens private dock Time in the Gardens
Shuttle Bus Return Options
17:00 pm; 18:00pm; 20:00pm*; 22:00pm* *available only June 15 - September 2
Admission to Butchart Gardens
Round-trip shuttle transfers from downtown Victoria to Butchart Gardens
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee * If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour free of charge! This offer does not expire
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
1:15pm; please check in 30 minutes prior to departure