February 20, 2007 | Tips from Travellers >
Victoria, Whale Watching
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If you are in Victoria and don't go on a Whale Watching tour, you don't know what you are missing.
Every time we go to Victoria, we go on a Prince of Wales Whale Watching tour and have never been let down-we see whales every time.
The last time we were out there, the guide took us to the east side of Vancouver Island as that is where the recent sightings had been. Our zodiac was pointed east towards the island when I looked to my right and saw a HUGE dorsal fin coming towards us. I motioned to our guide who requested that we hang on the hand rails as the whale was coming in our direction-from the side! He then requested we hang on with both hands as the whale got closer to us. Just then the whale submerged and went right underneath us!!!! It was the most exhilerating feeling in the world knowing this massive mammal was right beneath us. The whale surfaced not more than 15 feet from the left side of the boat where I was sitting! He was so close I felt like I could reach out and touch him-what a magnificent sight! I have never been that close to a whale before but look forward to going there again to see these magnificent mammals!