I think this stop is included only to hit a foreign port before coming back to the US, which is a law. It’s a late docking at 6 pm. DH and I chose the Ocean Wildlife & Orca Exploration excursion. The tour operator, Orca Spirit Adventures, met us right at the dock and walked us over to the whale watching boat. Victoria is known for its resident and transient pods of orcas. Well, we saw no orcas, however, we DID see 15-20 humpback whales, and many of them were lunge feeding. Their mouths were coming out of the water. It was incredible! We got very close to them, and there were so many that they basically surrounded our boat. The staff of Orca Spirit were awesome, they were so knowledgeable (I think they are all marine biologists) and friendly. They also got very excited by what we were seeing, just the same as their passengers. We really enjoyed this excursion. By the time we got back, we had a few minutes to peruse the gift shop at the port before boarding.
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