WW-FAQ > Helpful info to make your trip more enjoyable > Will we see whales?

Most Victoria whale watching companies had an over 80% success rate last season, so I am pretty sure that you will see either orca, gray whales, humpback or minke whales. On the rare trips that don’t see whales, people are often surprised at how much they enjoyed themselves and learned about the local ecosystem. When not traveling to the whale's location more time is available to watch sea lions, porpoise, dolphins, observe bald eagles and eat kelp!

Being a whale watch guide is a tremendous privilege and I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to my passengers -- if it weren't for them paying to go whale watching, I wouldn't get paid to go whale watching. When whales are out of range myself and other guides really put in a lot of work to make sure that our guests enjoy themselves. This means explaining the ecosystem while viewing all of the interlocking elements, sharing personal stories, surfing the giant swells out in the strait, and maybe spending a little extra time out on the water.

Passengers who are understanding of the fact that it's not possible to have a 100% success rate anywhere but at Seaworld, who have an open mind and remain curious even without the expected whales have every likelihood of sharing in a truly amazing and memorable experience. Honestly, some of my favourite trips have been without whales. Stay positive!

Last updated on June 22, 2008 by Christopher Zylstra