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Spring Tide Charters & Whale Watching

SpringTide Charters was established in 1986 and began operations in Victoria in 1994, initially operationg as a professional Sport Fishing Company.

Dan Kukat and his 36′ Uniflite Sportfisher ~ the “SpringTide” ~ quickly became known as a top guiding service, with an excellently outfitted vessel and consistently great “catches”. Many wonderful times were had by avid sportsmen, corporate clients, derby organizers and families wishing to have a tremendous experience together!

Whale watching became a very popular activity in the early ‘90’s. Dan, with his passion and commitment to wildlife and the environment jumped in with both feet to author wildlife viewing guidelines now used in many countries and organizations. During this time, our custom designed vessels were built and the SpringTide fleet grew to its current 152 passenger capacity. Now, Dan’s wife Joanne and family are actively involved in all aspects of the company’s operations.

Dan earned his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of BC, followed by a graduate degree as a Chartered Accountant. Joanne, also a UBC Commerce graduate, pursued a career with both IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation. Daughters ~ Jaclyn and Carleen ~ have worked with SpringTide through their university years, and enjoy assisting guests both in the office and on board the vessels. The Kukats love Victoria and particularly enjoy welcoming visitors to the city and sharing its blend of spectacular scenery and old world charm! We hope you will join us when in Victoria, and welcome you to visit anytime.


Let SpringTide introduce you to our favourite locals! Come and meet our resident Killer Whales, the migrating Humpbacks and our local porpoises. With all the rich wildlife surrounding Victoria BC, you’ll be left with an experience you’ll never forget!


Do you have a special event in mind or just want to plan an outing for the whole office? The Marauder IV is available for private events and charters. Impress your guests with a luxurious floating venue!


Our vessels offer the perfect choice. Relax on our 61’ luxury yacht, Marauder IV, with complimentary hot drinks, a spacious heated cabin, and washrooms on board. Have a wild side? Choose our speedy Zodiacs for a fun and exhilarating ride!


Sport Fishing is a BIG DEAL in Victoria! And that’s not another fish story! Sport Fishing fans will appreciate our 46’ Sportfisher SpringTide 1. Let our excellent captain and crew help you catch the big one with the most recommended Sport Fishing Charter in Victoria!


Here at SpringTide, we are dedicated to giving you the best experience on your tour. With our experienced Naturalists, crew, and luxury vessels, we can show you why we are the Award Winning! Choice for whale watching in Victoria!

Cruise in Comfort
on the Marauder IV. With it’s spacious heated cabin and luxurious interior your whale watching adventure will be a first class experience. Take advantage of the Marauder IV’s 360 degree viewing decks for fantastic photo opportunites. Keep warm with complimentary hot drinks while you visit with our resident Killer Whales!

Create a Splash on a Zodiac!
Sit back, hold on tight and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! Let our experienced Zodiac Skippers give you an adventure you won’t soon forget! The Zodiacs provide a great viewing platform for the whales and an excellent opportunity to get great photographs. Don’t forget your camera!

Sport Fishing Fans will appreciate the 46’ Sportfisher, SpringTide I!
The SpringTide I is excellently outfitted for fishing with the latest in electronics and equipment. At 46′, this sportfishing yacht is large, comfortable and will provide you the best in outdoor and indoor seating comfort. Her captain and crew are Victoria’s most recommended and have a stellar catch record. Salmon fishing lessons for private or large groups. Halibut fishing for the experienced angler. The guide provides just the right amount of support!

  • Get your cameras ready! Our local Killer Whales, along with Humpback, Gray and Minke Whales cruise our waters throughout the year, giving us great success rates!
  • The abundant wildlife around Victoria offers you a chance to get a look at seals, sea lions, elephant seals, eagles and more. This is also a “Birders” paradise!
  • Choose comfort & viewing flexibility on our high-speed Ocean Cruiser or an exciting ride on a small open Zodiac! Our vessels provide you with the best while out on your whale watching adventure!
  • Spending time with the Whales and observing them in their natural habitat is an experience you won’t soon forget. Our guests often tell us that this was a memory of a lifetime, and their favourite activity in Victoria
  • Our Spotting Networks operate from land, water and air throughout the day, ensuring optimal sightings for every trip. Canadian and American observers work together to provide the latest information for our tours!
  • All of our Captains and Marine Biologists are Transport Canada Marine Safety Certified and are highly experienced on our waters. The vessels are fully equipped with the latest in electronics and safety gear.
  • Make your tour a learning experience! Our naturalists will provide an engaging biology talk on board about our local marine life! Chat with them throughout the tour and test your knowledge with lots of questions!
  • With our abundant local wildlife and spotting networks our Success Rate is incredible! April through October are terrific months for sightings. Come join us, and see for yourself!
  • We strive to keep our Oceans clean by using bio diesel and painting our vessels with environmentally friendly paint.