The bus that had heads turning for two years in Victoria has announced it will be heading south to the Caribbean.

The 40-passenger amphibious yellow buses decorated with purple hippos first made a splash in Victoria in 2012. The company offered 90-minute tours, starting on land and then heading into the water at the James Bay boat launch.

But the Victoria tourist season isn’t long enough to make the business viable, said Geoff Lind, a major shareholder in Victoria Hippo Tours. Last year, the hippos operated from May 1 to Oct. 1.

That’s why they will be heading for a more tropical destination, where they can operate 12 months of the year, Lind said Monday.  It makes more business sense to operate year-round, he said.

It was a difficult decision to make, he said. “The people are fantastic. We were very happy in Victoria.”

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