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Nature rewards those who VENTURE OUT

From humble beginnings… In 1995, our owner Alan McGillivray was so busy the first year whale watching that both his main boat and backup boat, aptly name the “Prince of Whales”, were in constant operation, alternating between cargo runs, and whale watching runs. Now… with our large number of vessels, locations in both Victoria and Vancouver, and almost 50 staff in peak season, Prince of Whales is now the largest whale watching and eco-adventure company in British Columbia. As such, we are proud to be a leader in responsible whale watching and to have served as teaching platforms for whale research.

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Do you really see whales?
Yes! Prince of Whales Whale Watching has a success rate of 90 – 95% in the peak season (May – October).

What happens if we don’t see a whale?
If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour – free of charge. This offer is valid for life and does not expire

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Choose the experiencethat fits you

So why do we use zodiacs? Because of their low weight they are extremely fast and efficient. Ours are powered by twin 200 horsepower Mercury engines and can exceed 30kts, or about 55km/h. Choose the zodiac if you want all out adventure, you’ll never forget this ride.

Ocean Magic and Ocean Magic II are identical vessels designed to maximize comfort without compromising viewing quality, all while minimizing environmental impact. If you’re a fan of flexibility, the Ocean Magics are the boats for you.

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Sustainability is ourFirst Priority

Our People. At Prince of Whales, our number one focus is you, our guest! We want to make sure that your experience with us not only meets, but exceeds your expectations.

Our Planet. We are constantly thinking of new ways to innovate and improve; and in order to set new goals for the future, we must first examine where we are now.

Our Profit. Our community involvement doesn’t end on the water; we are as well-known on dry land as we are in the ocean!

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Whale Sightings Today!

Another great #pic from our encounter with a super pod on Jan 11th! goo.gl/9cWAto Pictured is 2 beautiful mature males, J26 and L41

About 2 days ago from Prince of Whales 's Twitter via Hootsuite

January 07 – January 15, 2015 | Weekly Sightings Report

Whale Sightings

Whale Sightings

We’ve got quite a lot to report this week so I’m just gonna dive right in!While last week’s sightings were dominated by humpbacks, this week it was all about the killer whales! And not the transients, whom we normally spend more time looking for in the winter months, but our resident orca!On Thursday January 8th, Skipper Mark Mallesontook out an almost full zodiac of bundled up passengers out on the water, in search of wildlife. They went for a long trip East of Port Angeles where they caught up with K and L pod! That’s most of thesouthern residents!Conditions were […]

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Jennifer Dickson, BSc

Biologist with Double Major in Biology and Environmental Studies
Roles at prince of whales First Mate, Marine Mammal Naturalist, Guest Service Associate, and Online Reputation Manager

Types of animals spotted this week

Orca

Orcas (Killer Whales)

Humpback Whale

Humpbacks

Sea Lion

Sea Lions

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