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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventures

*NEW FOR 2016!*

OCEAN MAGIC ADVENTURES

(2016 season: May 1 – October 31)

Half-Day Whale Watching

Departing from downtown Vancouver we welcome aboard ‘Ocean Magic’ – the flagship vessel of Prince of Whales Whale Watching on this whale watching adventure of a lifetime, exploring the beauty that is British Columbia. Read More

In true comfort and style, our crew are excited to explore the local waters in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of sea birds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Vancouver.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound regions of BC
  • Our expert crew love to educate and share their stories and knowledge with our passengers, including the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course our marine wildlife.
  • Travel in comfort and ease on board our 62 foot purpose-built whale watching vessel, designed to minimize our ecological footprint without reducing performance.
  • Settle inside or outside, choosing from one of three different viewing areas on two distinct elevations or move about the vessel freely to experience them all
  • Departs from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in the heart of the city of Vancouver, walking distance from all major hotels in the area.

DEPARTURE TIME

May 1st – June 30th: 12:00
July 1st – October 2nd: 9:00 & 14:30
October 3rd – October 31st: 12:00
Tour Length: 4-5 Hours

“We have one of the most unique wildlife viewing opportunities in the world, where you can see a large variety of species so close to the city, its remarkable!“ POWWW Marine Naturalist
$
150
Adult (18+)
$
110
Youth (13-17)
$
85
Child (5-12)
Free
Infants (0-4)
Book Now
Departing from downtown Vancouver we welcome aboard ‘Ocean Magic’ – the flagship vessel of Prince of Whales Whale Watching on this whale watching adventure of a lifetime, exploring the beauty that is British Columbia. In true comfort and style, our crew are excited to explore the local waters in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of sea birds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Vancouver.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound regions of BC
  • Our expert crew love to educate and share their stories and knowledge with our passengers, including the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course our marine wildlife.
  • Travel in comfort and ease on board our 62 foot purpose-built whale watching vessel, designed to minimize our ecological footprint without reducing performance.
  • Settle inside or outside, choosing from one of three different viewing areas on two distinct elevations or move about the vessel freely to experience them all
  • Departs from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in the heart of the city of Vancouver, walking distance from all major hotels in the area.

DEPARTURE TIMES

May 1st – June 30th: 12:00
July 1st – October 2nd: 9:00 & 14:30
October 3rd – October 31st: 12:00

Tour Length: 4-5 Hours

“We have one of the most unique wildlife viewing opportunities in the world, where you can see a large variety of species so close to the city, its remarkable” – Marine Naturalist
Round-Trip Packages From Vancouver to Victoria

THE ULTIMATE DAY TOUR

(2016 season: May 27 - September 30)

Whale Watching
Victoria Inner Harbour
The Butchart Gardens
Gulf Islands Sunset Cruise

Welcome aboard 'Salish Sea Dream' - the newest, cutting-edge and luxurious addition to the Prince of Whales Whale Watching fleet on this Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria. Explore the beauty that is British Columbia. Read More

(Multi-Day & Overnight Options Available)
Begin your day in the waters of the Georgia Strait and Gulf Islands in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. Discover at your leisure the Victoria Inner Harbour, BCs capital, and when you think you cant take any more beauty, enter into the world famous Butchart Gardens before enjoying a sunset cruise behind Salt Spring Island en route back to Vancouver. All of this and more awaits your Ultimate Day Tour…

For those guests want to spend more time in beautiful Victoria, why not spend the night? This tour can be split over multiple days and we can help you find a comfortable place to stay.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Whale watching & wildlife viewing
  • Explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour
  • Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens
  • Luxury to choose how you spend your time in Victoria
  • Plan ahead, stay overnight and return with us the following day

STAFF PICKS

  • Have lunch at Red Fish Blue Fish a Victoria favorite for seafood
  • Walk through the Empress Hotel, Chinatown and main st.
  • Enjoy cinnamon mini doughnuts from the local vendor in the Inner Harbour
  • Ride the carousel at the Butchart Gardens – keep your eyes open for the orca whale
  • Treat yourself to a gelato – located in the Rose Garden of the Butchart Gardens

ITINERARY

7:30 Check In
8:00 Day Debrief
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Vancouver
12:30 Salish Sea Dream arrives in the Victoria Harbour
12:30 – 15:00 Customize your day!
Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00 to the Butchart Gardens. Choose how and where you spend your time!*
16:30 Meet the boat crew at the Butchart Gardens private dock (located near the Japanese Gardens)
16:45 Salish Sea Dream departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Arrive back in Vancouver

*Guided shuttle connections to the Butchart Gardens takes approximately 35 minutes

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 

$
310
Adult (18+)
$
210
Youth (13-17)
$
155
Child (5-12)
Free
Infants (0-4)
Book Now
(Multi-Day & Overnight Options Available)

Begin your day in the waters of the Georgia Strait and Gulf Islands in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. Discover at your leisure the Victoria Inner Harbour, BCs capital, and when you think you cant take any more beauty, enter into the world famous Butchart Gardens before enjoying a sunset cruise behind Salt Spring Island en route back to Vancouver. All of this and more awaits your Ultimate Day Tour…

For those guests want to spend more time in beautiful Victoria, why not spend the night? This tour can be split over multiple days and we can help you find a comfortable place to stay.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Whale watching & wildlife viewing
  • Explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour
  • Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens
  • Flexibility to customize your day
  • Plan ahead, stay overnight and return with us the following day

STAFF PICKS

  • Have lunch at Red Fish Blue Fish a Victoria favorite for seafood
  • Walk through the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Chinatown & Parliament Buildings
  • Enjoy mini doughnuts from the local vendor in the Inner Harbour
  • Ride the carousel at the Butchart Gardens – keep your eyes open for the orca whale
  • Treat yourself to a gelato – located in the Rose Garden of the Butchart Gardens

ITINERARY

7:30 Check In
8:00 Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Vancouver
12:30 Salish Sea Dream arrives in the Victoria Harbour
12:30 – 15:00 CUSTOMIZE YOUR DAY!
Explore Victoria and the Butchart Gardens at your leisure, with the luxury to choose how and where you spend your time. Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00 to the Butchart Gardens.*
16:30 Meet the boat crew at the Butchart Gardens private dock (located near the Japanese Gardens)
16:45 Salish Sea Dream departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Salish Sea Dream arrives back in Vancouver - Just in time for dinner

*Guided shuttle connections to the Butchart Gardens takes approximately 35 minutes

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 

WHALES & FLY

(2016 season: May 27 - September 30)

Whale Watching
Victoria Inner Harbour

Return Seaplane Flight

Climb on board 'Salish Sea Dream' and experience The Southbound Adventure Crossing before taking flight and retracing your route home by air! This all-around experience is ideal for travelers who seek diversity in their adventures. Get up close and personal with some of the Salish Sea's many marine mammals before taking in picturesque views of British Columbia's rugged coast and dotted islands by air. All this and more awaits you on this half-day adventure.... Read More
In the same amount of time as it would take to travel the regular old road and ferry route, you can climb aboard a state of the art vessel in downtown Vancouver, enjoy a guided whale watching tour on route to downtown Victoria, and then fly back to Vancouver on a helicopter or seaplane.
Start out from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and settle into the comfortable interior of the Salish Sea Dream, the newest vessel in the Prince of Whales Whale Watching fleet, or climb up to the top deck to enjoy the wind in your hair and prepare to enjoy an amazing day. Traveling through the scenic small islands that dot the ocean between Victoria and Vancouver, your boat will carry you in search of the most fantastic wildlife to be found on this coast while an on-board naturalist explains where you are and what you might see, as well as providing information on our Resident and Transient Killer Whale pods. Arrive in downtown Victoria in time for lunch and a stroll through the quaint city streets. Add a return flight on a seaplane or helicopter back to Vancouver.

ITINERARY

7:30 Check in at Prince of Whales in Vancouver
8:30 Depart Vancouver on 'Salish Sea Dream'
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
13:00 – 18:40 Select a helicopter or seaplane flight back to Vancouver

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 
$
405
Adult (18+)
$
365
Youth (12-17)
$
205
Child (2-11)
Free
Infants (0-1)
Book Now Call
1-888-383-4884
In the same amount of time as it would take to travel the regular old road and ferry route, you can climb aboard a state of the art vessel in downtown Vancouver, enjoy a guided whale watching tour on route to downtown Victoria, and then fly back to Vancouver on a helicopter or seaplane.
Start out from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and settle into the comfortable interior of the Salish Sea Dream, the newest vessel in the Prince of Whales Whale Watching fleet, or climb up to the top deck to enjoy the wind in your hair and prepare to enjoy an amazing day. Traveling through the scenic small islands that dot the ocean between Victoria and Vancouver, your boat will carry you in search of the most fantastic wildlife to be found on this coast while an on-board naturalist explains where you are and what you might see, as well as providing information on our Resident and Transient Killer Whale pods. Arrive in downtown Victoria in time for lunch and a stroll through the quaint city streets. Add a return flight on a seaplane or helicopter back to Vancouver.

ITINERARY

7:30 Check in at Prince of Whales in Vancouver
8:30 Depart Vancouver on 'Salish Sea Dream'
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
13:00 – 18:40 Select a helicopter or seaplane flight back to Vancouver

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 

FLY - WHALES - FLY

(Year-Round Departures)

Round Trip Flights
Vancouver - Victoria
3 Hour Whale Watching

Short on time or not looking for a full-day tour? Look no further. We’ll arrange round-trip flights for you between downtown Vancouver & downtown Victoria. Once in Victoria hop on board on of our 3-hour whale watching adventures on either a zippy zodiac-style RHIB or the world-famous Ocean Magic II... Read More
Not only is this the fastest way to travel the distance, but one of the most scenic! Choose either a helicopter or a seaplane and sit back and relax as we customize the perfect sightseeing and wildlife viewing adventure. Flexible departure times on both the flights and the whale watching allow you maximum flexibility and the ability to choose a schedule that is right for you. All this and you can be back in Vancouver for dinner!
Depending on the season you could see Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises, abundant waterfowl and more. In Victoria, you will discover a very walk-able city with small funky boutiques, cafes and restaurants, beautiful galleries, museums and the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Your return journey by seaplane or helicopter will soar above the Gulf Islands and the waters of the beautiful ocean that you so recently explored.

This trip cannot be booked online, please call 1-888-383-4884 for reservations.

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

9:00 Check in at HeliJet or Harbour Air in Vancouver
9:20 Depart Vancouver on a helicopter or seaplane
9:55 Flight arrives in Victoria
10:30 Check-in at Prince of Whales in Victoria
11:00 Depart on a Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure
14:00 Arrive back in Victoria
14:20 Check-in at HeliJet or Harbour Air in Victoria
14:50 Depart Victoria on a helicopter or seaplane
15:10 Flight arrives back in Vancouver
$
520
Adult (18+)
$
495
Youth (12-17)
$
295
Child (2-11)
Free
Infants (0-1)
Book Now Call
1-888-383-4884
Not only is this the fastest way to travel the distance, but one of the most scenic! Choose either a helicopter or a seaplane and sit back and relax as we customize the perfect sightseeing and wildlife viewing adventure. Flexible departure times on both the flights and the whale watching allow you maximum flexibility and the ability to choose a schedule that is right for you. All this and you can be back in Vancouver for dinner!
Depending on the season you could see Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises, abundant waterfowl and more. In Victoria, you will discover a very walk-able city with small funky boutiques, cafes and restaurants, beautiful galleries, museums and the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Your return journey by seaplane or helicopter will soar above the Gulf Islands and the waters of the beautiful ocean that you so recently explored.

This trip cannot be booked online, please call 1-888-383-4884 for reservations.

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

9:00 Check in at HeliJet or Harbour Air in Vancouver
9:20 Depart Vancouver on a helicopter or seaplane
9:55 Flight arrives in Victoria
10:30 Check-in at Prince of Whales in Victoria
11:00 Depart on a Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure
14:00 Arrive back in Victoria
14:20 Check-in at HeliJet or Harbour Air in Victoria
14:50 Depart Victoria on a helicopter or seaplane
15:10 Flight arrives back in Vancouver
One-Way Connections

THE SOUTHBOUND ADVENTURE CROSSING

(2016 season: May 27 - September 30)

Whale Watching
One Way Vancouver - Victoria

Victoria Inner Harbour

Make the most of your time here in British Columbia; skip the ferry lines, bus transfers and whale watch your way from Vancouver to Victoria.... Read More
Make the most of your time here in British Columbia; skip the ferry lines, bus transfers and whale watch your way from Vancouver to Victoria on Vancouver Island. This 4 hour adventure crossing travels into the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. Arrive in downtown Victoria in time for lunch, stroll the streets and continue your journey!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Comfortable transfers onboard 'Salish Sea Dream' the newest addition to the Prince of Whales Whale Watching fleet
  • Cruise through Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Search the waters for Resident Orca, Transient Orca, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Seals and other marine wildlife
  • Convenient drop off in the Victoria Inner Harbour

ADD-ON

  • Return transfers and admissions to the Butchart Gardens
  • Connect to Seattle, or travel back to Vancouver. Ask us about our convenient packages!

ITINERARY

7:30 Check in at Vancouver office (1601 Bayshore Drive)
8:00 Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Vancouver
12:30 Salish Sea Dream arrives in the Victoria Harbour. Time to explore!

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 
$
205
Adult (18+)
$
165
Youth (13-17)
$
105
Child (5-12)
Free
Infants (0-4)
Book Now
Make the most of your time here in British Columbia; skip the ferry lines, bus transfers and whale watch your way from Vancouver to Victoria on Vancouver Island. This 4 hour adventure crossing travels into the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. Arrive in downtown Victoria in time for lunch, stroll the streets and continue your journey!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Comfortable transfers onboard 'Salish Sea Dream' the newest addition to the Prince of Whales Whale Watching fleet
  • Cruise through Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Search the waters for Resident Orca, Transient Orca, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Seals and other marine wildlife
  • Convenient drop off in the Victoria Inner Harbour

ADD-ON

  • Return transfers and admissions to the Butchart Gardens
  • Connect to Seattle, or travel back to Vancouver. Ask about our custom package options!

ITINERARY

7:30 Check in at Vancouver office (1601 Bayshore Drive)
8:00 Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Vancouver
12:30 Salish Sea Dream arrives in the Victoria Harbour. Time to explore!

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 

VANCOUVER to SEATTLE

(2016 season: May 27 - September 30)

Whale Watching
Victoria Inner Harbour
Passenger Ferry to Seattle

Travelling from Vancouver to Seattle? Why not whale watch along the way and add an afternoon in historic Victoria – British Columbia’s capital city!... Read More
Starting from the Westin Bayshore hotel in downtown Vancouver’s beautiful Coal Harbour, this tour departs at 8:30. After boarding our custom-built, cutting-edge vessel 'Salish Sea Dream', you will head south across Georgia Strait, through the Gulf and San Juan Islands on route to Victoria. Along the way you will be on the lookout for many species of marine mammals, all while learning about life on Canada’s west coast from our expert naturalists. Your journey from Vancouver to Victoria will take approximately four hours and will arrive in the inner harbour at 12:30. From there, you will have free time to explore the sights and sounds of this beautiful and very walk-able city.
The final leg of the journey is on board the Victoria Clipper, a fast and comfortable passenger only ferry (with a bar). The Clipper departs Victoria at 19:00. The trip from Victoria to Seattle is quick and scenic, and will allow you to see a portion of Washington state coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

This trip cannot be booked online, please call 1-888-383-4884 for reservations.

ITINERARY

7:30 Check in at Vancouver office (1601 Bayshore Drive)
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
18:00 Check in at Clipper Vacations (254 Belleville St, Victoria)
19:00 Clipper departs
21:45 Arrives in Seattle

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 
$
355
Adult (18+)
$
315
Youth (13-17)
$
180
Child (5-12)
$
75
infants (0-4)
Book Now Call
1-888-383-4884
Starting from the Westin Bayshore hotel in downtown Vancouver’s beautiful Coal Harbour, this tour departs at 8:30. After boarding our custom-built, cutting-edge vessel 'Salish Sea Dream', you will head south across Georgia Strait, through the Gulf and San Juan Islands on route to Victoria. Along the way you will be on the lookout for many species of marine mammals, all while learning about life on Canada’s west coast from our expert naturalists. Your journey from Vancouver to Victoria will take approximately four hours and will arrive in the inner harbour at 12:30. From there, you will have free time to explore the sights and sounds of this beautiful and very walk-able city.
The final leg of the journey is on board the Victoria Clipper, a fast and comfortable passenger only ferry (with a bar). The Clipper departs Victoria at 19:00. The trip from Victoria to Seattle is quick and scenic, and will allow you to see a portion of Washington state coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

This trip cannot be booked online, please call 1-888-383-4884 for reservations.

ITINERARY

7:30 Check in Vancouver office (1601 Bayshore Drive)
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
18:00 Check in at Clipper Vacations (254 Belleville St, Victoria)
19:00 Clipper departs
21:45 Arrives in Seattle

Carry on luggage only is permitted on Salish Sea Dream. 
Victoria Routes

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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Seattle Routes
Vancouver Routes

Prince of Whales Whale Watching Policies

  • All reservations are subject to our 24 hour cancellation policy.
  • All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and do not include the 5% Goods and services tax
  • Visit our whale sighting guarantee page to review the sighting guarantee polices

Medical Conditions for Zodiac Adventure tours

This tour is not suitable for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions including but not limited to back or neck injury, recent surgery, and/or current or suspected pregnancy.

There are no medical conditions for our Ocean Magic covered boats.