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THE ULTIMATE DAY TOUR

(2015 season: May 22 – Sept 20)

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

Welcome aboard ‘Ocean Magic’ – the flagship vessel of Prince of Whales Whale Watching on this Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria, exploring the beauty that is British Columbia. Read More

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, entre 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…

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

7:30AM Check In
8:00AM Day Debrief
8:30AM Ocean Magic departs Vancouver
12:30PM Ocean Magic arrives in the Victoria Harbour
12:30 – 15:00PM Customize your day!
Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 1:10pm, 2:20pm and 3:00pm 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 Ocean Magic departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Arrive back in Vancouver

*Guided shuttle connections to the Butchart Gardens takes approximately 45 minutes

 

$
300
Adult (18+)
$
200
Youth (13-17)
$
150
Child (5-12)
Free
Infants (0-4)
Book Now


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, entre 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…

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

7:30AM Check In
8:00AM Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30AM Ocean Magic departs Vancouver
12:30PM Ocean Magic arrives in the Victoria Harbour

12:30 – 15:00PM 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 1:10pm, 2:20pm and 3:00pm to the Butchart Gardens.*

16:30PM Meet the boat crew at the Butchart Gardens private dock (located near the Japanese Gardens)
16:45PM Ocean Magic departs Butchart Cove
19:00PM Ocean Magic arrives back in Vancouver – Just in time for dinner


*Guided shuttle connections to the Butchart Gardens takes approximately 45 minutes

 

WHALES & FLY

(2015 season: May 22 – Sept 20)

Whale Watching
Victoria Inner Harbour

Return Seaplane Flight

If you want to see it all and have limited time, add a return flight on a seaplane to the Southbound Adventure Crossing to make the most of your journey to Vancouver Island. Whale-watch your way to Victoria on a spectacular marine wildlife adventure…. Read More

In the same amount of time as it would take to travel the regular road and ferry route, you can depart from the harbour in Vancouver, enjoy a guided whale watching tour and arrive in downtown Victoria by 12:30pm.

Start out from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and settle into the comfortable interior of an Ocean Magic Cruiser or climb up to the top deck to enjoy the wind in your hair and prepare to enjoy an amazing day. Travelling 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 back to Vancouver.

Itinerary

7:30 Check in at the Vancouver office (1601 Bayshore Drive)
8:30 Ocean Magic departs Vancouver
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
Select a Seaplane flight back to Vancouver between 1pm & 6pm

 

$
375
Adult (18+)
$
355
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 road and ferry route, you can depart from the harbour in Vancouver, enjoy a guided whale watching tour and arrive in downtown Victoria by 1pm.

Start out from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and settle into the comfortable interior of an Ocean Magic Cruiser or climb up to the top deck to enjoy the wind in your hair and prepare to enjoy an amazing day. Travelling 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 back to Vancouver.

Itinerary

7:30 Check in Vancouver office (1601 Bayshore Drive)
8:30 Ocean Magic departs
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
Select from 13:40, 14:40, 15:30, 16:00 Seaplane flight back to Vancouver

FLY - WHALES - FLY

Whale Watching
Roundtrip Seaplane flights
Vancouver - Victoria

We’ll arrange a flight for you on a seaplane between Vancouver & Victoria Harbour. Once in Victoria you will depart for our 3-hour whale watching tour!... Read More

Not only is this the fastest way to travel the distance, but one of the most scenic! The seaplane schedule is flexible, and we can customize the departure to meet your needs. Once in Victoria you will depart on either our Ocean Magic Cruiser or Zodiac Tour for a 3-hour whale watching tour!

Depending on the season you could see Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, seals, sealions, porpoises, abundant waterfowl and more.

In Victoria, you will discover a very walkable city with small funky boutiques, cafes and restaurants, beautiful galleries, museums and the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Your return journey will be by float plane, soaring 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. 24 hour cancellation policy

Itinerary

Flights can be booked at your convenience to allow extra time in Victoria to explore the city

Example of a Fly-Whales-Fly Tour:
9:00 Check in at Harbour Air in Vancouver (Unit #1 Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place)
9:20 Seaplane leaves Vancouver Harbour
9:55 Flight arrives in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
10:30 Check in at Prince of Whales for 11:00 Zodiac whale watching tour
14:00 Arrive back in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
14:20 Check in for your 2:40 return Seaplane to Vancouver
15:10 Arrive back in Vancouver Harbour

$
450
Adult (18+)
$
430
Youth (12-17)
$
275
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! The seaplane schedule is flexible, and we can customize the departure to meet your needs. Once in Victoria you will depart on either our Ocean Magic Cruiser or Zodiac Tour for a 3-hour whale watching tour!

Depending on the season you could see Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, seals, sealions, porpoises, abundant waterfowl and more.

In Victoria, you will discover a very walkable city with small funky boutiques, cafes and restaurants, beautiful galleries, museums and the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Your return journey will be by float plane, soaring 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. 24 hour cancellation policy

Itinerary

Flights can be booked at your convenience to allow extra time in Victoria to explore the city

Example of a Fly-Whales-Fly Tour:
9:00 Check in at Harbour Air in Vancouver (Unit #1 Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place)
9:20 Seaplane leaves Vancouver Harbour
9:55 Flight arrives in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
10:30 Check in at Prince of Whales for 11:00 Zodiac whale watching tour
14:00 Arrive back in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
14:20 Check in for your 2:40 return Seaplane to Vancouver
15:10 Arrive back in Vancouver Harbour

WHIRLYBIRD & WHALES

Whale Watching
Roundtrip Helicopter flights
Vancouver - Victoria

A unique way to discover Vancouver Island, by catching a helicopter flight over to Victoria for a whale watching excursion... Read More

The Whirlybird and Whales Tour is another way to experience whales and wildlife year round, when departing from Vancouver. We invite guests to book this tour if they are looking for a unique way to discover Vancouver Island, by catching a helicopter flight over to Victoria for a whale watching excursion. Choose from either the thrill ride on the Zodiac or the laid-back comfort of the Ocean Magic.

If time is working against you, these short flights on either side of a three hour tour can be the quickest way to experience whale watching from Vancouver. Or – take your time and stay ovevr in Victoria for a night or two and join our Whales and Gardens excursion instead. We recommend you call our friendly office staff to get a customized arrangement built for you.

This trip cannot be booked online, please call 1-888-383-4884 for reservations. 24 hour cancellation policy

Itinerary

Flights can be booked at your convenience to allow extra time in Victoria to explore the city

Example of a Whirlybird Tour:
10:40 Check in at Helijet in Vancouver (455 West Waterfront Road)
11:00 Helicopter leaves Vancouver Harbour
11:35 Flight arrives in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
12:30 Check in at Prince of Whales for 1:00 Zodiac whale watching tour
16:00 Arrive back in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
17:40 Check in for your 6:00 return Helijet to Vancouver
18:30 Arrive back in Vancouver Harbour

Weekends
$
435
Adult (18+)
$
415
Youth (12-17)
$
265
Child (2-11)
Free
Infants (0-1)
Week Days
$
545
Adult (18+)
$
525
Youth (12-17)
$
265
Child (2-11)
Free
Infants (0-1)
Book Now Call
1-888-383-4884

The Whirlybird and Whales Tour is another way to experience whales and wildlife when departing from Vancouver. We invite guests to book this tour if they are looking for a unique way to discover Vancouver Island, by catching a helicopter flight over to Victoria for a whale watching excursion. Choose from either the thrill ride on the Zodiac or the laid-back comfort of the Ocean Magic.

If time is working against you, these short flights on either side of a three hour tour can be the quickest way to experience whale watching from Vancouver. Or – take your time and stay ovevr in Victoria for a night or two and join our Whales and Gardens excursion instead. We recommend you call our friendly office staff to get a customized arrangement built for you.

This trip cannot be booked online, please call 1-888-383-4884 for reservations. 24 hour cancellation policy

Itinerary

Flights can be booked at your convenience to allow extra time in Victoria to explore the city

Example of a Whirlybird Tour:
10:40 Check in at Helijet in Vancouver (455 West Waterfront Road)
11:00 Helicopter leaves Vancouver Harbour
11:35 Flight arrives in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
12:30 Check in at Prince of Whales for 1:00 Zodiac whale watching tour
16:00 Arrive back in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
17:40 Check in for your 6:00 return Helijet to Vancouver
18:30 Arrive back in Vancouver Harbour

One-Way Connections

SOUTHBOUND ADVENTURE CROSSING

(2015 season: May 22 - Sept 20)

Whale Watching
Victoria Inner Harbour
One Way Vancouver - Victoria

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!

HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Comfortable transfers onboard our custom built 62ft cruiser, Ocean Magic
  • Cruise through Haro Straight and the Straight 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

7:30AM Check In
8:00AM Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30AM Ocean Magic departs Vancouver
12:30PM Ocean Magic arrives in the Victoria Harbour

$
200
Adult (18+)
$
160
Youth (13-17)
$
100
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!

HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Comfortable transfers onboard our custom built 62ft cruiser, Ocean Magic
  • Cruise through Haro Straight and the Straight 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

7:30AM Check In
8:00AM Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30AM Ocean Magic departs Vancouver
12:30PM Ocean Magic arrives in the Victoria Harbour

Time to explore!

VANCOUVER - SEATTLE

(2015 season: May 22 - Sept 20)

Whale Watching
Victoria Inner Harbour
Sunset cruise 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

This tour operates each day from May 22nd – September 20th. Starting from the Westin Bayshore hotel in downtown Vancouver’s beautiful Coal Harbour, this tour departs at 8:30am. After boarding our custom-built Ocean Magic cruiser, 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 12:30pm. From there, you will have free time to explore the sights and sounds of this beautiful and very walkable 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 6:45pm. 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 Ocean Magic departs
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
18:15 Check in the Clipper Vacations (254 Belleville St, Victoria)
18:45 Clipper departs
21:30 arrives Seattle

$
337
Adult (18+)
$
297
Youth (13-17)
$
168.50
Child (5-12)
$
128.50
infants (0-4)
Book Now Call
1-888-383-4884

This tour operates each day from May 22nd – September 20th. Starting from the Westin Bayshore hotel in downtown Vancouver’s beautiful Coal Harbour, this tour departs at 8:30am. After boarding our custom-built Ocean Magic cruiser, 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 12:30pm. From there, you will have free time to explore the sights and sounds of this beautiful and very walkable 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 6:45pm. 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 Ocean Magic departs
12:30 Arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
18:15 Check in the Clipper Vacations (254 Belleville St, Victoria)
18:45 Clipper departs
21:30 arrives Seattle

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
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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 Cover boats.