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Whale watching is only half the adventure

We are more than a whale watching and marine wildlife adventure organization. We are mariners, educators, entertainers, scientists, and conservationists. We have been family-owned and operated since day one.

From our downtown departure locations, we offer industry-leading whale watching tours in Vancouver, Victoria, Telegraph Cove, and Seattle. Prince of Whales is focused on sharing the beautiful and breathtaking coastal waters of British Columbia, its vibrant wildlife, and its rich history.

Half-Day Whale Watching

Departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver our high-speed, custom-built, luxury catamaran will take you on a 3- to 5-hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife ...more

Half-Day Whale Watching

Departing from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 74-person semi-covered, custom-built express cruiser, this adventure will take you on a 3-hour fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing ...more

Zodiac Whale Watching

Departing from downtown Victoria aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing ...more

Zodiac Whale Watching

Departing from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing ...more

Fly-Whales-Fly (Catamaran)

This customizable round-trip adventure will take you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria on a 35-minute one-way seaplane flight (Part 1). From here, you’ll board a custom-built 95-passenger, catamaran, embarking on a 3+ hour, fully-guided whale watching and ...more
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Whale & Wildlife Sightings of Telegraph Cove

Exploration, Weekly Blog, Whale Sightings
Telegraph Cove is home to numerous marine mammals, fish and sea life! From the moment we leave the dock we could start seeing wildlife. Wildlife we may get the opportunity to see include: Humpback Whales Killer Whales Dall’s Porpoise Pacific White-Sided Dolphins Stellar Sea Lions Harbour Seals Minke Whales Bald Eagles   Humpback Whales Humpback... Read more »...

Granville Island Getaway

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Before Granville Island became what it is today, it once was used as a local fishing area for First Nations tribes. These are the ancestral lands for three nations; the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Today it is a small tourist mecca offering a range of culture, art, food, shops, entertainment and adventure – the... Read more »...

Tales of Telegraph Cove

Exploration, Promotion, Story, Weekly Blog
Nestled in a bay along the northern coastline of Vancouver Island, on the traditional land of the Namgis First Nation, lies a small village known as Telegraph Cove. The name was coined by Alfred Maemaduke in 1912 and referred to the telegraph lineman’s station that pioneers, loggers and others of industry would use. Today, Telegraph... Read more »...
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  • Reviews

    Whale watching triumph Wow! What a trip! We went out today on the half day trip. Not knowing if we would see anything we set off with our fingers crossed. Within 15 minutes or so of leabing Granville island we were watching a humpback whale! We then saw a further humpback while sailing further out before coming across a family group of Orcas. Such a beautiful experience! They had just fed so were very active and playful, was lucky enough to see one come right out of the water! Also saw a lone male Orca which is very rare apparently. It wasn't just whales that we saw, a porpoise, sea lions, eagles and an otter! I know we were probably lucky with the amount we saw but if you are on Vancouver it's definitely worth a trip out, a once in a life time opportunity! Thanks to the crew James, Camille, Mar, Sandy and Anthony. James in particular stood out...he was so enthusiastic about his job! He was very informative about the whales we were seeing and was incredibly knowledgeable not only about the whales but the other wildlife and the local area too!

    Posted on 10/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great day! What a great day on the water! It was chillier than expected up on top, but that is where the viewing is best! We saw multiple Humpbacks and also a pod of Orcas, plus seals, sea lions, bald eagles, etc... Craig was wonderful, but ask him questions so he shares all that he knows. The captain, Ian, did a great job of letting both sides of the boat have great views. My only complaint was that rude tourists kept standing up and blocking the view. My suggestion: Give them one warning, then throw them overboard! Remember to tip your crew. They live on your generosity! Couldn’t be more satisfied!

    Posted on 8/18/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing tour on 22.6.2019. It was a great tour, wonderful close experience with one family of whales, great weather and fantastic crew. Wilma was our host and she did an amazing job, so passionate, devoted and honest. Well done and congratulations!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    AMAZING Blessed with the weather and an amazing crew of Anthony, Sandy, Wilma and Amy. A fabulous 4.5hours. Three separate hump back whale sightings, sea lions and bald eagles. Anthony and Sandy did an amazing job of guiding us to the spots and Wilma and Amy made it all the more special with their in depth knowledge. Thanks to all concerned.

    Posted on 10/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great fun with family We went whale watching with out 5 year old in month of July. The entire crew made sure our experience was enjoyable and memorable. They went above and beyond in giving us pleasurable experience throughout our 4.15 hr trip. Crew was passionate and knowable about what they were doing and kept us guided throughout the experience. Captain Aaron was nice enough to welcome my 5 year into his cabin and make him understand functionality of how it works and let him handle it for a while.

    Couldn’t recommend enough.

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great experience!! Loved the knowledgeable and friendly staff! It was a wonderful experience, despite the cold winds! The Captain drove farther North and we were able to see 9 orcas!! It was a great experience. Highly recommend!

    Posted on 4/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Several Orcas and Humpback Whale What a great experience, we had a picture perfect day, the crew was outstanding, the boat with about 75 passenger excellent, could travel in high speed and in 5 hours we covered a huge area and fortunately we had many sightings of orcas feeding on a sea lion, WOW, just awesome, we did see one humpback whale. Highly recommend this excursion company.

    Posted on 7/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    So amazing! this trip was my absolute favorite, in fact I went twice. Both times I had the same captain, Chris Bann and the same naturalist, Lili. They were excellent and the second time around I also had Bill Moore as another captain and Valerie and Laura. Very well versed in their job. The first time out, we saw a pod of orca whales, some seals, a bald eagle and a humpback whale named Divit. The second time I saw the same humpback whale. The trip itself was so amazing, I loved the speed of the boat and the waves and all of it. On my second trip I was allowed to see the captain's cabin after they docked and Mr. Bill Moore showed me how they steered the boat into the dock. Thank you all guys. And because I so wanted a souvenir to take home with me, a Prince of Whales hat, the office ordered one for me from the Vancouver office and it was brought over in a boat! How amazing is that!

    Posted on 7/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great trip, highly recommend This was a fabulous day out. The staff and crew were amazing, very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We saw humpback whales in the morning and spent as much time as we could watching them, with plenty of time for pictures, before making our way to Victoria. The afternoon was at our leisure, so you could choose between spending time in Victoria, Buchart Gardens, or both, and there was enough time for both. The afternoon pick up from the gardens was on time and easy to find, and then on the trip back to Vancouver we were lucky enough to see orcas. Again we spent as much time as possible watching them, before continuing our journey back to Vancouver. This is a great day out and I highly recommend it.

    Posted on 1/05/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    Half day Whale Watching Trip Everything about this experience was fantastic, from booking the trip in the office on Granville Isalnd to arriving back in to Vancouver, at the end of our whale watching trip. Every member of staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. An amazing trip, worth every cent and more. There are no guarantees of course that whales will be seen but on the day of our trip, the sun shone and we saw 10 humpbacks in different locations and 2 orcas near Nanaimo as well as dolphins and seals. Captain Iain ensured the whales were seen from both sides of the boat while maintaining a safe environment for them. On our way back 2 humpbacks were right alongside us so the engines were cut and we watched a beautiful display by the humpbacks. Thanks to Wilma and Stuart who shared their passion and knowledge of these beautiful creatures with us. An experience we will never forget and would recommend to anyone.

    Posted on 9/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
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