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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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Prince of Whales COVID-19

Education, Video Blog
UPDATE MARCH 30th 2021  Do the new BC public health orders affect your tour?  While the new provincial restrictions are expansive, we have not been directed as an organization/tour operator to suspend our operations, and continue to offer tours with strict COVID procedures in place and at reduced capacities. Until such a time as we... Read more »...

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

Exploration, Promotion, Story, Weekly Blog
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 »...
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  • Reviews

    SO Many Whales! What an amazing trip! Staff were super knowledgeable about all of the marine life and did a wonderful job ensuring everyone on board was taken care of. We had Lily, Shawnee and Valerie telling us all about the whales we saw and their enthusiasm about it made me that much more excited to see the whales too. They all did a tremendous job ensuring that the boat was constantly being cleaned for covid measures as well. We were provided with a really cool whale buff as a face covering if we didn't have one with us. I am more than impressed with my time out whale watching and hope to one day return for more! Keep up the awesome work :D

    Posted on 7/06/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    Great experience from start to finish First of all, extreme shout out to the staff and crew of Prince of Whales. The people behind the counter were very pleasant and easy to deal with. The tour guides/naturalists James and Amy were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made the experience more enjoyable, and the captain and co-captain found us some whales and were also very pleasant. The boat was a great size for a comfortable all around journey. We could see the captain on his radio the entire trip out as he was communicating with others on where we might find some whale activity. We ended up finding a pod of Killer Whales, one of which was a calf which the others were teaching to hunt (they caught a seal and kept pushing it in front of the calf so it could learn). Really neat to see! Eventually the whales headed south, and we continued our journey north to Butchart Gardens. Along the way, the captain took us by other islands in the area where they knew we would see wildlife. One island was completely covered with cormorants, another had seals, and then another with a bald eagle perched on a tree. Then we docked at the Gardens, which by itself is beautifully done and worth seeing...all the colours and different arrangements, as well as the fountains. I don't think I would do Butchart Gardens by itself (not as much my thing) but as an add on to the whale watching tour, it is a great way to finish the day. They also provided tickets to come back to town on a bus. Anyway, I've gone on long enough....this was a day VERY well spent. Thank you Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 8/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great trip~ Amazing experience!
    Warm and considerate explanation.

    Learning a lot about whales, and I can feel the how closed the local people and animals are.

    Strongly recommend.

    Posted on 3/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Very interesting and informative Spent about five hours on the water. Saw 4 orcas (killer whales) and learned a great many things about them. Saw sea lions sunning on buoy markers and tons of seals. We also saw at least two bald eagles, one very close. The naturalists on board were very good and very informative. I would highly recommend it especially for families.

    Posted on 7/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Cherry on the cake.. Hunting Orcas during our trip! This has been great fun! On Thursday 09/20/2019 we've did an excursion with this Whale Watching Tour. And man, did we see them? YES!! After a long journey of over an hour on the beautiful coastline north of Vancouver. we met up with a group of ORCAS.
    The much expierenced crew were enthousiastic and did their best to explane all we wanted to kow and what we were seeing.
    The orcas were hunting for food. Some 8-10 of them were lining up at one direction. And than: One of them swam the other way. At some point one of the big ones rises up from the sea.
    And turned over a piece of food, probably a just killed seal. We even got that on camera and video. It was very rarely shown. So we felt like the liucky ones.
    Great trip. Worth every penny. Great crew, for the love of nature!

    Posted on 10/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale watching Excellent trip, saw whales, seals, sea lions and multiple birds. Guides are very knowledgeable and even able to tell you the name of the whales they think we saw. Added bonus that they send you the photos they take from that day FREE of charge. Would do it again!

    Posted on 9/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great trip My partner and I had an amazing time on this whale watching adventure. Was great seeing the whales and the other wildlife that the captain and crew pointed out for us.

    Posted on 7/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    A FANTASTIC Day of Whale Watching with a great Team Six friends who were on the Rocky Mt train trip decided a half day whale watching was on our must do trip! Our train car server,Randy recommended this company. Boy, we were so glad he did!!

    The boat holds 72, we were fortunate there were only 20 passengers on our morning trip.

    Our staff was Capt Erin, Craig and Tom. They were just as amazed as we were how close the Hump back whales, a pod of 3 came close to the boat then one came especially close. We saw 2 whales breaching and another set were slapping the water with their find.

    Both naturalists were taking pictures so they could help record which whales were out and about, reporting back to a Whale research team.

    I have great videos but I can't load on this review.

    Delicious hot chocolate served, coffee and tea. Snacks available for purchase. Cash only.

    Put this on your must do while in Vancouver. Great gift shop as well. I got a white Prince of Whales windbreaker as a souvenir.

    Plan to have lunch on Granville Island when you return. The market place has great options.

    Posted on 10/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Executive Assistant This was amazing! Our guide Gary was fantastic and so full of information. I would recommend whole heartedly, especially on the Zodiac!

    Posted on 6/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Unforgettable experience with incredible, attentive staff I elected to go on the half day tour with Prince of Whales in early July 2019 and let me say, it was an adventure I will never forget. The crew on board for that day were Aaron, Wilma, Selena and Aurdra - and they were nothing short of amazing. The captain was especially incredible to have decided to take us to see an island of seals first, as to extend our whale watching time - a pod of 4 beautiful Orcas we were able to observe for an hour! On the top deck, Wilma was a fountain of knowledge, not only of whales, but other local wildlife. She volunteered information about the surrounding islands, local customs, indigenous culture and so much more! This was an unforgettable experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed, and possibly may be the best excursion I have ever been on.

    Posted on 7/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
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