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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

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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

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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

    Fantastic to do. The staff on board the catamaran were great. Learned a lot about the whales and sea lions. Lily was amazing.

    Posted on 8/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Beautiful morning trip with lots of whales Had a great trip with my lovely wife on our wedding anniversary on the new catamaran. The crew were excellent and the trip was awesome. We saw a pod of 8 orcas and three humpbacks as well as an island full of sea lions. Laura was our deck guide. She shared her extensive knowledge and clear passion for the subject matter with us which made the trip even more enjoyable and educational. We went on the morning trip which I would recommend.

    Posted on 8/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Thrilling Awesome trip and guide. A must for everyone visiting the coast! Saw a pod of ball porpoises that were swimming all around our boat, transient orca whales and sea lions

    Posted on 6/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Prince of whales wildlife adventures i can highly recommend this company, all the staff are very professional and very knowledgable. This has been one of the best days and worth every penny.

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale watching boat tour This tour exceeded all of our expectations. Captain Aaron and First Mate Wilma did a great job finding us some very rare sightings of resident killer whales and Olivia was the Naturalist who told us about the wildlife we were seeing, and could not have been more nice and helpful.
    Highly recommend prince of Whales Whale Watching tours!

    Posted on 8/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    The Great Staff Made My Day! I had a wonderful time on the half day excursion. I opted for the catamaran since I have neck problems and didn't want to risk injuring myself on the zodiac. Great choice. The catamaran is spacious, and has floor to ceiling windows making it easy to see from inside. It was nice to have the heated indoor part to come back to in order to warm up by the heaters and by enjoying the complimentary hot drinks. (Chocolate bars and granola bars available for $2 each.) Even though it was cold, I spent most of the time outside on deck, not only for the close up views of the whales (we spotted 15 humpback whales and 1 gray whale, many sea lions and some seals), but also to listen to the two tour guides, Lili and Val, who were very knowledgeable and shared their expertise in an engaging way. They taught us how to look for markings on the whale tails to help identify which whales were being spotted.

    Tips:
    1. Dress warmly if you go in October! I had dressed fairly warmly, but found I could have done with a few more layers, thicker gloves and an actual hat in addition to the hood on my Gortex jacket. We were supplied with blankets, gloves and hats for which I was very grateful. We had a bright sunny day with little wind compared to what it can be like.
    2. Bring binoculars. I didn't but wished I had.
    3. If you want healthy snacks, you will need to bring them yourself.
    4. If having to wait 4+ hours to go to the bathroom is a concern for you, take the catamaran, not the zodiac. You'll still have lots of fun.

    Thank you to Lili, Val, Bill and Joe for making this experience something that I will remember for a long time.

    Posted on 11/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whales Galore! My daughter and I enjoyed every minute of it. Wilma’s fun attitude and extreme knowledge of the local flora and fauna was so appreciated. She and Captain Ian, Olivia and Selena were very pleasant and helpful in pointing out various animals and places of interest. We saw bald eagles, harbor seals and three families of orca whales. The day was perfect

    Posted on 7/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic (lucky) experience) Saw some unbelievable sights. A pod of killer whales leaping out the water. What you see will vary day by day though, so the main review should be about the staff... They were all fantastic and were so enthusiastic about the animals.

    Posted on 8/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Brilliant afternoon with knowledgable crew We took the boat from Granville Island, we sat upstairs and although it was a fast and sometime bumpy ride it was great. We were lucky with the weather, sunny although a bit cold at time. We travelled for over an hour and a half before we saw any sign of a whale but then they appeared and we spent the next hour watching them. Particularly special was the mum and her calf who surfaced close to us. on the way back we passed close to some small islands and saw a variety of wildlife, bald eagles, a variety of seals and sea otters. The crew were brilliant, showing us maps of where we were going and photos of the various types of whales we may see

    Posted on 6/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great day out Thank you to the amazing staff, Valerie, Lilly and the rest of the crew who were warm, welcoming and provided so much information about the different whales we seen! We had an awesome day and would highly recommend the catamaran boat for a comfortable trip

    Posted on 7/11/2020 via TripAdvisor
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