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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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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 »...

Whaling to Watching: A History of Whales and People

Conservation, Education, Weekly Blog
Whales’ massive size, incomparable intelligence, curiosity, and sociability make us want to connect with them, and we are thrilled by the mystery of what a whale does beneath the ocean’s surface. But we did not always look at whales with interest and admiration, and only recently have we started valuing them as part of an... Read more »...

Sizzling Summer Special!

Promotion, Story, Weekly Blog
Hey Victoria – The summer is here, and while we all need to be safe and careful, it’s still important to enjoy some outdoor fun in the sun – provided we continue to make the right choices. Prince of Whales, and our amazing neighbours Milestones, have teamed up to provide a great way to spend... Read more »...
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  • Reviews

    Humpback whales at starboard Wonderful experience. Crew are incredibly knowledgeable, open to answering questions and know how to deal with large groups.

    Tour was well booked regarding group size. There were plenty of clear viewing points on the boat and it never felt rushed.

    We saw humpback whales, which was incredible, and then ventured towards the islands on which we picked out a few deer and bald eagles.

    Highly recommend this tour. Was the highlight of our stay,

    Posted on 8/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Best part of my vacation! We did the half day whale watching tour from Victoria on May 28, 2019 (the 12:15 tour). We had an excellent time! We spent a good 20 minutes watching 2 humpbacks near Saturna Island- Heather and Raptor- and they swam right up to our boat! Such an amazing experience. We also saw seals lying on the rocks, a bald eagle, and another humpback made a quick appearance on our way back to Victoria!
    I highly recommend this tour. Our boat was a good size and could accommodate a lot of people, but being a weekday, it wasn't too crowded, which was great for us :)
    The crew on our tour were Chris, Bill, Val, Lili, and Maia. They were excellent.
    I want to also give a shoutout to Lili- she sent me photos of the whales through email on her own time- which I appreciated so much, and its such a nice touch :)
    Thank you for a great experience. This was my first time in Victoria, but I'm coming back for sure, and I'll be sure to book another whale watching tour!

    Posted on 6/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic Great experience from start to finish
    Booked a trip on a zodiac
    Had to change times no Problem
    Checked in suited up the lady guessed our sizes correctly
    Tips about being cold on the water were great
    Weather was rainy but the trip was fun we didn’t see many whales but our guide is was awesome
    Offered that we could take another trip for free but we felt like we had a great trip we saw grey wales & sea lions
    We have used this company for many years & never been disappointed

    Posted on 9/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Playing Dall’s ...!!! What An excellent experience it was. The younger whales were just playing with us for almost about 15 minutes which was just incredible...!!! Humpback was so close like giving poses to have its pictures
    Surely A Unforgettable Trip
    Thanks To All Staff Members for a great service
    Bill Joe Lilli Jen Maia
    You all were a great support .

    Posted on 7/21/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    Fun and Informative for all ages! WOW!! Days later I am still blown away. What a truly amazing experience my friend and I had with this tour company.
    The staff on the boat were Aaron,Selena,Aurdra and Wilma who were all friendly and accommodating during the excursion never failing to offer hot beverages the entire trip. My friend and I sat on the top deck with Wilma who was just lovely and filled with knowledge and smiles. She had a great personality and taught us SOOOO much about the whales , specifically the group of Orcas we were able to see for an hour!!! Not only that, she also had so much to teach us about the other wild life, surrounding islands and the local flora and fauna. In comparison to the other whale watching companies Prince of whales seemed to have the bigger better boats. I am Sooo happy i was able to experience this. As a travel agent i would 10/10 recommend this to my clients :)

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whales We saw whales and seals, and we took nice pictures from the whale fin, so it is one thing from our bucket list. Great experience, good service, perfect crew, thanks😃

    Posted on 10/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Our awesome experience Amazing experience! Our crew found us amazing spots with Orcas and sea lions!
    The pilot and staff were all so calm and Knowledgeable. This is a definite must do if you are visiting Vancouver! Prince of Whales is the way to go!! Thank you!!

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing adventure Just stunning! Such a lovely experience to top of our Vancouver trip. We saw several Humpbacks, Porpoises, Sea lions, harbour seals and plenty of birds. The staff were fabulous and were also genuinely excited to see the Whales too. They were so informative and kept the trip interesting even on the long waits while the whales went for a big dive. The boat was clean and comfortable with large viewing platform so everyone could see and inside were large viewing windows. Overall a great trip and one I’ll remember for a long time.

    Posted on 10/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing! Amazing! We booked the one-way Vancouver to Victoria tour with guides Amy and James and wow, was it worth it! Our guides were extremely friendly and helpful and made a point of talking to everyone separately. My partner also decided to propose to me on the boat and the staff was very enthusiastic and made sure to make a lot of pictures :3 :3 :3 We were on the big catamaran, which takes 95 people max, but can seat 95 people both upstairs as downstairs, so you both have a seat in- as outdoor. We were only about 25 people though, which is crazy. We got to see a humpback whale (nicknamed Zigzag, you can recognise the different ones by the tale) with it's calf, seals and eagles and my partner saw a porpoise as well. We got to spent about 30min with the humpback before we needed to continue to Victoria, and the captain didn't think that was enough, so they called it a "no-whale" tour anyway, so we could go again! The guides came around near the end to tell us that and to explain what we were to do, to redeem this. They also showed us a map of the route we had taken with signalisation about where we had seen what.

    To book the new tour we had to pay 5 dollar per person adminstration costs and we went again two days later. This time we did the normal whale-watching tour from Vancouver with Aaron, Wilma (with us on the upper deck :D), Selena and Becky. This boat was slightly smaller and slightly less comfortable and with more people on board. It was still an amazing experience though. We stayed with two killer whales (T077-family) for about half an hour (I really hope they found their mom back by now! :'( :'( ) and then went to see another humpback-whale (who did a full breach, which is extremely rare in this region!) with her calf.

    I can highly recommend this company and would never want to try another one after this wonderful experience with them.

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A great day for Orca A great 4 hours watching a pod of orca hunt a porpoise. And then we saw humpback whales off in the distance - at least 4 breaching and tail slapping.

    An excellent mix of great whale watching and good information from the naturalists on board. The weather was good - the boat easy to move around on, and even a nice hot cup of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate) when we boarded.

    I love watching wild animals at any time - today was very special. A big thanks to the Captain and crew at Prince of Whales for a wonderful afternoon!

    Posted on 8/31/2019 via TripAdvisor