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Frequently asked questions about whale watching tours
April 28, 2023

Frequently asked questions about whale watching tours


Whale watching tours are a thrilling and unique way to experience nature’s most majestic creatures up close!

If you’re planning to embark on a whale watching adventure soon, you may have some questions about what to expect. In this blog post, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about our whale watching tours.

  1. Where are the best places to go whale watching? Whale watching tours can be found in many locations around the world, but some of the best places to go include Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and Norway. These places offer the best opportunities to see a variety of whale species in their natural habitat. We are a bit biased, and we strongly believe that British Columbia is the best place to see not only whales, but an incredible biodiversity of creatures! You can’t go wrong with either of our Victoria whale watching or Vancouver whale watching locations.
  2. What kind of whales can I expect to see on a whale watching tour? The whales you may see on a tour depend on the location and the time of year. Some of the most common whale species you may see include humpback whales and killer whales, but we have seen some gray whales, minke whales and fin whales depending on the season!
  3. When is the best time of year to go whale watching? The best time to go whale watching varies depending on the location. In general, whales can be seen year-round, but some migratory whales, such as Humpback whales, are mostly visible from the Spring to the Fall.
  4. How long do whale watching tours last? Whale watching tours can last anywhere from a few hours to a half day, depending on the tour type and the location. Most tours last between 3-5 hours, which is usually enough time to spot several whales.
  5. What should I wear on a whale watching tour? Dress in layers and wear comfortable, waterproof clothing. It’s also a good idea to wear sturdy shoes with good traction, as the decks of the boats can be slippery. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It gets a little chilly on the water!
  6. Are whale watching tours safe? Yes, whale watching tours are generally safe. We are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the behavior of whales, and to protect these amazing creatures we respect all distance regulations in the province. However, it’s important to follow the safety guidelines provided by the tour guide and naturalists to ensure everyone’s safety.
  7. Can I bring my camera on a whale watching tour? Yes, bringing a camera is highly recommended! Just be sure to bring a waterproof camera or protect it with a waterproof case, as there is a good chance you’ll get splashed. But we offer an amazing Free Photo Package, available to all our guests on large vessels, in which our talented photographers will take stunning images of the wildlife and scenery for you for free!
  8. What happens if we don’t see any whales on the tour? While it’s rare not to see any whales on a tour, it can happen. We have a fantastic year-round whale sighting guarantee, meaning that if you don’t see any whales, you can come back on another tour, only paying a small conservation fee!

Whale watching tours are a fantastic way to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most incredible creatures. If you’re planning to go on a whale watching tour, we hope this post has helped answer some of your questions and prepare you for an unforgettable adventure!

If you have any more questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at any time!

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