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Victoria Half-Day Whale Watching
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This one-way adventure begins with a 3-hour journey from Seattle, WA, USA, to Victoria, BC, Canada aboard a high-speed passenger-only ferry, operated by Clipper Vacations (Part 1). On your arrival at Victoria Inner harbour, you will have free time to explore BC’s capital city. From here, the adventure continues with a 3-hour fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour aboard a custom-built Salish Sea Dream catamaran (Part 2). This is followed by a 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise behind Salt Spring Island before en route to your final destination, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Part 3).

Starting at $385* CAD / Adult Learn More

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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
Adult (18+) $385* CAD
Youth (13-17) $345* CAD
Child (2-12) $205* CAD
Infant (0-1) $90* CAD
2020 Season
TO BE ANNOUNCED
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • A 3-hour high-speed, passenger-only ferry from Seattle to Vancouver through Puget Sound operated by Clipper Vacations.

  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour. Opportunity to observe different species of whales in the wild, sea birds and other marine wildlife. Guided by 3-4 Transport Canada certified marine naturalists.

  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • The perfect viewing platform and the only one of its kind on British Columbia coast. This 95 passenger catamaran was engineered and built in Canada with the safety of our beloved marine wildlife and our guests as priority number one.

  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.

Experience

Explore everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer: Step aboard a comfortable passenger ferry in Seattle, and take in a scenic cruise through Puget Sound into Victoria’s harbour. Explore the capital city’s historic sites before getting on board our high-speed catamaran in search of orcas and humpback whales! Navigate the Haro Strait’s archipilego, past the Salt Spring Island passage and into downtown Vancouver—just in time to refuel on a seafood dinner as the sun sets.

Did you know? The Puget Sound is home to 13 marine mammals and 100 species of sea birds!

What To Bring

Passports and possibly visas are required when travelling between the United States and Canada for all passengers. Please visit https://www.clippervacations.com/travel-information/ for detailed ID requirements.

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Onboard snacks are available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

Departure Location

Clipper Vacations – Seattle Terminal

Pier 69: 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle WA, USA

Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to scheduled departure time and check-in with Clipper Vacations agent inside the terminal. Boarding will begin 45 minutes prior to departure. Final boarding call is 15 minutes before departure.

Passports (and possibly visas) are required when travelling between the United States and Canada.

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Arrival Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, Canada

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Know Before You Book

  • This adventure is ONE-WAY ONLY, no return transportation to Seattle is included.

  • The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

  • Bring up to 1 airline-sized piece of luggage and 1 carry-on on board at no additional cost.

  • Reviews

    Wonderful! One of the highlights of our trip! They have a 100% whale sighting guarantee which is nice, but the 1/2 day trip is lovely in itself. Of course, the absolute highlight was seeing a whole pod of Orcas (though they didn't breach)! They are amazing. Lovely company to book your trip with, as well--staff are very friendly and helpful and the price is reasonable

    Posted on 7/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Zodiac Trip We had a great 3+ hours on the Prince of Whales zodiac tour in the early afternoon. The skipper was brilliant - friendly, knowledgeable & created a nice atmosphere. We were lucky enough to see transient orcas, residents and humpbacks - absolutely incredible and at times we didn’t know where to look as they were everywhere around us! Would recommend, and would happily use again.

    Posted on 8/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale Watching without the Whales! Although the whales decided not to grace us with their presence the boat ride was fun!! My father, my husband and I enjoyed the zodiac ride trying to find them. Beautiful scenery! Jasper, our captain, was knowledgeable, and very friendly. The sea lions, seals and eagles were impressive ... especially the sea lions!

    Posted on 3/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience Maybe we were lucky but we saw Orcas, Humpbacks, sea lions, porpoises and sea eagles. Guides were I formative and genuinely loved doing what they do, great to see them as excited as we all were to see these magnificent creatures.

    Posted on 8/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Prince of Whales Whale Watching We had a great time on the Prince of Whales Whale Watching half day trip in Vancouver. We we saw orcas and my son saw the humpback whale!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Went out on the Salish Sea today through Boundary Pass with Captain Joe, Lilli ana Valerie. We were blessed with T86As, T101s, and T124As hunting Sea Lions. T86A also had a calf approx 1yr old, and was outta control with excitement 😆 My partner happily took around 800 photos on her DSLR from a safe distance of 200+ meters away. Wished we could have taken more, but am beyond stoked with the ones we got. This is the only acceptable way to view sea life - in the wild where they belong.

    Posted on 4/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great knowledgeable staff who are always wanting to find whales. We had a great trip - we were able to see a small pod of orca's on our trip to Victoria. The crew went out of their way to find whales for us to view. On board the staff were knowledgeable about the different whales that frequent the area as well as other marine life. The admin team were very helpful when we needed to change some dates around. On our return trip we were fortunate to see a group of approx 15 Orca's which was amazing. The same day, the morning trip had seen 8 humpbanks near the entrance to Victoria Haarbour.

    Posted on 7/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing zodiac tour with Scotty! I can’t even believe how amazing our experience was today. About 10 minutes in and we saw a humpback whale with a calf. We saw a total of 7 humpbacks which Scotty was able to identify and give us great information about. Scotty obviously has a great passion for his job and answered every question with great detail and enthusiasm. On the way back to telegraph cove he also took us to see a group of Stella sea lions and we were also lucky enough to see some dalls porpoise too! Thanks so much Prince of Whales, definitely a tour I won’t forget!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great tour on the sound Fantastic tour seeing Orcas and hump back whales. Lili was great and gave us a detailed commentary as we were on the sound looking at all wildlife. The boat was very comfortable and a cup of chocolate hit the spot to warm us up after being outside on deck

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Tour Beautiful day! We saw lots of nature and wildlife! Enjoyed the water and the crew were knowledgeable.

    Posted on 6/26/2019 via TripAdvisor

FAQS

Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

When is the best time of day for watching whales?

There really is no better time of day for whale sightings, as the whales do not run on a schedule as we do! The whales are active throughout the day and their behaviour changes as groups encounter each other. If you are looking for the best scenic light for photography choose morning departure.

Are there bathrooms on the Catamarans?

Yes! The catamarans are equipped with two airline-style washrooms.

Do passengers often feel seasick?

No, our boats are custom-built for whale watching with passengers in mind. Captain and crew will also do their best to minimize the impact of the sea. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you purchase non-drowsy Gravol from a pharmacy prior to your adventure with us.

Are there snacks or beverages on board?

Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate bars) can be purchased with CAD cash. You can also bring your own snacks.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Cancellation Policy

This adventure has a hassle-free 72-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 72 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.