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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).

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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

    Amazing whale watching experience at Telegraph Cove We drove up all the way to telegraph cove to go whale watching with Prince of Whales, and it became the highlight of our trip to the Island. Not only, because we were lucky, to see so much of the beautiful wildlife (we saw several Humpbacks, porpoises, bald eagles, sea lions, minke whales and Orcas!), but also because the whole crew did an amazing job, explaining so much about the animals and the environment. We expected to go out on a 3 hour trip, but the amazing crew (Roman,Rebecca,Sharon,Vanessa,Kiron) made it a 5 hour tour instead. Special thanks to Rebecca, who is not only a wildlife expert, but also a great photographer (I asked her, if she could send me some pictures of the orcas we saw at that day). You can see her pictures below.

    So if you are considering doing a whale watching tour on the Island. This is your place to go!

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic Trip! I went on a Whale Watching Tour on the Ocean Magic on July 15 with Captain Roman and then Rebecca was our naturalist. Roman did a great job getting us close to the whales and lined up nicely to get good photos out of the way of other boats while staying a safe distance away While traveling between different areas, and whenever we saw wildlife, Rebecca was extremely informative and helpful giving facts, identifying the different whales, and answering all questions! She is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about her job and the whales and it really showed. I had never seen whales before going out with Prince of Whales and it was a great first experience; I would highly recommend to others!

    Posted on 7/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    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
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    Exciting and Educational! This was one of our best days out in Victoria! We chose the morning whale watching trip and we were thoroughly treated to a few pods of whales feeding in the bay. Once we reached a point far from the shore, we started spotting whale activity and we were entertained for the next hour! Pods of whales were feeding, diving and surfacing in the general area so the captain was able to direct the catamaran as close as possible while still being safe for the whales, making sure we didn't disturb them during their feeding. This was mid-August, so it was the height of their feeding season. We were delighted! We also were treated to a view of loads of seals resting or playing on a nearby island. It was a magical day for all of our family and it was some of the best spent hours of our lives!

    Posted on 8/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic Whale Watching Experience Absolutely fantastic whale watching experience. The staff were so knowledgeable and so excited when spotting animals. We got so much information about the whales and other animals we were seeing. The staff went the extra mile every step of the way. We saw humpback, minke and killer whales! Porpoises and eagles. Had a look round the islands. Really recommend this tour company. They help everyone see and point things out for you. Such a great outing. They even extended it abit as there wasn't anyone booked on the later tour. Went with a mate and now we both know what to look for to spot whales!

    Posted on 7/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Got to see Orca Whales! We went out on the first day, and didn't see any whales. However, they allow you to come back anytime for no charge. We ended up going the next day, and within 10 minutes, saw a pod of orca whales! The guides are very knowledgable, and they respect the wildlife. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted on 1/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A beautiful experience! The boat ride alone was worth the trip in the midst of vast expanses of water and islands. We sighted 8 whales surfacing and deep diving. Wow! The guides were
    knowledgeable and informative, always helpful and generous. It was a great experience all around. I will do it again!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A childhood dream came true We decided to go on a whale watching tour twice and both times were so amazing. Best 140 dollars we spent so far on our canada trip! Both times we saw orcas and humpback whales, sea lions and other marine life. The crew scotty and alan knew very much about the different whales and shared their knowledge with us. Scotty also put a hydrophone in the water so we heard the orcas communicating with each other, which was amazing. He was respectful and always kept a good distance with the boat so that the whales didn‘t get stressed out. Thanks a lot we definitely would come back :)

    Posted on 8/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    We saw a pod of 3 whales This was an amazing trip and experience. We booked the half day trip. Crew were friendly and attentive. Becky and Aurora were so knowledgeable, clearly subject matter experts in their field and passionate about marine conservation.
    We were very fortunate to come across a pod of three killer whales. A truly unforgettable experience.
    If you are able to, book this for the first part of your stay in Vancouver so that if no whales are seen you can go out again free of charge.

    Posted on 6/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing tour on 22.6.2019. It was a great tour, wonderful close experience with one family of whales, great weather and fantastic crew. Wilma was our host and she did an amazing job, so passionate, devoted and honest. Well done and congratulations!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 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.