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Nestled on Vancouver Island’s northern bounds, Telegraph Cove is an intimate haven for whale watchers and conservationists. A former fishing village, today Telegraph Cove plays host to our quintessential whale watching adventure. Cut through Johnstone Strait’s currents and navigate the Broughton archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal expert bring the animals’ stories to life.

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 tour.

Starting at $139* CAD / Adult Learn More

2021 Season
May 1st - October 11th
Adult (18+) $139* CAD
Youth (13-17) $109* CAD
Child (7-12) $89* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

What's Included

  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.

  • 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.

  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.

  • Guided by 1 expert guide, who will also be your boat driver.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 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.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

What To Bring

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. We will also provide you with warm all-weather exposure suits to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request.

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!

Departure Location

Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0, Canada

The Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre is located at the north end of Telegraph Cove Resort next to the Whale Interpretive Centre.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.


Know Before You Book

  • Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

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


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!

Are there bathrooms on the Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

Do I need to make a reservation?

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

  • Reviews

    Amazing! I went with a friend on the zodiac and it was so much fun. The ocean was a bit wild that make the crossing really exciting. Only with the wind and the speed of the zodiac made me happy. Then the best of all was to see 2 humpback whales. The staff are really professional. I really recommand this place. I'll come back for sure to see Orcas 😁

    Posted on 4/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great time We had a beautiful ride over to the Vancouver Island vicinity and spent an hour watching a pod of killer whales. Could have watched them all day! Simply spectacular.

    Posted on 6/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic Whale watching with Prince of Whales! This was a fantastic day! We chose Prince of Whales whale and Marine Wildlife Adventures for our whale watching tour on September 20th, 2019.

    The weather was good but the group of people that were our guides on the Prince of Whales boat were all amazing!! Specifically Seanie, who was our Naturalist on the boat. Seanie is very knoweldgeable on marine life, especially whales, their habitat and habits.
    Seanie is very passionate about whales and explained the difference between the resident Orcas and the transient orcas which was fascinating!! Seanie also explained the feeding habits and life cycles of the whales.

    We went on after the Orcas feeling very fortunate to see both types only to be surrounded by humpbacks!! Of course we watched at the proper distance, the staff was very concerned about the wellbeing of the whales which was inspiring.

    We also saw many different types of birds in the area.

    This was a fantastic trip, I highly recommend going with Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 9/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic! Having booked this whale watching trip, we can honestly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. We were so lucky to have had such perfect ‘viewing’ conditions and having ridden out into the Straights of Georgia for about 50 minutes, not one but two Orca pods were sighted. We followed and shadowed the pods at a respectful distance until one of them came directly under our boat following a ‘kill’. The unfortunate victim was a porpoise.
    Nature can be brutal but that’s how it is and can’t be sugar coated.
    Everyone on board was glued to the sea for the whole trip. The guides were knowledgable and extremely passionate about the subject of whales and marine life in general.
    Thank you to you all for making this trip such an unforgettable one.

    Posted on 6/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome tour This tour was amazing, specially Gary who did a great work giving the group explanation of everything we were seeing. We did see the whales and the came really close to us. Totally recommend this tour specially the zodiac one, you’d have lots of fun.

    Posted on 5/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Thrill of a lifetime We were treated to see Orcas and Humpbacks!
    What a trip
    The boat was equipped with blankets, scarfs, hats if needed.
    The presentation by the Naturist were both informative and amusing.
    The safety procedures were presented pretty well before we left the dock.

    Posted on 7/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wow what a whale watching trip! Whale watching was brilliant. The captain Aron took us to all the right places and Wilma was very informative and a great guide. We saw so many whales including hump backs and orcas we even went to an island where we saw really cute seals. The whales even started breeching. Blankets and free hot chocolate tea and coffee included too! What a trip.

    Posted on 8/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing experience This was our first time whale watching and the Prince of Whales crew did an amazing job ensuring it was one to remember. They were all extremely knowledgeable and friendly, ready to answer any questions and provide an unforgettable experience. Thank you all!

    Posted on 9/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great people, great tour We really enjoyed our trip on the high seas with POW. Blessed with a sunny day in January, we were taken all the way down to Sooke. We saw lots of marine mammals and fantastic scenery. We’ll be back for sure!

    Posted on 1/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale watching with Buchart Gardens A truly memorable day. Despite a very wet and grey start we saw hump back whales and orca. By the time we arrived in Victoria Sun was shinning and it was warm. Gardens are delightful and an inspiration even to non gardeners. To top it all more orca and a sunset arrival in port. The team on board were brilliant, spotted the whales and gave excellent commentary on the wild life. A long but worthwhile day

    Posted on 9/23/2019 via TripAdvisor