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Telegraph Cove COMBO

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Free Photo Package

Every whale watching adventure taken on our enclosed catamarans in Victoria includes a free Hi-Res photo package taken by our talented naturalists. This package will be sent to you as soon as your tour ends. Coming to Vancouver and Telegraph Cove soon!

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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.

Suit up in a Mustang Survival Suit, take a selfie, and get on board one of our 12-passenger Zodiacs for our most intimate, adrenalin-pumping whale-watching adventure! Hold on to your hat and brace yourself for a refreshing spray of sea air as your Zodiac takes off alongside harbour planes, cutting through our pristine waters in search of orcas and humpback whales. With a seasoned captain as your guide, you’re in safe hands. 


This private adventure is a 3 to 3.5-hour fully-guided whale watching & wildlife viewing tour departing from Downtown Victoria, on a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat.

Bring your bubble for an amazing adventure!

The boat will be reserved exclusively for your group (up to 12 guests).  For private bookings over 12 people please contact 1.888.383.4884

Starting at$1200* CAD/ Boat See Seasonal Rates

2021 Season
Winter$900* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax. Seasonal rates may apply.

About the experience...

  • 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

Need to cancel or reschedule – no problem! Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure’s departure to reschedule or to cancel (and receive a full refund), no questions asked.

Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy.

Special Deals & Promotional bookings are final sale however they may be rescheduled at no charge with 48 hrs notice. Please be sure to read specific cancellation policies for promotions.

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.) and sometimes we may not have enough passengers reserved to justify the emissions we’d create by sailing.  In these situations, we reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure and will reschedule your trip or provide a full refund at your discretion. 

COVID-19 – Should circumstances result in government directions restricting travel we will be happy to reschedule your adventure or provide a full refund.

*Orca Exhibition Cancellation*

While this incredible deal is a final sale your whale watching adventure may be rescheduled at no charge with 48 hrs notice. Your trip to the Royal BC Museum’s Orcas exhibition may be rescheduled in accordance with the Royal BC Museums’ policies and procedures.   


Prepare For Your Adventure

windbreaker<br />jacket
Warm<br />Sweater
Long<br />Pants
Closed-toe<br />Shoes

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!

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.

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.




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 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

    Knowledgeable Naturalist We went out of Vancouver on a half day trip, poking into Howe Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the North Arm of the Fraser River. We tracked two orcas for a while, saw a breaching humpback whale mother and her calf, and some resting harbor seals. I wasn’t expecting to see much given how close we had to remain to the city on only a 3-5 hour trip, so was happy with what we did encounter. Plus being out on the water is a great way to experience another side of a new place. Our onboard naturalist Wilma was very knowledgeable and eager to share everything she knows with us. The captain Aaron was fully engaged with us as well, keeping us updated on our course, which he adjusted quickly with changing information coming in over his radio from other boats.

    Posted on 7/27/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Best Day of a Great Vacation! Loved this day trip! Even though the weather was kind of...well Pacific Northwest-y, the boat is super comfortable and stable. 4 hours of whale watching (and other wild creatures), 3 1/2 hours to do what we pleased on Victoria, (we did a bucket list tea at the Empress, but I wish we had used our time more wisely so we could have spent more time touring the included Beauchart Garden - it is truly breathtaking), and then a 2 ½ hour ride back to Vancouver (during which we stopped for even BETTER whale sightings). Our naturalists were Mar and James (along with Captain and 1st mate whose names I didn’t note), and they were so fun and knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to see both Humpbacks and Orcas. You could tell how happy the crew was to see their passengers excitement when we spotted the whales. These folks are professionals and they do not take these sightings for granted. I am not gonna lie, it’s hard not to get choked up when you see them irl swimming freely. Best vacation $$$ I could have spent. 17-year-old daughter had this vacay at a 7, (including hiking Renier and doing Whistler/Blackcomb), but she said this experience, with the comfort of the boat, the crew and of course the awe-inspiring whales, bumped it to a solid 10!

    Posted on 8/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing! We were booked onto this full day tour by our travel agent and to be honest we were a little worried that it was going to be too long and tiring a day but I have to say it was a fantastic trip which we would never have undertaken if left to our own devices! We met around 7.45 am at the Prince of Whales offices on Granville Island (which is worth a visit just on its own) and Roya talked us through the day. The boat is a catamaran which feels more stable than a regular boat so no seasickness issues! We had hardly got out of Vancouver when we came across a hump backed whale, followed shortly after by a couple of orcas. The staff onboard (Roya, Mar and Sandy) were so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly and during the tour Roya and Mar took the time to come round to each group of passengers to share their knowledge of marine mammals with us. We later saw another pair of orcas before arriving in Victoria around lunchtime. We opted to have lunch in Victoria before catching a shuttle bus to Butchart Gardens to meet the boat for the return journey. On the journey back we were lucky enough to see another orca and a bald eagle. The boat was well equipped and comfortable with plenty of viewing space upstairs and an inside deck with free hot drinks and some interesting books giving information on marine life and Victoria and Vancouver Island. We docked back in Vancouver around 6.30pm but to be honest the time just flew by and it was a hugely enjoyable day. Thanks too to Malcom, the Captain. I would thoroughly recommend this trip if you are in Vancouver

    Posted on 8/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent whale watching trip from Victoria Great experience whale watching with Prince of Whales. We saw a family of transient orcas and sea lions! Our naturalist, Valerie, was awesome. She was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip a memory to last a lifetime. Check in was quick and easy. Good communication in advance of the trip. If you’re headed out around noon, suggest eating beforehand or packing snacks.

    Posted on 4/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Lucky day with whales Dear Wilma, thank you for your information in English and German👍thank you team - it was a pleasure!

    Posted on 8/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale of a good time! We set out on the zodiac hoping to get a more adventurous experience and that’s what we got! We went out on what our captain Jasper called a “classic west coast day” with buckets of rain and 20 mph of wind! Dress warm, because even on a nice day the wind could nip at the lightning fast speeds of the zodiac. Jasper took us into american waters and found us a big pod of at least 5 orca whales. Keep in mind the boat won’t get too close as to give the whales space to swim around. On the way back the waves were getting really big, but we felt very safe and it was a rather smooth ride despite the big seas. We also saw lots of birds and seals and an old lighthouse. Hopefully we will be back again soon!

    Posted on 9/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Ask for captain Jasper! We went out a few weeks ago and are still buzzing. One thing is for sure. You need to ask for Jasper as your guide. We went out back in July with another captain and had a good time, saw whales and thought we would go again. We lucked out this time. Jasper looks super young but is a skilled boat handler with vast knowledge of the the area and a very professional attitude. We stopped every 15 mins along the way and checked out everything from scooping up and touching small jelly fish and eating kelp to drifting through small unpopulated islands looking for seals. We even talked to a fisherman Jasper knew and got to see his salmon fish! When we saw whales we stayed long enough for Jasper to teach us about them before moving on and finding even more. We saw at least 10 humpbacks in a 3 hour span. There were some young kids on board who weren’t as interested in the whales as the rest of us so Jasper took them back to the helm and taught them some knots and showed them some whale models so their parents could enjoy some time to themselves. It was all those small things Jasper did for us to highten our enjoyment which made this one of the best activities my partner and I have done while traveling. In total we saw humpbacks, seals, sea lions and so much more. It’s worth the money!

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Genuine West Coast Experience We set sail in style on the super comfy Salish Sea vessel. On our first stop alone we saw 6 different species of birds (not including the various gulls), and Naturalist Liz kept it super interesting with all of her Bald Eagle facts! From there we carried on further west where we encountered Transient Orca's and Resident Orca's within a few hundred meters of each other! What are the chances??? Captain Bill and First Mate Joe got reports of Humpback Whales and quickly set off in that direction, when we arrived they killed the engine so we could enjoy the sound of the Humpbacks breathing. Before we knew it we were literally surrounded by a dozen or more Humpbacks! It was incredibly magical. Thanks POW team!

    Posted on 9/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Wonder of wonders Everything about this experience was wonderful and memorable. The Captain and crew were friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The sights of both water and surrounding land unforgettable. We witnessed both humpback whales and the ever popular orca. The crew’s knowledge of marine life was impressive. To observe these marine giants traveling in pods was breathtaking. My wife and I quit taking pictures so we could take in the entire experience.....the “pictures” in our minds will last a lifetime.

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    🐳 watching We booked zodiac catamaran to do whale watching
    Great trip for over 3 hrs we were sailing
    2 whales, 2 orcas, sea lions, seals and sea otter were spotted photographed and admired.
    Really knowledgeable and friendly staff.
    Free Blankets, mittens and hats were on the catamaran if you were cold.
    Highly recommended

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor