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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$900* CAD/ Boat See Seasonal Rates

May 1, 2021 - October 11, 2021
$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.   

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

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

    Best trip on the water Right from the start - the ticket agents to the crew. Very friendly, helpful, cheery and fun. Always checking in and while on the boat - providing information and points of interest.

    Posted on 8/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Top tour Was amazing for the whole family. Crew were friendly and informative. Boat was clean and had basic amenities for the trip. Free hot beverages was a bonus.
    Easy to get to with convenient access from public transport. And of course the experience of seeing the whales was phenomenal. Most worthwhile trip.

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    THE whale watching company to use - trip of a lifetime It's hard to describe how I feel about this company and the experience I had. My trip - was the trip of a lifetime. We were fortunate to get into a pod of humpback whales and we had Orca's following our boat! We saw bald eagles, and a huge seal enjoying lunch as well. It was a fantastic experience. But - to set our incredible luck aside for a minute - the people that operate this company and the people on the boat - work hard to ensure you have an amazing experience. You will leave with a greater understanding of the sea - of marine life - and the connection each of us have to the sea. Shout outs to our crew - Bill, Joe in the wheelhouse and Lili, Laura, and Seanie who did an amazing job at locating whales and then the eduction we received from Lili, Laura and Seanie was effectively like having a college level class at sea. I really can't say enough about their knowledge, their friendliness, and their enthusiasm for what they do. These people enjoy their jobs, and it shows. On top of that - the boat I was on was virtually new - it was spotless - and well equipped. And I should also mention the folks in the ticket area. Super nice folks and while I don't have everyone's name - huge shout out to Brittany for going above and beyond.
    To use a cliché - I had the trip of a lifetime and it was BY FAR the highlight of my vacation to Victoria.
    There are several what watching tour companies in Victoria - but this one is the ONLY one to use.

    Posted on 10/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent, very professional and enthusiastic crew! We saw 3 Humpback whales!!
    Amazing. Left from Granville Island so good opportunity to explore this area too.

    Posted on 10/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A FANTASTIC Day of Whale Watching with a great Team Six friends who were on the Rocky Mt train trip decided a half day whale watching was on our must do trip! Our train car server,Randy recommended this company. Boy, we were so glad he did!!

    The boat holds 72, we were fortunate there were only 20 passengers on our morning trip.

    Our staff was Capt Erin, Craig and Tom. They were just as amazed as we were how close the Hump back whales, a pod of 3 came close to the boat then one came especially close. We saw 2 whales breaching and another set were slapping the water with their find.

    Both naturalists were taking pictures so they could help record which whales were out and about, reporting back to a Whale research team.

    I have great videos but I can't load on this review.

    Delicious hot chocolate served, coffee and tea. Snacks available for purchase. Cash only.

    Put this on your must do while in Vancouver. Great gift shop as well. I got a white Prince of Whales windbreaker as a souvenir.

    Plan to have lunch on Granville Island when you return. The market place has great options.

    Posted on 10/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great day on the water Right from the get go the staff were awesome! Friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. Our guide was extremely passionate and informative. Not only did we get to see whales, we got treated to some incredible viewpoints of other parts of Vancouver Island. Would highly recommend for anyone who wants to go whale watching.

    Posted on 6/17/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Loved this trip! We had a wonderful experience! The crew was awesome - informative, personable & fun. Aurora was fantastic! The whales were so fun to watch - they came over so close. Two mamas & their babies traveling together.

    Posted on 9/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Transient Orca Sea Lion Hunt Unbelievable day on the water. My new Bride Beth and I got into Victoria the night before for our honeymoon. We are both water lovers from Florida, so this trip was a natural fit for us. We meandered the docks and ended up running just a few minutes behind our noon start time. The Prince of Whales staff called to make sure we would be making the journey for a half day watch. We ran to the dock and just made the boat before departure. SO GLAD WE MADE IT.
    We were treated to an Orca hunt and kill of a sea lion in the Haro Straight just beyond Discovery Island. It was a transient Orca pod that the crew was very familiar with. We witnessed (from a respectable distance) the hunt and the Orca's eating and "celebrating" their shared meal afterwards. Amazing to say the least. Lasted over an hour without having to move the boat more than a few meters here and there. Seeing a huge male Orca dorsal fin come out of the water is unbelievable. Then seeing the interactions of the different members of the pod was amazing as well. The youngsters were so excited by the kill that they were breaching completely out of the water multiple times. The pics we have are fantastic. (New background on phone of course)
    The crew was very knowledgable with Lilli narrating the action as we watched it unfold on the upper deck. She answered any and all questions as they were asked. I had a bunch of questions and she was very knowledgable of all aspects of the natural wonders that we were witnessing. It was great that the crew shared their excitement at this somewhat rare event.
    The rest of the trip was interesting as well. Witnessing and learning about the biology of the region and the sea lions, seals, bald eagles, harbor dolphin, and other assorted wildlife was fantastic.
    Would highly recommend Prince of Whales adventures as a MUST DO if you are in Victoria or anywhere with access to these beautiful waters.

    Posted on 4/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wonderful Experience! My husband and myself had a wonderful experience on our first whale watching trip. We were slightly disappointed that we didn’t spot any whales but the trip itself was incredible, great crew! Rory impressed us with his knowledge and love for birds. The boat is fabulous!! We took advantage of the company’s guaranteed to see policy and went back out the following day "free of charge" and boy were we happy we did, we spotted a family of orcas along with a humpback! What an experience. Thanks to Rory and Lili, their love and knowledge for this animals are impressive. The entire staff made our experience one to remember.

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fun trip Had a good time. Great value. Spent 4 hours out on the water and saw lots of whales and other wildlife

    Posted on 8/29/2019 via TripAdvisor