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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.

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.

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. 


Starting at$139.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

2022 Season
May 1, 2021 - October 11, 2021
Adults (18+)$139.00* CAD
Youth (13-17)$109.00* CAD
Children (7-12)$89.00* 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

    Nice day for whale watching! We enjoyed our trip on the Ocean Magic II, we saw killer whales, humpbacks, sealions, seal, eagles! The boat and the crew were great. If you ever get as far as Telegraph Cove, you should definitely go on this whale watching trip!

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    went 4 times in a week went 4 times in a week trying to see the Orcas; saw whales on the first 3 trips but no Orcas; on the 4th trip they specifically went out to find the Orcas and found them and it was amazing; Captain Bill, Captain Chris and Captain Joe did an outstanding job and naturalist Laura was exceptional; would highly recommend the catamaran boat

    Posted on 7/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale Watching Thank you to Gary for the great tour! I loved the whale watching experience! I loved that you talked while watching for whales! Thank you for the great experience!

    Posted on 7/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great evening on the water We were on the sunset cruise on July 17 2020. We had Lili, Maia and Jen as our crew staff/ naturalists and Bill and Joe as the Captains. We saw several humpback whales and had dall's porpoises playing in our wake for several minutes. Truly breathtaking. All the crew were personable, very informative and kind, all measures were taken for social distancing, etc...very enjoyable and would recommend to anyone looking to see some of the wildlife in the local waters around Victoria. Cherry on top was the free face masks adorned with whales :)

    Posted on 7/18/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Superb Crew Enhanced a Terrific Experience! Whale watching can be hit or miss, so it is important to have a crew that keeps it fun and informative. Wilma did an excellent job guiding us during the 1.5 hours of ride to and from the siting, as well as during to 45 minutes we got to spend with the 2 pods of orcas we encountered. She was charming and very informative, with a deep knowledge of the subject matter and the rare ability to know how much or how little each passenger group wanted to know. The captain, too, did a great job, and took us back via ‘the scenic route’, allowing us to see some additional wildlife within the islands. Every crew member was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. This is a well-run operation.

    Posted on 6/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Superb cruise and well run Our captain was Craig and our upper deck guide Craig, with the other members of the team on the lower deck. We were fortunate to have good weather, and were thrilled when we saw our first whale sighting. With Craig’s help we identified the first whale that waved its tail our way, and then the others, which popped up ubiquitously around us, sometimes quite close.
    The team then took us to see sea lions, seals, bald eagles and oyster catchers, and we were oriented as to where we were at all times, which was very interesting.
    We had a lovely cruise despite not seeing Orcas, but its rare to have everything! Great trip.

    Posted on 7/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Second time lucky- one pod of Orcas, one humpback, seals & birds. We ended up taking two trips for the price of one, as we didn't manage to find whales on our first outing. We were booked on to another trip the following day for free, as per their guarantee.

    We have been on safari before as well as numerous other wildlife excursions, including whale watching, so we fully appreciate how unpredictable nature can be. While it is always disappointing to miss out on a sighting, much of the enjoyment from these experiences comes from going out into another creatures' habitat, learning about their behaviour and characteristics and actively looking for the various species. With this in mind, we still enjoyed every second of being out there on the deck of the comfortable catamaran, learning about the native marine and bird species from the very informative naturalists as we sailed around the beautiful waters North of Victoria.

    The second outing was more fruitful. We located a pod of Orcas after about half an hour of cruising, staying with the them for a number of breathe cycles (about 30mins) before backing off and allowing other boats to approach. There were other boats there and the crew were very mindful of not encroaching too closely on the orcas, but we still had a good encounter nonetheless.

    On the way back we were lucky enough to also spot a humpback whale, which we loved just as much as seeing the orcas.

    During the journey, Lili, Maya and Rory (the on-board naturalists) were positioned on each deck and were sharing all their knowledge about the various species of whale, the larger ecosystem and some of the challenges that they face. They also kindly shared some of their photos afterwards, as their camera equipment was more professional than most passengers.

    We would heartily recommend using this company for whale watching tours. They are very professional, friendly and care deeply about the native species. Previous experience has taught us that less reputable operators are not inclined to treat the whales or their habitat with such respect so we felt like we had made the right choice with Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 6/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching What a once in a lifetime expierence,lost count of how many whales we saw,,altho no orcas but hey ho...staff n crew were amazing n the skipper was bang on the money..cant recommend it highly enough abso amazing day!!!

    Posted on 9/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    The best crew in the Strait I cannot recommend Prince of Whales highly enough, they are fantastic! Our first trip saw very little whale action, so the team made the decision to offer us the "whale sighting guarantee", but it wasn't for lack of trying on their part - the whole team is very knowledgable, and they go to great lengths to engage all of their visitors on the ecology and topography of the Georgia Strait, no matter the trickiness of the question. Our second visit was just as warm and welcoming as the first, with the excellent wildlife sightings we'd been hoping for! Several feeding humpbacks regularly breaching, sea lions, seals, eagles, ospreys, even a river otter, we were spoiled for choice.
    The team really go above and beyond to make every trip special for every guest, and the boat is exceptionally comfortable, even in less than ideal weather conditions. I can honestly say I'd sail with Prince of Whales every day if I could!

    Posted on 7/17/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    AMAZING! We had Rush as our Guide and he explained us everything! He was really entertaining and seemed to know the places because we always told the other Boats where we are, because we always had the first look on Orcas and other Animals!!!

    Posted on 9/02/2019 via TripAdvisor