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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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Take to the sea and sky on this fully customizable tour from Vancouver to Victoria and back! You’ll step aboard a seaplane from Vancouver’s downtown, taking in sweeping views of the Salish Sea and its windswept archipelagos. Landing in Victoria, you’ll step aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran with floor-to-ceiling, panoramic windows in search of orcas and humpback whales. And when you’ve had your fill of sea air, you’ll catch a seaplane back to Vancouver.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Seaplane Flight from Vancouver to Victoria
8:20 AM Check-in for your seaplane flight
9:00 AM Departure from downtown Vancouver
~9:35 AM Arrival into downtown Victoria

Part 2 – Half-Day Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)
12:00 PM Check-in for whale watching adventure in Victoria
12:30 PM Departure. Whale & marine wildlife watching
~4:30 PM Return to downtown Victoria. Free time

Part 3 – Seaplane Flight from Victoria to Vancouver
5:20 PM Check-in for your return seaplane flight
6:00 PM Departure from downtown Victoria
~6:35 PM Arrival into downtown Vancouver

This customizable round-trip adventure will take you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria on a 35-minute one-way seaplane flight (Part 1). From here, you’ll board a custom-built 95-passenger, catamaran, embarking on a 3+ hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 2). The return journey consists of a 35-minute one-way seaplane flight from Victoria to Vancouver (Part 3).

Starting at$530.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

Rates
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2021 Season
Year Round
Adults (12+)$530.00* CAD
Children (2-11)$315.00* CAD
Infants (0-1)FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

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

About the experience...

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What's
Included
  • Roundtrip scenic seaplane flights Vancouver – Victoria – Vancouver over the Gulf Islands (35 minutes each way)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.
  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.
  • Customize your adventure. Book as a day tour or split up over 2 or more days.

Cancellation Policy

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

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.

Seaplane flights are subject to delays or cancellations due to adverse weather conditions.

Prepare For Your Adventure

windbreaker<br />jacket
windbreaker
jacket
Warm<br />Sweater
Warm
Sweater
Long<br />Pants
Long
Pants
Closed-toe<br />Shoes
Closed-toe
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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 currently unavailable for purchase due to COVID restrictions but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

A government-issued photo ID (passport or driver’s license) will be required to check-in for the seaplane part of this adventure.

The boat used for this adventure as well as seaplanes are not wheelchair accessible.

Luggage up to 25 lbs (11 kg) is accepted on all flight routes at no additional charge.

Harbour Air – Vancouver Harbour Terminal

1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1, Canada

Please check-in with Harbour Air agent inside the terminal 40 minutes before your adventure start.

Government-issued photo ID (passport or driver’s license) will be required to check-in.

DIRECTIONS

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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 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 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.

  • 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
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    Blown away at the variety & amount of whale sightings The team on my tour were all highly professional to passengers and all marine life throughout our adventure-tour. Their "cetology" knowledge was far and beyond anything I had experienced. Lili was particularly forthcoming with global and localised information about the differing whale species and in particular the transient Orca's and hump back whales in Victoria that day. This whale watching tour is top of the line: highly professional and well humored crew, a good amount of whale action to see and an excellent modern vessel. Such a life changing experience - don't miss out!

    Posted on 6/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Up close whale encounter Small boat more personal, quicker & easier to manoeuvre to follow whales as they hunt for fish. Our Guide/ Driver, Joe was very polite, considerate & knowledgeable. He tried to get as as close as he was allowed to the whales after spotting them, stopping the boat so they might swim towards us. We were lucky enough to see a group of about 6 orcas that were local to that area. In saying that they travel quite a distance so may only be seen every few weeks, especially in the winter. We also saw a couple of eagles, sea lions & sea otters, however the orcas were definitely the highlight... so beautiful to see them in the wild. More exciting than on a big boat with a lot of people, although cold we were given waterproof jumpsuits, beanies & gloves & told to dress warm. Perfect end to our Canadian Holiday.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing!! I has such an Amazing time on the water! The Prince of Whales Crew that led the Half Day Tour on Sunday November 3, 2019 was simply Terrific!! The tour guides were so knowledgeable about the animals, the history, and everything in between. A beautiful 5 hour experience!! I would go again.
    Thank you for such an Awesome Day at Whale Watching!!!

    Posted on 11/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great day out , saw whales too! excellent day out. Boat staff were great and made sure we all knew what we were looking at and gave loads of extra info on the whales and the area.

    Posted on 8/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    BEST DAY OF THE SEASON! We saw so much wild life that day... massive sea lions languishing and squabbling on a favorite ocean rock, eagles feeding, seals, countless orcas and humpback whales, school of dolphins. It was a gorgeous, sunny and crisp day in Vancouver--even snow capped Mt Baker was visible in the distance. We were told by the crew that it was the best day of the season for sea life. I'm not out there every day so I will take their word for it. Personally it was a highlight of a lifetime. The captain and crew were fantastic! And a special shout out to naturalist and crew member Wilma Fuchs, whose knowledge and enthusiasm made the day over the top EXTRA special! I highly recommend this adventure to everyone, locals and travellers!

    Posted on 12/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    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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    What an incredible day! Just got back from a fantastic experience with a fabulous team, thanks all.
    Got to see some Whales too today, it was incredible and the team were so friendly and helpful, I could not fault them.

    Posted on 9/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Ultimate Day Trip This was the most fun I've had in I don't know how long! The vessel was comfortable and had plenty of viewing areas. When we set out, it didn't take us long to find whales. In fact we found a whole pod of Orcas! We saw adults and their young, sometimes surfacing 3 and 4 at a time. We got to watch them for a whole hour, and at one point, they came up right next to the boat! The tour guides said this hardly ever happens, so this was a special day for us. After that, we continued on and saw some seals and a bald eagle! It was huge! The scenery was amazing on the way. When we got to Victoria, they dropped us off right in front of the Empress Hotel. We had free time in the city and then we took a bus to Butchart Gardens, seeing many interesting sights along the way. The gardens themselves were very beautiful with many flowers I had never seen before. Then we left for home from a dock right at the gardens. Very convenient! We took a different route home and saw more wonderful scenery. It was a perfect day and I plan to encourage all my friends and coworkers to take the trip.

    Posted on 7/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Half Day Whale Watching Went out on the Salish Sea today through Boundary Pass with Captain Joe, Lilli ana Valerie. We were blessed with T86As, T101s, and T124As hunting Sea Lions. T86A also had a calf approx 1yr old, and was outta control with excitement 😆 My partner happily took around 800 photos on her DSLR from a safe distance of 200+ meters away. Wished we could have taken more, but am beyond stoked with the ones we got. This is the only acceptable way to view sea life - in the wild where they belong.

    Posted on 4/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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