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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* CAD / Adult Learn More

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2020 Season
July 1st - November 1st, 2020
Adult (18+) $530* CAD
Youth (13-17) $530* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
2021 Season
March 27th - November 1st, 2021
Adult (18+) $530* CAD
Youth (13-17) $530* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 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.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 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.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 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.

Experience

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.

Did you know? Harbour seals are our most abundant marine mammal.

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

What To Bring

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 available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

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

Departure Location

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.

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Know Before You Book

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Reviews

    Fantastic Experience Wow, what a morning! Albeit a very windswept one!

    I was originally booked onto the sunset whale watching trip but due to the weather forecast had to change to the morning trip instead. Austen was our captain, and a great one at that, speeding across the water to where he;d heard there were some orca. And there they were - a pod of around 7/8 of tthem hunting and feeding, and putting on a greeat display for us!

    It was amazing to seethese graceful beautiful creatures doing what they do best, without a care for us and to see the majority of boats respect them and keeping their distance (although some of the private boats were not so well behaved!) This is wherer whales beolng and should be seen, not in aquariums.

    As well as the whales (which were obviously the highlight!) Austen was great at talking about other points of interest on the trip too.

    The whole PoW team of staff were all great and helplful in every way, so would recommend them for any of their tours. Thanks guys!

    Posted on 6/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent Tour We saw a group of 4 humpback whales. Our Tour guide was a blonde(can’t remember her name) she was very informative and you could really tell she loved her job. She knew the names of the Whales and pulled out a catalogue to share. Amazing trip and I would recommend this to anyone.

    Posted on 9/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    OMG! This was AWESOME!!! First of all JEN was very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the area and was very engaging with the group! Captain Ian was also just great about knowing where to go and also very cautious about not disturbing the whales, seals, sea lions and eagles that we saw on the trip.

    We saw so many HUMPBACK WHALES!!! Watching them breach and fluke slap was one of the most unique experiences I've ever had! It was an amazing display!

    I highly recommend this tour! It was a bucket list item for me, and this crew made it SO VERY MEMORABLE!!!

    THANKS Everyone!!! I will be back and bring the family!!!

    Posted on 8/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Dream come true experience!! Dream come true for me today to see whales with this wonderful crew ! They were so knowledgeable and kind and friendly . Lily, Jennifer and Maia , Bill and Joe as captain and mate . We saw orca whales showing a bunch of behaviours and learned about them all . Felt safe the whole time ( boat wise and covid wise ). The gentleman that greeted us and talked to us before the whole adventure even began was also awesome ! Everyone was soooo nice! Truly a great experience I will never forget !

    Posted on 7/17/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale of a day My wife and I chose this trip because it included whale watching with a trip to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. On the trip over we saw a couple of humpback whales and some sea lions, a little disappointing, who wouldn’t want to see more.
    At Victoria, several different times were available for the bus to Butchart Gardens, we chose the 2:00 time. Once at the gardens, we came to the realization our time would not do the gardens justice, they are absolutely gorgeous! (No slam on the tour, I had no idea how much time should be spent at the gardens to truly appreciate them) We saw as much as we could considering our time constraints.
    On they way back our boats crew located a pod of Orcas, we saw more than a dozen! We were able to stay near them for about 10 to 15 minutes and saw what our guides/naturalists said was a newborn. Seeing this many Orcas at one time was something I never thought I would have the opportunity to experience.
    If I am ever in Vancouver again, I would not hesitate to to take a whale watching trip with the Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 7/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing ! Superbe tour en bateau pour aller voir les baleines.

    On a eu la chance de voir 3 orcs, une mère et ses deux enfants.

    Magnifique !!

    Posted on 9/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    We all enjoyed the day going to Vancouver Island The whale watching trip out of Vancouver was fun and the folks on the boat were great. They engaged with everyone on board. We saw some Orcas and the views were lovely. Victoria is beautiful and Butchard Gardens a delight. High tea in the restaurant was delicious. It was perfect being able to leave from Butchart cove.

    Posted on 7/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wonderful experience! We arrived last minute and didnt really know much about this provider! So we just decided to take the risk! And what can I say it was more than words can describe: Amazing;)
    The crew was very very friendly and helpful. AND WE SAW SEVERAL ORCA FAMILIES:) Me and my daughter were overwhelmed and very happy to have experienced this. And I would recommand this trip to everyone outhere:) Especially because it feels not too touristy and plus nature is unbelievabley beautiful.

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing! Do not miss this trip. We were unusually lucky in that we had a female humpback whale take an interest in our boat, hence these photos that were taken with my iPhone! The long telephoto lense on my “proper” camera was virtually useless 😂 We also saw two pods of Orca meet and play, with youngsters too. It was an unforgettable experience. The crew knew where to find the animals and were so informative (and friendly). The Orca were about 200m away, which is the safe/required distance but when the Humpback came to investigate us the engines were switched off and we waited until she got bored! We saw Bald Eagles and seals too. We covered 92 nautical miles and were out for nearly 5 hours, The boat has simple refreshments and 2 heads, so is fine to be on for so long and absolutely worth it!! I know we were particularly lucky, but talking to locals it seems these guys have a fantastic hit rate, so you are almost certain to see whales. Part of your ticket price and refreshments cost go to support marine conservation. Highly recommended

    Posted on 7/21/2019 via TripAdvisor

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 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.

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.

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