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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* 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

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.

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.

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.

  • Reviews

    Amazing trip Took my daughter for the half day tour for her 9th birthday and we had an amazing time. The boat ride was awesome, the staff were really great, especially the guide, Craig, who treated her like a princess. We saw a humpback (Trinity) and her calf and saw them breach. Wonderful memories for my daughter!

    Posted on 8/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Worth every cent! Orcas on a hunt and a knowledgable crew! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Bucket list item ticked off! Thank you so much!

    We did a half day tour from Vancouver. We spotted a pod of Orca. A large male, females and a calf that were hunting! Truly amazing. Aaron our driver was very cautious of keep a distance that was safe for the whales (wonderful in my opinion.) He was also reguarly manouvering the boat to give us great different angles and keeping both sides of the boat happy with clear lines of sight of the pod.

    Wilma was extremely knowledgeable about the whales and their families, on the way back after the sightings we learnt the history of the individual whales we had seen! Truly amazing!

    Selena and Olivia gave wonderful service throughout the voyage. Hot drinks and blankets were avaliable for all, and it did get chilly when we picked up some speed.

    Thank you all! :)

    Posted on 7/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Got to see Orca Whales! We went out on the first day, and didn't see any whales. However, they allow you to come back anytime for no charge. We ended up going the next day, and within 10 minutes, saw a pod of orca whales! The guides are very knowledgable, and they respect the wildlife. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted on 1/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watch Victoria Brilliant trip out with our guide Rush
    Saw humpback whale and three groups
    of transient killer whales. One group made
    a kill when we were watching them. Couldn’t get much better. Porpoises and seals and sea lions on the way back to harbour. Great morning out.

    Posted on 9/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fun day with whale watching! So fun and saw lots of whales!! Our guides and crew were great It was a beautiful day!! Kids had fun and we got some fantastic pictures!

    Posted on 7/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Orcas, Humpback Whales, Porpoises, Seals, Eagles - Wildlife Galore!!! :) James, Amy, Anthony, and an additional whale spotter * we can't recall her name but she was super knowledgeable and informative* were the greatest crew! They were so well informed about all of the wildlife species & the history and culture of the area and were great at sharing that with the guests- we learned so much! Not only that, but we managed to see so much variety of wildlife due to their great effort & expertise! The attention to details such as blankets, hats and free warm beverages make all of the difference! The gardens are beautiful and the you have the perfect amount of time to do it all. Would highly recommend to anyone with an adventurous heart!

    Posted on 7/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Absolutly recommendable company with really nice crew and perfect half day experience We booked the half day tour from Vancouver! The crew was super nice, explained a lot during the trip and we saw some Orcas!

    Posted on 9/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Une sortie inoubliable ! Excursion en catamaran à Victoria pour aller observer baleines et orques.
    Chance extraordinaire, nous avons pu voir 13 orques, 4 générations. Ils étaient très sociables et s’amusaient. C’était juste inoubliable.
    Tout cela au coucher du soleil.
    Petit point en plus : Lili Wilson la naturaliste présente sur le bateau prend des photos et vous les envoie ensuite gratuitement par mail ! Un grand merci Lili !
    Des souvenirs gravés dans notre mémoire.
    Je recommande cette excursion

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing experience! This was truly an amazing experience! Sandy, Amy, Camille, James, and Ian did an excellent job in making sure we were able to see the animals and were so informative. This was truly a spiritual experience! Highly recommended - thank y'all so much!!

    Posted on 10/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing trip Jasper took us on an amazing trip. Lots of whales, seals and even an otter. Great fun. Plenty warm with the big waterproof suits.

    Posted on 8/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
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