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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 12-passenger open-air, Zodiac-style boat, embarking on a 3- to 3.5-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)

$530
Starting at $479* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
January 1st, 2020 - May 3rd, 2020
Adult (18+) $515* CAD
Youth (13-17) $515* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
May 4th - November 3rd, 2020
Adult (18+) $530* CAD
Youth (13-17) $530* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
November 4th - December 31st, 2020
Adult (18+) $515* CAD
Youth (13-17) $515* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
2021 Season
TO BE ANNOUNCED
*+ 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 1 Transport Canada certified marine naturalist, who will also be your boat driver.

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.

  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.

  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.

  • 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 downtown Vancouver, taking in heightened views of the Salish Sea and its picturesque archipelagos. Landing in Victoria, you’ll take your adventure to the next level, cruising the sea at high speeds in a 12-passenger Zodiac in search of orcas and humpback whales. When your skin is salty from the sea air, you’ll catch a seaplane back to Vancouver.

Did you know? Rain or Shine, this tour is perfect whatever the weather and is our only tour departing from Vancouver that operates all year round.

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 – Zodiac Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)
10:30 AM Check-in for whale watching adventure in Victoria
11:00 AM Departure. Whale & marine wildlife watching
~13:00 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. We will also provide you with either warm all-weather exposure suits or lifejackets (depending on weather conditions) 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!

Government-issued photo ID (passport or driver’s license) will be required to check in for the seaplane parts 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

  • This adventure is not suitable for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions, including but not limited to, back or neck injuries, recent surgery, and/or current or suspected pregnancy. Passengers under 4ft/120cm in height or 50lb/23kg in weight also cannot join (typically applies to children under 7 y.o.).

  • 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 as well as seaplanes are not wheelchair accessible.

  • Build your own adventure by selecting Date & Time for each part. Please remember to take into account duration & check-in times for each part as well as transit time. If you require assistance, call us at 1-888-383-4884.

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

  • Reviews

    Vacation We took a whale watching trip with Prince of Whales in Victoria, Canada. We took the open boat Zodiak trip. Austin was our guide. It was a GREAT experience. The boat ride was a treat in and of itself- you suited up in big orange survival suits and boarded a 12 person open air pontoon boat. Once we cleared the garner it was a lot of fun, bouncing over swells, wind in your face, spectacular views of the Olympic mountains. And we saw whales! A pod of orcas and two beautiful hump back whales. Our guide was so respectful of the whales and not interfering with them! He was also very knowledgeable and gave lots of interesting info on the pod and the humpback whales- where they had traveled from, etc. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this company and guide!

    Posted on 7/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Orcas and Humpbacks Did the Ultimate Day Trip to Victoria, very well organised and the staff were professional, friendly and passionate about the wildlife. We saw humpbacks on the way to Vancouver Island and spent a lovely afternoon at Butchart Gardens. The bus stops right outside of the Fairmont Empress so we had lunch there, however there are plenty of lunch options in the area. The 2.00pm bus gave us sufficient time at the gardens before our 4.15pm pick up. On the way home, our crew was in contact with other boats - there had been no orcas spotted south, so our crew decided to take a different route home to try the northern waters. Sure enough, we spotted a small pod of orcas just before reaching Vancouver. Very impressed with the crew Anthony, Sandy, James and Amy, what a great day out!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A wonderful afternoon!! This was the highlight of our visit to Vancouver. And yes we did see Orcas!!! The weather was beautiful but cold. The boat has plenty of seating inside and out and provides hot drinks for free. This was a wonderful experience even without the whales. The views of the mountains, lake side homes and other wild life made the whole trip interesting. Would do it again, was just a great afternoon. The staff are friendly and informative and talk with such passion. It was just a thrill to see these lovely creatures.

    Posted on 5/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Prince of Whales Whale Watching We had a great time on the Prince of Whales Whale Watching half day trip in Vancouver. We we saw orcas and my son saw the humpback whale!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching boat tour This tour exceeded all of our expectations. Captain Aaron and First Mate Wilma did a great job finding us some very rare sightings of resident killer whales and Olivia was the Naturalist who told us about the wildlife we were seeing, and could not have been more nice and helpful.
    Highly recommend prince of Whales Whale Watching tours!

    Posted on 8/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    An experience beyond imagination. Exceeded excellence. What an incredible experience from staff, to guide, ease, and comfort!
    And the perfect finale was a humpback whale in full breach caught on Camera by Marie O'Shaughnessy -a passionate photographer- on board who shared precious treasures with all the passengers. A very emotional experience.
    Laura was a wonderful guide. Reached out to all of us together, and independently. As did Captain Chris whilst Shawnee kept providing updates.

    Posted on 7/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    So much fun! This was so much fun! Our kids LOVED it and the crew were so kind and easy going. Lovely experience. We didn't see any whales but we had tons of laughs and saw some Sea Lions and seals, and breathtaking views. The ride itself was so fun we commented several times that we'd have done JUST that. Thanks again!

    Posted on 2/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    An enthusiastic guide Joe and Lili were great. They were knowledgeable and tried really hard to find us whales. Alas we had no luck.... however; the tour group gives a guarantee so we have a credit to come back! The boat was nice and gloves, toques and blankets were provided to keep warm.

    Highly recommend this tour group and our guides!

    Posted on 4/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fantastic! Having booked this whale watching trip, we can honestly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. We were so lucky to have had such perfect ‘viewing’ conditions and having ridden out into the Straights of Georgia for about 50 minutes, not one but two Orca pods were sighted. We followed and shadowed the pods at a respectful distance until one of them came directly under our boat following a ‘kill’. The unfortunate victim was a porpoise.
    Nature can be brutal but that’s how it is and can’t be sugar coated.
    Everyone on board was glued to the sea for the whole trip. The guides were knowledgable and extremely passionate about the subject of whales and marine life in general.
    Thank you to you all for making this trip such an unforgettable one.

    Posted on 6/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing zodiac tour with Scotty! I can’t even believe how amazing our experience was today. About 10 minutes in and we saw a humpback whale with a calf. We saw a total of 7 humpbacks which Scotty was able to identify and give us great information about. Scotty obviously has a great passion for his job and answered every question with great detail and enthusiasm. On the way back to telegraph cove he also took us to see a group of Stella sea lions and we were also lucky enough to see some dalls porpoise too! Thanks so much Prince of Whales, definitely a tour I won’t forget!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 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!

When is the best time of day for watching whales?

There really is no better time of day for whale sightings, as the whales do not run on a schedule as we do! The whales are active throughout the day and their behaviour changes as groups encounter each other. If you are looking for the best scenic light for photography choose morning departure.

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.

Are there snacks or beverages available on board the Zodiacs?

No, there are no snacks or beverages available on the Zodiac-style boats. You can bring your own snacks on board; however, do not consume too many liquids as there are no bathrooms on board.

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.

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.

Are Zodiac adventures safe?

Yes, all of our captains and boats are certified by Transport Canada. Zodiacs move fast but are very stable. There will be no 360-degree turns on this tour. These adventures are designed for fast sightseeing and not a thrill park ride.

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

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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