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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.
*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.