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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 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

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)

Starting at$530.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal 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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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

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.

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.

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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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!

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 onboard.

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.

  • Reviews

    Amazing experience Excellent experience!! Everyone who worked there was super friendly and knowledgeable about the animals we saw! During the 3 hours we were out there we say 4 humpback whales, a bunch of different seals and 13 killer whales! It was amazing. We got super close to the animals to take pictures but we’re still respectful and gave them enough space between us.

    Posted on 7/08/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent trip with very knowledgeable guides We had a great morning on the boat, and saw humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions. The knowledge and information that the guides had was great.
    The boat was well equipped with toilets and refreshments.
    Layering up with clothing is recommended as the wind on the ocean can be a bit chilly.

    Posted on 8/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    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
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    What a great experience. A truly great trip on June 4th, we got to see Orcas, seeks, as well as many different types of sea birds, plus unbelievable but a Wolf on an uninhabited island,
    A very big thank you to all the ships crew, but a special mention to Seanie who made this a truly memorable experience. Her knowledge and willingness to explain things to us all was outstanding. Thanks Seanie you made our day.

    Posted on 6/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great Whale Watching Trip, Super-friendly Crew! Starting from beautiful Telegraph Cove, I participated in a whale watching tour. We took our boat through the areas where they expected to find certain whales. We got lucky to get approached by a few Doll's Purpose. Later, we saw a few humpback whales and even a family of orcas! To finish it all off, we saw a sea otter swimming close by. It was such a great experience! Much more than I expected.

    The crew was well informed and could always provide relevant information to what we saw out on the waters. It was pretty cool how the captain was able to spot and approach wildlife, just by sight, with minimum disturbance of the animals. Shoutout to Rebecca for answering all my questions, it was so interesting to learn so much about whales! Would do again if I had the chance too.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Wonderful! One of the highlights of our trip! They have a 100% whale sighting guarantee which is nice, but the 1/2 day trip is lovely in itself. Of course, the absolute highlight was seeing a whole pod of Orcas (though they didn't breach)! They are amazing. Lovely company to book your trip with, as well--staff are very friendly and helpful and the price is reasonable

    Posted on 7/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Best part of our vacation The crew was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We did see three separate sightings of whales, seals, and bald eagles. James was especially nice and out going. The Ultimate excursion was a little expensive, but worth the price for a once in a lifetime trip. We are so glad that we made this trip with Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 8/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    A must-do in Victoria - we saw humpback whales, orcas, everything! This was a fantastic whale-watching trip - if you only have time to do one thing in Victoria, do this (apparently mid-July to late August is the best time to go, and we went on August 20). The staff (Rory, Lily, Bill, and Joe) were very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend going in the morning, because the weather conditions are better, you see more, and there are fewer people on the boat (I think the boat holds about 90 people and we were only about 20). Also dress up warm - even on a sunny day it gets very cold on the boat. Dress like it's going to be very sunny and very cold - you might need rain gear too. Also bring snacks or money for snacks - whale watching is hungry work!

    The trip itself was amazing. We saw six or seven humpback whales, two families of orcas, sea lions, and a sea otter. The sea was like glass and the weather conditions were perfect so we could see everything. One of the humpback whales surfaced right near our boat, which was breathtaking because of its sheer size. Then we moved on to the orcas, and each family had just killed a seal, so we saw them thrashing around and slapping their tails and generally celebrating. Then one of them was so happy it leapt right out of the water (which we got on camera)! Apparently this is quite rare. After that we went to the lighthouse where the sea lions and the sea otter hang out.

    Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly, highly recommend it. It was one of the highlights of our trip out West (the other was the Rockies!)

    Posted on 8/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Do it! We enjoyed it immensely. Wilma our naturalist was very knowledgeable and passionate in her job. The whole staff was very friendly. We saw probably 8 humpback whales and an eagle, sea lions and seals. We made multiple stops to see the wildlife. You will not be disappointed you took this 4 hour tour.

    Posted on 10/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Absolutely Fantastic We went on the afternoon trip aboard the catamaran.

    We saw a humpback whale then 300m away were a pod of 8 killer whales! They came within 10m or so of the boat. It was incredible to watch. Then we sailed to another part of the sea and found another pod!

    The staff were just as excited about it as us. They were all very knowledgeable and a particular shout out to Seanie who answered all our questions!

    If you like whales then go with this company.

    Posted on 7/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
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