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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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Experience the majesty of the Salish Sea and its wildlife, from whales surfacing in unison to bald eagles soaring overhead. Explore the Strait of Georgia’s and Howe Sound’s currents in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal experts bring the animals’ stories to life (while you stay warm, dry and hydrated in its heated cabin, of course!) The quintessential whale watching experience for every adventurer.

Departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver our high-speed, custom-built, luxury catamaran will take you on a 3- to 5-hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour.

Starting at$179.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

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2022 Season
April 2, 2021 - October 31, 2021
Adults (18+)$179.00* CAD
Youth (13-17)$139.00* CAD
Children (2-12)$109.00* CAD
Infants (0-1)FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax. Seasonal rates may apply.

About the experience...

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What's
Included
  • 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.
  • A comfortable semi-covered express cruiser, with 3 different viewing areas on 2 distinct elevations.
  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 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.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

Prepare For Your Adventure

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windbreaker
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Warm<br />Sweater
Warm
Sweater
Long<br />Pants
Long
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Closed-toe<br />Shoes
Closed-toe
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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.

The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2, Canada

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.

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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!

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

The boat we use for this tour is 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

    Orca spotting We went on a half day whale watching tour from Victoria on 1 June 2019. It was an amazing day as we saw a transient pod of orca's socialising for about an hour. This was after they had lunch 😂
    We got some brilliant photos. The crew Rory and Val were excellent. They gave us a lot of valuable information regarding the pod of Orcas and could not have been more helpful. Brilliant trip.
    P.S. we also saw bald Eagles on the way back 👍👍👍

    Posted on 6/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Unforgettable experience! I will remember this trip for the rest of my life! We took Half Day Whale Watching on Ocean Magic and Wilma was absolutely mesmerizing ! She knew so much and it was so friendly, making sure we get the best out of this trip.Also, thanks to Captain and the rest of the crew.

    We saw Humpback Whale,Orca family, Bald Eagle (several) Sea Lions, beautiful coast and scenery. We came back home and haven't stoped talking about this experience. We highly recommend it and we will be back! Again, thank you so much!

    Posted on 8/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great Experience Although at first I was sceptical whether the catamaran of Prince of Whales would be such a fantastic experience as the Zodiacs, I was told better: We were able to follow four orcas over long distances for more than half an hour, got very close to the rocks with sea lions, seals and a sea otter and on the way back our captain actually managed to find a grey whale. The three guides provided us again and again with comprehensive information.

    Posted on 7/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    fantastic trip, enthusiastic staff My friend and I were staying in Victoria for a couple of days - May 1st and 2nd and decided to go whale watching at the last minute. We were so glad we did as we really enjoyed the trip - seeing two pods of transient whales. The crew were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made the trip very memorable. Rory took some amazing photos and was kind enough to email these to us as our cameras were not quite up to the task!!!!

    Posted on 5/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    - Absolutely amazing time during this trip. Felt very relaxed and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Special thanks to James,Amy,Malcolm and Anthony. Their love for their jobs and the wildlife was apparent. Nice length trip as didn’t feel rushed and able to capture lots of amazing memories.

    Posted on 6/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    A truly West Coast Experience Although the lone humpback we spotted had other plans then spending time with us, our time with Capt. Joe, Lilly and Lauren was well spent. Their excitement at spotting the first humpback of the season was contagious and left us with a better understanding of these wild creatures. It was a beautiful afternoon with the Olympic Mountains rising from the mists, the sun on the water and the noisy smelly crowd soaking up the sun at Race Rocks.

    Posted on 4/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale watching ultimate day tour An absolutely amazing experience. The crew were very knowledgeable and helpful and made every effort to ensure we enjoyed our day. We saw several humpback whales, orcas and seals as well as some breathtaking scenery. The day includes some time in Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Butchart gardens were very impressive but a little spoiled by the selfie stick carrying brigade. Overall I recommend Prince of Whales without reservation and would definitely whale watch with them again.

    Posted on 9/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Half day whale watch tour This tour far exceeded my expectations. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of some whales, but about an hour in we came upon a small pod and got to watch them for about an hour. Our guide stayed on the upper deck with us and explained the behaviors they were exhibiting. She was extremely knowledgeable and familiar with this particular group of whales. We also saw sea lions and a bald eagle. There was an enclosed cabin in case of inclement weather which looked warm and inviting.

    Posted on 5/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing experience for us first-timers I've always wanted to go whale watching so it was a must when we arrived in Victoria. I didn't know how to choose a reputable company so I did the usual: compared prices, reviews, locations and then just picked one. I have to say the location of being from the info centre and the fall "flash sales" were the initial reasons to choose this company, but then I thought it was interesting that they would guarantee seeing whales or your money back. I thought even if we didn't see whales we'd get a fun boat ride and possibly another offer to try again. I wasn't worried either way. So off we went. The purchasing online was easy and the information delivery was clear. Check in was friendly and smooth. I was expecting to be cold, and it was a bit our on the water, but overall I was very comfortable even though the sun was only out for about an hour. It was overcast the rest of the day, but that did not take anything away from the experience. From the introductions of the crew, the safety talk at the start to concierge service and staff on hands to connastntly interact and provide information and answers, I felt taken care of the entire time. We saw tons of animals from whales to seals to a single resident otter. The animals were of course the highlight, but the surprising part was the sheer information and education put forth. You can tell these guys have taken the time to really hone this product from the heart. I can't compare as I've never been on another tour like this, but I recommend this company with complete confidence. Well done crew! Special thanks to Shawnee, Bill and Jo, and oh man I wish I could remember the other crew members names as they were all great!

    Posted on 10/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching Great day out crew excellent and knowledgeable a great day out would recommend to anyone humpbacks were awesome and the sea lions

    Posted on 9/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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