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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 $175* CAD / Adult Learn More

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2021 Season
April 16th -October 31st
Adult (18+) $175* CAD
Youth (13-17) $135* CAD
Child (2-12) $105* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 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.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 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.

Experience

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.

Did you know? Male orcas weigh up to 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds)!

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.

Departure Location

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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Know Before You Book

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

  • Reviews

    Fantastic Whale watching with Prince of Whales! This was a fantastic day! We chose Prince of Whales whale and Marine Wildlife Adventures for our whale watching tour on September 20th, 2019.

    The weather was good but the group of people that were our guides on the Prince of Whales boat were all amazing!! Specifically Seanie, who was our Naturalist on the boat. Seanie is very knoweldgeable on marine life, especially whales, their habitat and habits.
    Seanie is very passionate about whales and explained the difference between the resident Orcas and the transient orcas which was fascinating!! Seanie also explained the feeding habits and life cycles of the whales.

    We went on after the Orcas feeling very fortunate to see both types only to be surrounded by humpbacks!! Of course we watched at the proper distance, the staff was very concerned about the wellbeing of the whales which was inspiring.

    We also saw many different types of birds in the area.

    This was a fantastic trip, I highly recommend going with Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 9/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great experience!! Loved the knowledgeable and friendly staff! It was a wonderful experience, despite the cold winds! The Captain drove farther North and we were able to see 9 orcas!! It was a great experience. Highly recommend!

    Posted on 4/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Wonderful whale tour!! Fantastic day out on the water. Saw lot of whales including a group of Orcas feeding and playing around for quite awhile. Clearly knowledgable and friendly crew. We really enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend this tour!

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whales Galore - August 18, 2019 Our family including my 90 year old dad went out of Victoria for a whale watching tour onboard their new catamaran. The vessel itself is built in such away with thick glass sides that you can see out both sides of the ship with an un obstructive view. We had as crew, Chris the skipper, Bill first mate, Rory and Laura as crew. They were all fantastic and knowledgeable. Chris gave me a tour of the wheelhouse - incredible. The vessel can do over 30 knots using water jets - no chance of hurting a whale with a revolving prop. The vessel is super stable and my dad who has difficulty walking was able to move around the vessel without having to use the hand rails, due to the 2 pontoon design. When reached the humpback feeding grounds around the Sooke area it was incredible. Humpbacks were everywhere. You could look in any direction and see blow, the Humpback's back and their tails high in the air. We saw single animals, groups of animals up to 6 at a time. It was a spectacular event. While this was going on both Rory and Laura were giving us play by plays as to what the whales were doing. They were absolutely excellent!! Everyone on board was amazed. My biggest thrill was to be able to take Dad out an whale watching tour for his birthday. He loved that he could walk around the boat without any problems and see so many whales. I would recommend that seniors use this vessel for its stability and ease people can move around!! In all, the trip and crew were awesome and we will do it again. I am sorry I can only give this 5 starts out of 5. i want to give you 10 stars. If you want to go whale watching, this is the company, vessel and crew you will want to go with. I guarantee you will have an excellent adventure.

    Posted on 8/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • 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

    Wow! We were lucky enough to spot a pod of Orca soon after leaving Vancouver, then we found a humpback whale and her calf soon after. Fantastic afternoon. All the staff were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Thanks to James, Stu and Amy.

    Posted on 9/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whales & so much more First thanks to Aurora who was an excellent tour guide and was excellent with the children. They've remembered so much she said!

    A great trip, well organized. We saw a whale many times then headed towards Vancouver island to see seals, sealions and bald eagles. What a treat!

    We were at the end of the queue getting on so ended up downstairs behind the glass at the front which was disappointing. However this was lucky as we didn't get blown around so much as those outside. The first hour-ish was zooming along getting to the desired location. So outside people were getting sprayed, etc.

    Posted on 8/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Awesom morning We were very lucky with the weather and the humpback whales were very friendly to come really close to our vessel. The naturalist were informing us perfectly.

    Posted on 8/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing and informative experience. We were so glad that we went whale watching. It wasn't the cheapest activity but seeing as some of the money goes towards conservation then that was fine by us. We went with the mindset that we'd be pleased with whatever we saw and we got very lucky as we we're able to follow a pod of orca as well as seeing humpback whales. The staff were brilliant in particular Mike the captain and Jen the first mate who was on hand to answer any questions and show us pictures of the orcas that we had just seen. Jen was also brilliant with the children on board. I would definitely recommend this to any nature lovers.

    I would just ensure that you leave plenty of time to get from Downtown to Granville Island if you weren't getting a taxi as it's a good walk + short bus boat across to the island.

    Posted on 8/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    1/2 day Whale Watching tour Our staff (names shown in the picture) were very knowledgeable and passionate about their career as keto ologists and wonderful to talk to. We saw 4 families of whales totaling 21. Our experience was very enjoyable. Our family would recommend this trip to any and all whom have any intrest in a water tours.

    Posted on 6/28/2019 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!

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.

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.).

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