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This customizable round-trip adventure will take you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria aboard a custom-built catamaran, embarking on a 4-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 1). From here, you’ll take an ~35-minute tour bus to The Butchart Gardens. Later that evening, the return journey will consist of a 2.5-hour sunset cruise, departing from The Butchart Gardens before arriving at our final destination, Downtown Vancouver (Part 2).

$340
Starting at $279* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
May 22nd - September 20th, 2020
Adult (18+) $340* CAD
Youth (13-17) $240* CAD
Child (2-12) $180* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2020 Season
TO BE ANNOUNCED
*+ 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

  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.

  • See it all in a day or extend your stay. Ask us about overnight package options with one of our fabulous accommodation partners.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Narrated bus transfer from downtown Victoria to The Butchart Gardens with CVS Tours (35-45 minutes).

  • Complimentary admission to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Experience this National Historic Site of Canada featuring over 900 varieties of bedding plants more than 100 years in the making.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.

  • Selected as a Canadian Signature Experience

Highlights & Inclusions

  • The perfect viewing platform and the only one of its kind on British Columbia coast. This 95 passenger catamaran was engineered and built in Canada with the safety of our beloved marine wildlife and our guests as priority number one.

  • A return sunset cruise from the gardens to Vancouver.

Experience

Step aboard our intimate, luxury catamaran for a fully customizable adventure from Vancouver to Victoria and back! You’ll cruise the Salish Sea’s expanse in search of orcas and humpback whales, arriving in Victoria’s picturesque harbour where you can explore downtown’s historic sites before hopping on a guided tour bus to the Garden City’s world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Cruise back to Vancouver through the Salt Spring Island passage as sunset blankets the water in golden hues. Not ready to leave Victoria? We don’t blame you—split your tour across multiple days for the ultimate adventure.

Did you know? Many high-end accommodations are within walking distance from our office in Victoria’s inner harbour.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
7:30 AM Check-in begins in Vancouver (Granville Island)
8:00 AM Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30 AM Departure from Vancouver. Whale & marine wildlife watching.
~12:30 PM Arrival into downtown Victoria. Free time in Victoria

Part 2 – Butchart Gardens & Butchart Cove to Vancouver Cruise
1:00 PM, 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM – Bus transfers from Victoria to Butchart Gardens depart. Free time in the gardens.
4:15 PM Meet the boat crew at the Butchart Gardens private dock
4:45 PM Departure from Butchart Gardens
~7:00 PM Arrival into downtown Vancouver (Granville Island)

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

The Vancouver Adventure Centre is located across from the street from the Keg restaurant.

Please remember to check-in 1 hour 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.

  • Package can be broken up over 2 or more days. Build your own adventure by selecting Date & Time for each part when placing a booking.

  • Bring up to 1 airline-sized piece of luggage and 1 carry-on on board at no additional cost.

  • 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

    Great day At first we saw only a few orcas and where kinda waiting for more and almost at the end of the tour the humpback whales showed up and made it Unforgettable.
    The tour guides where nice and gave us lot of info

    Posted on 7/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great staff, well organized, and WHALES! Dress warmly for these whale watching adventures as it can get a little chilly on the upper deck. Not to worry though, they have gloves, hats and blankets to keep you warm. They found us 6 or 7 visible whales, males, female and calves for us to marvel over. The sea lions, deer and big horn sheep were a major plus.

    Posted on 4/01/2019 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

    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
  • Reviews

    Awesome Humpbacks Not much else to say - thoroughly enjoyable trip with Jasper on a morning Zodiac adventure for the family.

    Highlight was Humpback sightings including one very large whale that was launch feeding the krill soup that was served up by nature's west coast kitchen this morning !

    Jasper shared a lot of information to the passengers and always observed a respectful distance from the undersea visitors.

    The weather was very warm and calm which made for excellent viewing and hardly a drop of spray to worry any of the expensive cameras on the boat - even at speed. The zodiac ribs seem to be super stable and agile - I want one !

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Breathtaking, unforgettable trip We took the zodiac trip, piloted by Scotty. Within a short time we had Dall’s porpoise hunting and playing next to the boat, soon followed by 2 humpbacks, then a raft of Stellar sea lions. Scotty gave a lot of thought as to where we should head to try and spot orcas and his plan paid off, with fantastic views of two pods of orcas including one whale that showed off leaping out of the water. Just as we thought that was the finale to the trip, Scotty received a message that a fin whale - not usually found in these waters - was nearby and after some patient waiting and tracking, we got to view this whale several times. Amazing. Scotty was a great skipper and has a wealth of knowledge about the wildlife. This was a trip of a lifetime and Prince of Whales a great company to have found. Thank you Scotty for delivering more than we could have hoped for! Thoroughly recommend this trip. I hope to return one day!

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great adventure What a wonderful adventure. We got to see multiple pods of Orcas...our crew was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in telling us all about the whales and their environment. Our Captain did a great job finding whales and positioning the boat for optimum viewing. Definitely a great trip!!

    Posted on 7/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Superb Crew Enhanced a Terrific Experience! Whale watching can be hit or miss, so it is important to have a crew that keeps it fun and informative. Wilma did an excellent job guiding us during the 1.5 hours of ride to and from the siting, as well as during to 45 minutes we got to spend with the 2 pods of orcas we encountered. She was charming and very informative, with a deep knowledge of the subject matter and the rare ability to know how much or how little each passenger group wanted to know. The captain, too, did a great job, and took us back via ‘the scenic route’, allowing us to see some additional wildlife within the islands. Every crew member was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. This is a well-run operation.

    Posted on 6/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Zodiac Trip We had a great 3+ hours on the Prince of Whales zodiac tour in the early afternoon. The skipper was brilliant - friendly, knowledgeable & created a nice atmosphere. We were lucky enough to see transient orcas, residents and humpbacks - absolutely incredible and at times we didn’t know where to look as they were everywhere around us! Would recommend, and would happily use again.

    Posted on 8/12/2019 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

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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