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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).

Starting at $340* CAD / Adult Learn More

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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
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

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, 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

    Fantastic experience. Totally enjoyed this tour. We were so lucky with our sightings. It was a beautiful day and we saw bald eagles, seals and several hump backs and some orcas. Even after we had seen some whales, the crew kept looking for more. The boat was not too big so everyone seemed to get to see the whales. It was quite cold on the top deck so hats, scarves and a warm coat are recommended. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. If you don't see any whales, I believe you can have another tour free of charge. Having previously done a disappointing whale watching trip in Quebec, I was a bit wary of booking another. I needn't have worried!

    Posted on 6/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Best trip on the water Right from the start - the ticket agents to the crew. Very friendly, helpful, cheery and fun. Always checking in and while on the boat - providing information and points of interest.

    Posted on 8/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching It was a great experience. We saw quit a lot of killer whales chasing some kind Dolphins.
    The ship was excellent and the stuff was very professional and very friendly.

    Posted on 6/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience Maybe we were lucky but we saw Orcas, Humpbacks, sea lions, porpoises and sea eagles. Guides were I formative and genuinely loved doing what they do, great to see them as excited as we all were to see these magnificent creatures.

    Posted on 8/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent whale watching experience Fantastic experience on a very large comfortable and well equipped vessel. The team on the boat were fantastic, knew their stuff and went above and beyond to engage and inform us. The company has a very good ‘no whales’ policy - you come back free! We did just see a pair of whales through a fog, but the captain invoked the no wales policy anyway.

    There are lots of options for different cruise/fly options between Vancouver and Victoria. The experience was great value and we had a great time.

    Posted on 5/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    great staff and amazing sightings sightings! Prince of Whales in Telegraph Cove is the best place to go for whale watching. On our last trip of the week, we saw transient orca whales hunting for their lunch. It was an amazing experience and we saw up to 30 orcas at a time! We also saw 4 humpback whales on that same trip. Overall great time and the staff were so nice and informative. We want to give a special thanks to Rebecca for making the trip even better.

    Posted on 7/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Went out on the Salish Sea today through Boundary Pass with Captain Joe, Lilli ana Valerie. We were blessed with T86As, T101s, and T124As hunting Sea Lions. T86A also had a calf approx 1yr old, and was outta control with excitement 😆 My partner happily took around 800 photos on her DSLR from a safe distance of 200+ meters away. Wished we could have taken more, but am beyond stoked with the ones we got. This is the only acceptable way to view sea life - in the wild where they belong.

    Posted on 4/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Vacation We took a whale watching trip with Prince of Whales in Victoria, Canada. We took the open boat Zodiak trip. Austin was our guide. It was a GREAT experience. The boat ride was a treat in and of itself- you suited up in big orange survival suits and boarded a 12 person open air pontoon boat. Once we cleared the garner it was a lot of fun, bouncing over swells, wind in your face, spectacular views of the Olympic mountains. And we saw whales! A pod of orcas and two beautiful hump back whales. Our guide was so respectful of the whales and not interfering with them! He was also very knowledgeable and gave lots of interesting info on the pod and the humpback whales- where they had traveled from, etc. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this company and guide!

    Posted on 7/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    So amazing! this trip was my absolute favorite, in fact I went twice. Both times I had the same captain, Chris Bann and the same naturalist, Lili. They were excellent and the second time around I also had Bill Moore as another captain and Valerie and Laura. Very well versed in their job. The first time out, we saw a pod of orca whales, some seals, a bald eagle and a humpback whale named Divit. The second time I saw the same humpback whale. The trip itself was so amazing, I loved the speed of the boat and the waves and all of it. On my second trip I was allowed to see the captain's cabin after they docked and Mr. Bill Moore showed me how they steered the boat into the dock. Thank you all guys. And because I so wanted a souvenir to take home with me, a Prince of Whales hat, the office ordered one for me from the Vancouver office and it was brought over in a boat! How amazing is that!

    Posted on 7/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Perfect day Whale watching with Prince of Whales Class operation with knowledgeable and very friendly crew. On top of great whale watching you get to see the very picturesque Broughton Archipelago - 5*****

    Posted on 7/03/2019 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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