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Victoria Half-Day Whale Watching
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This one-way adventure begins with a 4-hour journey from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Victoria, BC, Canada aboard a custom-built high-speed catamaran, embarking on a 4-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 1). From here, the adventure continues with a 3-hour high-speed, passenger-only ferry operated by Clipper Vacations, taking you from Victoria, BC, Canada to your final destination, Seattle, WA , USA (Part 2).

Starting at $400* CAD / Adult Learn More

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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
Adult (18+) $400* CAD
Youth (13-17) $360* CAD
Child (2-12) $215* 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.

  • A 3-hour high-speed, passenger-only ferry from Vancouver to Seattle through Puget Sound operated by Clipper Vacations.

  • 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.

Highlights & Inclusions

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

  • Customize your adventure. Book as a day tour or split up over 2 or more days.

Experience

You’ve come to the West Coast to see it all, from Vancouver to Seattle—and the inlets, bays and harbours in between.

Explore everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer: Settle into the comfort of our luxury catamaran as we cruise out of downtown Vancouver and cross the Strait of Georgia. Navigate Haro Strait’s rugged archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales before docking in Victoria’s picturesque harbour. You can sip espresso and explore our Garden City’s historic streets before boarding a high-speed passenger ferry destined for downtown Seattle as the sun sets.

Did you know? Victoria is situated in the rainshadow of Washington’s Olympic Mountains and receives 80% less precipitation than Vancouver.

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 – Passenger Ferry from Victoria to Seattle
4:00 PM Check-in in downtown Victoria. Process through U.S. Customs & Border Protection before boarding.
5:00 PM Departure from downtown Victoria
~8:00 PM Arrival into downtown Seattle

What To Bring

Passports and possibly visas are required when travelling between the United States and Canada for all passengers. Please visit https://www.clippervacations.com/travel-information/ for detailed ID requirements.

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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Arrival Location

Clipper Vacations – Seattle Terminal

Pier 69: 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle WA, USA

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Know Before You Book

  • This adventure is ONE-WAY ONLY, no return transportation to Vancouver is included.

  • Build your own adventure by selecting Date & Time for each part when placing a booking.

  • Reviews

    Amazing trip!!! We really enjoyed it!!! Wilma was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the whales, she mad the tour very interesting and a lot of fun!! Thank you!!
    Michele, Ashley, Mallory and Maggie
    Minnesota, USA

    Posted on 7/17/2019 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

    Wonderful Experience! My husband and myself had a wonderful experience on our first whale watching trip. We were slightly disappointed that we didn’t spot any whales but the trip itself was incredible, great crew! Rory impressed us with his knowledge and love for birds. The boat is fabulous!! We took advantage of the company’s guaranteed to see policy and went back out the following day "free of charge" and boy were we happy we did, we spotted a family of orcas along with a humpback! What an experience. Thanks to Rory and Lili, their love and knowledge for this animals are impressive. The entire staff made our experience one to remember.

    Posted on 6/17/2019 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

    Amazing whale watching experience at Telegraph Cove We drove up all the way to telegraph cove to go whale watching with Prince of Whales, and it became the highlight of our trip to the Island. Not only, because we were lucky, to see so much of the beautiful wildlife (we saw several Humpbacks, porpoises, bald eagles, sea lions, minke whales and Orcas!), but also because the whole crew did an amazing job, explaining so much about the animals and the environment. We expected to go out on a 3 hour trip, but the amazing crew (Roman,Rebecca,Sharon,Vanessa,Kiron) made it a 5 hour tour instead. Special thanks to Rebecca, who is not only a wildlife expert, but also a great photographer (I asked her, if she could send me some pictures of the orcas we saw at that day). You can see her pictures below.

    So if you are considering doing a whale watching tour on the Island. This is your place to go!

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    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
  • Reviews

    Wonderful afternoon Had a great 3 hour late afternoon trip. Staff were pleasant and informative. Spent time identifying individual whales and letting us listen to whales ‘talking ‘ by hydrophone. Spotted orcas and humpback and saw the biggest salmon ever in its natural habitat. Thank you Andy & staff for a memorable trip

    Posted on 8/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Got to see Orca Whales! We went out on the first day, and didn't see any whales. However, they allow you to come back anytime for no charge. We ended up going the next day, and within 10 minutes, saw a pod of orca whales! The guides are very knowledgable, and they respect the wildlife. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted on 1/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome Saw sealions, seals, humpbacks and then orcas! Also got to see a wild bald eagle in flight. Crew were excellent and knowledgeable. Great tour.

    Posted on 7/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Just do it! We chose the "Zodiac" trip (high speed rib ride) - trip starts with a comprehensive induction and kit out with floatation suit/hat and gloves (it was a very warm day but when out there the suit is fine (I wore shorts and shirt with trainers which was ideal and also wore the hat- don't forget your shades and definitely put the sun screen on, lockers provided for personal items- take phone in plastic bag) - this is 3hour+ trip so prepare and you take drink/snacks with you on the boat if read. It is an exhilarating ride so older children/teenagers will love it. This is a great way to sight see as well as experiencing the wildlife, we saw Killer whales, seals and even a Humpback whale!!!
    Our guide/Pilot "Jasper" was friendly and very knowledgeable - a real young gent and a pleasure to spend time with!

    Posted on 6/13/2019 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 Catamarans?

Yes! The catamarans are 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 available on board the Catamarans?

Yes! Complimentary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and 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 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.

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