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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. Cut through the Strait of Juan de Fuca’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.

Check out a 3D tour of the Catamaran HERE

Our most popular Victoria adventure is a 3+ hour fully-guided whale watching & wildlife viewing tour departing at 12:30 from Victoria’s inner harbour aboard Salish Sea Eclipse – a high-speed, luxury, custom-built catamaran.

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Ease into the evening aboard our luxury catamaran, Salish Sea Eclipse, as we depart Victoria’s scenic inner harbour. This 3+ hour tour is a photographer’s favourite and a relaxing way to end the day as the sun sets over the Salish Sea.

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ORCAS EXHIBITION: Free at checkout with promo code FREEORCA – ONCE BOOKED YOU WILL BE EMAILED A CODE TO BOOK YOUR DAY AT THE MUSEUM – AT THE LINK BELOW

Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, spirit of BC’s wild coast and apex predator of all oceans. Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “killer whales.” Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity at the Royal BC Museums Orcas: Our Shared Future Exhibition.  Not available with any other discounts or promotions.

Once you receive your ticket code for the Royal BC Museum – head to https://sales.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/redeem.aspx to redeem your time.

Starting at$139.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

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2021 Season
March 27, 2021 - October 31, 2021
Adults (18+)$139.00* CAD
Youth (13-17)$109.00* CAD
Children (2-12)$89.00* 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Free photo package will be taken and sent by our naturalists on every trip, group photos & wildlife photos all 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.
  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Because of COVID restrictions light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) are NOT currently available for purchase.
  • 360 degree panoramic views from a 22 ft tall elevated viewing platform means all 95 guests will see further while we maintain a safe viewing distance from our beloved marine mammals.
  • Experience spectacular views through floor to ceiling windows. Only a few feet above the water these 10 ft tall glass windows offer unobstructed views of dramatic Salish Sea scenery.

Cancellation Policy

Need to cancel or reschedule – no problem! Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure’s departure to reschedule or to cancel (and receive a full refund), no questions asked.

Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy.

Special Deals & Promotional bookings are final sale however they may be rescheduled at no charge with 48 hrs notice. Please be sure to read specific cancellation policies for promotions.

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.) and sometimes we may not have enough passengers reserved to justify the emissions we’d create by sailing.  In these situations, we reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure and will reschedule your trip or provide a full refund at your discretion. 

COVID-19 – Should circumstances result in government directions restricting travel we will be happy to reschedule your adventure or provide a full refund.

*Orca Exhibition Cancellation*

While this incredible deal is a final sale your whale watching adventure may be rescheduled at no charge with 48 hrs notice. Your trip to the Royal BC Museum’s Orcas exhibition may be rescheduled in accordance with the Royal BC Museums’ policies and procedures.   

 

Prepare For Your Adventure

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

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 currently unavailable for purchase due to COVID restrictions 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.

Luggage can be stored safely in our office.

Downtown Victoria Adventure Centre

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

The Victoria Adventure Centre is located below the Visitor Information Centre, next to Milestones restaurant across the street from Fairmont Empress hotel.

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.

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

    Second time lucky- one pod of Orcas, one humpback, seals & birds. We ended up taking two trips for the price of one, as we didn't manage to find whales on our first outing. We were booked on to another trip the following day for free, as per their guarantee.

    We have been on safari before as well as numerous other wildlife excursions, including whale watching, so we fully appreciate how unpredictable nature can be. While it is always disappointing to miss out on a sighting, much of the enjoyment from these experiences comes from going out into another creatures' habitat, learning about their behaviour and characteristics and actively looking for the various species. With this in mind, we still enjoyed every second of being out there on the deck of the comfortable catamaran, learning about the native marine and bird species from the very informative naturalists as we sailed around the beautiful waters North of Victoria.

    The second outing was more fruitful. We located a pod of Orcas after about half an hour of cruising, staying with the them for a number of breathe cycles (about 30mins) before backing off and allowing other boats to approach. There were other boats there and the crew were very mindful of not encroaching too closely on the orcas, but we still had a good encounter nonetheless.

    On the way back we were lucky enough to also spot a humpback whale, which we loved just as much as seeing the orcas.

    During the journey, Lili, Maya and Rory (the on-board naturalists) were positioned on each deck and were sharing all their knowledge about the various species of whale, the larger ecosystem and some of the challenges that they face. They also kindly shared some of their photos afterwards, as their camera equipment was more professional than most passengers.

    We would heartily recommend using this company for whale watching tours. They are very professional, friendly and care deeply about the native species. Previous experience has taught us that less reputable operators are not inclined to treat the whales or their habitat with such respect so we felt like we had made the right choice with Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 6/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great time with our son We were so pleased to hear that Prince of Whales had re-opened and that they were undertaking Covid precautions.

    Today we went out with our son for the first time and had the best trip ever. We’ve been several times before with family so we love the experience the crew give.

    We have to say that the crew went over and above to ensure they and everyone in board were safe and understood all we needed to know and the instructions were clear and easy to understand whilst still allowing for a great experience. We highly recommend you go if you can. We will be coming back in August for more stay at home vacation days.

    Thank you to David and all the crew for a wonderful memory for us and our son.

    Posted on 7/20/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing trip and lots of animals sighted Myself, my parents and my husband were visiting Victoria from May 6-8 and we went whale watching on the 7th. It was an incredible experience with our first whale sighting (a humpback) happening in the first hour near the protected area where we also saw sean lions, seals and Ollie the sea otter. Our naturalists on board were Seanie, Lawren, Valerie, Maia, and Lili. We sat up top with Lili for most of the trip and she was extremely experienced and informative. She helped us have the best trip possible and even explained how to tell the difference between animal sightings vs. false sightings. The first whale we saw was a humpback and it was magical. The second one happened on the US boarder and it was a grey whale right near the beach. The sun was shining and the day was excellent. I'm so glad I got to share this experience with my husband and parents and would highly recommend the Prince of Whales tour to anyone looking for a comfortable adventure with lots of information and magical sightings.

    Posted on 5/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Orca watching We were meet by Olivia, who was very friendly and helpful giving us info and taking us to the boat. Erin the skipper welcomed everyone and guided us through a fantastic time out on the water. Rebecca kept us supplied with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. Wilma, our marine biologist was amazing. She had great knowledge and enthusiasm for not only the Orcas, which we found within 30mins of starting the tour, but for all the wildlife we saw in and out the water. I would recommend this trip to everyone.

    Posted on 7/11/2019 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
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    Amazing experience! My family (all adults), boyfriend and I did the 8:15am whale watching tour from Victoria on August 27th. All of the staff was amazing and super informative. Both Laura and Lili were very friendly and very knowledgeable about questions we had. Lili also gave a lot of scientific facts about the whales while we were out looking for them which I really enjoyed. Captain Bill and the photographer on the trip were also very welcoming and informative.

    We saw two pods of Orca that were swimming together from afar, and three Humpback Whales. Two Humpbacks were swimming together and were pretty dormant and potentially napping when we first saw them. The best part of the experience was that those two whales woke up and were very energetic afterwards. They breached several times and at one point both breached at the same time (double breach) which was VERY AMAZING to see. You could see how excited the crew was about it and everyone else on board was amazed. I'm so glad we chose to go on the catamaran cruise with Prince of Whales and would definitely recommend!

    Posted on 8/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing experience This was our first time whale watching and the Prince of Whales crew did an amazing job ensuring it was one to remember. They were all extremely knowledgeable and friendly, ready to answer any questions and provide an unforgettable experience. Thank you all!

    Posted on 9/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing experience This is a must-do experience in Vancouver! My partner and I were only in town for about two days and we’re both so glad we dedicated half a day to this tour! The Prince of Whales boat is the perfect size and the crew was super knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw a pod of transient orcas (killer whales) and learned so much about them. We also saw seals and bald eagles and the scenery was unbelievable. We loved Jen, the first mate, and Aaron, the captain—they made the experience very special! Thank you!!

    Posted on 8/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    What an incredible day! Just got back from a fantastic experience with a fabulous team, thanks all.
    Got to see some Whales too today, it was incredible and the team were so friendly and helpful, I could not fault them.

    Posted on 9/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Wow! Best whale watching ever! We had the most amazing day out on the water. The staff were so professional and knowledgeable. We saw killer whales (they even jumped out of the water !!) Humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions and seals!! The catamaran was so comfortable and I saw the staff constantly cleaning for Covid. This was a fabulous group of staff. They even walked around to show us photos and markers to identify the whales we saw that day and answer any questions we had. It was the best whale Watching I have ever experienced! Thank you Bill, Joe , Lili, Valerie and Seanie!!

    Posted on 7/05/2020 via TripAdvisor
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