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This adventure will take you from downtown Victoria to The Butchart Gardens aboard a custom-built catamaran, embarking on a 3-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour. Gardens admission and 35- to 45-minute narrated return bus transfers are also included.

$160
Starting at $139* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
Adult (18+) $160* CAD
Youth (13-17) $135* CAD
Child (2-12) $110* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2020 Season
TO BE ANNOUNCED
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

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.

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

  • VIP-admission to The Butchart Gardens by their private dock.

  • 35 to 45 minute narrated return bus transfer from the gardens to Victoria.

Highlights & Inclusions

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

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

Experience

Take in the world-renowned lush greens of The Butchart Gardens with our exclusive whale watching package from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Traverse our west coast waters in search of orcas and humpback whales en route to The Butchart Gardens, where you’ll explore 55 acres of colourful blooms before hopping on your private bus back to Victoria. Plus, every Saturday, we invite you to stay until dusk falls and watch fireworks illuminate the night sky.

Did you know? The Butchart Gardens took root in a former limestone quarry over 100 years ago.

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

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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Know Before You Book

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

  • Reviews

    Amazing adventure! An amazing adventure watching several whales breaching, which we understand is very unusual to see in Canada. We also enjoyed watching the seals basking in the sun and two Bald Eagles perched in their nests. The crew was great. The Captain and First Mate did a fabulous job finding the whales and Maya and Hannah were extremely knowledgeable and kind as was the rest of the crew. The bus driver to Butchart Gardens was funny and shared the history of the town and gardens making the ride interesting and enjoyable. We highly recommend Prince of Whales!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience Highly recommended excursion. The staff onboard (Rory, Lilly and others) are very friendly and knowledgeable > 10/10.

    Posted on 6/09/2019 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

    Half day whale watching from Vancouver - Fantastic Wilma was absolutely amazing. We had such a fab time finding out lots of facts and was lucky enough to spot a pod of Killer Whales!

    Posted on 7/26/2019 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
  • Reviews

    Off season zodiac boat... still saw a bunch of orcas! We went on an off-season day and still saw a bunch of transient orcas. The guide was informative and kept a respectful distance from the animals and it never felt like a “chase,” just passive observation, as it should be. We also saw harbor seals and pups, stellar sea lions and pups, a river otter, and various birds. The other two adults I was with agreed it was well worth the $86USD or whatever the full price was for an off season morning trip. It was plenty warm with the suits, gloves, and hats provided. Bring your own sunglasses and warm socks/shoes. Heads up- if you sit in the front row (especially with only a few people on the boat) you will need to hang on for dear life at times! Lots of fun!

    Posted on 3/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale and Fly We enjoyed very much the tour on May 31, 2019. Fantastic program, very friendly and knowledgable crew and a very experienced and patient captain. We got to see whales in two separate locations, group of seals in an island and many birds on the cliffs. The captain got of his way and in one occasion went back to show us the whales (see the chart). The flight back from Victoria to downtown Vancouver was very scenic. The entire program was very memorable.

    Posted on 5/31/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great Whale Watching Trip, Super-friendly Crew! Starting from beautiful Telegraph Cove, I participated in a whale watching tour. We took our boat through the areas where they expected to find certain whales. We got lucky to get approached by a few Doll's Purpose. Later, we saw a few humpback whales and even a family of orcas! To finish it all off, we saw a sea otter swimming close by. It was such a great experience! Much more than I expected.

    The crew was well informed and could always provide relevant information to what we saw out on the waters. It was pretty cool how the captain was able to spot and approach wildlife, just by sight, with minimum disturbance of the animals. Shoutout to Rebecca for answering all my questions, it was so interesting to learn so much about whales! Would do again if I had the chance too.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Watched Whales! This is the best whale watching I have experienced! Orcas, Humpbacks and more. Great scenery too.
    The naturalist Rebecca was friendly and had a vast knowledge of whales and wildlife. I learned much about The history of whales, and their behaviours.
    In conclusion: Great sights, animals, and friendly staff. I will come again next year!
    I rate this a 5/5 whale tails! 🐋

    Posted on 8/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale of a time I took my friend who was visiting from the UK on this tour, we were both blown away. It was an incredibly windy morning and the water was turbulent but they made this very clear from the beginning and even offered you the chance to rebook. The rough seas only added to the experience for us. It was great fun.

    We managed to find 2 groups of seal eating orca in the Howe Sound and watched then for some time.

    Crew were fantastic from start to finish, you can really tell they have a love for their job and the whales they see on a daily basis.

    I work in local tourism and will definitely be recommending this to my guests!!
    Great job guys 😁

    Posted on 7/18/2019 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 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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