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This one-way adventure will take you from downtown Victoria to Butchart Cove aboard a custom-built catamaran embarking on a 3-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 1). From here, you’ll take a 2.5-hour sunset cruise departing from Butchart Cove and arriving at Downtown Vancouver (Part 2).

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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
Adult (18+) $230* CAD
Youth (13-17) $190* CAD
Child (2-12) $125* 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

  • 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.

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

Experience

If you find yourself needing a lift from Victoria to Vancouver, why not transform your journey into a whale watching adventure as you cruise the expanse of the sapphire sea rolling out before you. You’ll explore the breadths of the Salish Sea, from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Haro Strait, navigating the bordering archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales. Cruise straight into downtown Vancouver just in time to refuel on a fresh seafood dinner at one of the city’s acclaimed locales.

Did you know? Orcas can swim up to 160 kilometers or 100 miles in a single day.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Whale Watching from Victoria to Butchart Cove

Part 2 – Butchart Cove to Vancouver Cruise

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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Arrival Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, Canada

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Know Before You Book

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

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

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

Private Tours

If you find yourself needing a lift from Victoria to Vancouver, why not transform your journey into a whale watching adventure as you cruise the expanse of sapphire sea rolling out before you. You’ll explore the breadths of the Salish Sea, from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Haro Strait, navigating the bordering archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales. Cruise straight into downtown Vancouver just in time to refuel on a fresh seafood dinner at one of the city’s acclaimed locales.

Did you know? Orcas can swim up to 160 kilometers or 100 miles in a single day.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Whale Watching from Victoria to Butchart Cove

Part 2 – Butchart Cove to Vancouver Cruise

  • 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
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    All at once We were out there in Telegraph Cove on one of their Zodiaks with our guide Andy. After 15 min we spotted the first group of orcas, which came very close to our boat. We had plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the moment. We moved on to the another spot where we could enjoy a group of humpack whales.
    Our guide gave us very interesting background information on the whales and the local area. On the side we also spotted seals and eagles.
    An awesome trip with an awesome guide!

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Prince of Whales- whale watching tour We had a great time out on the zodiac, the driver was very knowledgeable and we got to see all types of wildlife. We saw transient orca whales, seals, and bald eagles.

    I would recommend this tour. It was a lot of fun.

    Posted on 3/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching Right from the office visit everyone was wonderful. Orca sightings are never guaranteed but we had an amazing experience thanks to Skipper Scotty and Prince of Whales, as well as Telegraph Cove itself.

    Posted on 7/31/2019 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
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    A beautiful experience! The boat ride alone was worth the trip in the midst of vast expanses of water and islands. We sighted 8 whales surfacing and deep diving. Wow! The guides were
    knowledgeable and informative, always helpful and generous. It was a great experience all around. I will do it again!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Unforgettable experience! I will remember this trip for the rest of my life! We took Half Day Whale Watching on Ocean Magic and Wilma was absolutely mesmerizing ! She knew so much and it was so friendly, making sure we get the best out of this trip.Also, thanks to Captain and the rest of the crew.

    We saw Humpback Whale,Orca family, Bald Eagle (several) Sea Lions, beautiful coast and scenery. We came back home and haven't stoped talking about this experience. We highly recommend it and we will be back! Again, thank you so much!

    Posted on 8/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Embark with Mark Terrific morning cruise on the Zodiac with Mark to watch the orcas (we saw four!) enjoy a seal lunch. Exciting and jostling.

    Posted on 4/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Breathtaking experience! I would say this tour was the highlight during my stay in Victoria. I am speechless,the atmosphere is second to none. A perfect sunny day and the ocean was so tranquil. The whales were not far from us, such a magical experience. This is a must-see attraction in Victoria.

    Posted on 3/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    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 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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