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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).

$230
Starting at $169* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
May 22nd - September 20th, 2020
Adult (18+) $230* CAD
Youth (13-17) $190* CAD
Child (2-12) $125* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2021 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

1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2, 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

    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
  • Reviews

    Absolutely amazing trip with really knowledgeable guides We were a group of 7 (4 adults, 3 kids). The trip was perfect. We saw humpbacks, orcas, sealions and bald eagles. The guides were so friendly, knowledgeable and patient, responding to the kids incessant questions!
    We highly recommend this trip, it was worth every penny.

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome Humpbacks Not much else to say - thoroughly enjoyable trip with Jasper on a morning Zodiac adventure for the family.

    Highlight was Humpback sightings including one very large whale that was launch feeding the krill soup that was served up by nature's west coast kitchen this morning !

    Jasper shared a lot of information to the passengers and always observed a respectful distance from the undersea visitors.

    The weather was very warm and calm which made for excellent viewing and hardly a drop of spray to worry any of the expensive cameras on the boat - even at speed. The zodiac ribs seem to be super stable and agile - I want one !

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching afternoon sailing It was a stunning ride in lovely weather. Crew were knowledgable and friendly.
    We managed to see various animals as well as a pod or Orca. We saw some seals, eagle and a tiny part of a humpback whale. Great afternoon for those that like the wind through their hair!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 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

    A wonderful afternoon!! This was the highlight of our visit to Vancouver. And yes we did see Orcas!!! The weather was beautiful but cold. The boat has plenty of seating inside and out and provides hot drinks for free. This was a wonderful experience even without the whales. The views of the mountains, lake side homes and other wild life made the whole trip interesting. Would do it again, was just a great afternoon. The staff are friendly and informative and talk with such passion. It was just a thrill to see these lovely creatures.

    Posted on 5/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Humpbacks and orcas, oh my! First off, I was impressed with the company’s follow through on safety. My husband booked us for the zodiac, but when they learned of his recent operation they insisted we do the bigger boat instead. He still thinks he would have been fine, but I am glad that we didn’t take the chance at their insistence.

    We had a great tour, we saw both orcas and humpbacks, which they told us doesn’t happen often. The guides were amazing and very informative. And a big thank you to Lili for sharing her wonderful photos with those of us that are amateurs with the camera - I know I appreciate them!

    We had a lovely afternoon with you all out on the water - thank you!

    Posted on 7/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    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
  • 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

    Whale watching boat tour This tour exceeded all of our expectations. Captain Aaron and First Mate Wilma did a great job finding us some very rare sightings of resident killer whales and Olivia was the Naturalist who told us about the wildlife we were seeing, and could not have been more nice and helpful.
    Highly recommend prince of Whales Whale Watching tours!

    Posted on 8/21/2019 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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