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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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Suit up in a Mustang Survival Suit, take a selfie, and get on board one of our 12-passenger Zodiacs for our most intimate, adrenaline-pumping whale-watching adventure! Hold on to your hat and brace yourself for a refreshing spray of sea air as your Zodiac takes off alongside harbour planes, cutting through our pristine waters in search of orcas and humpback whales. With a seasoned captain as your guide, you’re in safe hands.

Departing from downtown Victoria aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing tour.

PLUS

ORCAS EXHIBITION: Free at checkout with promo code FREEORCA

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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2022 Season
Year Round
Adults (18+)$139.00* CAD
Youth (13-17)$109.00* CAD
Children (7-12)$89.00* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax. Seasonal rates may apply.

About the experience...

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What's
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 1 Transport Canada certified marine naturalist, who will also be your boat driver.
  • 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.
  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.
  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.

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.   

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

Prepare For Your Adventure

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Warm<br />Sweater
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Long<br />Pants
Long
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It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. We will also provide you with warm all-weather exposure suits to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request.

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!

This adventure is not suitable for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions, including but not limited to, back or neck injuries, recent surgery, and/or current or suspected pregnancy. Passengers under 4ft/120cm in height or 50lb/23kg in weight also cannot join (typically applies to children under 7 y.o.).

Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible.

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.

DIRECTIONS

Departure
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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!

When is the best time of day for watching whales?

There really is no better time of day for whale sightings, as the whales do not run on a schedule as we do! The whales are active throughout the day and their behaviour changes as groups encounter each other. If you are looking for the best scenic light for photography choose morning departure.

Are there bathrooms on the Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

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.

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

Are Zodiac adventures safe?

Yes, all of our captains and boats are certified by Transport Canada. Zodiacs move fast but are very stable. There will be no 360-degree turns on this tour. These adventures are designed for fast sightseeing and not a thrill park ride.

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

    We all enjoyed the day going to Vancouver Island The whale watching trip out of Vancouver was fun and the folks on the boat were great. They engaged with everyone on board. We saw some Orcas and the views were lovely. Victoria is beautiful and Butchard Gardens a delight. High tea in the restaurant was delicious. It was perfect being able to leave from Butchart cove.

    Posted on 7/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great Trip...... A good trip where 3 of our party thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip both scenery and whale spotting. Whilst I was somewhat underwhelmed as in the 3.5 hours on the water, total time seeing a part of a whale was about 5-10 minutes. There were no whales jumping out of the water. The Prince if Whales guys wer3 great and tried their absolute best to locate the Whales which they did. It was as it said on the tin.

    Posted on 8/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    What a fantastic experience!! What a fantastic experience to see whales out in the wild. I was on the afternoon half day cruise. The staff and crew on this tour were brilliant. The staff had great knowledge of the area and the wildlife in it and the captain had the brilliant sailing knowledge and radio contact to find some orca’s. We followed their path for an hour. Whilst following them the staff gave us information on the type of whale we were watching and any information they had on the group. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you!

    Posted on 9/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    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
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    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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    Whale Watching :) I did the half day whale watching today and it didn’t disappoint! Not long into the boat ride at all we spotted a humpback and her calf, they were around us for a good hour before we had to move on. Amazing experience! Saw seals, eagles and had generally an amazing experience on board. The crew were friendly and so knowledgable! They knew all the regular spots in the hope we would see whales, and we were lucky that we did :) All in all money well spent!

    Posted on 7/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great excursion Our family of four had a great time with Prince of Whales. All the staff on board the vessel were excellent, especially Sandy who took a lot of time to provide information and facts about whales and marine life in general. It is obvious all of the crew are passionate about whales, the sea, and the environment. The captain did everything he could to maximize our view of the group of whales we located. Everything was very organized. All in all, a memorable experience, highly recommended.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great experience all around! The company was respectful of the environment and it's inhabitants. They provided comfort and safety in a relaxed atmoshere. Valerie is charming and extremely informative! We were lucky to have sightings of many different animals but even if we had not the trip and knowledgeable staff would have been enough. Deck hand Roy was generous with his excellent photography. It was an overall joy!

    Posted on 6/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    A must-do in Victoria - we saw humpback whales, orcas, everything! This was a fantastic whale-watching trip - if you only have time to do one thing in Victoria, do this (apparently mid-July to late August is the best time to go, and we went on August 20). The staff (Rory, Lily, Bill, and Joe) were very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend going in the morning, because the weather conditions are better, you see more, and there are fewer people on the boat (I think the boat holds about 90 people and we were only about 20). Also dress up warm - even on a sunny day it gets very cold on the boat. Dress like it's going to be very sunny and very cold - you might need rain gear too. Also bring snacks or money for snacks - whale watching is hungry work!

    The trip itself was amazing. We saw six or seven humpback whales, two families of orcas, sea lions, and a sea otter. The sea was like glass and the weather conditions were perfect so we could see everything. One of the humpback whales surfaced right near our boat, which was breathtaking because of its sheer size. Then we moved on to the orcas, and each family had just killed a seal, so we saw them thrashing around and slapping their tails and generally celebrating. Then one of them was so happy it leapt right out of the water (which we got on camera)! Apparently this is quite rare. After that we went to the lighthouse where the sea lions and the sea otter hang out.

    Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly, highly recommend it. It was one of the highlights of our trip out West (the other was the Rockies!)

    Posted on 8/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whales and more...! Great afternoon, seeing a family of 5 Orca whales followed some humpback's.. Also saw a colony of seals and sealions on the way back. The crew (Chris and Bill on the 'bridge' and Valerie, Launa and Seana as ecological guides) enhanced the sightings with knowledgable commentary. A great way to see amazing wildlife in its natural surroundings!

    Posted on 9/08/2019 via TripAdvisor
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