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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.

$139
Starting at $109* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
November 5th, 2019 - May 3rd, 2020
Adult (18+) $109* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (7-12) $95* CAD
May 4th - November 3rd, 2020
Adult (18+) $109* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (7-12) $95* CAD
November 4th, 2020 - December 31st, 2020
Adult (18+) $109* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (7-12) $95* CAD
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 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.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 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.

Experience

Suit up in a Mustang Survival Suit, take a selfie, and get on board one of our 12-passenger Zodiacs for our most intimate, adrenalin-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.

Did you know? Orcas can swim up to 48 kilometers or 30 miles per hour—almost as fast as our boats!

What To Bring

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!

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

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Beautiful trip, learned so much We had a great time whale watching. Be aware it is cold out on the boat even if it warm in Victoria. However we were offered hats, gloves and blankets as well as free hot drinks during the trip. We followed along side a family of orcas for about 45 minutes. Then we saw harbor seals, sea lions and elephant seals. The best part of the trip was the crew who taught us so Much about the sea life here in Victoria. Naturalist Rory was especially helpful.

    Posted on 6/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing adventure A great trip. Saw at least 10 humpback whales. We even saw one breach 4 times!
    Our guide Wilma was fantastic and the rest of the staff so helpful. A must do.

    Posted on 8/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fantastic Great experience from start to finish
    Booked a trip on a zodiac
    Had to change times no Problem
    Checked in suited up the lady guessed our sizes correctly
    Tips about being cold on the water were great
    Weather was rainy but the trip was fun we didn’t see many whales but our guide is was awesome
    Offered that we could take another trip for free but we felt like we had a great trip we saw grey wales & sea lions
    We have used this company for many years & never been disappointed

    Posted on 9/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fun trip Had a good time. Great value. Spent 4 hours out on the water and saw lots of whales and other wildlife

    Posted on 8/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    An Amazing Experience My wife and I had the good fortune to travel with the Prince of Whales on an unforgettable excursion. We saw three families of Orcas and watched them for quite some time. It was incredible.
    We’d like to compliment the desk staff and the crew. Everyone was friendly, professional and well informed. I didn’t catch everyone’s names, but many thanks to Cpt Joe, Rory for sending the pictures and Shawnee (sp?) our guide who was so enthusiastic and knowledgable and all the rest of the crew who were all great.

    Posted on 5/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing whale watching experience. When we went whale watching we saw humpback whales and killer whales. Both James and Amy, the naturalists on the boat, gave some great facts and insight into the animals we saw but also the areas that we travelled through to get to Victoria. It was, overall, an amazing trip!

    Posted on 7/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Blew my expectations out of the water I realise that what I'm about to write is a very rare and privileged experience!

    We boarded for the half day whaling trip and my hope's and expectations were to be able to watch a humpback in the distance and my dreams would come true.

    We certainly did find a lone humpback which we watched from the distance but he decided that he was interested in the boat so decided to come over and say hello. He circled around the boat for a good 20 minutes, giving us all a very close encounter. This is definitely something I shall never forget.

    The crew were great, Tom stayed with us on the back of the boat and was very knowledgeable regarding the whales. We also managed to identify him afterwards from their catalogue as 'windy'. Which was quite apt as he decided to roll over and do a very stinky poop next to the boat.

    We also saw an orca pod in the distance, harbour whales and seals.

    I would definitely recommend this company.

    Posted on 9/18/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wonderful! One of the highlights of our trip! They have a 100% whale sighting guarantee which is nice, but the 1/2 day trip is lovely in itself. Of course, the absolute highlight was seeing a whole pod of Orcas (though they didn't breach)! They are amazing. Lovely company to book your trip with, as well--staff are very friendly and helpful and the price is reasonable

    Posted on 7/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Prince of Whales Managed to get onto last trip for the season with the crew and what a day! Sunshine, calm seas, mirror like surface and whales! Saw at least 6 up close and others in the distance, saw Harbour Seals and sea lions, and a juvenile bald eagle! The staff on board were all very passionate about their job and were able to tell some great info about the whales, seals and sea lions. A great afternoon out, we were so lucky being the first week of November but it was great!

    Posted on 11/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome Great trip. Crew were friendly helpful and informative. We saw some humpback which was awesome and then they got a call that there was a chance of orcas so they said this will make us late back so do you still want to go see? Everyone on the boat said yes so we went and we saw orcas and it was amazing. Even the crew were excited. Great trip and worth every cent.

    Posted on 9/11/2019 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!

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.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

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 6 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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