DEALS & SPECIALS

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!

Put your phone down and enjoy our adventure without missing a moment.

 

Book

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 

ONCE BOOKED YOU WILL BE EMAILED A CODE TO BOOK YOUR DAY AT THE MUSEUM – AT THE LINK BELOW

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$149.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

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2022 Season
Year Round
Adults (18+)$149.00* 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.   

 

Prepare For Your Adventure

windbreaker<br />jacket
windbreaker
jacket
Warm<br />Sweater
Warm
Sweater
Long<br />Pants
Long
Pants
Closed-toe<br />Shoes
Closed-toe
Shoes

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.

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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.
Please not because of COVID light snacks will not be available.

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

    Fantastic! Having booked this whale watching trip, we can honestly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. We were so lucky to have had such perfect ‘viewing’ conditions and having ridden out into the Straights of Georgia for about 50 minutes, not one but two Orca pods were sighted. We followed and shadowed the pods at a respectful distance until one of them came directly under our boat following a ‘kill’. The unfortunate victim was a porpoise.
    Nature can be brutal but that’s how it is and can’t be sugar coated.
    Everyone on board was glued to the sea for the whole trip. The guides were knowledgable and extremely passionate about the subject of whales and marine life in general.
    Thank you to you all for making this trip such an unforgettable one.

    Posted on 6/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing experience! This was truly an amazing experience! Sandy, Amy, Camille, James, and Ian did an excellent job in making sure we were able to see the animals and were so informative. This was truly a spiritual experience! Highly recommended - thank y'all so much!!

    Posted on 10/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whales & so much more First thanks to Aurora who was an excellent tour guide and was excellent with the children. They've remembered so much she said!

    A great trip, well organized. We saw a whale many times then headed towards Vancouver island to see seals, sealions and bald eagles. What a treat!

    We were at the end of the queue getting on so ended up downstairs behind the glass at the front which was disappointing. However this was lucky as we didn't get blown around so much as those outside. The first hour-ish was zooming along getting to the desired location. So outside people were getting sprayed, etc.

    Posted on 8/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Such a fun experience! Prince of Whales was such a fun experience! We booked the excursion the day prior as they still had just a couple spots left. The location was pretty easy to find where we all met. The guides were great - and a special shout out to Aurora! It rained for the first hour on the boat, which could have easily made the experience less exciting. But Aurora kept the group upbeat with her pure love of her job and of whales. She shared so many interesting facts that she kept us all engaged and helped us forget about the weather. Once we finally spotted 2 pods, we actually got to see them breach out of the water and even during feeding time! It was an amazing experience and I'd highly recommend booking the Prince of Whales for your whale watching trip!

    Posted on 10/18/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Best day out! I can’t rate the crew of Prince of whales more highly. I had such a fantastic day out that I booked to go out again for a second time two weeks later. The first time we seen plenty of humpback whales but Aaron still wanted to take us all to look for other whales/seals which was appreciated. The second time the water was quite rough but once again Aaron sailed us to where we needed to be safely. The crew has plenty of knowledge on the area and the wildlife. Wilma pointed out plenty of things which were very interesting. I can’t thank the crew enough for such an amazing day out both times, the trip is great value for money and I’ll definitely like to book again if I visit Vancouver again.

    Posted on 9/18/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Fantastic day So much fun we saw humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, a bald eagle, porpoise, and a blue heron.

    Weather was beautiful and the scenery was just gorgeous.

    James (our lead naturist) and the entire crew (especially the first mate) on Oct 1 were just phenomenal - educating us about whales and identifying the whales by their names.

    This trip alone makes returning to Vancouver from Texas worth it (the Texas heat this year is added encouragement).

    Posted on 10/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Learnt so much in a beautiful part of the world Went out on the whale watching tour this week with rebecca and chris and had a fantastic time. They were all so knowledgable, really keen to teach us about the conservation programmes and had years of experience. You could literally ask them anything! We were in a quite a small group which was lovely. Telegraph cove is a beautiful part of the world! Tea and coffee on board was a lovely touch. Thanks guys!

    Posted on 6/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria We, a party of three adults from the UK, travelled on the Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria on 3rd September. Our crew of Anthony, Sandy, James and Amy were absolutely fantastic and so knowledgeable about the wildlife and local area! We were lucky to enough to see four humpback whales, five orcas, a bald eagle and harbour seals. This is a must do trip if you are in Vancouver! Victoria is a lovely place to visit and if we were to do it again we would stay a night there and the Butchart Gardens are also beautiful! If we could give this trip six stars we would - the crew, scenery and wildlife were all amazing!

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Ask for captain Jasper! We went out a few weeks ago and are still buzzing. One thing is for sure. You need to ask for Jasper as your guide. We went out back in July with another captain and had a good time, saw whales and thought we would go again. We lucked out this time. Jasper looks super young but is a skilled boat handler with vast knowledge of the the area and a very professional attitude. We stopped every 15 mins along the way and checked out everything from scooping up and touching small jelly fish and eating kelp to drifting through small unpopulated islands looking for seals. We even talked to a fisherman Jasper knew and got to see his salmon fish! When we saw whales we stayed long enough for Jasper to teach us about them before moving on and finding even more. We saw at least 10 humpbacks in a 3 hour span. There were some young kids on board who weren’t as interested in the whales as the rest of us so Jasper took them back to the helm and taught them some knots and showed them some whale models so their parents could enjoy some time to themselves. It was all those small things Jasper did for us to highten our enjoyment which made this one of the best activities my partner and I have done while traveling. In total we saw humpbacks, seals, sea lions and so much more. It’s worth the money!

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing trip Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, staff was wonderful and engaging, weather was perfect and we saw a whale breaching even, will go again for sure next time we are in Vancouver!

    Posted on 8/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
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