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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

    Excellent opportunities. Highly informative, amazing scenery and crew. Plenty of seals and sea lions. Sadly no whales this time.

    Posted on 7/27/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Humpback delight Our family of 4 arrived in Victoria with a sense of anticipation and boy we had a great adventure.
    After suiting up we travelled at speed for about 45min in a zodiac - bumpy but comfortable bench seats.
    Then my 17yr shouted - "there's a spout" and that was the start of an amazing 45min. We spotted at least 10 different humpback whales. Our guide Austin was so skilled at carefully following them , while providing so much expert knowledge on the whales.
    On the way back we also saw bull and California seals ,and of course the fun of high speed zodiac ride.
    We arrived back at the dock still talking about the whole experience.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful place and creatures with our family in such a professional way. We will be sending our friends to you.

    Posted on 8/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great tour Great tour, we saw plenty of whales (unfortunately no Orcas), special thanks to Wilma who provided great info, attention, care and fun to all.

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale Watching without the Whales! Although the whales decided not to grace us with their presence the boat ride was fun!! My father, my husband and I enjoyed the zodiac ride trying to find them. Beautiful scenery! Jasper, our captain, was knowledgeable, and very friendly. The sea lions, seals and eagles were impressive ... especially the sea lions!

    Posted on 3/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent whale watching trip from Victoria Great experience whale watching with Prince of Whales. We saw a family of transient orcas and sea lions! Our naturalist, Valerie, was awesome. She was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip a memory to last a lifetime. Check in was quick and easy. Good communication in advance of the trip. If you’re headed out around noon, suggest eating beforehand or packing snacks.

    Posted on 4/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Prince of whales - whale watching I went for this experience along with my family and friends. We could see some killer whales and seals. The crew was very friendly, especially Ms Maia who was very enthusiastic in explaining about whales and their features. We enjoyed the trip thoroughly.

    Posted on 6/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    I've been living for almost 2 years in Vancouver and I didn't know I was missing such a nice activity. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect and in the end I was happy that I decided to book this tour. We saw two pairs of whales, a bunch of sea lions and learnt a lot about them thanks to Hannah, James and Amy. The staff was super nice, they seemed to know very well what they were talking about and you could tell they liked it, too. Also, having free hot chocolate, coffee or tea is a big plus, specially when it's a bit cold out there.

    A recommended activity if you have 4 hours free.

    Posted on 10/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great enthusiasm and knowledge My family and I had one free day in Vancouver and decided to go whale watching. We found the staff to be super knowledgeable about what types of whales we might see and very enthusiastic when describing their work. We learned about the migrant humpback and gray whales, as well as orcas that lived in the area year round. All of the guides were able to answer any questions that my family had and they made searching for whales exciting. During our four hour trip we stopped three times and saw humpback whales in the wild. We also stopped to see some harbor seals and sea lions. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend the people at Prince of Whales to escort you on your whale watching adventure.

    Posted on 10/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching Tour One of the best days we have ever spent, very enthusiastic & knowledgeable crew.
    excellent tour. The boat was confortable, good safety briefing. One of the crew took photoes which he then shared with us.
    Could not fault it.

    Posted on 9/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing adventure! An amazing adventure watching several whales breaching, which we understand is very unusual to see in Canada. We also enjoyed watching the seals basking in the sun and two Bald Eagles perched in their nests. The crew was great. The Captain and First Mate did a fabulous job finding the whales and Maya and Hannah were extremely knowledgeable and kind as was the rest of the crew. The bus driver to Butchart Gardens was funny and shared the history of the town and gardens making the ride interesting and enjoyable. We highly recommend Prince of Whales!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 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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