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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
  • Half-day whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Board a comfortable vessel equipped with several viewing areas
  • Explore the waters for sightings of whales, seabirds and other marine life
  • Gain insight into the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
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95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin with floor to ceiling windows and open air decks
Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
Educational materials on board
Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate
Two washrooms
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - return tour from any of our locations until you see whales!
Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
1666 Duranleau St , 1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y1, Canada

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure, At 1666 Duranleau st on Granville Island behind Bridges restaurant. We will not hold the boat for late guests.

This activity will end right where it started.
Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this half-day whale-watching adventure. Informative crew will share their stories and knowledge about the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course, the marine wildlife.

The tour departs from Granville Island, near downtown Vancouver. Step aboard the Salish Sea Dream, a 80-foot catamaran built for whale watching and designed to minimize its ecological footprint.

Have your camera out and ready as you scan the waters for different species of whales, as well as an array of seabirds and other marine life.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, an alternative or full refund will be offered
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.

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  • "It was a little cold (even in June) so make sure you bring appropriate gear." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Whale watching
Matthew_E
, Oct 2021
Wonderful seeing the amazing wildlife. Especially meeting Nike the Humpback Whale. Brilliant guides. A thrilling day out. But dress warm!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Matthew_E, Thank you so much for joining us on the water and for this stellar review! We appreciate your feedback and we're so happy that you were able to spend time with "Nike" the humpback whale -- he's such a character! We hope that'll you'll join us again soon.
star-5
excellent
Brian_s
, Oct 2021
Actually seeing a whale in real life and just the whole overall experience was awesome crew were great captain was a great boat driver and definitely going to try to go again
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Brian_s, Woohoo -- thank you so much for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such an exceptional experience on the water. We also appreciate your kind feedback regarding the captain! We look forward to your next tour :) See you soon.
star-5
Wonderful day
Robert_B
, Oct 2021
Outstanding day, lucky with both the weather and the opportunity to see so many whales. A special thanks to the crew who did a great job taking care of us.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Robert_B, Great weather and plenty of whales = a recipe for an amazing day! We're so happy that you were able to join us and that you were able to experience the beauty of the Salish Sea and its many inhabitants. Thank you for your review and for your kind words about the crew. We appreciate it! Hopefully we'll see you again sometime soon.
star-5
Boat is great, with both...
Mark_S
, Oct 2021
Boat is great, with both cover and open spaces for when it gets cold. Crew awesome! Saw Orcas, Humpbacks and Sea Lions.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Mark_S, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience! We're thrilled to hear that you had such wonderful sightings and were able to keep warm and comfy. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
star-5
Best whale watching experience!!
Sarah_U
, Oct 2021
The day was beautiful, the crew was informative and engaging and we got to see orcas, humpbacks and sea lions!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Sarah_U, Woohoo, sounds like the perfect day on the Salish Sea! :) Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience and for your kind and informative words regarding the crew. We truly value the feedback from our guests! It is our hope that we'll see you out on the water again soon.
star-5
Whales everywhere!!!
Mike_C
, Oct 2021
Great day out in early October. Saw an orca and pod of humpback whales. Wilma was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Mike_C, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your sighting of "Zorro" the humpback (and friends!) along with killer whale matriarch T036. We appreciate your review so much and we look forward to welcoming you onboard again soon.
star-5
Breathtakingly beautiful!
Amanda_P
, Oct 2021
Had a great time the crew was very informative. Been dreaming of whale watching since I was little. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see any orcas but that’s not anyone’s fault. I saw loads of humpbacks though. Just means I have to come back again :)
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Amanda_P, We're so happy that we could help to make your dream come true and that it turned out to be a 'breathtakingly beautiful' experience! :) Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We look forward to having you join us again sometime in the future -- we hope your sightings will be great and many!
star-5
9/23/21
Loris_D
, Sep 2021
Everything about the trip was amazing. The many whale sightings and watching a pod of 3 play and waive - exceeded our expectations.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Loris_D, Thank you so much for your kind words! We're glad that you joined us and had such an amazing time on the water with the pod of three. We hope to welcome you onboard again in the future.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Rebeca_R
, Sep 2021
The Tour was amazing!!!! Wilma is an excellent guide as well as the rest of the crew. We learned so so much. For sure we will come back and recommend it to family and friends.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Rebeca_R. Thank you so much for your incredible review and the shoutout to Wilma! We appreciate the feedback and hope you'll join us again soon.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Julie_G
, Sep 2021
Had an amazing morning out on this tour. The guides were wonderful and their care and enthusiasm for these amazing animals was evident.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Julie_G, Thank you so much for your kind words! We're glad that you joined us and had such an amazing time on the water. We hope to welcome you onboard again in the future.

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