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icon3 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
  • Whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Look for orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and more!
  • Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan island chains
  • Accompanied by a professional naturalist
  • Shuttle option for round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver
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Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option selected)
Snacks
Restroom on board
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
Lunch
Parking Fees

Departure Point

12240 Second Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8, Canada

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore the incredible marine life near Vancouver during this half-day whale watching cruise in search of orcas and much more. If you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a way to immerse yourself in the scenic beautiful of the western coast of Canada, this excursion is a great option.

Start your whale watching trip with pickup from select Vancouver hotels or by meeting at Steveston Village where your boat departs. A shuttle transports guests from nine convenient hotel locations in Vancouver, and free parking is available for those arriving by car. Depending on the option you select, your cruise may leave in morning or afternoon. Check with your tour operator during reconfirmation on your exact schedule.

Then climb aboard your sleek, modern whale watching vessel. The high-speed zodiacs used on the trip offer both an open-air deck and a covered cabin, ensuring a comfortable ride no matter the conditions. On-board hydrophones also allow you the chance to hear the whale calls of any orcas encountered along the way, and handy photo ID charts help you identify different species of animal.

Soon your boat cruises out into the waters of coastal British Columbia. The area for your excursion is renowned for the killer whale pods that come to feed on the spawning salmon in the area between May and October each year. During your ride, listen as the naturalist shares insights into orca behavior, and helps you spot for a variety of creatures. Three pods of killer whales, totaling around 80 animals, reliably return to this area annually, making it more likely you have a sighting. Keep your eyes peeled for the orca old-timer named ‘Granny,’ who many believe is more than 100 years old.

Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vancouver Whale Watch
This is our office where you can get information about our excursions, and also check in for your tour.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vancouver Whale Watch

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 sanitization during Whale-Watching Tour 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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.
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What is the maximum group size during Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.

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  • "They provide big yellow jackets which you will need, but it's a good idea to take an extra sweater." See review

Reviews

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Really Loved it!!!!
Justin
, Jul 2021
The best experience we ever had. Loved each and every moment from the time got into the shuttle and all way return back.
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Awesome experience
Xiaoyi_C
, Jul 2021
We had a great time!! We saw so many killer whales and 2 humpback, plus a sea lion and a few bald eagles. Our guide Sara and captain Rich are amazing. The boat is very comfy too. Highly recommend it
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Lifelong beautiful memories
Aman
, Jul 2021
It was honestly a once in a life time experience, hump back whales, killer whales, seals and bald eagle too. Nathan, our tour guide was wonderful, a knowledgeable fellow. Would definitely recommend it. I was with 2 tweens, ride takes approx. 4 hours, so just a few tips, water, ginger candies( Nathan graciously provided both) but might aswell keep extra along with some granola bars
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Excellent!
Julie
, Jul 2021
Well organized tour! Clean, spacious boat, guide was very informative, beautiful views on the way to the whale spots. Luckily we saw a pod of 3 whales popping up frequently and were able to follow. We took the shuttle in from Vancouver, Levis was a fabulous bus driver with great info to share and a wonderful sense of humor. Communication between Viator/Tour and myself was excellent. Quick detailed replies. My daughter (10) and I loved it! Lasted 6.5hours door to door, great way to spend the day :)
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Had a great time.
Lucy_R
, Jul 2021
Lovely excursion. Spectacular viewing of whales. Beautiful weather. The guide was outstanding . I would do it again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Lucy, Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so pleased to hear you had a lovely excursion with us and that you had spectacular whale sightings while out with us. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! We would love to have you out again. Kindly,
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Take The Tour ...
Brian_B
, Jul 2021
Beautiful day for whale watching although slightly windy still comfy on rolling seas. Saw 3-4 h-backs while the Orcas hid. Thrillingly, one came up 40-50 feet from the boat. Very knowledgeable staff and a big shout-out to Levy, our shuttle bus driver who regaled us with stories, anecdotes, & humor both ways ... nine out of ten.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Brian, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so pleased to hear you had a wonderful day out on the water with us and that you had such a pleasant experience with all of our staff. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
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Orcas Galore
Leo
, Jul 2021
Amazed by the experience! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept up a great mood on the boat. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Leo, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so pleased you had such an amazing time with us and enjoyed your time out on the water with us. We thank you for your kind recommendation. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
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Very enjoyable
Lorraine_G
, Jun 2021
Knowledge of the guide was great very informative. Made sure we all go to see all the wildlife , will recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Lorraine, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour with us and found your guide very informative. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
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Orcas
Cdawg
, Sep 2020
Absolutely amazing, highly recommended Staff was super friendly and informative. I think snacks and cocktails should be provided 😊
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hello Guest, Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled to hear you found our staff friendly and informative. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch. Kindly,
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Excellent choice, wonderful experience
Milagros_P
, Aug 2020
Levy made the bus trip really pleasant, shared good information, very welcoming. The boat staff was great too, no rush, they even stop the boat for extra time to see 2 humpback whales! We saw few orcas, sealions and seals.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hello Mila, Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so pleased to hear you found the tour informative and enjoyed all of your interactions with our staff. It sounds like you had a wonderful day out on the water and got to see tons of marine wildlife. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
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