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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Marvel at the majesty of Canada’s marine wildlife on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your boat, a semi-covered vessel built specifically for whale-watching trips, and cruise through the Haro Strait with your guide. Watch the waves from the open sun decks or stay protected from the spray in the heated indoor cabin. Stop off at points of interest through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Listen to fascinating commentary from marine naturalists on board, and admire the beautiful orca, humpback whales, and minke whales you find.
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin and open air decks
Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
Live commentary
Educational materials on board
Two washrooms
93% Whale Sighting Success Rate
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - new free tour from Vancouver or Victoria until you see whales!
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
5 per person Salish Sea Conservation Fee (1% For The Planet Initiative) is included in price
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures

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

  • 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.

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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 Victoria?
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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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
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 Victoria.
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
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 Victoria.
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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Three levels with indoor heat for those who get cold." See review

Reviews

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405 Reviews

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Great experience
Branislav_Z
, Aug 2021
Great experience. Friendly staff especially Britney. They try to look for whale pretty hard. Highly recommended
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Amazing
Trina_W
, Aug 2021
It was a great first experience. We seen hun backs within a half hour. Also they spent a little extra time out on the water so we could go see a group of orcas They were very knowledgeable, especially our guide Jennifer. Any question that was asked she knew and so much more I would recommend this whale watching tour to everyone!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Trina_W, Ahhh we are so thankful for you and for your incredible review/recommendation!! We're glad that you enjoyed your afternoon with Jennifer and that your sightings were so great. We always try to go the extra mile ;)
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A Fun Day of Watching Whales
Fooch3000
, Jul 2021
Amazing experience. The boat is great for first time sailors. Three levels with indoor heat for those who get cold. The company GUARANTEES you see whales. Not sure what you can say to criticize that. On our particular day, we saw 4 Orcas and 10? Humpbacks. One of the baby humpback calves swam 4 feet from our boat. And no worry if you miss the picture (which by the way is very hard to take), they have someone taking pictures and then they sent it to you. I would highly recommend this. Then if you enjoyed this I would do the zodiac the next day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Fooch3000, WOW! What an incredible experience! :) Who doesn't love a baby humpback whale?! We appreciate your feedback, recommendations and review! It's a pleasure to have had you onboard; we hope that you will join us again in the future.
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Awesome
Ciaran_B
, Jul 2021
Great trip seen lots of whales 🐳 got some great pictures really enjoyed the day trip The crew were great 👍🏻
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Ciaran_B, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour and had the pleasure of seeing so many whales. Our crew hope to see you again in the future!!
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Great trip!
Tamara_I
, Jul 2021
The whales! And the detailed information the crew onboard was sharing. The FRIENDLIEST crew, so helpful. And awesome captain, found the whales and held the ship steady in some big swells so we could get an awesome whale show. Thanks again!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Tamara_I, AWW! Thank you so so much for your beautiful review & kind words about our crew. This is all possible because of guests like you :) We hope that you had such a good time that you will join us again!
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Super Fun
Marilyn_M
, Jul 2021
Staff and Captains exceeded our expectations and were quite informative. Please remember to dress warmly. Truly an awesome experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Marilyn_M, Thank you so much for joining us and for leaving a stellar review!! We appreciate the feedback and your recommendation to guests - it certainly can get quite chilly on the water! We hope you can join us again for another adventure of the Salish Sea :)
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Jaw dropping
Hanne_Gunner
, Jul 2021
This was a once in a lifetime experience. We saw killer whales, harbour seals, an otter, eagles, and an elephant seal but the highlight was a humpback whale that entertained us with 40 minutes of breaches and pectoral fin flaps. The crew (Carey, Brittney, Seannie, Bill and Carol) were informative, friendly and engaging and the catamaran made for a very comfortable voyage.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hanne_Gunner, Thank you so much for detailing and reviewing your once-in-a-lifetime experience! We're so happy that you chose Prince of Whales and that your day was blessed with such a vast array of wildlife! It can certainly be difficult to choose a standout moment with all of those great sightings but 40 minutes of a humpback breaching surely takes the cake! We will pass along your sweet words to the crew. Hopefully you will join us again soon! :)
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Whale of a time in October
JOHN_O
, Oct 2020
Fantastic trip. Great crew, very knowledgeable and fun. Catamaran was awesome. We saw 10 different Hump backs, including a full breach. We has about 50 whale sightings and each one ended in a dive. Would go back again for sure.
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Untameable and Beautiful
Ksid
, Jul 2020
I truly loved the experience! I am always drawn to the ocean and it was incredible seeing whales up close. The staff are so friendly. We are in the middle of a pandemic but Prince of Whales Whale Watch Tour showed that life in wildlife is beautiful and untameable. If only I could see these creatures everyday.
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More Than Expected
Theopie
, Sep 2019
We were thrilled to see humpback whales several times during our time about the Prince of Whales. One "stood" up in the water and watched us and not long after she came up beside our boat and floated on the surface beside us- actually touching the side of the boat. The naturalists were quick to tell us this was a rare event. We loved the sea lions and the seals on the way back as well. I should say that it rained once we left the Inner Harbor, but no one cared afterwards.
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