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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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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Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
Educational materials on board
Two washrooms
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
Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
812 Wharf St , 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

Please check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time at Prince of Whales Whale Watching located below the Visitor Information Centre in the Inner Harbour (812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3).

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Three levels with indoor heat for those who get cold." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Saw lots of whales, three different types. Coco was great, giving us lots of good information and history.
Gale_T
, Jun 2022
We saw 5 orcas in a pod. The captain followed them for quite a long time, maneuvering the boat for the best visibility.
star-5
Best whale watching tour ever
AdityaTrilok_M
, Jun 2022
Brilliant job by the team here - we ended up here on a very beautiful sunny summer day during which we could see all 3 types of whales available in the region. The guides were spectacular and shared great stories about whales. The water was calm and the crew offered us literally a full extra hour of the tour as the weather was great and we could spot orcas, humpback whales and minky whales (which are spotted very rarely). Prince of whales is a great company for this excursion - we've tried whale watching in Monterey California and it sucked due to inexperienced crew and everyone onboard got sea sick - but with this crew, everything was awesome. To top it off, they also emailed all of us professional photograhs of the whales that the crew took during the entire trip. I'd highly recommend prince of whales for your whale watching tours without a second thought!
star-5
Beauties of the Sea
Helen_G
, Jun 2022
Seeing the whales out in the wild is awesome! They are truly magnificent creatures! Todd was very informative and we learned so much!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Helen_G Thank you so much! Seeing whales in the wild is such an awe-inspiring experience! Todd will be so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour so much. We hope to welcome you back out on the water with us soon.
star-5
Whales whales and more whales. Seals sea otters and sea lions too
Richard_C
, Jun 2022
The staff was awesome and made us feel totally welcome aboard their ship they went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and answered all her questions. A special shout out to Carol, Nick, Sheldon and Scott. Capt Richard was awesome too and made sure we had lots of fun. We saw two pods of killer whales that were separate families a humpback whale and her baby sea lions see otters and other various great sites. There was also a seal spotting. All in all a fantastic trip and definitely worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Richard_C, Thank you so much for your review! Our staff are incredible and we're glad that they were able to help you feel welcome and comfortable on board. It sounds like you had an amazing trip, and we're happy to hear that you found it was worth the cost! Thank you again for taking the time to review us, and we hope that you'll return for another tour in the future!
star-5
Beautiful day
Toni_C
, Jun 2022
We were fortunate to see many kinds of wildlife— orcas, cormorants, seals and a humpback! Nick was a terrific naturalist and really loved teaching. Coco was also really passionate, both were great story tellers. The whole crew including greeter and naturalist Scott, first mate Thomas and captain Richard were excellent!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Toni_C, Thank you so much for leaving a review! We're happy you were able to see so much on your tour and that you had a great experience with our captain and crew of naturalists! They help to make our tours educational and exciting, and they are truly passionate about the work they do. Thank you again for the review, and we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Great experience!
Courtney_C
, Jun 2022
The whole experience was great. The boat was extremely comfortable, included two nice clean bathrooms and refreshments provided/for purchase. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was beautiful being out on the ocean, and we saw some humpback whales right up close! The photos emailed to us afterwards were perfect to capture the experience, and allowed us to be in the moment while it was happening.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Courtney_C, Thank you for your detailed review! We're thrilled that you had a great experience on our catamaran boat! Our catamaran boats all feature two washrooms, free hot beverages, and light snacks for sale! We're also glad that you enjoyed the complimentary photo package that we offer on all catamaran tours so that passengers are able to be in the moment. Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you back with us in the future!
star-5
Super
kauzlaric
, Jun 2022
Hole trip was awesome tour people where great smart whit intelligent funny.Will recommend to family and friends😃😃😃😃
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
kauzlaric, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are so glad you had a great experience. We hope you made lots of memories on your trip, and that we can welcome you on board again in the future!
star-5
Great experience, highly recommended.
Deborah_W
, Jun 2022
The excellent whale viewings and great information supplied by staff. The boat was very comfortable as well.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Deborah_W, Thank you so much for your five star review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour on board one of the biggest vessels in Victoria. Our multiple viewing decks allow for great opportunities to sight whales and our naturalists love to provide lots of information on the whales we see. We hope to have you sailing with us in the future!
star-5
Awesome day!
Joanne_C
, Jun 2022
It was a great day cruising and watching the gray whale. The water was calm and the company was the best!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Joanne_C, Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you had an awesome day whale watching from Victoria. Our catamaran is one of the newest and largest whale watching boats in Victoria, which makes for a great, comfortable tour. We appreciate your review, and we hope that you decide to return for another tour in the future!
star-5
Awesome Experience
Angela_H
, Jun 2022
The entire staff was fantastic and provided a truly memorable experience. We had a significant delay getting off our cruise ship and fortunately, they were able to accommodate us on a later journey. We originally booked the enclosed boat but only the zodiac was available for the reschedule. I was reluctant and nervous as I knew little about the open air boats, beyond the fact that it is wide open and speedy. I disclosed my anxiety to the staff and they were incredibly supportive and most importantly, informative. They made sure I was comfortable before departing. Honestly, after being out on this boat, I consider it luck to have missed the first booking. The zodiac was speedy but it was also stable and provided easier views from side to side. The open air was incredible, especially in the coverall suits they provide. The skipper, Mark, I believe has decades of experience and knowledge that he readily shares. He exhibited a lot of patience to locate multiple whales with an added bonus of peregrine falcon babies. We look forward to traveling back to the BC area in the fall to do it again! Not to be missed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Angela_H Thank you so much for the 5-star review! We are so happy to hear that we could ease the anxiety about getting on the smaller boat and you enjoyed it so much in the end. Though the zodiac and catamaran are very different experiences, they both have their charm. We look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.
star-5
Awesomeness
Amy_D
, May 2022
Saw 2 humpback whales and 3 killer whales! Awesome experience. Crew were great, friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Amy_D, Thank you for your review! Wow, seeing two humpback whales and three killer whales in one tour is pretty spectacular! We're happy that we were able to provide a great experience. Thank you for recommending us, and we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Great staff , friendly...
Peter_I
, May 2022
Great staff , friendly and knowledgeable about marine life and local history We saw a humpback whale and mother and young Orca.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Peter_I, Thank you so much for your kind review! It’s such a special moment when you get to see an orca and her calf! We hope these memories will last a lifetime, and that we will be able to welcome you on board again in the near future!
star-5
Best Whale Watching Trip
sheriewhitehead
, May 2022
This was our favorite whale watching trip to date. The boat is beautiful - new and clean. There was more than enough seating and you never felt crowded. The speakers/photographers were amazing. She would answer any questions and give interesting facts about what we saw. We saw a grey whale, porpoise, and a family of orca. We highly recommend and would even do the same tour again!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
sheriewhitehead, Thank you so much for this phenomenal review! We love that you saw so much wildlife on one trip! That is definitely our goal. We also are so grateful you learned so much from our naturalists on board. We can’t wait to see you again on your next trip!
star-5
Nice experience
George_P
, May 2022
Great crew who did everything possible to make this a positive experience. While sighting whales is not guaranteed I think the crew went above and beyond.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
George_P Our crew always does everything possible to make the tour a memorable experience for every guest. They will be thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing time! Thank you for the 5 stars and we hope to welcome you on board again soon.
star-5
Orcas!!!!
Patrick_K
, May 2022
Seeing the orcas, the bait ride was chilly but worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in whale watching
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Patrick_K, Thanks so much for the five-star review! It is definitely recommended to dress warmly in layers... that ocean breeze is quite refreshing! We hope you had a lovely time whale watching with us and that we can welcome you again in the future!
star-5
Enjoyable experience
Tammy_C
, May 2022
Informative and friendly staff, inside warm space to escape cold winds, spent time idle to watch family of whales, and enjoyed hot cocoa as well
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Tammy_C, Thanks for the five-star review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed our catamaran tour. It is certainly a nice choice for a comfort cruise, with the covered decks, hot cocoa, washrooms, etc. available onboard. So cool that you saw a family of whales! We hope you'll join us again one day!
star-5
Great whale watching experience!
Christian_S
, May 2022
Excellent staff that run this whale watching tour. Boats are spacious, clean, with many viewing points. Staff was very knowledgeable about marine life and whales. We saw a gray whale, porpoises, sea lines and 3 orcas. We were very happy with our experience!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Christian Thank you for the 5-star review! It's so fabulous to hear that you got to see so much wonderful marine life. We look forward to welcoming you on board with us again in the future.
star-4
Great whale watching experience
Lynda_R
, May 2022
Very safe and organized experience. Saw a humpback whale, pod of porpoises, seals and a pod of orca whales. As promised we were emailed 57 photos of our trip which was a great addition to our own pics.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Lynda_R, Thank you so much for your review!! We are so glad you had a great experience and saw such amazing wildlife. We hope you made some fantastic memories, and that next time we can turn your 4 star review into a 5 star one!
star-5
Excellent whale watching tour
Andrea_S
, May 2022
Excellent day! The crew went out of the way to find Orcas. We also saw a humpback. The crew was very knowledgeable. We had a great time! We have taken this tour twice in the last year and saw different things each time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Andrea_S, We were so happy to see you out with us again! Thank you so much for your review. We are thrilled we've been able to show you a great variety of British Columbia's wildlife and hope you come on another tour with us again in the future.
star-2
Overpriced
Joyce_R
, May 2022
Overall if you wanted to go for a boat ride on the ocean this was good for viewing the shore lines. I felt it was overpriced for only seeing one humpback whale. I feel maybe some of the fee should be refunded for this particular trip. Would I recommend this to someone else. Probably not.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Joyce_R, Thank you for this valuable feedback! We do strive to make each trip great and memorable, and we do understand this one did not meet your expectations. Since whales are a wild animal, it is hard to guarantee how many we will see while on a tour, so when we do see even one, it is still a very special moment! We thank you for joining us and will definitely pass along your review to our team, as we are always looking at ways to improve!

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