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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria provided by Prince of Whales - Whale Watching Adventures

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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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98% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
50
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    50
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5882P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 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).
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 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).
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Feb. 1, 2021
A note from Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
For more information on how we have adapted to the new normal check out our COVID-19 service notice by going to the webpage.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Jessie M
Tamarindo, Costa Rica14 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
I've had the pleasure of sailing with the crew of the Salish Sea Eclipse twice now. Our first trip, while it was an incredibly informative & enjoyable time on the water, was dubbed a "no whale tour" which meant we got to book another tour for no charge. We finally booked that your & were pleasantly surprised to two of the same guides from our first tour. Austen & Shannon were both fantastically knowledgeable & happily answered every question thrown at them. The entire tour was so well managed, it's very clear from the moment you arrive that they are professionals & they're very good at what they do. Safety of both the wildlife & the passengers remained the top priority throughout the entire trip.

Overall, the entire experience was amazing - I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a whale watching tour!
Written August 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
PrinceOfWhalesTeam
J-Mc3781, Thank you for joining us again and for taking the time out of your day to leave us such a wonderful and informative review -- we appreciate it! :) We're always happy to welcome back previous guests and we're thrilled that the experience lived up to your expectations. Hopefully a third tour is in the cards soon... ;)
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Georgia
6 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Prince Of Whales are my favourite company to go with on a whale trip, I wouldn’t choose anyone else. Their naturalists are always so knowledgeable. Today we had Seanie and not only does she know absolutely tons of interesting facts, you can feel her excitement and energy and how she enjoys her job. The Captain, First Mate and other naturalists were great too. We saw two different families of orca and they had HUGE dorsal fins, 3 humpbacks playing and one breaching. We saw Ollie the otter, California sea lions with pups and gorgeous views of sea and mountains. The whale sights are completely out of anyone’s control but I’d literally be happy to pay just for the beautiful views, the comfortable boat (with hot chocolate and coffee) and to hear the stories about whales and other wildlife even if we didn’t see whales. The best part is when they switch the engines off and you can hear the whales breathing, it’s magical. They have a guarantee so you can go back if you don’t see whales and they also sent through some amazing professional photos that I’ll be keeping forever

Thanks guys, Georgia x
Written June 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
GTG1995, Thank you for your wonderful review!! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your tour with and had the best day ever with Ollie, sea lions, orca, humpbacks, and the crew!! We hope to see you again in the future :)
Written July 3, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Charmaine B
Saskatoon, Canada1 contribution
Oct. 2021
We just went on this Whale watching adventure this afternoon. We had such a nice time. The boat is gorgeous and the scenery and views are incredible - even before we saw the whales. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Shannon was willing to talk to us and answer our many, many questions with a smile!
There are options to sit inside, outside but covered or outside and not covered. It was +7 outside today in mid-October, so with our layers I was still a bit chilly when outside. We watched from inside most of the time and had spectacular views as the inside is surrounded by full floor to ceiling windows! We also got complimentary tea/coffee/hot chocolate which was nice to warm up as well.
We saw 5 different humpback whales as well as lots of seals. The humpback whales came super close at times which was really neat to see.
One of my favourite bonuses for this tour was they have their own photographer taking photos of the wildlife and they email them out within 24 hours at no cost. This was wonderful as I didn't feel the need to try to capture any photos, but could be in the moment and watch everything around me.
If you're heading out on this tour, I recommend bringing layers of clothing, snacks if you like (they are unable to provide food due to COVID-19), and make sure you bring some cash for a tip. They accept cash tips and you will definitely want to leave one before you head off the boat.
I am really glad we booked this tour and highly recommend it!
Written October 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
PrinceOfWhalesTeam
999charmainee, Wow! Where to begin! Thank you SO much for your incredibly kind review and for taking the time to write such key, informative words. We truly value your feedback and the recommendations that you outlined for future guests (who will benefit greatly from dressing in warm layers and bringing snacks!). We hope that your tour was a resounding success and we hope that you will continue to enjoy the memories that were captured in photos for you. We cannot wait to welcome you back for more adventures on the Salish Sea :) Take care and best fishes!
Written October 12, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Laura M
1 contribution
Aug. 2021 • Family
Wow, our expectations were blown away by the incredible professionalism, expertise and COVID safety of the crew on Prince of Whales half day trip.

The naturalists Austen, Brittney and Shannon could answer all our questions and really made sure our whole family was able to view both orcas, humpback whales and sea lions. They went above and beyond to share their knowledge on how the whales are identified and explained about the incredible whales. Both my husband and I would book again when relatives visits because it was so well done and a truly memorable experience. Brittney and Austen put in extra effort to make sure our young son was having a fantastic time with colouring books, hot chocolate and cool stories/facts. We so appreciate this.

The physical boat also makes a very enjoyable ride where you can warm up inside or catch the fresh sea air on the deck. The Captain Bill drove the boat with care and really showed respect for the whales by providing them their space. The Covid measures are the boat also create a sense of respect for health and safety, the crew members enforce them consistently in a friendly way.

We are locals and are so glad we decided to explore our big blue backyard with Prince of Whales.

Book now, you won’t regret it!
Written August 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
PrinceOfWhalesTeam
P4010ADlauram, WOW!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a glorious review...informative, kind, and excitable. Thank you for taking the time to make our day! We appreciate your review and we're super glad to hear that you would do it again! We hope that you'll be back very, very soon :)
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cody B
1 contribution
Aug. 2021
An experience of a lifetime!

My wife, and two brothers experienced whale watching for the first time on Prince of Whales’ Catamaran (Salish Sea Eclipse) in late August at the Victoria location. Words can’t describe what an outstanding experience it was! The boat was meticulously clean and an amazing ride out on the water, it was so smooth, even in choppy and windy conditions.

We had the privilege of seeing three humpback whales, countless seals and sea lions, approximately 9 orcas! It was absolutely incredible. One of the crew members took photos and promptly shared them after the excursion right to our phones, free of charge!

The trip was topped off with an incredible crew! They were professional and a wealth of knowledge. We had Captain Bill and First Mate Tom operating the vessel and Bryttni on the bow as our guide/expert/photographer. Bryttni was incredible, she had a plethora of amazing facts and additional information not only about the whales but the areas we were in, the marine life, and much more! In addition, the photos she took were fantastic and a welcomed added bonus to the already amazing day!

Whether you love whales and want to see them in the wild, or are just looking for something unique and incredible to do I highly recommend the Prince of Whales Half-Day Whale Watching and Wild Life Viewing Adventure in Victoria!
Written August 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
PrinceOfWhalesTeam
A8193EHcodyb, WOW! Thank you so, so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderfully kind and informative review. We appreciate your feedback and we're so glad that you enjoyed your many sightings and the photos thereafter. We certainly hope that you will join us onboard in the future for more adventures -- thanks again and best fishes!
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Don M
Cobble Hill, Canada25 contributions
Sep. 2021
We had an excellent experience on the half-day trip to the Salish Sea The naturalists were very good at relating the natural history of the two different pods of Orcas we found. This first was a fast-moving group of families in transit near the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. It was explained they were whales that hunted seals and sea lions, exclusively. The second pod was closer to the Vancouver Island coast and were strictly salmon hunters. Lots of good photo opportunities, as the crew kept the required distance away to not disturb the animals.

We also visited the waters near the Race Rocks Lighthouse, where quite a few California and Stellar sea lions were hauled up on the rocks.
Written September 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
PrinceOfWhalesTeam
donmA5400QF, Thank you so much for your kind words and your detailed review — we appreciate hearing your feedback and we’re so glad that you were able to see a variety of wildlife and had many photo opportunities. We hope that you’ll join us again soon!
Written September 22, 2021
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Teresa K
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly throughout the trip. They made a point of meeting everyone on board and answered the questions with genuine interest. The boat was state of the art and when we hit rough seas it was comfortable and I felt very safe. We saw 2 pods and they sent us amazing photos! I especially liked not having to try and take my own as I just wanted to enjoy the experience. They went the extra mile to find the whales and we weren’t disappointed. Thanks to all of them.
Written May 7, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
109teresak, Thank you for giving us five stars! We're glad you felt safe on our boat despite the conditions. Our experienced drivers and incredible crew all take safety and comfort very seriously. We're happy that you enjoyed the free photo package too! Thank you for your review, and we hope to see you on another Prince of Whales tour soon!
Written May 8, 2022
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The elderly
Nanaimo, Canada1 contribution
Sep. 2021
This trip was worth every penny.
Crew were excellent and very knowledgable about the humpback whales, sea lions and turkey vultures that we saw.
We learnt such a lot.
Do not waste time trying to take photos yourself. Part of the deal (which we did not realise) you receive lots of photos of the things we saw, which are ours to download and share.
At no time did you get the feeling the clock was being watched by the captain.
We watched the mother and her calf for ages, and he also took us to an area where orcas had been sighted, sadly they had moved on. So our trip was well over three hours.
BC Victoria museum also had an exhibition about orcas and our ticket included free entry to this.
All together a fantastic experience.
Written September 28, 2021
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
nannapopp, Thank you for this FANTASTIC review :) We're so thrilled to hear that you learned a lot of information, enjoyed the museum and that you appreciated receiving complimentary photos from your tour. It's the perfect way to enjoy the experience without feeling the need to have to capture the moment on camera yourself. We're glad you could join us for such a magical day. Don't be a stranger...stop by again soon to join us for more adventures on the Salish Sea!
Written September 29, 2021
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Carolyn P
1 contribution
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Had a fantastic time whale watching yesterday.
We were very fortunate to see the following:
Orca whales
humpback whales
Sea lion with her pups
A rare brown pelican
An otter chilling in the weeds

The team aboard this beautiful boat were wonderful. I want to give a special shout out to Seanie :) who made our trip extra special. She is very well spoken, knowledgeable and goes that extra mile to make your experience unforgettable. I’m sure she would also give the rest of the crew (Joe, Bill, Austen & Bryttni) credit…she is just that type of person. And they deserve credit too…the whole team was very accommodating including our greeter David.

I highly recommend booking with this company and if you get the above crew members and staff, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Written June 13, 2021
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W619GBcarolynp, WOW, thank you for your awesome review and recommendation! We are thrilled that you had a fantastic time on the water and got to see so much wildlife! I will be sure to pass your kind words along to Seanie, and we hope to see you again :)
Written July 3, 2021
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Matt P
1 contribution
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Seannie was an amazing guide - clearly loves her job, super passionate, interested to answer questions, went out of her way to speak to many passengers to make sure they understood what we were learning about. The tour itself is a MUST when visiting Victoria. We got to see a LOT of marine life, learn their stories - orca, sea lions, seals, birds. All places on the boat are “good seats” cuz you can just move around to see everything. Further, the crew takes professional photos of everything we see and send them to us within 24 hours free of charge! Though you can still take vids/photos yourself, it gives you the option to just sit back and enjoy the views. The boat was clean, offered free hot chocolate/coffee, we felt safe and comfortable the whole time. Highly recommend, thanks again!!
Written September 24, 2021
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
Z5894MZmattp, Thank you so much for your kind words about Seanie and the boat, your informative review and your stellar recommendation - we appreciate it! We are very glad you enjoyed your trip, the complimentary photos and the warm drinks. We hope to see you again soon.
Written September 27, 2021
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By: Prince of Whales - Whale Watching Adventures
myssien
myssien
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Amazing tour
I’ve gone on many Prince of Whale tours over the past few years, but this was my first zodiac outing. As always, th
MMPMA127
MMPMA127
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Wonderful time! 10/10!
Wonderful times and great views of TWO different whale groups- one humpback(3) and one orca (4) group. The staff wa
Curiosity730087
Curiosity730087
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Prince of Whales whale watching
Excellent time whale watching with captain Mark, who is extremely knowledgeable and informative. Saw mother, big ma
tinaernesta
tinaernesta
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Wow! Totally worth it!
We loved the experience. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and safety was a priority. Definitely recom
U4905QSemilyk
U4905QSemilyk
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Excellent Experience
My partner and I had a fantastic time! Our guide Syd was knowledgeable, skilled, and fun. She even went out of her
shannonjhall
shannonjhall
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I wish I was a fish, swimming in the ocean...
Absolutely gorgeous day on the ocean! Saw killer whales, a humpback and porpoises. Make sure you dress warmly and
750stepankas
750stepankas
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Amazing staff, great service and whale experience
The nicest staff! I can't even express how amazing and nice the people who work in Victoria are. What a lovely expe
399chw
399chw
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WowZah!! What a Blast!
The Zodiac was fast and our driver competent, knowledgeable and fun! Thanks Mark for the edgemukation, and wild ri
Ninezss
Ninezss
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good, but a bit dissapointed
When we came in the office to get some information we got a nice welcome and we also got some good information abou
kayleef621
kayleef621
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Definitely recommend
This whale watching tour was amazing! The guide was very knowledgable and made sure we had the best experience poss
KathyG1234
KathyG1234
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Whales!
Our guide was Evan. He was an amazing captain and guide. Very knowledgeable about all the marine life. We went all
annalenap333
annalenap333
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Amazing experience
Amazing experience. We got to see five whales, sea lions, seals, a sea otter, and other wildlife. Sidney, our capta
Chantal F
Chantal F
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Missing whales
We would have given it a 5 stars review except we unfortunately didn’t get to see many whales on our whales watchin
Therealbrionce
Therealbrionce
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Even asleep it was ACE!!!
Husband and I went for our anniversary but we were both severely hung over from drinking the previous night. He fe
Trish R
Trish R
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Orca
Wow! Great knowledgeable staff. Sydney was a super captain. Goal was transient orca pod and she found them! Safety
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