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Prince of Whales Whale Watching

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Victoria, Canada
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About Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Prince of Whales is the largest and most environmentally sustainable whale & wildlife eco-adventure company operating out of Victoria, Vancouver and Telegraph Cove. With a fleet of both open and covered boats, we are perfectly able to match a tour to your desires! Join us out of Victoria for a fun and adventurous Zodiac tour or climb aboard our brand new catamaran the Salish Sea Eclipse. Both of these tours operate for 3-4 hours. We also offer float plane options allowing you to travel from Vancouver to Victoria, saving you time and energy planning!
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Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Admire native marine wildlife in the waters of British Columbia on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your open-top boat in Victoria Harbour and cruise out into the rolling waves with your guide. Your vessel, a zodiac speedboat, is built with stability in mind and remains buoyant even in rough seas. Cruise through the Haro Straight to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Watch the water for sightings of humpback whales, minke whales and orcas breaching the waves, and learn of their life cycle and migration habits.
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3 hours
from US$125.68

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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.
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4 hours
from US$121.80

Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter native marine life such as orcas, gray whales, and harbor seals with the help of expert guides. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate floral landscapes of Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Includes round-trip transfers from downtown Victoria and a flexible return schedule, so you can linger to enjoy the gardens’ luminous displays at night.
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4 to 7 hours
from US$143.84

Private Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure

Become more in tune with nature on this private 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Board a zodiac vessel with your private group, and cruise along the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of whales and other marine life. While on the water, listen to interesting facts about these mammals of the sea.
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3 hours
from US$843.58

Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

This adventure is a 3 to 4 hour fully-guided whale watching, wildlife and sunset viewing tour departing from Downtown Victoria on Ocean Magic II - a comfortable, semi-covered, custom-built express cruiser. Your adventure will be ending when the sun goes down and will be an experience to remember!
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3 to 4 hours
from US$114.94
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1stClassTravelling wrote a review Dec. 2020
Montreal, Canada56 contributions17 helpful votes
Great day out! We got to see some humpbacks, porpoises, seals and more with a super informative, professional and friendly crew. Covid precautions taken seriously. Thank you for an awesome experience, Prince of Whales!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Bryttni_POW, Social Media Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Responded 1 week ago
Hello 1stClassTravelling, Thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your tour and got to encounter humpbacks, porpoise, and seals! Thank you for coming aboard and we hope to see you again in the future :)
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Chris wrote a review Nov. 2020
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A few of us (ok, me) were prepared to be underwhelmed by this experience as it seemed touristy and also as it was end of season figured we wouldn’t see much mammal life. However, it was a fantastic and worthwhile experience. First off, we saw many whales: whales feeding in groups, whales in pairs, lone whales and both orca and humpback. And they were right next to our boat!! I mean, our photos look like the ones they advertise to tourists on their brochure. a rare-ish Also Elephant seal, seals, bald eagles... Also the staff (from the efficient and friendly person who booked us, Hannah who set us up in our giant, warm orange suits and our two guides who were knowledgeable and fun—and found us an astonishing array of sea life to screech over. It was November and rainy so our kids were ducking their heads down to avoid sharp rain in the face for a few mins, but not one complaint at any point in the three hours from any of us (two adults and kids aged 14, 11 and 9) Highly recommend this as an activity in your own back yard!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Bryttni_POW, Social Media Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Responded Nov. 26, 2020
Hello chrimacc, Thank you for you great review and recommendation! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time onboard, despite the rain, and got to see so many whales, an elephant seal, seals and bald eagles!! We are so glad that the tour exceeded your expectations, because you are correct, these animals are wild so we never know what each encounter will bring. But Fall is still a great time for wildlife in the Salish Sea! Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you again in the future :)
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alexandrarbr0wn wrote a review Nov. 2020
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
My boyfriend and I came to Victoria and whale watching was top on our list as something we had to do. The Prince of Whales guaranteed a 98% chance of seeing a whale and they did not disappoint! We loved our experience, our skipper Jasper was great and was full of knowledge and fun facts about the Humpback Whales we saw! He also had an excellent eye for spotting them and ensured we saw around 10 whales! We also went to see sea lions and seals which was another fun part of the trip. We were on a Zodiac boat which is open and really makes you feel like you're right in the thick of it, we felt totally emersed in the experience! It was a little cold but they suit you up and offer additional hats and gloves. You're also given complimentary hot chocolate upon your return which was a real nice touch. Everyone was super friendly and informative and I would definitely do this tour again on a visit to Victoria and it is a MUST for you and the whole family!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Bryttni_POW, Social Media Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Responded Nov. 26, 2020
Hello alexandrarbr0wn, Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! We are so pleased that you had a great time on the water with Jasper and all the wildlife! Thank you for joining us and we can't wait to have you onboard next time :)
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Jim S wrote a review Nov. 2020
Victoria, Canada16 contributions2 helpful votes
Amazing!!!!! Saw 11 humpbacks, sealions, harbour seals.... Saw a humpback splash his tail and then breach!!!!! Cannot recommend this higher!!!!! Cool, calm day, exhilarating!!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Bryttni_POW, Social Media Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Responded Nov. 22, 2020
Hello JimSwansonHCats, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and recommendation! We are thrilled that you had a good time onboard and got to see so much wildlife - including a breaching humpback!! Thank you for joining us and we hope to have aboard again :)
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Jesse C wrote a review Nov. 2020
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So much fun touring around looking for whales to watch. Kept nice and warm despite being a little rainy and only plus 6 Celsius. If I come back I will definitely do this again.
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Response from Bryttni_POW, Social Media Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Responded Nov. 14, 2020
Hello jessec727, Thank you for your great review! We are so happy that you had an awesome adventure and stayed warm while on the water :) Thank you for coming out with us and we look forward to seeing you again!!
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