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Prince of Whales Whale Watching

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Prince of Whales is the largest and most environmentally sustainable whale watching and eco-adventure company operating out of both Victoria and Vancouver. With a fleet of both open and semi-covered boats, we are perfectly able to match a tour to...more
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812 Wharf St | (Lower Causeway Level), Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T3, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

In 2011 we had arranged with this company to take a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria to go whale watching. When we arrived in Victoria we were informed that the boat to take us whale watching did not run on that day and that we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ozzieworldtravelgal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our trip on the high seas with POW. Blessed with a sunny day in January, we were taken all the way down to Sooke. We saw lots of marine mammals and fantastic scenery. We’ll be back for sure!More

Date of experience: January 2019
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TairaP4, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We have been truly blessed to have such a mild and spectacular winter, and we are so glad you were able to join us on a January tour. Winter whale watching can be more varied due to weather or wildlife...More

Reviewed January 11, 2019

Small boat more personal, quicker & easier to manoeuvre to follow whales as they hunt for fish. Our Guide/ Driver, Joe was very polite, considerate & knowledgeable. He tried to get as as close as he was allowed to the whales after spotting them, stopping...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

My wife and I came to Victoria for a few days on a honeymoon trip around the PNW. We were in Victoria without a car and this was the perfect way to see whales and see Butchart in an afternoon. The boat was comfortable and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank davisburgess
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

This was my third trip with Prince of Whales & once again we had an amazing time. I visit Victoria over the Xmas holidays every year & its alaways a highlight. Jasper took us out on the zodiac & after maybe half an hour spotted...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kelly B
Reviewed December 21, 2018

Mark and crew were very knowledgable and courteous to all passengers. They explained everything about the whales, seals and locations. The equipment and zodiac were clean and obviously well maintained. The weather was spectacular, sunny and calm. It was a very special day for my...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TairaP4, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your glowing review Russ G! Mark is an incredibly seasoned and knowledgeable skipper, and has spent countless hours researching and cataloging humpbacks and their return to our local waters. He is a wealth of information and we are so glad...More

Reviewed December 18, 2018

I havent actually gone a tour , but they saved the life of a friend that was trying to save another kayaker. That alone gets them five stars. I have heard great thing about their tours. Strongly recommend.More

Date of experience: January 2018
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TairaP4, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2018

Thank you so much for sharing this story wcresponder. Our captains and crew are sometimes first on scene of a rescue, and trained on how to handle these situations - all of our on the water employees are trained and certified in Marine First Aid...More

Reviewed December 16, 2018

We saw an amazing sight a seal eating an octopus on the high seas! The mist around the mountains was exhilarating. What a way to celebrate a 20th birthday!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jen G
TairaP4, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2018

Thank you for your review Jen G! We are so glad you had such a great day out on the water, and chose to spend your birthday celebrations with us! Happy 20th birthday! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with...More

Reviewed December 14, 2018

We chose a tour in a zodiac because we wanted to feel closer to the environment. Mark and Allie, our guides, provided a marvelous tour with their knowledge of the whales. The zodiac ride was worth the trip with the added bonus of the many...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TairaP4, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2018

Thank you for your excellent review and recommendation Mucky-MichelleA! We have been having spectacular winter whale sightings, and our skipper Mark keeps saying that some of these tours have been his best tours ever (which is impressive since he's been in the business for over...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018

I had booked onto a different tour with a different group who didn't make their number for a December weekday excursion, so they transferred me and a couple of others to this trip. I didn't have high hopes, but it turned out to be completely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TairaP4, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2018

Thanks for such a fabulous review periplous! We are so glad we were able to exceed your expectations, and that you had such a fantastic time out with our skipper Mark. I remember this tour as Mark was pretty excited by the sightings you had...More

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Mhazien
January 7, 2019|
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Response from wcresponder | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but the tours don't head out then. It will be getting dark as you arrive. I hope you enjoy your time in Victoria. Might I suggest a horse drawn tour or a walking excursion thru downtown.
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Mhazien
January 7, 2019|
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Response from Dilyswilliams | Reviewed this property |
I think it unrealistic really in the time you have
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96nikkil
April 16, 2017|
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Response from JenniferD5580 | Property representative |
Hi Nikki! This is a great question, and a common one we get in both our Vancouver and Victoria offices. So, what IS the difference between a Victoria and Vancouver departure? Basically, there are two different kinds of... More
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