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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
  • Half-day whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Board a comfortable vessel equipped with several viewing areas
  • Explore the waters for sightings of whales, seabirds and other marine life
  • Gain insight into the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
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95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin with floor to ceiling windows and open air decks
Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
Educational materials on board
Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate
Two washrooms
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - return tour from any of our locations until you see whales!
Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
1666 Duranleau St , 1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y1, Canada

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure, At 1666 Duranleau st on Granville Island behind Bridges restaurant. We will not hold the boat for late guests.

This activity will end right where it started.
Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this half-day whale-watching adventure. Informative crew will share their stories and knowledge about the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course, the marine wildlife.

The tour departs from Granville Island, near downtown Vancouver. Step aboard the Salish Sea Dream, a 80-foot catamaran built for whale watching and designed to minimize its ecological footprint.

Have your camera out and ready as you scan the waters for different species of whales, as well as an array of seabirds and other marine life.
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
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 Vancouver?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "It was a little cold (even in June) so make sure you bring appropriate gear." See review

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star-5
Nice trip with plenty of opportunity to see whales
Georgios_P
, Jun 2022
We had a nice experience on the boat and on the day we visited, we were lucky enough to see plenty of whales! The people on the boat were experienced and gave us alot of information about what we were seeing. A tip to future visitors: You will be informed that on the boat it will be cold. Be assured it will so dress much heavier than you would in Vancouver...
star-4
Good trip even without sightings
Kimberly_B
, Jun 2022
Overall a good trip. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales. Just a quick glimpse or two but no significant sightings. We did see seals, eagles, a deer and stunning scenery. The captain and crew worked very hard to locate whales but luck was just against us. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. Seas were pretty choppy at times and they made sure everyone was comfortable. The morning vessels do the whale scouting so an afternoon trip may have been better. The company guarantees sightings so we are able to repeat the trip for a small fee.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Kimberly_B, Thank you so much for your kind review! We'll make sure to pass your comments on to the crew - they love what they do and strive to provide every guest with the most memorable and educational experience possible, even when the whales don't make an appearance. We're sorry to hear you didn't see whales this time around, but we look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure soon - it'll be extra special when you finally see the whales pop out of the water!
star-5
Once in a lifetime
JAMES_J
, Jun 2022
The male orca breached several times! It was amazing. The entire crew made sure that our experience was a once in a lifetime experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
JAMES_J, Thank you so much for the kind review! How lucky to see an orca breaching - that really is an experience you'll never forget! We're so glad to hear that the crew made your tour such a positive experience, and we hope to welcome you back for another adventure someday.
star-5
Wonderful trip highly recommended
Paul_K
, Jun 2022
Great half day trip captain spent time to find the best whale spotting area. We never left disappointed we seen humpback whales and identified the whale by its fluke as it dived.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Paul_K, Thanks so much for your review! That's awesome that you saw some humpbacks, how magical. Maybe on your next trip you will see some Orcas too ;) we would love to set sail with you again one day! Thanks again for joining us.
star-5
We really saw the whales....
Sock_S
, Jun 2022
We really saw the whales. Along the way we also saw many other wildlife. It’s really guaranteed. My kids are so in awed for what they have witness
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sock_S, Thank you for your five star review! We're so happy to hear we could create lifelong memories for the whole family. We hope our included photo package helps to look back on the amazing tour for years to come.
star-5
Great Humpback Show
Isabelle_R
, Jun 2022
This was one of the best whale watching I’ve been on. The team found the whales and they kept us relatively close but were respectful of the whales. We watched Big Mama and her calf for nearly 1 hour. We the saw a 3rd humpback. It was a great trip with a knowledgeable crew. I would totally recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Isabelle_R, Thanks so much for the five-star review. It is great to hear that you got to see the infamous Big Mama and one of her calves! You can see why our crew are so keen to talk about them all day. We are so glad that you enjoyed your sailing with us, we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Best Excursion!
Kathleen_T
, Jun 2022
Seeing humpback whales in nature was absolutely spectacular! Wilma,?the naturalist on board, was amazing. She taught us so much about all the animals we saw and their impacts on humans and the environment.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Kathleen_T, Thank you so much for your five star review! We're very proud to have Transport Canada certified marine naturalists on board to provide lots of amazing information to our guests and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed it. We hope to see you tour with us in the future!
star-5
Whale watching.
DAVID_B
, Jun 2022
Seeing a pod of orcas. Potted history of orcas by Wilma, enlightening. The boat was comfortable, hot drinks essential.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
DAVID_B, Thank you so much for your review! Seeing a pod of orcas is so exciting! We're so glad you enjoyed learning all about them from Wilma. We agree, having hot drinks on board is lovely! We hope to see you tour with us again in the future!
star-5
Whales of fun
Sylvain_G
, Jun 2022
Great experience! Lots of whales , scenery was awesome, great friendly staff very involved! Sharing lots of information about marine life . Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sylvain_G, Thank you for your review! We're so glad you had a great experience on our catamaran boat, and that our informative naturalists on board were able to share their knowledge about whales and other marine wildlife in the Salish Sea. Thank you for recommending us, and hopefully you'll return soon for another whale watching tour!
star-5
Fantastic trip, excellent staff and facilities.
Paul_W
, Jun 2022
Fantastic trip, staff first class… treated whales we saw with respect. One of the best trips we have experienced and great value. Would 100% recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Paul_W, Thank you for this kind review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you will join us again very soon!
star-5
Amazing adventure start to finish!
Theresa_P
, May 2022
From start to finish this trip was amazing. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable, the ship was clean, the complimentary hot beverages were an added bonus on a cold day, and we managed to see orcas, humpbacks, sea lions and bald eagles. Worth every penny and a great way to have some mom/daughter bonding time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Theresa_P, Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy you enjoyed all of the aspects of our catamaran. It's quite new to our fleet and we made sure to add special touches like our hot beverages to make guest experiences all the more memorable. We loved having you both on board enjoying the whales with us and hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
Exceeded expectations
Laurie_W
, May 2022
Experts on board who did a great communication job on a personal level. Great service and they found the whales!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Laurie_W, Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad we were able to connect to our passengers on board as we love to make lifelong memories with everyone. We hope to see you on board one of our tours again!
star-5
Whale watching is unbelievable!
Mallika_R
, May 2022
The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and we had a super fun time! The boat captain was super good at stopping where we saw surprise orcas!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Mallika_R, Thank you so much for your review!! We are so happy you had such a fun time and saw orcas. Guests like yourself are what make our jobs even better! We hope to welcome you on board again sometime in the near future!
star-5
We got to see quite a few...
Narasimhan_J
, May 2022
We got to see quite a few Orcas up close! It was a great experience. The naturalists on board were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and always open to questions.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Narasimhan_J, Thanks so much for the five-star review, we're happy you had a great time! Tracking down those whales never gets old, we're so lucky to have the opportunity to meet guests like you from all over and talk about whales all day! We hope to take you out again someday.
star-5
Saw orca and humpback whales
Gail_K
, May 2022
This is the first time I have seen orca in the ocean. Splendid time, knowledgeable crew, even sending you pictures of what to saw after it was over. Wonderful!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Gail_K, Thank you for your review! We're happy you had a great time on our tour. Our complimentary photo package on our large vessels allows passengers to put their cameras down and to live in the moment (or allows photographers to have twice the chance of taking a stellar picture). We appreciate you giving us five stars, and hopefully you decide to return soon!
star-5
Wonderful staff who you...
Amanda_P
, May 2022
Wonderful staff who you can tell care about the animals and respecting them in nature. Beautiful sights, wonderful experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, Thank you for this kind review! We are so glad to hear that our staff could create such a wonderful experience for you! We hope that you will join us again!
star-5
Well worth the money
Dylan_L
, May 2022
Had a great time, saw some seals and Orcas, the naturalists gave very informative speeches and the boat accomodations were just fine for a couple hours. I would only recommend microphones as it was difficult to hear anything when the engines were on!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dylan_L, Thank you for this wonderful 5 star review! We are so glad you learned so much from our naturalists. We will definitely pass along your feedback, as its very important that all our guests can take in as much information as possible about our diverse wildlife. We hope you had a great tour nonetheless, and that we can welcome you again in the future!
star-5
Seeing the whales for my...
Gryphon_M
, May 2022
Seeing the whales for my birthday was amazing. But I thought we were supposed to get emailed pictures of the whales
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Grypho, Thank you so much for your review and Happy Birthday from the whole team at Prince of Whales! If you could please email sales@princeofwhales.com we can make sure that photo package gets delivered to you.
star-5
Loved it!
Carmen_M
, May 2022
The boat wasn't crowded, I loved having the chance to look from so many different places on the boat. The staff was kind and informative and knowledgeable. We saw not just whales but several different types of wildlife.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Carmen_M, Thank you for this remarkable review! We love that you were able to see so much wildlife and were able to take advantage of all our different viewing decks! We hope you made a lot of memories on this trip, and that we can welcome you back soon!
star-5
Great
Johanna_W
, May 2022
Great guidance. Great tour. We had a wonderful time. The only thing I wonder about is: we were promised the photo’s from the tour? We did not get them? Is this maybe a misunderstanding?
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Johanna_ Thank you so much for the 5-star review! Feel free to give us a call and we can get the photos all sorted out for you! We hope to welcome you back again in the future.

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