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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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 50 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 face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria.
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria.

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  • "Three levels with indoor heat for those who get cold." See review

Reviews

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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!
star-5
Great whale watching
Jeffrey_F
, May 2022
Thought the tour was great, felt like the captain and his crew went the extra mile to find whales to see and we got to see a nice pod of 6 females. Staff on the boat were so very knowledgeable Great experience
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Jeffrey_F, Thanks so much for your review! Seeing a pod of 6 female orcas is very exciting! We're so glad you enjoyed our captain and crew and their knowledge as much as they love to share it! We hope to see you out with us again sometime.
star-5
Great trip seeing 3 generations of Orcas feeding together!
Joseph_N
, May 2022
Thanks for "going the distance" (literally) to put us on the Orcas. Great time seeing various marine life and especially the feeding activity of the Orcas! Thank you Sydney, Scott and Brittney!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Joseph_N, Thank you so much for this review!! 3 generations of orcas is a spectacular sight to see, and we are so glad to make this memory with you. Sydney, Scott and Brittney are definitely valued team members, and will be happy to hear you had a great time! We hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
Bucket list… check!
Craig_K
, Apr 2022
Very knowledgeable and friendly crew. Comfortable boat. Spacious. Smooth ride. Great views! Easy and quick check in process.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Craig_K, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're happy to hear that you found our check in process easy and quick. The view on the water is incredible and our tours are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. We're happy that your tour with us went smoothly, and we truly hope to see you on one of our tours again!
star-5
Sailing with the Prince!
Debbie_M
, Apr 2022
We went on a half day whale watching tour on the Prince of Whales and the experience was way more than expected.From the moment we got on board the staff were just so friendly and informative!Cocoa,Carol,David and Scott bent over backwards to make everything so enjoyable!The owner of the company was even on board and he was so excited as this was the maiden adventure of the season you could tell this wasn’t just a business but a passion for him! We were lucky enough to see about ten Orca whales that put on quite the show for us.We would definitely recommend this as one of the top things to do in Victoria!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Debbie_M, Thank you very much for your review! Wow, you're so lucky to have seen ten killer whales on your tour, that's incredible! We're so glad to hear that our crew were friendly, helpful, and informative. Thank you so much for recommending us as a top attraction in Victoria, and we hope to see you on one of our tours soon!
star-5
Magestic whales
Josephine_S
, Apr 2022
Seeing those magestic whales ! Visiting from the Uk for the 4th Visit to Canada I always head to book with The prince of whales tours !!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Josephine_S, Thank you so much for your five star review! We're so glad to hear that you love travelling with Prince of Whales. We hope to see you again on one of our tours soon!
star-5
A great day on the water!
Jeffrey_R
, Oct 2021
What a wonderful day! Our whale watching tour was with Bill, Joe, Valerie and Shawny in the catamaran. They were all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a calm day on the water and saw at least 8 humpback whales. There were not many people on the tour (24) so we had plenty of room to move about the deck and spacing was optimal inside the cabin. The only thing that could have made it better was more sunshine and seeing orcas, but they have no control over that! Thank you all for a great experience!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Jeffrey_R, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience on the water and for the kind shoutout to the staff onboard! We appreciate the feedback and your honesty. We hope that your next adventure on the Salish Sea provides you with all the sunshine and whales you could imagine.
star-5
Beautiful day at sea!
Shelley_A
, Oct 2021
It was a beautiful October day on the Sea. Nice to see the wild life. Very informative crew. Although a beautiful day it still was October, so best to bring layers.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Shelley_A, Thank you for your review and recommendation to future guests! We appreciate the feedback and are glad that you were able to join us on the water. We hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
Great staff. Welcoming,...
John_K
, Oct 2021
Great staff. Welcoming, knowledgeable and professional. Saw a Humpback with her calf and some interesting stops to see sea birds and seals.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
John_K, Thank you so much for your kind review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic day on the water with many sightings. We hope that you'll consider another tour with us soon!
star-5
Magnificent experience
Katrien_D
, Sep 2021
Excellent trip, definitely worth the money. We saw loads of humpback whales and got tons of information from the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Seanie. Tip: don‘t take pictures yourself, just enjoy seeing and hearing the whales and maybe make some videos. The crew takes very good quality pictures, which you get for free afterwards. They also photograph you or your family if you ask for it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Katrien_D, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience and for providing us with a 5-star review!! We're so glad that you were able to join us for such an incredible day on the water with so many graceful humpback whales! :D We're so happy that you enjoyed the photos we sent to you after the tour -- we appreciate the advice for future guests (we'll do the camera work, sit back and enjoy!). Join us again soon.

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