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Take to the sea and sky on this fully customizable tour from Vancouver to Victoria and back! You’ll step aboard a seaplane from Vancouver’s downtown, taking in sweeping views of the Salish Sea and its windswept archipelagos. Landing in Victoria, you’ll step aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran with floor-to-ceiling, panoramic windows in search of orcas and humpback whales. And when you’ve had your fill of sea air, you’ll catch a seaplane back to Vancouver.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Seaplane Flight from Vancouver to Victoria
8:20 AM Check-in for your seaplane flight
9:00 AM Departure from downtown Vancouver
~9:35 AM Arrival into downtown Victoria

Part 2 – Half-Day Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)
12:00 PM Check-in for whale watching adventure in Victoria
12:30 PM Departure. Whale & marine wildlife watching
~4:30 PM Return to downtown Victoria. Free time

Part 3 – Seaplane Flight from Victoria to Vancouver
5:20 PM Check-in for your return seaplane flight
6:00 PM Departure from downtown Victoria
~6:35 PM Arrival into downtown Vancouver

This customizable round-trip adventure will take you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria on a 35-minute one-way seaplane flight (Part 1). From here, you’ll board a custom-built 95-passenger, catamaran, embarking on a 3+ hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 2). The return journey consists of a 35-minute one-way seaplane flight from Victoria to Vancouver (Part 3).

Starting at$530* CAD/ Boat See Seasonal Rates

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About the experience...

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What's
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  • Roundtrip scenic seaplane flights Vancouver – Victoria – Vancouver over the Gulf Islands (35 minutes each way)
  • Fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour. Opportunity to observe different species of whales in the wild, sea birds and other marine wildlife. Guided by 3-4 Transport Canada certified marine naturalists.
  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.
  • The perfect viewing platform and the only one of its kind on British Columbia coast. This 95 passenger catamaran was engineered and built in Canada with the safety of our beloved marine wildlife and our guests as priority number one.
  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.
  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.
  • Customize your adventure. Book as a day tour or split up over 2 or more days.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

This adventure has a hassle-free 72-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 72 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.

Seaplane flights are subject to delays or cancellations due to adverse weather conditions.

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It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Onboard snacks are available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

Government-issued photo ID (passport or driver’s license) will be required to check in for the seaplane part of this adventure.

The boat used for this adventure as well as seaplanes are not wheelchair accessible.

Luggage up to 25 lbs (11 kg) is accepted on all flight routes at no additional charge.

Harbour Air – Vancouver Harbour Terminal

1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1, Canada

Please check-in with Harbour Air agent inside the terminal 40 minutes before your adventure start.

Government-issued photo ID (passport or driver’s license) will be required to check-in.

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FAQS

Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

Are there bathrooms on the Catamarans?

Yes! The catamarans are equipped with two airline-style washrooms.

Do passengers often feel seasick?

No, our boats are custom-built for whale watching with passengers in mind. Captain and crew will also do their best to minimize the impact of the sea. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you purchase non-drowsy Gravol from a pharmacy prior to your adventure with us.

Are there snacks or beverages on board?

Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate bars) can be purchased with CAD cash. You can also bring your own snacks.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

  • Reviews

    Whale watching was great Saw seals, orcas and humpbacks! Long afternoon but amazing. Bring a jacket- high speed on the boat makes even a warm day cool. We were out on sea for 5 hours! Wonderful! The naturalists on board were informative.

    Posted on 8/31/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Prince of Whales whale watching and Buchart Gardens Great day for whale watching. Mild weather, great and informative guides and crew. Catamaran was comfortable and smooth. Saw an orca pod and ended the day and evening with a beautiful walk through Buchart's illuminations. All together a great visit!

    Posted on 8/27/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing What an awesome experience on the 12.15 sailing 28th June
    Lilly, val and Laura worked out that we saw 4 families and over 20 orcas socializing, breaching and tail slapping
    Very grateful to the Orcas for the display but especially grateful to the two Captains and the ladies for getting us to the whales and their very knowledgeable commentary
    What a way to finish our holiday in Canada

    Posted on 6/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Procurando o que fazer Encontramos a agência enquanto andávamos por Granville. Entramos e fomos tão bem recebidos que decidimos fazer o passeio de meio dia para a observação de baleias. O passeio por si só foi ótimo. O staff do barco foi tão atencioso em dar informações e pacientes na espera das baleias, que quando elas apareceram foi uma festa no barco. Muito bom mesmo. Obrigada, Aurora, Becky e companhia!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    A unique experience to repeat again! I had the opportunity to go on a whale watching adventure and the chance to see the Orcha whales in nature was impressive and definitely a momment to cherish for life and repeat. Thank you as well for the very professional staff: Anthony,Ian,Mar,Amy & Camille. You guys are awesome!

    Posted on 10/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Really great 5 hrs My family (3 adults, 8yr old & 4yr old)took this half day tour in July 2019. It was wonderful. From Canada Place, we got to experience Vancouver's light rail train to the Science center then a water taxi to Granville Island. The kids had never been on a boat so the water taxi was a good first exposure. Finding Prince of Whales on Granville Island was the only issue. There's a lot of stuff on that tiny island. Once our trip tone came, it was easy breezy. They gathered is outside their office for a quick chat of what to expect then we walked a couple block to the dock to get on the boat. The top level of the boat filled quickly but underneath was a good option for us. The side panels of the boat were open so we could see very clearly. We drove out into the ocean for about an hour. The water was very calm so it was a very smooth ride for my stomach sensitive husband. The kids also had no issues. We first spotted so sea lions sunning and playing around a rock in the water, then we saw 2 pods of Killer Whales, and then a couple humpback whales and a lone bald eagle in a tree. On each portion of the boat, there were very knowledgeable naturalists that narrated what we were seeing. They were able to give us general animal information but also specific to the individual animals we saw. They had so much information. And as we moved around the boat, we heard different information from each guide so we know it wasn't rehearsed generic rhetoric. After all the animal sitings we headed back to Granville Island then to the water taxi, to the train and then back to Canada place.

    I think my kids may have been a little too young for such a long activity. Even our animal loving 8yr old got bored with the duration. Us adults thought it was great.

    Our trip was from 2pm to 7pm. Everything in Granville Island seemed to close around 6 so catching a water taxi was not a problem but there were loads of people waiting to get on one. Also at the end of False Creek near the Science center there was a lot of activity but we chose not to stay and have dinner there because we noticed on the way there that the area near the train, we didn't necessarily want to be around there after dark.

    Fun day trip, I would do it again to see what else we may see.

    Interesting side note, one of our fellow passengers was telling us that her family had actually booked for the outing to occur the day before but when they arrived, they were warned that the water was very choppy and rough that day so if you were prone to seasickness it may be good idea to get a refund or reschedule. Our fellow passenger decided to reschedule her trip. I think that the company who offers that to their customers is a stand-up outfit whose not only interested in making a buck off the public. Good for them!

    Posted on 7/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Orcas AND Humpbacks, oh my! Fabulous day yesterday! Shortly after leaving Vancouver at noon aboard the Prince of Whales custom-built catamaran SALISH SEA DREAM a humpback was sighted in the Strait of Georgia! Weather was absolutely glorious. We carried on across the Strait toward the Gulf Islands. More humpbacks! Flukes galore! And orcas to be sighted once through Porlier Pass. Awesome day. Exceptional crew - friendly & professional! Thanks to naturalists Mar, Amy, and Hannah, 1st mate Sandy, and Captain Ian!

    Posted on 9/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great way to see Vancouver Fast, fun and informative! Ray our guide shared lots of history and insights about Vancouver; wished it was longer than 1.5 hours. Will definitely do it again next time I visit with my family. My boys would love the high speed tour of Vancouver False Creek harbour.

    Posted on 7/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Whale of a time What an incredible trip. Setting off on the early whale watching cruise. We left Victoria in one of the new craft Saltash Sea Eclipse with Captain Bill and Joe, together with crew Lili and Laura. First stop was an island nature reserve with sea lions, sealsl, Cormorants and a Bald eagle. What made the trip was the helpful crew Lili and Laura who were extremely knowlageable about the area and wildlife. We spent an hour watching a large group of humpback whales with good commentary from the crew. Nothing was too much trouble from a very professional team, with help yourself complimentary hot drinks and blankets to help you keep warm. Overall a fantastic experience.

    Posted on 9/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Amazing Anthony, Wilma, Hannah, James and Sandy took us on an amazing whale watching trip today and we were lucky enough to see whales. The crew worked very hard to ensure that we were informed of the whales whereabouts and were keen to educate us on the different species.
    My husband is disabled and uses a wheelchair so we were boarded first which was very helpful.
    We had a fantastic trip - thank you

    Posted on 9/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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