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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 / Adult Learn More

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2020 Season
July 1st - November 1st, 2020
Adult (18+) $530* CAD
Youth (13-17) $530* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
2021 Season
March 27th - November 1st, 2021
Adult (18+) $530* CAD
Youth (13-17) $530* CAD
Child (7-12) $315* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax
*Seasonal rates may apply.

What's Included

  • 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.

What To Bring

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.

Departure Location

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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Know Before You Book

  • 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.

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

    Mick & Olwen Northway Highlight of our Vancouver stay. Crew of Thomas, Aaron, Aurora & Rebecca were brilliant. We saw Humpbacks on our trip but my son and partner saw Orcas as well on their trip on another day. Great experience

    Posted on 9/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome You really can’t fault this outfit. Starting with safety instructions to very knowledgeable guides. Sandy and James, in particular, stood out. I thought, like some other outfits around the world, once you had spotted wildlife that’s it and you’d return to the harbour; these guys were different though, we stayed with the pod of humpbacks for around 45 min to 1 hour. They shut of their engines so you could enjoy the whales and also kept a respectful distance. Watching the whales swim and making their sounds was incredible, and certainly for me, a dream come true!

    Posted on 11/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    We saw humpback whales! Fabulous tour, we saw loads of whales within about an hour of starting, and then after we had watched them for an hour, we headed back towards the harbour and saw seals and even a bald Eagle! Be advised though this tour takes about 5 hours and can get pretty cool on the water so take layers and snacks! We were very relived that the seafood restaurant we wanted to try after the tour was still open and we got our platter. Perfect end to a wonderful afternoon, thanks guys!

    Posted on 7/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    New Boat We went on on their new boat and it was very comfortable. The staff were very informative and we got to see lots of whales and other sea life.

    Posted on 6/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Ms This was an incredible experience. We were able to see 2 whales the humpback and the orca. We also saw a porpoise and seals plus many bald eagles. Was a day I will never experience again. The staff were constantly explaining every thing we saw and the captain excelled at finding creatures in the sea

    Posted on 8/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Thrill of a lifetime We were treated to see Orcas and Humpbacks!
    What a trip
    The boat was equipped with blankets, scarfs, hats if needed.
    The presentation by the Naturist were both informative and amusing.
    The safety procedures were presented pretty well before we left the dock.

    Posted on 7/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Actually Butchart Gardens, Victoria to Vancouver What an amazing experience! Extremely fun and professional crew. A thrilling two hour ride back to Vancouver. We saw a pod of Orcas and one Humpback. The young naturalists aboard were so excited to share their knowledge they made the trip even more enjoyable. Great trip. Highly recommend this company.

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome Really well organised, brilliant expert advice regarding wildlife matters. Superb customer service to enhance the experience.

    Posted on 10/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Priceless experience We had a amazing time and to see the orca's, the humpback whale, the sea lions and the eagles was amazing definitely will keep coming back again and again. The crew is very friendly and informative

    Posted on 7/06/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Went out on the Salish Sea today through Boundary Pass with Captain Joe, Lilli ana Valerie. We were blessed with T86As, T101s, and T124As hunting Sea Lions. T86A also had a calf approx 1yr old, and was outta control with excitement 😆 My partner happily took around 800 photos on her DSLR from a safe distance of 200+ meters away. Wished we could have taken more, but am beyond stoked with the ones we got. This is the only acceptable way to view sea life - in the wild where they belong.

    Posted on 4/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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