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Suit up in a Mustang Survival Suit, take a selfie, and get on board one of our 12-passenger Zodiacs for our most intimate, adrenalin-pumping whale-watching adventure! Hold on to your hat and brace yourself for a refreshing spray of sea air as your Zodiac takes off alongside harbour planes, cutting through our pristine waters in search of orcas and humpback whales. With a seasoned captain as your guide, you’re in safe hands.

Departing from downtown Victoria aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing tour.

Starting at$109* CAD/ Boat See Seasonal Rates

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About the experience...

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  • 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 1 Transport Canada certified marine naturalist, who will also be your boat driver.
  • 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.
  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.
  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

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

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 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.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 6 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

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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. We will also provide you with warm all-weather exposure suits to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request.

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!

This adventure is not suitable for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions, including but not limited to, back or neck injuries, recent surgery, and/or current or suspected pregnancy. Passengers under 4ft/120cm in height or 50lb/23kg in weight also cannot join (typically applies to children under 7 y.o.).

Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible.

Downtown Victoria Adventure Centre

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

The Victoria Adventure Centre is located below the Visitor Information Centre, next to Milestones restaurant across the street from Fairmont Empress hotel.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.

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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!

When is the best time of day for watching whales?

There really is no better time of day for whale sightings, as the whales do not run on a schedule as we do! The whales are active throughout the day and their behaviour changes as groups encounter each other. If you are looking for the best scenic light for photography choose morning departure.

Are there bathrooms on the Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

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 available on board the Catamarans?

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

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

Are Zodiac adventures safe?

Yes, all of our captains and boats are certified by Transport Canada. Zodiacs move fast but are very stable. There will be no 360-degree turns on this tour. These adventures are designed for fast sightseeing and not a thrill park ride.

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

    Great Tour-A must do! The tour was a blast. We ended up seeing two humpback whales and 5 orcas. They do a great job of entertaining you with information when we were on the boat both around the animals and when we were out looking for more. Our crew consisted of Lili, Rory, Bill, Chris and Laura who were all excellent, very knowledgable and great at conveying information in a way that was accessible and exciting. Rory even offered to send his own personal pictures which was a great touch. Definitely recommend this company for whale watching!

    Posted on 6/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    A childhood dream came true We decided to go on a whale watching tour twice and both times were so amazing. Best 140 dollars we spent so far on our canada trip! Both times we saw orcas and humpback whales, sea lions and other marine life. The crew scotty and alan knew very much about the different whales and shared their knowledge with us. Scotty also put a hydrophone in the water so we heard the orcas communicating with each other, which was amazing. He was respectful and always kept a good distance with the boat so that the whales didn‘t get stressed out. Thanks a lot we definitely would come back :)

    Posted on 8/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Absolutely worth it. I dont think this tour could've gone any better. The naturalists on board said there were 10 humpback whales, a pod of critically endangered orcas, a pile of sea lions, a pile of harbor seals, 2 bald eagles, and 2 pods of dolphins. Be prepared for frigid cold, though!

    Posted on 10/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Danielle I flew from Australia to Victoria to see killer whales in the wild and my trip with prince of whales yesterday didn’t disappoint. We saw both transient and southern residents (plus about 15 humpbacks). It was amazing! Our guide, Jasper, was fantastic. Enthusiastic, informative and lovely. We had the time of our lives and I couldn’t recommend the trip more. Thanks so much to the team at Prince of Whales!!!

    Posted on 9/21/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great Afternoon At Sea This was our last afternoon in Vancouver & it definitely did not disappoint.
    Good solid, & powerful boat, efficient & knowledgeable staff.
    We sited a mother humpback whale with her calf & another whale tagging along. seals & sea lions (plus learnt the difference) & an immature bald headed eagle.
    Would definitely go again, as want to see the orcas.

    Posted on 8/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Great trip~ Amazing experience!
    Warm and considerate explanation.

    Learning a lot about whales, and I can feel the how closed the local people and animals are.

    Strongly recommend.

    Posted on 3/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    1st time whale whatcher Had a great afternoon on 11th Sept with Stu and Amy who were very informative, friendly and helpful. Got to see pod of orca, sealions and a shy hump back whale. Made our day. Thank you, would definitely recommend this trip. If you go to Canada you need to include a whale trip with this good company.

    Posted on 9/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Half day whale watching from Granville Island - couldn’t have been a better experience!!! 20 minutes out of Port, we came upon 3 humpbacks. They proceeded to entertain, entrance and educate us for over 1/2 hour. Their antics included brilliant display of pectoral fins, tail flukes, even a few spyhops and full on display of baleen. Absolutely amazing - even allowed amateur photographers to take great pics.
    If this wasn’t enough, within about 15 minutes, we came upon a group of 5 transient killer whales - T35 was one I think, including a calf. Unfortunately no spyhops this time. But otherwise excellent viewing and more amazing photo ops.
    To top it all off, the weather was perfect (flat water and crystal blue skies) and the staff were fantastic. Kudos to Captain Aaron for finding both groups of whales and our naturalist, Wilma for her very in-depth knowledge about these whales and the environment they live in. She shared tons of info in engaging, entertaining way. A+ to both of them. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thanks very much.

    Posted on 9/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    BEST DAY OF THE SEASON! We saw so much wild life that day... massive sea lions languishing and squabbling on a favorite ocean rock, eagles feeding, seals, countless orcas and humpback whales, school of dolphins. It was a gorgeous, sunny and crisp day in Vancouver--even snow capped Mt Baker was visible in the distance. We were told by the crew that it was the best day of the season for sea life. I'm not out there every day so I will take their word for it. Personally it was a highlight of a lifetime. The captain and crew were fantastic! And a special shout out to naturalist and crew member Wilma Fuchs, whose knowledge and enthusiasm made the day over the top EXTRA special! I highly recommend this adventure to everyone, locals and travellers!

    Posted on 12/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Magique C’était un moment magique
    Excursion magique pour voir les baleines au coucher de soleil
    Guide très sympa

    Posted on 8/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
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