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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Safety measures
icon3 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
  • Whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Look for orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and more!
  • Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan island chains
  • Accompanied by a professional naturalist
  • Shuttle option for round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver
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Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option selected)
Snacks
Restroom on board
Gratuities
Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
Lunch
Parking Fees

Departure Point

12240 Second Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8, Canada

Our office is located on the second level of the building suite #210.

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Returns to original departure point
Explore the incredible marine life near Vancouver during this half-day whale watching cruise in search of orcas and much more. If you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a way to immerse yourself in the scenic beautiful of the western coast of Canada, this excursion is a great option.

Start your whale watching trip with pickup from select Vancouver hotels or by meeting at Steveston Village where your boat departs. A shuttle transports guests from nine convenient hotel locations in Vancouver, and free parking is available for those arriving by car. Depending on the option you select, your cruise may leave in morning or afternoon. Check with your tour operator during reconfirmation on your exact schedule.

Then climb aboard your sleek, modern whale watching vessel. The high-speed zodiacs used on the trip offer both an open-air deck and a covered cabin, ensuring a comfortable ride no matter the conditions. On-board hydrophones also allow you the chance to hear the whale calls of any orcas encountered along the way, and handy photo ID charts help you identify different species of animal.

Soon your boat cruises out into the waters of coastal British Columbia. The area for your excursion is renowned for the killer whale pods that come to feed on the spawning salmon in the area between May and October each year. During your ride, listen as the naturalist shares insights into orca behavior, and helps you spot for a variety of creatures. Three pods of killer whales, totaling around 80 animals, reliably return to this area annually, making it more likely you have a sighting. Keep your eyes peeled for the orca old-timer named ‘Granny,’ who many believe is more than 100 years old.

Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vancouver Whale Watch
This is our office where you can get information about our excursions, and also check in for your tour.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vancouver Whale Watch
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.

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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 Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale-Watching Tour 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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver.

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  • "They provide big yellow jackets which you will need, but it's a good idea to take an extra sweater." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Dream come true!
Ljubica_O
, Oct 2021
Most memorable moment was when this magnificent creature came very close to the boat! What a wonderful feeling, I teared up… Everything was organized perfectly! I really loved the van driver Levi too!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so thrilled to hear you had a memorable trip with us and that you not only enjoyed the whale watching portion of your day with us but also the shuttle. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
Amazing adventura. Very...
Jozsef_B
, Oct 2021
Amazing adventura. Very beautiful places. We saw the Wales and seals as well. The staff was very helpful and kind.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Jozsef, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
A great family experience
Cynthia_v
, Oct 2021
Guide was friendly and very passionate and informative. Liked the size of the boat- not too small, not too big, and not crowded. Was a cold, rainy day, but still had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Cynthia, Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your trip with us. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
This company is a 5⭐️ Service
Esmeralda_A
, Oct 2021
The whole experience was a success because of their professionalism, welcoming and friendliness- from the shuttle service staff Levi who is such an amazing human being to the guide - they are really a great company
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Esmeralda, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your entire experience with us. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
A memorable day on the Ocean.
Madeleine_B
, Sep 2021
We saw the Wales up close a mother and a younger male, it was amazing to hear the sounds they make and to watch them diving and flipping their huge tails into the air, the mother was as long as the boat we were in. I was happy to see that the tour boats would move away as soon as the Whales got too close, safer for the Whales and us.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Madeleine, Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour with us. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
Amazing Experience
Peter_S
, Sep 2021
It was an amazing experience to get to see pods and pods of killer whales and there young. It was our first time whale watching and iam so glad me and my family booked with this company. They were very friendly and we had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Peter, Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so pleased to hear you had an amazing experience while out on our tour. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
Excellent experience
Karen_Y
, Sep 2021
Excellent experience with several whales, sea lions and seals. Sue and Captain James were excellent at explaining and touring our group around.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Karen, Thank you for your review! We are so thrilled to hear you had an excellent experience with us. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Tera_W
, Sep 2021
We made the memories of a lifetime! The captain and crew were both wonderful in ensuring the best possible experience. The two whales we saw came in very close and they even performed a bit of a show! We had a fantastic experience that the kids will remember fondly.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello Tera, Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! We are so thrilled to hear you made some lifetime memories while out on our tour and had such a fantastic experience. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome experience
Jill
, Sep 2021
What a fantastic trip! We were well-Informed pre-trip about what to expect. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable, and the whales did not disappoint! They came so close, we could feel the spray! It was a wonderful day, and money well spent!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Jill, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so thrilled you had a fantastic trip with us and that you found your onboard guide knowledgeable. We thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! Kindly,
star-5
Humpback Whale Watching + Sea Lions + Seals
HongYan_W
, Sep 2021
The humpback whales are a pleasure to see, though they are quite far away and my phone only captured low quality photographs from that distance :( Anyways there were also cute sea lions and seals, and the boat ride was fun. Our excellent guide, Sue, made sure that we all enjoyed our visit and provided lots of information about these mammals.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Roy, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your trip with us and found your wildlife guide to be accomodating and informative! Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch. Kindly,
1 traveler found this review helpful

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