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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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 95 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.
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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 policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Three levels with indoor heat for those who get cold." See review

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Fantastic Trip
Debra_R
, Aug 2022
The entire crew was friendly and made the day so much fun. The naturalist was very knowledgeable and passionate about the whales. You could tell he truly enjoyed sharing that knowledge.
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Beautiful day out on the...
Lori_F
, Aug 2022
Beautiful day out on the water, saw whales, sea lions and had a very enjoyable day! Staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating!
star-5
Watching Orcas in Bictoria
Lois_B
, Aug 2022
The excursion was fantastic. We saw a lot of Orcas. However, there was a bit of confusion on where to catch the boat. We were not aware how long it would take to get to the inner harbor… we almost missed it. The Prince of Whales staff actually came on the docks to find us because we were unsure of where to go. Highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Great wildlife viewing
Bonita_W
, Aug 2022
A memorable afternoon, in the sunshine, watching a juvenile male orca, a young humpback whale, elephant seals and numerous sea lions and seals - with entertaining and informative guides.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Bonita_W, Wow!! Seeing both an orca and humpback, plus all that other wildlife??!! This sounds like a great day out on the water! We are so happy you joined us for our half day whale watching trip. We hope you enjoyed the photos, and that we can welcome you again soon!
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Great tour!
Niki_F
, Aug 2022
I highly recommend the Prince of Whales Whale tour. Very knowledgeable and entertaining guides and a very comfortable catamaran.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Niki_F, Thank you for your review! We're so happy to hear you had a great time on board and enjoyed our vessel and crew. We hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
A must do amazing experience.
Norma_A
, Jul 2022
Amazing trip. Very informative. Excellent service and knowledge by the guides. Boat had all the amenities. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Norma_A, Thank you so much for your kind words! Our crew will be so grateful that you found them informative! We hope you saw lots of wildlife while on board, and that you enjoy the complimentary photos!
star-5
Whales and sea lions was...
Pia_R
, Jul 2022
Whales and sea lions was the best of all. Cute that the humpback whales were a mummy and a calf. Very polite staff.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Pia_R, Thank you so much for your review! It sounds like you saw some amazing wildlife out there. We're so happy to hear our staff were able to make your experience enjoyable and hope the included photo package allows you to look back on these wonderful memories for years to come. We hope to see you again in the future!
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Great Experience With Prince of Whales on July 24th 2022.Team 12.30pm Crew
Eunice_M
, Jul 2022
My family was visiting from Ontario and didn't know what to expect of the whale watching adventure condidering it was also our first visit to Victoria!. To our surprise, everything turned our perfect.Great coordination even before we boarded from Ontario, enroute, on arrival and even on our whale watching tour day.Very organized indeed. On the tour day, we were welcomed by a very welcoming and informed group of staff.We took the 12.30pm session with Scott, Richard, Nick, Jamie &Matt on July 24th.Great team and well informed.I will miss the humor from Scott and will always remember his 'Intelligence' analogy comparing how marine ecosystem coexists in contrast to human beings who deem themselves intelligent but cannot coexist fairly.Very thought provoking. Overall, great experience beyond our expectations.Job very well done team July 24th 12.30pm crew!. We will definitely come back every opportunity!. Eunice M.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Eunice_M, Thanks so much for the thoughtful review! We are so happy to have exceeded your expectations. Scott certainly has a great and memorable sense of humour :) that is interesting! Thanks again for joining us, we hope you've had a lovely trip back to Ontario, hopefully as organized as your trip out West.
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Great time, the crew made...
Sergio_S
, Jul 2022
Great time, the crew made every effort to get us to watch as many whales and other sea wildlife as possible.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Sergio_S, Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you had a wonderful time on board and enjoyed our Transport Canada certified marine naturalists and all they had to offer. We hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
We definetely recommend Prince of Whales
Conchita_J
, Jul 2022
The tour guide Scott was awesome, very knowledgeable, funny and the crew took us to where we can see whales
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for the five-star review and recommendation! We're so glad to hear you had a great day on the water with Scott and crew, and look forward to seeing you again sometime soon!
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Happy whales
Peggy_S
, Jul 2022
Whales swimming and diving. The girls were great with all their sneers to questions. The scenery was breath taking.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Peggy_S Thank you for giving us a review! The whales and the Salish sea scenery certainly make for a breathtaking combo. We are so happy you enjoyed your tour and hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Fantastic experience with...
Dr_K
, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience with wonderful knowledgeable hosts!! We saw many beautiful humpback whales and bald eagles! It was so much fun!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dr_K Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a five star review! We are happy to hear that you had so much fun and enjoy the beautiful nature that the West Coast has to offer. Seeing humpback whales is always amazing and other wildlife such as bald eagles add so much to the experience as well. We hope to welcome you back again soon for another adventure.
star-5
Fun afternoon whale watching
Eileen_G
, Jul 2022
Very fun and informative day on the whale watching cruise. Everything was very smooth and the staff were superlative. Highly recommend this excursion.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Eileen_G Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a five-star review and for recommending us! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and found it well organized and smooth. We aim to provide all our guests with a smooth, enjoyable and informative experience. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
star-5
Perfect trio!
Danielle_L
, Jul 2022
Great tour!! The boat was comfortable with both inside and outside seating (if you sit outside make sure you wear sunscreen on your face!)! Wear layers and wind protection. We went to a pod of humpback whales. The guides were all very informative and I could tell they loved their jobs!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Danielle_ Thank you so much for giving us a five star review. It is definitely a good idea to bundle up and wear sunscreen on the boat. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the humpbacks so much. Our guides are definitely enthusiastic about their jobs and eager to share their information and knowledge of both the wildlife and the landscape. We hope to welcome you back again sometime soon.
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Great idea for a family outing
Jameela_P
, Jul 2022
Family had a lot of fun whale watching. Boat ride was fun and comfortable and Nick was an excellent guide.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Jameela_P, Thank you for your review! We agree that our catamaran tours are the perfect family activity. With free water and hot beverages, two washrooms, and a warm enclosed cabin on the main deck, it's a fantastic activity for all ages! Thank you again for your review, we appreciate it!
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It was a memorable trip...
Muneer_S
, Jul 2022
It was a memorable trip on board the whale watching boat. The staff were very personable and knowledgeable. We had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Muneer_S, Thank you very much for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time and that you left with lifelong memories. Our staff are incredibly passionate about their work, and we're glad that it showed on your tour! Thank you again, and we hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
Worth the money!
Jerry_A
, Jul 2022
Always wanted to see an Orca and we saw 12! The crew on the ship were very knowledgeable and interesting! We had a great time and would definitely recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Jerry_A, Wow! Thank you so much for the 5 stars! 12 orcas is definitely incredible!! Our on board naturalists will be thrilled to hear this as well! Thank you again for joining us!!
star-5
Magical & fascinating experience!!!
Marisela_C
, Jun 2022
We had a great time. We were able to see 4 whales including big momma and calf. Scott crew member made the experience for fascinating by sharing his knowledge about whales, ocean and marine biology.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Marisela_C, Thank you so much for your five star review!! We're so happy to hear our Transport Canada certified marine naturalists were able to make your experience extra magical. We hope to see you sailing with us in the future!
star-5
Saw lots of whales, three different types. Coco was great, giving us lots of good information and history.
Gale_T
, Jun 2022
We saw 5 orcas in a pod. The captain followed them for quite a long time, maneuvering the boat for the best visibility.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Gale_T, Thank you for your review! Wow, three types of whales in one tour? Sounds like you had an incredible trip! Our tours in Victoria are ran by our incredible captains who do their best to ensure that everyone has a wonderful tour and leaves with lifelong memories. Thank you for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it!
star-5
Best whale watching tour ever
AdityaTrilok_M
, Jun 2022
Brilliant job by the team here - we ended up here on a very beautiful sunny summer day during which we could see all 3 types of whales available in the region. The guides were spectacular and shared great stories about whales. The water was calm and the crew offered us literally a full extra hour of the tour as the weather was great and we could spot orcas, humpback whales and minky whales (which are spotted very rarely). Prince of whales is a great company for this excursion - we've tried whale watching in Monterey California and it sucked due to inexperienced crew and everyone onboard got sea sick - but with this crew, everything was awesome. To top it off, they also emailed all of us professional photograhs of the whales that the crew took during the entire trip. I'd highly recommend prince of whales for your whale watching tours without a second thought!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
AdityaTri Thank you for your 5-star review! It's so awesome that you got to see 3 different types of whales. Our naturalists are always happy to share their stories and knowledge. Our photo package is a huge hit with a lot of our guests and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed it so much. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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