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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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Vancouver, Canada

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
  • Half-day whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Board a comfortable vessel equipped with several viewing areas
  • Explore the waters for sightings of whales, seabirds and other marine life
  • Gain insight into the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin with floor to ceiling windows and open air decks
Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
Live commentary
Educational materials on board
Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate + light snacks for purchase
Two airplane-style washrooms
93% Whale Sighting Success Rate
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - return tour from any of our locations 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
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2, Canada

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this half-day whale-watching adventure. Informative crew will share their stories and knowledge about the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course, the marine wildlife.

The tour departs from Granville Island, near downtown Vancouver. Step aboard the Salish Sea Dream, a 80-foot catamaran built for whale watching and designed to minimize its ecological footprint.

Have your camera out and ready as you scan the waters for different species of whales, as well as an array of seabirds and other marine life.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure 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 Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure 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 Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver.

Traveler Tips


  • "It was a little cold (even in June) so make sure you bring appropriate gear." See review

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Colleen_L
, Sep 2020
This was on my bucket list and it was fantastic. Beautiful and comfortable boat. Excellent and knowledgeable staff. Safety protocols followed. Saw so much wildlife that I still can't believe it was real. A once in a lifetime experience!! Thanks to all the crew
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Amazing Experience!
Olivia_A
, Sep 2020
Had the most incredible experience on this whale watching adventure! The Naturalists Wilma and James were both very personable, knowledgeable, and clearly love their jobs. The procedures for COVID put in place made us feel very safe the whole tour. Would recommend this tour for anyone!
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Great afternoon
Jill_K
, Aug 2020
Great afternoon for myself and teenage son. Great to see both Humpbacks and Orca's. Just what the soul needed!!!!
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Will go again
Gary_S
, Aug 2020
Amazing trip. Good crew and nice comfy boat. We’re able to see humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions
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Amazing experience!
Terri_G
, Aug 2020
We had a perfect day with the Prince of Whales tour yesterday in Vancouver. The boat is beautiful, clean and modern, and the crew’s COVID measures were excellent. The sea was calm throughout. The highlight of the day was a humpback whale who breached right in front of our boat as soon as we reached the watching location! We followed two humpbacks for a little while and then found several orcas in a different location. Great views of both! Then we saw some sea lions and took a short cruise through some of the islands off Vancouver Island before heading back in. The naturalists on board were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. One of our favourite activities of our whole trip, couldn’t have asked for any better!
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Awesome
Jeff_H
, Aug 2020
Had a awesome time seen a humpback on the way out then seen a pack of four killer wales On a hunt was great ... Seen humpback on the way in staff was great very knowledgeable staff worth every penny !!!!!!!
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It was a great trip. Staff are knowledgeable and boat nice. Saw 8 whales last trip of season!
Aquariae
, Nov 2019
It was the last trip of the 2019 season and we saw 6 humpbacks close and two in distance as well as sea lions and harbour seals. Staff provide a lot of information through and answer questions. Trip was 4 hours. I will def do the full day trip from Victoria next time.
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Great Adventure
jadams391
, Nov 2019
More than advertised and manned by experts, it was a wonderful afternoon if whale-watching and education. Can’t wait to get back again!
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Memorable
deenagh2017
, Oct 2019
Amazing trip with great information and insights into the whale population of the area. We were blessed to have witnessed humpbacks and orcas on a beautiful clear calm day. Our naturalists on board were so enthusiastic and helpful giving us the experience of a lifetime.
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Wow!
scottelizabethanne
, Oct 2019
Great tour! I was a little nervous as my 70 yr old parents accompanied me. But the staff was wonderful/well informed, boat was warm and we saw whales!! Great day trip for guests of all ages. Highly recommend.

Product code: 5882P9

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