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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

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Overview

Discover the natural wonders of Vancouver and Victoria an exhilarating whale watching excursion! Delight in lovely aerial views on the crossing of the Strait of Georgia by seaplane—the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria. From the island capital, set off on an exciting cruise through Haro Strait, native home to orcas (killer whales), sea lions and seals, followed by a return flight to the mainland.
  • Whale watching cruise by boat to spot Southern Resident killer whales
  • Two flights between Vancouver and Victoria are included
  • See seals, sea lions, seabirds, and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island
  • Small group tour ensures personalized service
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Roundtrip scenic seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria
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Departure Point

1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada

The seaplane terminal can be found within the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre, located right along Vancouver’s iconic seawall.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Kick off your oceanic adventure from downtown Vancouver. Choose your departure time, meet your pilot, and board the seaplane for a thrilling water take-off.

Leave behind Vancouver’s bustling harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Straight of Georgia. You have plenty of air time to soak up great aerial views of snow-capped mountains and verdant coastline before landing in Victoria. From there, board an open-topped Zodiac or covered Ocean Cruiser (please make your boat selection at time of purchase) for the whale-watching cruise. 

Set off into Haro Strait, an area flush with salmon—a natural attraction for orcas during migration! Spot whale pods, as well as seals, sea lions, sea otters and more. Throughout your ride, your guide shares fascinating facts about the resident marine life, and explain the area’s unique oceanic ecosystem.

After your cruise, choose to head directly back to the mainland by seaplane, or stay in Victoria to visit great attractions like the Butchart Gardens or the Empress Hotel, known for its fabulous traditional English tea service. Please check with your guide for the last flight time of the day. 

This tour is seasonal, operating from March to October.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Harbour Air Seaplanes
This tour is seasonal, operating from March to October.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Haro Straits
Orcas frequent the waters of Haro Strait between March and October to feed on the salmon passing through on their migratory route. See these magnificent marine animals in their natural environment for an experience no aquarium can rival. The underwater kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest ocean ecosystem also provide a rich food source for other wildlife such as seals, seabirds and sea-otters, all of which may be spotted during your tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult on the seaplane flight, and whale watching excursion.
  • Not handicap accessible.
  • Duration of tour may vary.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • On the whale watching excursion, covered vessel tours welcome people of all ages, however the zodiacs are restricted to those that are 6 years old and above, and a minimum height of 4 feet.
  • Sorry, pets cannot be accommodated on the whale watching excursion. However, certified service animals can be accommodated on covered vessel tours only, and not zodiacs.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harbour Air Seaplanes

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.

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 Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
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 Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.

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  • "Take layers with you as it is windy if you are viewing up top, great touch that we could help ourselves to hot beverages on board and purchase a snack." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Beautiful Biggs
Susan_B
, Sep 2021
Enjoyed seeing the wildlife of BC Orcas were the highlight though and would have preferred more time with them. Tour guide was very knowledgeable
star-5
Do it, it’s an amazing experience!
Kerry_W
, Aug 2021
What an amazing day, the Seaplane rides were great, the open boat Zodiac tour was spectacular! We saw Orcas, humpback whales, Sea lions, harbour seals, otters, cranes, crabs, it was an incredible experience and highly recommend it!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Kerry_W, thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Victoria and had a chance to some some of the spectacular views of the west coast. Hope to see you again soon! - Harbour Air TripAdvisor Team
star-1
Misleading/faulty/wrong information reservation
Nima_Y
, Aug 2021
Worse ever experience with your team and your company, I am going to write the worst ever review in google about tragedy that my family and I faced with your inexperienced sales team that they just want to sale the product and never care about the innocent people like us by keeping us in a disaster in a city that unfortunately every time we think or we go there it will remind us the most unpleasant moment your careless sales team made for us. Plz ask your responsible manager to call me at 6047047005 asap if you are really eager and concerned about a horrible experience we had with your company.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Nima_Y, thank you for writing in about your experience. We are sorry to hear your experience was anything less than stellar, and are truly sorry to hear you were provided incorrect information by a Viator Sale Agent. Rest assured, we will be helping you work through this concern. While we've left you a voicemail, you are welcome to contact us at customercare@harbourair.com. - Harbour Air TripAdvisor Team
star-5
Orcas trip
Alexandre_L
, Aug 2021
Great view from the plane, very knowledgeable guide on the zodiac, lots of orcas! Comes Recommended.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and fellow travellers. Orca Spirit truly are top-notch professionals when it comes to marine wildlife watching, and we're so proud to have them as adventure partners. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back aboard soon! - Harbour Air TripAdvisor Team
star-5
Incredible experience
Zaneta_V
, Aug 2021
We had lots of fun. Amazing views from the plane and absolutely incredible experience whale watching. Would definitely do it again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your flight and whale watching experience. Again, we really appreciate the review. - Harbour Air TripAdvisor Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Outstanding trip
Khi_V
, Jul 2021
Great experience!!! Everything is done easily and the staff are super friendly. Love it. You get 4 hours to explore Victoria, for a day trip, it' not bad. Recommend this trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
juliadarby76
, Aug 2019
What an amazing experience ! Would definately recommend this to anyone, we are so pleased we opted for the Seaplane both ways rather than boat. From checking in for our flight through to landing, the friendliness of the staff was fantastic. The views from the plane were breathtaking. We had an all femail crew on our whale watching cruise who were really informative, helpful and fun. They were very attentive and the passion of their work really shone through. We were so lucky to see Orca and whilst our photos didn't do the sightings justice we were so pleased that they had also taken 'official' pictures that you could view a matter of days later along with a blog of our trip. Take layers with you as it is windy if you are viewing up top, great touch that we could help ourselves to hot beverages on board and purchase a snack. In my opinion this is a must do experience ! Thank you we had an amazing time
star-5
Excellent experience
E8831QJjuliaa
, Jul 2019
The entire experience was smooth and satisfying. The booking experience was accommodating, the seaplane agents and pilots were helpful and pleasant, and the guide for the tour was fantastic (Derek Lowe, thank you!) 10/10 would recommend. We didn’t get to see any orcas but I blame that on mother nature, not the agency.
star-5
Great Experience.
Atanu_Maulik
, Jun 2019
Right from the time I checked in for the sea plane ride at Vancouver, to the time the return flight landed, everything went smoothly. The flights offered great views and the whale watching trip in between was equally fruitful. Sighted humpback whales as well as orcas, while enthusiastic guides kept everyone engaged. Both Harbour Air and Orca Spirit Adventures appear to be well run agencies and coordinated their schedules well, ensuring that a lot of action was packed in a day. Recommend this tour very highly.
star-5
Found orca pod and one humpback
KathyN554
, Sep 2018
Visited w my daughter she is in 30’s. Harbor air was on time Erica good over, Chris and Ben not friendly.

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