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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
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Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
Lunch
Parking Fees
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
12240 Second Ave , 12240 Second Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8, Canada

Our office is located on the second level of the building suite #210. Meet at the office one hour prior to tour if not being picked-up by the shuttle ***Please call us to specify your pick-up zone if not meeting at the office location***

This activity will end right where it started.We have 9 central locations that we pick up from in Downtown Vancouver, as well at most Richmond Hotels. Zone 1 – On the corner of Beatty Street and Robson Street, in front of the Hampton Inn & Suites (outside Sciué Café). Zone 2 - On Canada Place Way at Burrard Street, across the street from the Tourist Information Centre (on the water side of the street). Zone 2A - Across the street from the TD Bank on Howe Street (Vancouver Art Gallery Side by Tour Bus Sign). Zone 3 – Outside Shenanigans Pub (1227 Robson Street). Zone 3A – Westin Bayshore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore Drive. Please wait outside the main entrance, in the driveway (by valet stand). Zone 4 – On the corner of Denman Street and Comox Street, outside the 7-Eleven Convenience Store (1055 Denman Street). Zone 5 – Outside the Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard Street. Please wait outside the hotel, by the “Passenger Loading Zone.” Zone 5A – Outside the Ramada Inn & Suites Hotel, 1221 Granville Street. Please wait by the “Passenger Loading Zone.” Zone 6 – On the corner of Broadway and Fir Street, outside the Kohler Building (1606 W. Broadway). Please note we do not pick up from all of these zones everyday so please arrange your shuttle pick up with us directly.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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star-1
Whale trip cancelled
Terri_D
, Aug 2022
We have done this whale watching tour with this company at least 5 times in the past. We were looking forward to our whale watching trip this July. One hour before we were scheduled to be picked up we received a phone call canceling due to wave conditions. I totally understand no one controls the weather / wave conditions but they knew the waves were too high that morning but waited until one hour before pick up to call & cancel (11:45 am phone call). If we had been called earlier that morning we could have made other plans for the day. Getting the call at 11:45 we were limited.
star-5
Orcas
Steven_P
, Aug 2022
The adventure started with a major downpour which did not bode well for the rest of the trip given the openness of the boat. However after being given assurance that it would quickly pass we set off and the first siting of Orcas made it all worthwhile. We continued to find Orcas for the next 2 hours. In total we ended up visiting 3 separate sites, viewing 3 separate pods and 12 Orcas in total. An amazing day all in all, one I would easily repeat.
star-5
Awesome!!! Really great...
Patricia_d
, Aug 2022
Awesome!!! Really great trip and the office staff were friendly and they did an excellent job. We also saw two Orcas whales, sea lions and seals.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with Vancouver Whale Watch, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip!
star-4
The only improvement...
Beverly_L
, Aug 2022
The only improvement would be to not rush people down to the dock to stand for 25 minutes and wait for boat captains. One of the reasons I signed up for the trip was because physically it should have not been a problem. Standing for that long presented a problem for me.
star-5
Thanks to Viator for a Fabulous Whale Watching Tour in Vancouver!
Shahjahan_S
, Aug 2022
Exceptional experience. Could able to find Whale (humpback whale), Dolphins, Sea Seals. It was around four hours journey. Well behaved, knowledgeable and cooperative staffs. Purchasing tickets through viator is easy and economical as I have used the app to get 10% discount that saves a resonable amount of money.
star-5
Best whale watch ever!!
Cathy_B
, Aug 2022
Seeing the orcas was a dream come true. I had just said to my grandson that I hoped to see a bald eagle on our trip and as if by magic one was sitting there just waiting to be photographed.
star-4
Best birthday gift
Sandy_G
, Aug 2022
Staff were friendly! Humor second mate Grant gave us a memorable selfie, which made us laugh and feel comfortable. Best time .
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Sounds like a very fun trip, thank you for sharing!
star-2
Disappointing
Rose_A
, Aug 2022
For most of the 5 hour tour, no commentary was shared which made the trip rather tedious. When after 4 hours whales were spotted, this was from a far distance which made the experience underwhelming. Whales cannot be captured in a picture unless a powerful zoom is used unlike the pictures show on the site. In addition, other wildlife viewing were very limited and brief. It should also be noted beforehand that the light refreshments mentioned was only a granola bar. Thus it is recommended to carry a package lunch.
star-5
A must do!
Leo_M
, Aug 2022
Great experience. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and willing to answer as many questions as you had. Service was on time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always available to answer questions. We are happy to hear of your great experience with us!
star-5
The experience was...
Aleksandra_M
, Aug 2022
The experience was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and the captain did his best to make this trip memorable.Thank you all!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your amazing experience with us! We are glad you enjoyed your trip.
star-3
Not a lot of whales
Janice_A
, Jul 2022
The guide and captain were very good hosts. Only saw one whale and followed her for about 40 minutes, then went to look a some resident seals. Tour was exactly 3 hours. Would have liked to have toured around more for a 3-5 hour tour. Maybe whales are sparse in July. On whale watching tours, I am used to seeing lots of whales and different varieties.
star-5
Good adventure
kent_e
, Jul 2022
Never been so the fam went out, saw the local wildlife, got some great pics, and had a good time. the crew was nice and the ship was sea-worthy.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Sounds like a fabulous day, thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Wactch!
star-5
Incredible.
Kimberley_L
, Jul 2022
We had seen humpback whales and we were on our way back when our captain got a report of orcas. We turned around and headed to see them. They were amazing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your amazing experience with us!
star-5
Orca sightings
FREDERICK_R
, Jul 2022
Able to see a humpback w her calf , seals and we were heading back when a report came about a sister craft seeing a pod of orcas . The CPT turned the boat around and we were able to see some orcas
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience, it sounded like a lovely trip!
star-5
Great Orca tour
DEBRA_R
, Jul 2022
We saw Orcas breaching, playing, slapping their tails, and had babies with them. We even saw a humpback whale.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience, it sounded like a lovely trip!
star-5
Whales watched
Erik_B
, Jul 2022
We had a great tour in good wheather with a lot sunshine. We saw sealions, seals, eagels and there humpback whales. Thumbs up
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with Vancouver Whale Watch! We are happy you enjoyed your tour with us.
star-5
What a fantastic day
Kevin_D
, Jul 2022
We were picked up at our hotel in downtown Vancouver, the driver giving us a lesson on Vancouver until we reached our destination. The boat ride to Vancouver Island took about 60 mins during which we stopped to see Bald Eagles and Harbour Seals. When we arrived, the search was on for Whales. We managed to follow a couple of Orcas and then suddenly a female Humpback with her calf appeared. The boat went silent whilst we watched these fantastic beasts and then to our amazement, the calf started to breach ( jumping out of the water, doing backward flips- you get the picture). For half an hour it put on a show for us, with mum also joining in. Melanie as our guide was great with lots of knowledge who was getting as excited as everyone else. Great day with an excellent company. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review! We are happy hear of your enjoyable experience, both out on the water and before your trip. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch!
star-5
Amazing
Omid_M
, Jul 2022
When the whale jumped out of water and we saw him completely. Also sea lions were awesome. Specially when they were relaxing near ship on a floating island
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
What a fabulous trip, along with Orcas and Humpback Whales, the Pacific Coast is home to several species of aquatic animals and birds including Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Porpoises, Otters, and Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, and more. Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch!
star-5
Great time with family
Angela_U
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience. Love nature ❤️ took a while to see anything but thats expected sometimes. Can't stress enough, dress WARM. I definitely did not haha. On the boat guide was lovely. There was a man at their location office, who wasn't very friendly. Other then that, loved it. Would do it again, and hope that I would get a sunnier day (wishful thinking for vancouver lol)
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with Vancouver Whale Watch! We do recommend dressing warmly in layers for our tours as it is much colder out on the water. Viewing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience of a lifetime.
star-5
Best staff, great whale watching
Renee_L
, Jul 2022
Amazing staff who were so knowledgeable and caring. They knew all the names of the whales in the area and where to find them. They supported me with my young children who were struggling with the boat ride. They ensured everyone got a good view of the whales even me (a mum under two sleeping toddlers who could not move). Amazing value i was so impressed. But honestly the level of service was out of this world.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with Vancouver Whale Watch! We are glad you enjoyed your trip with us.

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