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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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
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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
Educational materials on board
Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate
Two washrooms
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - return tour from any of our locations until you see whales!
Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y1, Canada

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure, At 1666 Duranleau st on Granville Island behind Bridges restaurant. We will not hold the boat for late guests.

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 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
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 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
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
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 policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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 95 travelers.

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

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Traveler Tips


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

Reviews

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1,049 Reviews

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star-5
Awesome experience!
Julie_G
, Sep 2021
Had an amazing morning out on this tour. The guides were wonderful and their care and enthusiasm for these amazing animals was evident.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Julie_G, Thank you so much for your kind words! We're glad that you joined us and had such an amazing time on the water. We hope to welcome you onboard again in the future.
star-5
Great experience
MaryJoyP_C
, Sep 2021
The tour operators are amaziiiiing! And also sa the captain of the boat tries hard to see areas where the whales are.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
MaryJoyP_C, Thank you for your wonderful review -- we appreciate your kind words and feedback. We hope that we'll see you on the water again soon!
star-5
Seeing Whales rocks!
Duncan_G
, Sep 2021
Seeing the Whalers up close. Crew of the boat were knowledgeable and friendly. Boat was comfortable and well equipped.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Duncan_G, Thank you for joining us on the water! We appreciate your feedback and kind words. We hope that you'll stop by again soon.
star-5
Great whale watching experience
Chelsey_E
, Sep 2021
Whales were incredible, we were able to see some whales breach as well which was amazing. The tour is quite long and we only saw whales on the first half of the tour. A great way to spend an afternoon though. The guides were very knowledgeable and their passion for the whales is evident.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Chelsey_E, Thank you for your kind words and for your recognition of staff excitement and passion :) We offer longer tours so that guests have the ability to see as much as possible and thoroughly immerse themselves in nature while out on the water -- bringing a snack is crucial haha! We hope that you'll join us again in the future.
star-5
Epic Experience
JULIE_V
, Sep 2021
We were amazed to see a pod of 3 & 5 hump back whales. We were fairly close to them too. We also saw Orcas from a distance. The staff, Wilma, Mary and Ashley were friendly and very helpful in answering questions. I would highly recommend this tour as it was the highlight of our visit to Vancouver.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
JULIE_V, Your lucky day, no doubt! Wow! We're happy to hear that it was such an eventful and exciting day on the water for you and we're thankful that you took the time to review your experience :)
star-5
Awesome experience
Krystal
, Sep 2021
Most amazing experience! Saw Orcas and Humpbacks! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. They also take pics for you so you don’t have to worry about it.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Krystal, We're happy to hear that you had such a fantastic experience on the water and that you enjoyed the photos we sent to you thereafter. We hope that you'll join us again sometime soon!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour with excellent...
Yu_C
, Sep 2021
Great tour with excellent service. The crew are patient and friendly in knowledge transfer! Would like to come back!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Yu_C, Thank you so much for your kind words and glowing review! We appreciate your feedback and we hope that you'll be able to join us again in the future.
star-5
Very competend team
Sonja_S
, Sep 2021
Please send me the pictures that you made, as well. I sae People receive beautyful pictures from you. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Sonja_S, Thank you for your review -- we appreciate your feedback. Please email us or call us directly at 250.383.4884 to inform us of your tour and we will be sure to send you photos :)
star-5
Must See Whale Watching
Bobby_C
, Sep 2021
During our whale watching tour we got pretty close to a couple whales so seeing them surface right next to the boat was super cool!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Bobby_C, Thank you so much for your review -- we're glad to hear that you had such a great time with the whales. It's so special when the animals choose to come close and we always ensure that wildlife dictate the encounter. It must have been your lucky day! :) We hope that you'll join us again in the future.
star-5
So worth it!
Laura_O
, Sep 2021
The whale watching was an amazing experience! All of the staff were so kind and knowledgeable. We were able to see orca whales, humpback whales, and seals too! Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone in Vancouver looking for something unique to do!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Laura_O, Thank you so much for your kind words and comments! We appreciate hearing all feedback and knowing that you would recommend us to others is a great compliment. We hope that you'll also considering joining us for another tour in the future :)
1 traveler found this review helpful

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