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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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Victoria, 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
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin 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 washrooms
93% Whale Sighting Success Rate
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
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • 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 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
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 Victoria.
Q:
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.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
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 Victoria.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
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 Victoria.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

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

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  • "I am very frugal and definitely thought it was worth the cost." See review

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Untameable and Beautiful
Ksid
, Jul 2020
I truly loved the experience! I am always drawn to the ocean and it was incredible seeing whales up close. The staff are so friendly. We are in the middle of a pandemic but Prince of Whales Whale Watch Tour showed that life in wildlife is beautiful and untameable. If only I could see these creatures everyday.
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More Than Expected
Theopie
, Sep 2019
We were thrilled to see humpback whales several times during our time about the Prince of Whales. One "stood" up in the water and watched us and not long after she came up beside our boat and floated on the surface beside us- actually touching the side of the boat. The naturalists were quick to tell us this was a rare event. We loved the sea lions and the seals on the way back as well. I should say that it rained once we left the Inner Harbor, but no one cared afterwards.
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Awesome tour
adamwE614KV
, Aug 2019
We saw lots of whales and even got lucky and saw a an elephant seal.We enjoyed the tour and the staff was great!
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great experience! The boat and crew...
Shelley W
, Sep 2017
great experience! The boat and crew were excellent! We were fortunate to see Orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, harbor seals, and had lovely weather. I am very frugal and definitely thought it was worth the cost. I will enjoy my photos for a long time.
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We actually saw 2 different types of...
Ken
, Sep 2017
We actually saw 2 different types of whales Orca and Humpback. The tour guide Emily was extremely knowledgeable and fun to talk to. Great trip!!
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The Whale Watching was a true...
Eileen K
, Aug 2017
The Whale Watching was a true adventure. We saw tons of Orcas and whales. The narrator was very pleasant and informative. The trip is well worth the money. One tip, dress warmly since it gets cold out there.
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What can I say? It's a 50-50 chance...
Christina C
, Jan 2017
What can I say? It's a 50-50 chance if we're going to see whale or not. We saw the tip of the whale's tail from a distance and that's it for us, the animal was really shy that day. The boat ride itself was pretty cool and enjoyable, it is safe for kids.
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Great experience. Saw 2 pods of orca...
Susan Z
, Aug 2016
Great experience. Saw 2 pods of orca whales as well as 2 humpback whales.
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Overall, it was a good trip...
Heather M
, Aug 2016
Overall, it was a good trip. However, it says a minimum of 3 hours for duration. This was not the case for ours. We checked in half hour early as it tells you to do, then were told ours had been half hour delayed, so we had to find stuff to do for half hour. We were on a tight schedule b/c of our cruise ship, so we just walked around for another hour. Our boat loaded at 4:15 was scheduled for 3:30 we found Orcas around 5pm, and watched them from a farther distance than what is required. Other tour boats were closer than ours, but still seemed to adhere to the distance rules. We docked at 6:50pm. So, I was a little irritated at that. We had friends that did a similar tour through our ship excurions and while their's cost a little more, they were on time, and were way closer than we got. I felt like we were rushed b/c we were the last tour of the day with the same crew. I did get some pictures of Orcas, but from far away even with my telephoto lens.
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We saw two different pods of killer...
Debra J
, Jul 2016
We saw two different pods of killer whales that day. The staff is great, Joe was very knowledgeable and accommodating. If you got to cold on the trip they offer blankets, gloves and hats.This was our excursion not through the cruise line and we left at the stated time and arrived back at the dock on time.

Product code: 5882P7

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