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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
1666 Duranleau St , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
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.
  • 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.
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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.

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

Reviews

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1,205 Reviews

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star-5
Seeing the whales for my...
Gryphon_M
, May 2022
Seeing the whales for my birthday was amazing. But I thought we were supposed to get emailed pictures of the whales
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Grypho, Thank you so much for your review and Happy Birthday from the whole team at Prince of Whales! If you could please email sales@princeofwhales.com we can make sure that photo package gets delivered to you.
star-5
Loved it!
Carmen_M
, May 2022
The boat wasn't crowded, I loved having the chance to look from so many different places on the boat. The staff was kind and informative and knowledgeable. We saw not just whales but several different types of wildlife.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Carmen_M, Thank you for this remarkable review! We love that you were able to see so much wildlife and were able to take advantage of all our different viewing decks! We hope you made a lot of memories on this trip, and that we can welcome you back soon!
star-5
Great
Johanna_W
, May 2022
Great guidance. Great tour. We had a wonderful time. The only thing I wonder about is: we were promised the photo’s from the tour? We did not get them? Is this maybe a misunderstanding?
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Johanna_ Thank you so much for the 5-star review! Feel free to give us a call and we can get the photos all sorted out for you! We hope to welcome you back again in the future.
star-5
I went at the beginning...
Rebecca_Z
, May 2022
I went at the beginning of May. Even though we didnt see any whales we did see a lt of marine life. The crew were very friendly and knowledgable. They really made you feel welcomed and excited for what you could potentially see. At the end of the tour we were told we were receiving the whale guarentee, and the staff went around to each group to explain how it worked. I went back a week later on the guarentee, and this time we did see lots of orcas. The crew on this trip was also excellent. Great whale watching company! Lovely scenery! Great trip!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Rebecca_Z, Thank you for your review! We're happy that you were able to use your Whale Sighting Guarantee (which never expires and can be used at any Prince of Whales location) to go again and see killer whales! The scenery and different types of marine wildlife on the Salish Sea is incredible, and we're glad we were able to make this a great trip. Hopefully we'll see you again soon!
star-5
The best way to see Vancouver and its wildlife.
Bernardo_D
, May 2022
Very good crew, always polite and patiently explaining every detail about the ecossystem. Great experience if you are solo, with a partner or family where you have a great chance to teach your kids cool things about our planet. The boat has 4x700hp propellers that took us swiftly through the bay to the main spots. Whales, seals, birds, sea lions and eagles were spotted, but this day we were not lucky to see the orcas. No problem, the whole experience was worthwhile. Thank you! :)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Bernardo_D Thank you so much for the five-star review. Our crew will be so thrilled to hear that they could help make your experience that much more informative and exciting! It's great to hear that you saw so many different types of animals.
star-5
Great escape from the city!
steve_d
, May 2022
The entire crew was amazing! We saw grey and humpback whales as well as seals and a bald eagle! Great way to get a change of scenery while visiting Vancouver.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
steve_d, Thank you for taking your time to give us this great 5 star review!! We are so glad you saw both a grey and a humpback in one go! What a fantastic way to spend your time in Vancouver! We hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation, and visit us next time!
star-2
A sham
ConchitaJ_V
, May 2022
The staff knows the conditions and when whales have been spotted and when the whales are in season. They should not be taking people money when they know the circumstances are fairly slim for whale watching. This company is a rip-off. Do you self a favor and do your own research or only book during whale season. If you call ask them when is the last time they seen whales. They will lie, but you may get an honest employee. Ooh and the Whale Guarantee is also a rip-off with a lot of if’s and you may get bumped off when you rebook because they are sold out. Ooh also if you bought through a 3rd party it’s not valid. Total waste of 4 hours. Do Not Recommend unless it’s whale season.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Conchit... I am so saddened to hear that your experience with us yesterday did not meet your expectations. We were actually quite surprised to get news yesterday that your tour did not see whales, as our sighting rate is over 95%. While whale seasons differ depending on species, multiple species of whales are present in our wonderful waters as we speak, with Humpbacks being regularly spotted April through January, with the highest rate of sightings usually being in late August. Wildlife, especially marine wildlife, can be tough to track down, so we are very proud of our certified skippers and naturalists doing what they do. We do offer a Whale Sightings Guarantee for all our guests, regardless of how you booked, so I am pleased to inform you that you are more than welcome to rejoin us free of charge at any time in the future on a standby basis, valid for life! Because of the standby status of the WSG, it is within the realm of possibility that you may not make it onto certain sold out sailings. We do offer daily sailings and our very lucky skippers do see whales every single day, except in extreme weather conditions. I am very sorry to hear that you felt we were dishonest you. I hope we can mend this if you choose to give us another chance. We are lucky in that we get guests from near and far who have dreamed of seeing whales in the wild, and to see their jaws drop upon spotting them is magical. Even just to go out on the water in those rarer cases of not seeing whales can be quite fun and refreshing, and a learning excperience as well. If there is anything we can do to make it up to you, please do get in touch.
star-5
Had a Whale of a Time!
Sharon_S
, May 2022
Wow! From start to finish this tour was amazing! Very early into our trip we saw a humpback whale and soon after a pod of orcas which we saw again on our way back! Our guide was interesting, as well as interested, and informative and answered all questions knowledgeably, sharing so much information which really added to the whole experience! We also saw harbour seals, cormorants and bald eagles as well as spectacular landscapes and scenery! No matter where you are seated, whether inside or out, you will see something with the floor to ceiling windows offering great views from a more sheltered perspective. Do not miss this trip!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Sharon_S, Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you got to experience a spectacular variety of what our tour has to offer. The catamaran is definitely a great boat and we're happy you enjoyed it. We hope to see you out with us again!
star-5
The best experience in my life
Hendrik_S
, May 2022
It was a good experience, the crew was nice and friendly and they explained a lot about the whales we saw. It was amazing to see 3 different type of whales and specially the group of orca's. It was since 11 years that they spot 3 type of whales in one day. Thanks for the amazing trip and services and hopefully to a next time Hendrik Slot
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hendrik... Thanks so much for the five-star review! It is definitely mind-blowing to see these creatures up close in the wild. We are glad you got to see so much wildlife on your adventure, and we hope to see you again one day!
star-5
Excellent experience
Linda_C
, May 2022
Amazing number of Whales seen! Professional crew who were very informative snd enthusiastic about their jobs!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Linda_C, Amazing! Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We definitely take pride in our jobs, and love what we do! We are so glad you had a great experience, and hope to see you again soon!

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