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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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iconOffered in: English
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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.

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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 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "It was a little cold (even in June) so make sure you bring appropriate gear." See review

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star-5
So nice I did it twice
Thomas_M
, Aug 2022
Great experience! Naturists were excellent. Saw orca and seals. A perfect day. Highly recommend but haven’t yet gotten a link to the photos First Mate Sandy took.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thomas_M, Thank you so much for the five stars and kind review! We'll definitely send you the photos as soon as they're available - please call us at 1-250-383-4884 to provide your email address if you haven't done so already. We hope to see you again soon!
star-5
The day started with not...
Palaniandy_K
, Aug 2022
The day started with not much expectations due to the mild drizzling rain when we started . Almost we travelled far into the see before we sighted first sign of whale. Then so many sightings and captin took us to many places when whale were sighted . Also on the way back we were able to see orca near the harbor . We enjoyed our trip.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Palaniandy_K, Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy we were able to find some whales for you! Finding them can be difficult at times but when we do, it's incredibly rewarding. We're glad you enjoyed the trip and hope to see you again someday!
star-3
Disappointed
Carrie_D
, Aug 2022
We paid a lot of money to go on a whale watching tour that ended up taking about 5 hours and we never saw any whales. Additionally, the staff only gave like 3 updates about our journey and only pointed out other wildlife 2-3 times. It was disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Carrie_D, Thank you so much for your feedback. We understand it can be disappointing when you don't see whales. Since they are wild animals, they can be shy and elusive sometimes. We do try and stay out on the water for as long as possible when trying to get a good sighting as our captains are very eager, but in the end sometimes it's just not possible. This is why we offer our whale sighting guarantee, which allows you to go out again with us (just pay the conservation fee and tax!). The whale sighting guarantee never expires either. We do hope you will join us again, and that next time we will be able to show you a much better time on board!
star-5
Amazing!
Kathleen_M
, Aug 2022
Amazing!! We saw several orcas, two humpbacks, sea lions, seals, and bald eagles. Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly (thank you Wilma, Captain Anthony, and crew). Very highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Kathleen_M, Thank you so much for your review! Seeing so much wildlife must have been incredible! Our crew will love to read this. We hope you enjoyed your complimentary photos, and that you will join us again sometime soon!
star-5
Great experience
Thomas_M
, Aug 2022
Great experience. Second time whale watching. Got to see whales and seals both times. Great naturists
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you for this kind review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed this tour! We hope that you will join us again soon!
star-5
sealife
Elizabeth_H
, Aug 2022
seeing the orcas and seals the crew worked very hard trying to locate the orcas and when they came across a female orca and her two babies they were as excited as the passengers on the boat wonderful experience boat was very clean and all the crew were very friendly and informative
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you for this review! We are so excited to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us! It sounds like it was a fantastic tour! We hope that you will join us again soon!
star-5
Orcas are amazing
Sharon_M
, Aug 2022
Great half day trip to see Orcas - we saw transient Orcas and witness a kill… very thrilling! Team was knowledgeable able Orca habits and area. Treated to nesting Eagles, all in all a fabulous trip! Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello! Thank you for this kind review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip with us- it definitely sounds like a memorable (and thrilling) tour! We hope that you will join us again next time you come to Vancouver!
star-5
Loved Seeing Orcas for...
MaCatalina_L
, Aug 2022
Loved Seeing Orcas for more than an hour showing off, swimming, hunting and feeding their calf seal meat chunks. Loved pictures from the crew of Prince of Whales and sharing of facts about sea animals like whales, sharks and seals.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you for this review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip- that definitely sounds very memorable! We hope that you will join us again!
star-5
100% recommend
Eleanor_D
, Aug 2022
Incredible experience. Not just the possibility of whale watching, but how the tour is conducted. Free hot drinks, indoor and outdoor areas with great visibility, knowledgeable guides, a photographer present who sent professional photos through at the end of the day. Thoroughly enjoyable day - and we saw orca up close!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great trip with us! It sounds like it was a great day! We hope you will join us again!
star-5
Best tour
Joe_O
, Aug 2022
Best tour I have ever been on. The staff was super knowledgeable. We got to see a pod of orcas which was truly amazing. Thank you again for a life changing experience!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Joe_O, Thank you for this review! We are so happy to hear that this was the best tour you have ever been on- we hope you will join us again!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Anastasia_G
, Aug 2022
Staff was amazing and very knowledgeable. 1st time on a whale watching tour! Will recommend! Add it to your bucket list , take your kids, it's a must do experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you for this kind review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We hope you will join us again!
star-4
If you want to see killer whales this is the tour for you!
Emanuela_L
, Aug 2022
The journey was nice, very nice ship and crew very competent and they make you feel good. Only problem is that we didn't see much, 5 hour cruise and we saw a family of killer whales that make my day, but this was pretty much it.... Not a single whale....
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Emanuela_L, Thanks for the review! We are so glad that you enjoyed sailing on our lovely catamaran with our delightful crew. It sounds like you saw some Orcas/killer whales! You often get to see other marine wildlife on our tours as well, like sea lions! If for any reason you don't see any whales on your tour, we offer a lifelong whale sighting guarantee which can be used at any of our beautiful locations around BC. Thanks again for joining us, we hope to sail with you again some day.
star-5
Momma and calf
Frieda_C
, Aug 2022
Seeing all of the marine life and meeting new people from all over the world. The sea lions were a particular favourite. It was really awesome to see a mamma and calf humpback whale.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Frieda_C, thank you so much for the kind review! We're so glad you were able to see such a wide variety of marine life on your tour. Sea lions are one of our favourites as well - and seeing a humpback calf is extra special. We hope to welcome you aboard again soon!
star-5
Dream come true!!
Vicki_W
, Aug 2022
What at an amazing experience. We were very lucky to see a mumma whale teaching her calf how to breach (not been seen in 2 years!) after we went on a lovely tour of the islands where we saw Seals, Sea lions, dolphins and a Bald Eagle. The staff were great!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Vicki, thank you so much for the glowing review - and how wonderful to witness a calf learning to breach! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour and saw lots of wildlife in addition to the whales. We'd love to welcome you back for another adventure sometime soon!
star-5
This tour was amazing. ...
Stacey_G
, Aug 2022
This tour was amazing. The crew was great and so knowledgeable! A must when visiting Vancouver! I would def do it again
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Stacey_G, Thank you so much for joining us on board our half day whale watching tour! We are so grateful for your 5 star review. Our staff will be thrilled to hear you found them informative. We can't wait to welcome you again!
star-4
Good trip - worth doing, despite being expensive!
Shami_S
, Aug 2022
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, clean boat, trip ran to time, good choice of refreshments on offer. Only marked down from 5* as STILL awaiting email with link to photos from the day from their office and disappointed we only saw one whale, and even that one was from some distance. Also quite a costly trip to do.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Shami_S, Thank you so much for your review! We love to hear you enjoyed the time on board with our staff. In regards to the photos, you can email info@princeofwhales.com and we can definitely take a look at getting those over to you right away! Sometimes our wildlife can be a bit elusive, and we do have to maintain our distance as per viewing guidelines since they are wild animals. We do hope you will join us again, and that we can turn your 4 star trip into a 5 star one!
star-5
Great Whale Watching
Marcia_R
, Aug 2022
Great Whale Watching Trip. We booked the whale watching excursion in Vancouver before we went. We were given accurate info and were well-prepared for the trip. The boat trip with Prince of Whales was outstanding. There were good seating options inside and out, and we saw several whales and had a great time. We appreciated the knowledgeable and interactive crew. It was a great experience and we would definitely do it again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you very much for the wonderful review! It's so great to hear that you felt prepared for the trip and had an enjoyable day out on the water. We're glad that you had a chance to see lots of whales and that the crew provided some interesting insights to enhance the experience! Hopefully we'll see you out on the water again sometime soon.
star-3
Not enough wildlife.
Ronald_L
, Aug 2022
We hardly saw any whales we were out there for around 5 hrs. The best part on the way in we saw alot of orcas. Too expensive for basiclly a long boat ride.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Ronald_L , We're so glad to hear that you spotted a lot of orcas, but sorry to hear that the rest of the tour didn't quite meet your expectations. It does take a while for the boat to cruise out to wherever the whales are located, but there's lots to see from the boat, including the spectacular coastal mountains, the ships anchored around the Port of Vancouver, and various marine wildlife (from seals to seabirds). Our crew also provides entertainment along the way, offering fascinating stories and insights about the scenery and local animals. However, unfortunately we can't control the activity of the whales and other wildlife, and it seems that they were a bit shy on the day of your tour. If you'd like to try again to see more wildlife, and the 5-hour catamaran cruise wasn't the right fit for you, perhaps you'd enjoy a shorter, speedier trip on one of our zodiac boats. The zodiac tours offer a more adventurous experience, with the chance to feel the wind and ocean spray as you zoom across the water to find whales. We hope you'll consider joining us for a different tour so we can turn your four-star experience into a five-star one!
star-1
No whales that morning
Panagiotis_K
, Aug 2022
Nice ship and friendly staff but a whale watching trip without whales can’t score higher. If you can’t repeat the trip until you see whales, think about it twice since your time and money won’t be refunded.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Panagiotis_K, Thank you for your feedback! We understand it can be disappointing when you aren't able to see whales. They can be quite elusive and unpredictable at times as they are wild animals. Due to this, we do offer our Whale Sighting Guarantee. This means you can travel on board again with us until you do see whales. This guarantee also never expires, and is good year round. The only thing you would be required to pay is our conservation fees, plus applicable tax. We hope you will join us again soon using your guarantee, and that we will be able to spot some whales for you!
star-5
Outstanding staff and Experience
Brett_T
, Aug 2022
The staff was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and provided interesting insight. Boat was very safe and fast. Got to destinations very quickly
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Brett_T, Thank you so much for these kind words! We are so happy you had a blast with our crew on board! We hope you enjoyed seeing all the nature our ocean has to offer, and that we can welcome you again soon!

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