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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
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!
star-4
Beautiful weather and the...
David_E
, Aug 2022
Beautiful weather and the view of a humpback whale feeding was a memorable memory. The crew was helpful and professional
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
David_E, Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy you saw a humpback. They are definitely magnificent creatures! We hope you enjoy the photos our naturalists took while on board, and that we can welcome you back again soon!
star-5
Hello humpback whale!!!
Nammi_K
, Aug 2022
It was great time for my family. I truly recommend you whale watching tour to anyone who wants to feel peaceful in the middle of ocean.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Nammi_K, Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy we could be a lovely escape from the world for a while where it was just us, the wildlife, and the open sea. We loved having you on board and hope to see you again in the future!
star-4
Amazing experience
Callum_P
, Jul 2022
Brilliant experience amazing seeing the orcas and bald eagles 100% recommend! A great trip for all ages
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Callum_P, Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy to hear you had an amazing experience and even got to see some orcas! We hope to have you out with us again so we can turn that four star experience into a five star one!
star-5
We’ll worth it - once in a lifetime experience
Philippe_G
, Jul 2022
The trip was excellent. The team had to work extra hard to find whales but persevered and it paid off with us seeing a pod of orcas for a long time. Many other companies had cancelled trips that day and so this only happened because we went with Prince or Whales. The crew were also extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife. In particular Jacob (Jake) who was happy to answer all questions (which he must have been asked so many times already) and did so in a fun way showing he truly loves his job - a great person to have on your team!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Philippe_ Thank you so much for the five stars! Jacob will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed his explanations and knowledge so much. Seeing orcas in the wild is always such a treat and we're happy you got to spend some time with them. We hope to welcome you back again in the future.
star-5
A wonderful experience and education.
Tracey_B
, Jul 2022
The knowledge and passion of the tour guides were amazing All staff on board were excellent. Learned a lot about the wildlife of the area. Whale sightings were wonderful
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Tracey_B, Thank you so much for the 5 stars! Our crew will be so happy to read that you found them so knowledgable! We hope you enjoyed the photos that we take while on board, and that you will be able to remember this trip and the whale sightings for a lifetime!
star-5
A whale of a time with Prince of Whales
Susan_T
, Jul 2022
Seeing a pod of whales of course , the staff was brilliant !Steven was very knowledgeable and spent a lot of time with my future son in law, talking about all the marine life. IT WAS FANTASTIC! All the crew was happy 😊 they love there jobs and it shows ,will recommend this to others. THANKS
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to give us a five-star review and for recommending us! Our crew love their jobs and their enthusiasm really shines through when they talk about the wildlife. We are so happy to hear that you had such a fantastic time and we look forward to welcoming you back on board sometime in the future.
star-5
Fantastic Adventure
Melven_M
, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed listening and learning from the knowledgeable crew. A fantastic adventure I won't soon forget.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Melven_ Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review! Education and conservation is at the forefront of what we do so we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour out with us and learned something new! We hope to welcome you back again soon.
star-5
Fantastic Whale Watching wildlife scenic Tour
Carrie_O
, Jul 2022
The best whale watching trip I have been on and I have been on many. Quickly we encountered a pod of whales and stayed with them for an hour and 15 minutes. One was a two year old, a matriarch and fun loving toddlers. Lots of breaching and we were so close( legal distance away). The tour guides were informative, friendly and eager to answer any questions. We also saw seals and bald eagles and the beautiful Islands surrounding Vancouver. The captains were skilled and very protective of the whales. Comfortable seating with great options.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Carrie_O, Thanks so much for your review! We are so glad to have created a memorable experience for a whale watching pro! It sounds like you had some incredible wildlife sightings. It is great to hear that you were comfortable aboard our catamaran vessel among our lovely crew. We hope to set sail again with you some day.
star-5
A great and educational trip looking for whales
Jim_R
, Jul 2022
Very comfortable and accessible boat as a platform. Excellent interprets to explain all about humpbacks, seals, and other wildlife. We had good sightings and the captain took care to give us good views without disturbing the wildlife. Very clean and environmentally conscious operation. The crew was very helpful and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Jim_R, Thank you so much for the 5 stars! We are so grateful you were able to join us on board. It sounds like it was an incredible trip with various wildlife! Thank you for the recommendation. We hope you will join us again sometime soon!
star-5
Excellent trip
Muriel_M
, Jul 2022
Very professional company, very knowledgeable staff onboard. The captain tried very hard to ensure we seen a whale and we did indeed see a humpback whale- wonderful experience and worth the money!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Muriel_M, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are so happy you were able to see a humpback! They are definitely the gentle giants of the sea. We are so happy to hear you found our crew knowledgeable and that you had a great experience. We hope you enjoyed the complimentary photo package at the end of the tour, and that it will allow these moments to last a lifetime!
star-4
Didn't see any whales but...
Jordan_G
, Jul 2022
Didn't see any whales but the crew was amazing. Rebooked for next weekend to try again. Has a blast.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Jordan_G, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! Our crew is definitely passionate about their work, and love to make the trip amazing despite not seeing any whales. We do hope the second time around will be an incredible experience, and that you will be able to see whales! We look forward to seeing you soon, and turning those 4 stars into 5!
star-3
We didn't have the chance...
Nabil_M
, Jul 2022
We didn't have the chance to see the Whales or dolphins properly. Other than that the staff was very nice and friendly and did there best.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Nabil_M, Thank you for your review and for your feedback. We're sorry that you had a disappointing experience with us and we do value all feedback. Prince of Whales takes the safety and security of all marine wildlife, including whales and dolphins, very seriously. Therefore, in accordance with our agreement with the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we must keep at least 100 metres from humpback whales and 200 metres from killer whales. These guidelines are set in place so that whales in the Salish Sea are safe in their habitat. Thank you for highlighting the great work that our staff do each day, as they are a huge part of what makes our tours a success! Thank you again for your honest review, and we hope you decide to return and we can hopefully provide a five star experience.

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