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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.
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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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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!
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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.
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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 :)
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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.
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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 :)
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star-5
A fun afternoon.
Robert_G
, Aug 2021
The whales were amazing. Wonderful, knowledgeable hosts. The boarding process was pleasant and efficient.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Robert_G, Thank you for this poignant, informative and kind review! We appreciate the feedback and we hope that you'll stop by to join us for another tour in the near future.
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This was an amazing...
Zena_N
, Aug 2021
This was an amazing experience, we learned a lot about the whales that we saw as well as the seals. Our guide Ashly was very knowledgeable and she answered all our questions. The crew was very friendly and attentive. Prince of Whales is located on Granville Island so after we finished our sea adventure we explored the busy market there, I highly recommend this adventure it is worth it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Zena_N, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review & recommendation -- we truly value the feedback. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour and the market afterwards. We hope to see you again very soon.
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Humpback Whale and Calf Up Close and Personal!
Beverly_T
, Aug 2021
When I heard the captain remark “epic”, I knew we truly experienced a once in a lifetime adventure! You can’t put a value on seeing these magnificent creatures in their marine habitat. Plus we got to see Vancouver from a different perspective!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Beverly_T, When the captains and crew are excited, you know something special is happening!! Mind you, the crew are always excited, haha. We appreciate your wonderful review and kind words and we hope that you'll join us for another adventure soon.
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Orcas and more
Nigel_H
, Aug 2021
All I wanted to see were orcas. We saw humpback, bald eagles sealing, Harbour seals and orcas. What a wonderful day
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Nigel_H, Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad that your sightings were so plentiful :) We hope that you'll join us again in the future.
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star-5
Memorable experience
Anna_K
, Aug 2021
Amazing adventure, crew was very knowledgeable and professional. We were able to see whales and orcas. Very memorable experience! 😎
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Anna_K, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience - we're so glad that you enjoyed the tour. We hope that you'll join us again soon :)
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