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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

By Prince of Whales - Whale Watching Adventures
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Ages 0-99, max of 95 per group
Duration: 5h
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  • Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
  • Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
  • Two washrooms
  • 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
  • Downloadable tour guides in: English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch
  • Kids coloring books and educational guides
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada Please check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time at Prince of Whales Whale Watching located below the Visitor Information Centre in the Inner Harbour (812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3).
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5882P7

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
  • For more information on how we have adapted to the new normal check out our COVID-19 service notice by going to the webpage.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria price starts from $123.51. Discover and book Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria on Tripadvisor
What is the Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria cancellation policy?
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria is hosted by Prince of Whales - Whale Watching Adventures. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Prince of Whales - Whale Watching Adventures on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria?
On average, this experience will take approximately 5h. Discover and book Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5882P7

About the operator

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willia592
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Unforgettable Adventure
The organisation was perfect. The people from Prince of Whales do their work with passion. We saw a whole orca fami
LoveWhales66
LoveWhales66
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Saw a family of whales hunting along the shore for dinner
It was absolutely fabulous. We saw sea lions, and 2 (maybe 3?) families of killer whales! One family had 6 whales,
G3720HKpaulb
G3720HKpaulb
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Once in a life time experience
Great experience. Such lovely, welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff. We saw two different pods of orca whale
Tina P
Tina P
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Awesome experience
Had a blast! Saw multiple pods of orcas, Our guide was knowledgeable and very experienced, perfect guide! Had a fun
Z2074RKsharonw
Z2074RKsharonw
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Everything I was hoping to see!!!
Absolutely gorgeous day and found probably at least 20 humpback whales!!!! Were able to watch them up close for a c
255sherric
255sherric
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Great few hours on the water!
This was an amazing and educational experience. Our captain was knowledgeable and fun. We went in November and it
sophiehB9329AY
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Informed and amazing wildlife trip
Great experience with these guys and loved that there were 2 knowledgeable marine biologists on board to discuss th
NB_notabene
NB_notabene
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One of the best days of my life
I booked a half-day tour full of nerves because my sister had told me horror stories of sea sickness while whale wa
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keithcF6279JB
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Great crew and experience
The crew were very thorough and knowledgeable on all aspects of what we saw in the natural setting of the orcas, hu
995lulur
995lulur
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Amazing experience
It was a lovely experience! I enjoyed every second of it. Plus, the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly :)
FlyJocke
FlyJocke
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Great adventure
Mark was a great captain and he showed us a lot of humpback whales while he was telling some interesting stories. O
Global740427
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Oct 19 Whale watching
Excellent viewing of Orca Humpback Whales and Sea lions. Scott Emily Coco Richard and Pap :excellent
chelsya2022
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Awesome Time!
Scotty "hottie" Carol and Julia were amazing tour guides! We learned so much and got great pictures! They made us f
Duncan F
Duncan F
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Wow - do it
An extraordinary trip. Great weather, calm sea, great skipper and 20, yes 20, humpback whales playing around us.
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belindacC4135QF
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amazing
Whale watching safari’s crew are friendly & knowledgeable. The trip was amazing because we got to see orcas one of
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Macle
Calgary, Canada247 contributions
Oct 2022
On October 18 2022, a group of four of us, all seniors, went on a whale watching tour with Prince of Whales tours (12:30 pm tour).

Short answer, it was fantastic!

As I am very prone to seasickness, having had a really bad experience in a smaller boat off of Tofino BC, I wanted to be on the largest boat available. Others in the party actually felt the same way that though they were not particularly prone to seasickness but were interested in creature comfort. We investigated a number of companies in Victoria at the time and decided on taking the 81 foot catamaran [pictures below] from Prince of Whales tours. It also helped that on that day there was hardly a cloud in the sky, the ocean in the area qas almost glassy and there was no wind. An absolutely super fantastic day for October. The boat proved to be a superb platform for viewing the whales with absolutely great stability and maneuverability. The whole crew were very informative and pleasant. A special shout out to Scott and Carol who can it tenuously provided whale information. Carol was absolutely unbelievable as she provided almost continuous verbal information at the front of the ship while we were viewing the various whales and other animals!. The photographer on board did a great job because she had a high quality camera with a long lens and all the photos were made available in digital form shortly after the cruise! In fact, there is absolutely no point of anyone taking their own photos of the whales and sea lions. We were lucky that day and saw a couple of Orcas and a number of humpback whales, including breaching (photos below). This was the highlight of our 4 Days in Victoria!
Written October 29, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
Macle, Thank you very much for your detailed review! We're so glad that you had a wonderful time on your whale watching tour and that you were lucky enough to see humpback whales and orcas. Thank you for letting us be a part of your visit to Victoria, and we hope to see you again soon!
Written October 29, 2022
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Ella D
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Couples
We had a wonderful time on our sailing with Prince of Whales. Very smooth and easy process checking in, and all staff was extremely friendly and helpful from the guy who answers the phone to our marine biologist Scott to the captain. We were very impressed with the clear respect and love for the natural world shown by the crew, as well as the depth of knowledge about all aspects of the marine environment. We loved learning more about not just the whales but also birds and kelp and water phenomenons and seals! Scott was extremely knowledgeable and skillfully fielded questions from old and young alike. We highly recommend spending some time exploring the ocean and touring with Prince of Whales. The complementary photo package was an unexpected and appreciated touch — very cool! Do make sure to bring layers and a jacket and prepare to enjoy the hot chocolate too!
Written August 24, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
elladC7556RF, Thanks so much for your thoughtful review! We are so glad to hear that you loved our crew as much as we do. We couldn't do what we do without the whales of course, so we aim to inspire passengers of all ages to learn more about the region and it's wildlife. The provided photo package allows you to just sit back, relax, and make the most of your time on the water- no need to be on your phone! Definitely good to bundle up and enjoy that complimentary hot chocolate. Thanks again for joining us, we hope to see you again soon!
Written August 24, 2022
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Jessie M
Tamarindo, Costa Rica14 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I've had the pleasure of sailing with the crew of the Salish Sea Eclipse twice now. Our first trip, while it was an incredibly informative & enjoyable time on the water, was dubbed a "no whale tour" which meant we got to book another tour for no charge. We finally booked that your & were pleasantly surprised to two of the same guides from our first tour. Austen & Shannon were both fantastically knowledgeable & happily answered every question thrown at them. The entire tour was so well managed, it's very clear from the moment you arrive that they are professionals & they're very good at what they do. Safety of both the wildlife & the passengers remained the top priority throughout the entire trip.

Overall, the entire experience was amazing - I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a whale watching tour!
Written August 31, 2021
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
J-Mc3781, Thank you for joining us again and for taking the time out of your day to leave us such a wonderful and informative review -- we appreciate it! :) We're always happy to welcome back previous guests and we're thrilled that the experience lived up to your expectations. Hopefully a third tour is in the cards soon... ;)
Written September 7, 2021
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Georgia
6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Prince Of Whales are my favourite company to go with on a whale trip, I wouldn’t choose anyone else. Their naturalists are always so knowledgeable. Today we had Seanie and not only does she know absolutely tons of interesting facts, you can feel her excitement and energy and how she enjoys her job. The Captain, First Mate and other naturalists were great too. We saw two different families of orca and they had HUGE dorsal fins, 3 humpbacks playing and one breaching. We saw Ollie the otter, California sea lions with pups and gorgeous views of sea and mountains. The whale sights are completely out of anyone’s control but I’d literally be happy to pay just for the beautiful views, the comfortable boat (with hot chocolate and coffee) and to hear the stories about whales and other wildlife even if we didn’t see whales. The best part is when they switch the engines off and you can hear the whales breathing, it’s magical. They have a guarantee so you can go back if you don’t see whales and they also sent through some amazing professional photos that I’ll be keeping forever

Thanks guys, Georgia x
Written June 12, 2021
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GTG1995, Thank you for your wonderful review!! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your tour with and had the best day ever with Ollie, sea lions, orca, humpbacks, and the crew!! We hope to see you again in the future :)
Written July 3, 2021
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K R
3 contributions
Jul 2022
Matt, Richard, Scott, Nickolas, and Jamie all provided enthusiastic and courteous service as they educated us on whales, sea lions, algae, porpoises, migration, various bits of trivia, and much more. The tour comes with free of charge photos (there is a small whale emblem at the bottom of each digital photo, but not too intrusive) so you don't need to whip out your phone every 5 seconds to take pics of whale tales.

Pro tips: 1) Even if it's 30 Celsius outside, your ripped cut off jeans and tank top won't keep you warm. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and toque/hat to keep the bitey 6C breeze out of your ears. 2) Everyone races to the top deck for the "best" view but it truly is all over the catamaran. You will be moving side to side and down for closer views, so don't stress. 3) Complimentary warm drink, but snacks have a small charge ($3 CAD) approx 4) Bring tip money for. That $173 your paying does not cover gratuity and these guys work hard for your entertainment and safety. They need to shout a lot so you can hear them, so at least give them some money for throat lozenges 5) You're on a boat that crosses the wake of much larger boats. When you cross the rollers, the boat goes up and down, Bring gravol if you know you are prone to hurl.

Is the overall trip worth $173 (with tax, no coupon/promo applied)? Divide it by 4 hours and you be the judge. For me, the last 90 minutes was a drive out and back to spot a couple porpoises. I'd rather cut the tour short by that time.
Written July 27, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
Q1283NRkr, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! You have some incredible advice for other travelers, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to write it out in your review. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the complimentary photo package so you were able to enjoy the view without worrying about capturing the moment. We hope to have you come out with us again in the future so we can turn that four star experience into a five star one!
Written July 27, 2022
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Charmaine B
Saskatoon, Canada1 contribution
Oct 2021
We just went on this Whale watching adventure this afternoon. We had such a nice time. The boat is gorgeous and the scenery and views are incredible - even before we saw the whales. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Shannon was willing to talk to us and answer our many, many questions with a smile!
There are options to sit inside, outside but covered or outside and not covered. It was +7 outside today in mid-October, so with our layers I was still a bit chilly when outside. We watched from inside most of the time and had spectacular views as the inside is surrounded by full floor to ceiling windows! We also got complimentary tea/coffee/hot chocolate which was nice to warm up as well.
We saw 5 different humpback whales as well as lots of seals. The humpback whales came super close at times which was really neat to see.
One of my favourite bonuses for this tour was they have their own photographer taking photos of the wildlife and they email them out within 24 hours at no cost. This was wonderful as I didn't feel the need to try to capture any photos, but could be in the moment and watch everything around me.
If you're heading out on this tour, I recommend bringing layers of clothing, snacks if you like (they are unable to provide food due to COVID-19), and make sure you bring some cash for a tip. They accept cash tips and you will definitely want to leave one before you head off the boat.
I am really glad we booked this tour and highly recommend it!
Written October 9, 2021
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
999charmainee, Wow! Where to begin! Thank you SO much for your incredibly kind review and for taking the time to write such key, informative words. We truly value your feedback and the recommendations that you outlined for future guests (who will benefit greatly from dressing in warm layers and bringing snacks!). We hope that your tour was a resounding success and we hope that you will continue to enjoy the memories that were captured in photos for you. We cannot wait to welcome you back for more adventures on the Salish Sea :) Take care and best fishes!
Written October 12, 2021
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Laura M
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
Wow, our expectations were blown away by the incredible professionalism, expertise and COVID safety of the crew on Prince of Whales half day trip.

The naturalists Austen, Brittney and Shannon could answer all our questions and really made sure our whole family was able to view both orcas, humpback whales and sea lions. They went above and beyond to share their knowledge on how the whales are identified and explained about the incredible whales. Both my husband and I would book again when relatives visits because it was so well done and a truly memorable experience. Brittney and Austen put in extra effort to make sure our young son was having a fantastic time with colouring books, hot chocolate and cool stories/facts. We so appreciate this.

The physical boat also makes a very enjoyable ride where you can warm up inside or catch the fresh sea air on the deck. The Captain Bill drove the boat with care and really showed respect for the whales by providing them their space. The Covid measures are the boat also create a sense of respect for health and safety, the crew members enforce them consistently in a friendly way.

We are locals and are so glad we decided to explore our big blue backyard with Prince of Whales.

Book now, you won’t regret it!
Written August 31, 2021
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
P4010ADlauram, WOW!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a glorious review...informative, kind, and excitable. Thank you for taking the time to make our day! We appreciate your review and we're super glad to hear that you would do it again! We hope that you'll be back very, very soon :)
Written September 7, 2021
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Gordon Lennox
1 contribution
Jul 2022
We had a brilliant half day adventure. We were fortunate enough to have a beautiful sunny day with very little wind and plenty of humpbacks.
The crew were very informative about all things marine and the local area. They were super friendly and enthusiastic from dock to dock.
Lots of marine and bird life on show. Whales, porpoises, elephant seals and sea lions all making a show.. The star of course, was the Humpback whales. The catamaran was expertly placed for viewing the whales and we were lucky enough to have a few swim right alongside us.
A pair of binoculars and some good sea legs are recommended should you decide to go on this trip. The binoculars to help look out for the whales and the sea legs because even though it was a calm day some of the swells are quite big.
I would recommend Prince whales to anyone and hope one day to repeat the experience
Written July 30, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
Teamlennox, Thank you so much for joining us on board and for these fantastic words! We are so happy you were able to see humpbacks and various other wildlife! It sounds like a great time to be out on the water!! Our crew will be thrilled to read you found them knowledgable as well! We hope to welcome you on board again soon!
Written July 31, 2022
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timjlynch
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
Oct 2022
Great trip! Scott, Carolina and Jamie were excellent hosts who had great knowledge they shared with us. Not only was there information highly applicable to what we were experiencing but also applies to the larger world. I am grateful for all their sharing.
Shawn and Richard are a great first mate and captain. They maneuvered the boat so well it allowed us a great site of the NUMEROUS whales, sealions and seals while still keeping a safe enough distance for the mammals.
We saw well over a dozen orcas as well as multiple sealions, seals and a humpback whale.
Written October 2, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
timjlynch, Wow! What an amazing day on the water with such spectacular sightings for you! Thank you so much for joining us from Victoria and for taking the time to write us such a kind, positive, glowing review! We hope that we'll see you again very soon :)
Written October 3, 2022
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Jane N
Emerald Hills, California19 contributions
Aug 2022
Scott was a great naturalist and in addition to educating us about the humpback whales we saw, explained area geology, geography, bird life, oceanography, and information about Victoria and Vancouver Island.
The boat was very professionally run and we appreciated that the crew all stressed safety first.
Although whales were the stars, we saw other wildlife, such as harbor seals, Stellar sealions, elephant seals, and many bird species.
The boat Salish Sea is very comfortable, especially for those with mobility issues or others who would find the whale watching zodiacs difficult. We had winds and choppy seas, but this was not a problem on the Salish Sea.
Written August 4, 2022
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PrinceOfWhalesTeam
Jane N, Thanks so much for your feedback! We are so glad that you loved our crew as much as we do, and that you learned something new while aboard our floating classroom! Our lovely catamaran is BC's most modern whale watching vessel- very comfortable and family-friendly. It sounds like you had some great varied sightings! We hope to sail away with you again one day.
Written August 4, 2022
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