Vancouver Whale Watch
Vancouver Whale Watch
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Vancouver's Best Whale Watching experience! Seasonal, guided tours led by professional naturalists. Whale watching trips, sea lion and birding tours, and nature and historical tours.
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,177 reviews
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Very good
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Poor
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Debbie S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Oct 8th, 2022. We had an amazing adventure. Our guide, Melanie, was fun and informative. Our captain, Ryan, took us to a group of Orcas first, including a baby. Then we saw beautiful scenery around the islands while going to see some humpback whales. Seals and sealions were on the rocks sun bathing as we went by. On the way back to dock some splashing was observed far off and captain turned the boat and sped towards it. We got to see Harpie and Neowise playing, breaching, waving, rolling. It was amazing!!!
Written October 10, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your amazing experience!
Written October 11, 2022
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Douwe W
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Being on a whalewatching trip with these guys was an adventure pur sang.
Julia her knowledge of the marine life was fantastic.
One could ask her a question and she took all the time to answer that question.
We saw humpbackwhales, killerwhales and sealions..( you could smell the sealions too)
i had a fantastic afternoon
Written September 30, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your fabulous adventure with Vancouver Whale Watch!
Written October 5, 2023
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Jackie P
Bournemouth, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Excellent day beginning with Levi courteous and funny. On arrival at the office everything was organised in a kind and efficient way including an arrangement for another layer of waterproofs if needed. Humpbacks were the stars of the show giving us great tail flip photos. and seeing the spouts catch the sun with rainbow colours. Harbour seal, sea lions and an array of sea birds made up the chorus.
A day making special memories, thanks to all concerned
Written October 21, 2022
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Thank you, our shuttle drivers are happy to give a guided tour of Vancouver and Richmond as they take you to your destination, the charming historic fishing village of Steveston, locally known as the “gateway to the whales”. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
Written October 22, 2022
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Y C
Singapore12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It was warm and sunny when we left the pier but got chilly quickly as the boat sped towards our destination so remember to wear appropriate clothes. We were lucky as we managed to spot a pair of grey whales and a pod of 4 orcas (3 adults and a baby), although they were pretty far from the boat. The captain took us for a close look at a colony of sea lions, which was a treat. Sharing more information (through the PA) on the wildlife in the vicinity, the islands we passed, boat’s position, destination, speed, ETA, etc would be helpful. It took an hour-plus to reach the area where we spotted the grey whales and the total trip took around 4 hours.
Written April 30, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience with Vancouver Whale Watch, our team really appreciates your insights. From grey whales, to orcas and sea lions, we're glad to hear you were able to see a wide variety of marine mammals in their natural habitat.
Written May 1, 2023
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andyw0001
Shrewsbury, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Trip says 3-5 hrs we spent only 3hrs 10 minutes looking with no siting of whales. I would have expected the maximum time of 5 hours to be used at the least. Giving a return trip which is not transferable is not much use to long haul travellers. Very disappointing.
Written April 10, 2023
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Our whale watching tours are 3 to 5 hours as these are animals in the wild and are constantly moving. Wild life behavior is unpredictable and different ever day. We do offer a whale guarantee if for any reason you don't see a whale you receive a return pass that never expires. Unfortunately if there are no whales in the area we have to make the difficult decision to return before the 5 hour mark.
Written June 12, 2023
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Alejandro M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Alright, this was amazing and worth wild. From the pick up shuttle to the whale trip it was all easy, fun, and spectacular. The whale trips guides are fun and engaging, the driver of the shuttle is helpful. Would/will do again.
Written April 14, 2023
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Thank you from the Vancouver Whale Watch team, we are very happy that you had a fabulous day with us!
Written April 15, 2023
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Nicsrt
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Friendly and helpful team got us out on the water in time and bundled up in protective gear. The waters were rough but you could tell the captains expertise of picking the path of least resistance. I have wanted to see these transient Orcas for a lifetime and we got to see them up close and personal in a hunt. The prey decided to use us for cover. The most incredible experience.
Written October 22, 2023
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Our experienced Captains and Guides work hard to provide a memorable tour. We are so pleased to hear of your incredible tour with us. Thank you!
Written November 8, 2023
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Liam C
Fair Oak, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A fantastic action packed day traversing the strait of Georgia to find whales and other marine life. Knowledgable and friendly guides, excellent seamanship from the boat captains and they know all the best places to spot the wildlife. An unforgettable experience and I will be back another season!
Written April 23, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience with Vancouver Whale Watch, we look forward to seeing you in the future!
Written April 23, 2023
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northerner1971
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Date of Whalewatch: 4 August 2003

What can I say ....... awesome, breathtaking, out of this world .............. words are not enough. From the moment we stepped aboard the Explorathor, with our two crew, Roger and Michelle, there was an air of anticipation from all those on board.

The beginning of our journey was marked by passing the eagles sat sunning themselves on the wooden posts along the water's edge and by sockeye salmon jumping out of the water. Later, and shortly before we encountered the breathtaking mammals we were all hoping we would see, we were fortunate enough to see a couple of Dall's porpoises and a harbour seal, both of which our naturalist, Michelle, informed us were rather shy creatures which we were lucky to see, again making our trip feel really special.

Not long after, there was a ripple of excitement as the radio crackled into life, followed by Michelle and our captain both quickly picking up their binoculars/viewing glasses and panning the horizon with them. We got the thumbs up!! J Pod and K Pod were in the vicinity and heading our way. The sighting of the first dorsal fin in the distance immediately gave me goosebumps and made the hairs on my arms stand on end!! The moment had arrived ....... and there was to be no disappointment.

It was amazing to watch them, at different intervals, rise above the surface of their habitat, before swimming under again .... the anticipation was made all the more exciting when they dived for a few minutes before surfacing again ... with everying trying to anticipate where that would be!!! We were lucky enough that Roger certainly knew what he was doing!! The big attraction was definitely 'Ruffles', the large male in the pod - he seemed to re-surface more than the others but perhaps that had something to do with the fact that when he surfaced your eyes were automatically drawn to the 2 feet high dorsal fin cutting through the surface of the water.

On the final 'float and look' before heading back to Steveston, Roger had positioned the boat beautifully. When J & K pods re-surfaced we were directly in their path!! They swam to within about 10 feet of the boat on either side and, being stood at the rear of the boat, as I turned to the direction in which they were swimming, one large Orca must have dived at the front of the boat, and re-surfaced bang smack centre at the rear of the boat, about 8-10 feet away - he/she was that close when they surfaced that you could clearly see the white from the saddle-back mark fade into different shades of grey before blending in the with the black colour on the rest of their back!!

The whole experience is one I'll never forget and will carry with me for the rest of my life - however long that may be!! I've also got the photos as a reminder should I just need a little bit more than my memory!!

Nicky, London, England Posted 13 August 2003
Written August 11, 2003
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Thank you for sharing your experience with our company! We hope to have you on our trip again in the future.
Written May 5, 2018
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xi12
lake tahoe1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to see whales I wouldn't recommend this company. They waited until we had paid and were in the boat then told us that the whales were on the other side of Vancouver Island and their boat didn't have the range to get there. They showed us some seals and told us what types of birds we were seeing instead. The tour is advertised as being 3-5 hours and despite the fact that we saw no whales, we were back in 3. They would not give a refund but said we could come back again for free. This is worthless if you live far away. I asked if they planned to tell the people on the afternoon tour that the whales were out of range and they said no because they might see a stray humpback. I asked what the possibility of that was and they were very evasive and never answered. They were extremely slick and seemed like they had done this many times before.
Written August 12, 2007
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