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Reviewed June 25, 2019

I didn't really know what to expect but from the minute we met the crew I knew we were in for something special. And that feeling continued right to when we got off the boat when the crew all said a personal farewell to us all.

We sat upstairs and made ourselves comfy on the padded seating. It was a calm sea and the weather was good but it was still good to get the blankets. Wilma gave us an excellent safety briefing so we knew we were in good hands. She also explained that we might not see whales but promised that the captain, Aaron, would do his best to find some. Which he did! We sailed as far as the range of the trip (for about an hour) before, excitedly, Wilma told us there were Orcas out there.

For the next 45 min we marvelled at the sight of many Orcas. Just when we thought they'd gone, they came up closer - a bit too close for the captain who understandably stuck to the rules about giving these creatures their space. But it didn't mean we didn't get some fantastic photos. Wilma thoughtfully asking people to sit down so everyone got a good view and Aaron even moved the boat to allow us not to shoot into the sun.

We reluctantly had to head back to harbour but not before a little detour to see seals and a bald eagle. An added bonus that I didn't expect. I thought we'd just head home. After 5 hours of cruising and lots of whales I thought we'd had our money's worth. But that's the great thing about this company - I felt they genuinely care about the customers - as much as they care about the wildlife. They really wanted us to have a good experience. And more than that, Wilma shared so much of her massive knowledge. Such a passionate and inspirational expert. I learned so much that day.

Of course I'm not sure how I'd have felt had I not seen the Orcas. I know they offer another trip when that's the case. But I'm sure WIlma and the team would still have delivered a magical experience. How could they not when they are clearly loving their work and getting a kick out of every trip they take? Their enjoyment is infectious and I cannot wait to go back for another dose!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank RoxiB
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

Wow - thank you so much for your glowing review Roxy. Reviews like these truly make our day and are testaments to the hard work of our dedicated team!

We are delighted that you enjoyed the views from the top deck and your whale watching experience was very comfortable with us. How wonderful that you got to see Orcas in their natural habitat. It is always a magical experience to observe them in the wild.

Thank you also for your awesome feedback about our crew members. There is no doubt that they are very passionate about what they do and work hard to ensure our guests have a blast out on the water!

We can't wait to have you join us on another tour again :)

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Reviewed June 25, 2019

We had an amazing day with Prince of Whales Whale watching.

The staff were very helpful when we arrived and organised us quickly into groups to get us on the right boats. We went out on the large boat which was very clean, organised and safe. The trip out was seamless and comfortable, we did have the best weather, but I can imagine the team would be amazing regardless. Safety briefing was quick and to the point, did not feel rushed at all.

As we travelled out we had some nice coffee and listened to all the great information about the area provided by James and Amy. The captain and first mate did a great job too, they found us a pod of Orca very quickly.

It was an incredible sight, the Orca were playing around, jumping out of the water and doing all sorts. We all got some great photos. The team were also able to identify the pod, so we got a great history of this group from the team.

We then went on to see a small group of humpbacks followed by several bald eagles and seals. A wonderful trip all round ending with us being able to stay in Victoria and travelling back to Vancouver the next day by seaplane.

Fantastic, a must do trip.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jsleffler
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

Hello,

Thank you for your feedback. It is truly appreciated! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us and that you got to see killer whales breaching - what an amazing experience!

How wonderful that you also got to see Humpbacks, Bald Eagles and Seals too! We love hearing about what our guests' saw out on the open water as each experience is different to the next!

We hope you will join us on another tour in future!

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Reviewed June 24, 2019 via mobile

Unforgettable experience. Fantastic crew! And these people really love what they do. Respect and care for the Orcas in a true way!! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity. They are the BEST!!

Thank Barbarahaschelevici
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

Hello,

Thank you so much for leaving us a great recommendation. We really appreciate this and are delighted that you has an unforgettable adventure observing whales and marine wildlife with us!

Thank you also for your great comments about our staff. They work very hard to ensure that our guests receive a comfortable, enjoyable and educational adventure :)

We hope you will join us on another tour again the next time you are in Vancouver.

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Reviewed June 24, 2019

What a fun and amazing experience! We went out and saw a couple of different pods of killer whales during our outing. It was so cool! Wilma was very informative and knowledgeable especially if you had any questions. A must do if during whale watching season!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank aggiegal
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

Hello,

Thank you so much for leaving us a great recommendation. We really appreciate this and are delighted that you enjoyed your adventure observing whales and marine wildlife with us!

Thank you also for your great comments about our staff member Wilma. She is certainly very informative on all marine wildlife and enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge with our guests.

We hope you will join us on another tour again the next time you are in Vancouver.

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Reviewed June 24, 2019

Wev saw 8 whales , fantastic !! What a day !! I loved it. The boat is very confortable. The crew is super cool

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank daniel h
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2019

Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your feedback. It is truly appreciated! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us and that you saw eight whales on your adventure - what an amazing experience!

Thank you also for your kind comments about our staff. They are very passionate about the work they carry out and have a great deal of knowledge on whale and marine wildlife.

We would love to have you join us on another tour in future as each adventure is unique to the next!

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