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Reviewed August 21, 2019

We booked this hoping we would see whales but knowing it's not guaranteed. We were in luck, as we saw not only several humpback whales but also a pod of orca's. At no point did it feel like we were chasing the whales as the boat stays a good distance back (& we only saw 3 other boats out at the same time) near the orcas.

This company not only keeps an eye on where the whales are & talks to other boat companies, to help maximise your chances of seeing them, but also has some great experts (thanks Craig & the rest of the crew!) on board who talk to you all about the whales and other wildlife, but in a very relaxed friendly way so it's not a lecture in any way. This really made the trip even more interesting.

We also saw bald eagles, sealions, seals and turkey vultures, as well as some pretty shorelines of the islands in the Georgia Strait - an added bonus after seeing the whales.

On the way back the boat went very quickly through the waves - it was very exhilarating sitting on the top deck! We enjoyed the light spray & the wind as we were wearing windproof tops, but you can go to the lower deck or semi covered inside area if you don't.

The boat itself was great, with a toilet and light refreshments available.

Take sunglasses, suncream & a windproof/waterproof top with you. A tight fitting hat is also ideal.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2019

Hello Sue,

Thank you for your feedback. It is truly appreciated! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us and that you got to encounter several Humpbacks as well as pod of Orca!

We are pleased that you didn't mind the light ocean spray and that you really enjoyed sitting on the top deck :)

Thank you also for your kind comments about our staff. We are proud to have such a passionate, dedicated team.

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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

I was hesitant to be gone on an 11 hour day trip, but we had a wonderful time. The time passed quickly, the crew was extremely helpful and friendly, and we really enjoyed ourselves. When whales were spotted, the boat slowed down and we hovered nearby to get a closer look. We would spend over 1/2 hour just getting the opportunity to view and photograph the whales. The layover in Victoria was well organized and we enjoyed seeing Butchart Gardens once again. I highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank winniew2013
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2019

Hello Winnie,

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your whale watching adventure with us :) How wonderful that you enjoyed your time in Victoria too and your visit to the Butchart Gardens!

Thank you also for your great feedback about our staff. They are very passionate about sharing their knowledge with our guests and certainly have a wealth of information when it comes to whale and marine wildlife!

We would love to have you join us on another trip again the next time you are in Vancouver!


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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

Today one of my dreams came true! We found the orcas like in the first 20 min! They explain everything about them, any questions we had they had they answer. After we saw the Orcas we went to find more wild life and found it! Amd just the ride was a pleasure!
I totally recommend it! When I visit Vancouver again I will do this again!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Patricia G
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2019

Hello Patricia,

Wow - so wonderful to hear that this was a dream come true for you! It is truly special encounter to observe Orca in their natural habitat and we're so glad you enjoyed the boat ride too!

We can't wait to have you join us on another adventure the next time you are visiting Vancouver :)

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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

We took the whale watching trip with guides Amy and James - knowledgeable, helpful and extremely personable. There are no words to describe how wonderful the trip was. Humpbacks, 3 Orca pods, Seals and Bald Eagles.

Thank jacksonw678
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2019

Hello,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We really appreciate this and are so happy that you got to see Orcas, Seals, Humpbacks and Bald Eagles on your tour with us!

Thank you also for your kind comments about our staff members. They work very hard to ensure our guest receive an enjoyable and educational tour with us. We would love to have to have you join us on another tour in future!

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Reviewed August 21, 2019

We had a lot of fun. Obviously seeing beautiful six (!!!) buck whales was very special, but the team was just fantastic. Flexible, friendly and very patient in answering all questions a 4 year old could have ;-)

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank caat73
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Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2019

Hello,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review. We truly appreciate this!

So great to hear that you got to see the whales and that you had a great time out on the open water with our staff. We hope to have you and your little one join us on another adventure at some point in future :)

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