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Prince of Whales Whale Watching
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$121.84*
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Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Prince of Whales is the largest and most environmentally sustainable whale watching and eco-adventure company operating out of both Victoria and Vancouver. With a fleet of both open and semi-covered boats, we are perfectly able to match a tour to your desires! Join us out of Victoria for a fun and adventurous Zodiac tour or climb aboard the world-famous Ocean Magic II. Both of these tours operate for 3 hours. Want to see whale watch off the coast of Vancouver Island AND see the beautiful Butchart Gardens all in one day? Join us on our Ultimate Day Tour out of Vancouver or our Whales and Gardens Tour out of Victoria. We also offer float plane options allowing you to travel from Seattle or Vancouver to Victoria, saving you time and energy planning. We are happy to accommodate overnight visitors to Victoria.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
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“Great experience”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Went with concept of maybe seeing whales but wow so many whales and a great time had we started out getting suited up and it was a warm day thinking the suits were a over kill but im glad we had them .it wasnt a ruff day on the water and close to the animal's worth heading out with them thanks guys.

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“Best experience - Well worth the money!!”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Jen was very knowledgeable and made the 3 hour trip very interesting and informative. We were very lucky to see many whales and I was very impressed with the familiarity that the crew and captain had about each individual whale. While we were there, we saw a dolphin riding alongside a killer whale (who knew??). the most exciting part was when we spotted a white-sided dolphin - a rarity in those waters. Needless to say, the crew was very excited!!

We got lots of pictures and had a great time.

It was a hot day in Victoria when we went but it was freezing on the boat once we started moving at full speed - recommend a warm waterproof jacket with a hood. Take your camera!!

Thank you Captain Scott, Jenn, Ted and Lindsay - you all were amazing!!

Visited August 2014
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“Wilma Rocks!!!”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

We are relaxing after our fantastic trip today. We chose the bigger boat Ocean Magic and were very pleased as we went all the way to Victoria. We toured Victoria for a while and flew back by seaplane. Our Naturist was Wilma and she made the trip so enjoyable with her great enthusiasm and vast knowledge. We had fantastic sightings today and even I, a novice realized it. I could count at least 25. The real pleasure though was Wilma. She is a gem and we had a really great experience. Definitely recommend whale watching over to Victoria and flying back in the afternoon. As much as we liked Wilma, I would not have wanted to get back on the boat for a 3 hour return back. The seaplane was a perfect conclusion for the day. Beautiful but short and sweet. Prince of Whales was a superb company to deal with from start to finish. The girls in the office of our Westin Bayshore to the crew. Go!

Visited August 2014
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“Amazing Whale Watching Experience”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went whale watching for the first time with a few friends. What a mind-blasting experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Jen and Capt. Scott were amazing. Constantly providing excellent knowledge and information about the orcas. We were extremely lucky. Saw dozens of whale and even saw a rare White-tail Dolphin. Jen's authentic and well informed tour has actually made me appreciate how luck we are as British Columbians to be the stewards of this beautiful eco-system. Probably will visit again in a year or 2. Would recommend this tour operator to others.

Visited August 2014
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“Best whale watching experience!”
Reviewed August 18, 2014

After 30 some years, I can finally take whale watching off my bucket list. The boat was comfortable, and the expert guide added immensely to the experience. We saw both orca and humpback whales with plenty of opportunities for pictures. Success at last! This was a highlight of our visit to British Columbia with perfect weather, incredible scenery, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff who shared in our thrill of seeing whales for the first time.

Visited August 2014
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