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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
  • Half-day whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Board a comfortable vessel equipped with several viewing areas
  • Explore the waters for sightings of whales, seabirds and other marine life
  • Gain insight into the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
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95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin with floor to ceiling windows and open air decks
Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
Educational materials on board
Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate
Two washrooms
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - return tour from any of our locations until you see whales!
Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
1666 Duranleau St , 1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y1, Canada

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure, At 1666 Duranleau st on Granville Island behind Bridges restaurant. We will not hold the boat for late guests.

This activity will end right where it started.
Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this half-day whale-watching adventure. Informative crew will share their stories and knowledge about the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course, the marine wildlife.

The tour departs from Granville Island, near downtown Vancouver. Step aboard the Salish Sea Dream, a 80-foot catamaran built for whale watching and designed to minimize its ecological footprint.

Have your camera out and ready as you scan the waters for different species of whales, as well as an array of seabirds and other marine life.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "It was a little cold (even in June) so make sure you bring appropriate gear." See review

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star-5
Memories for a lifetime
Henry_V
, Jul 2022
Amazing to be surrounded by beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Just a few minutes away from land the boat takes you to a hidden gem.
star-5
Best whale watch
Orna_G
, Jul 2022
Best whale watching tour.we got to see 2 orca, follow them, I have learned a lot about the whale life from the naturalist. Welcoming crew. Well kept boat
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Orna_G, Thank you for leaving a review! We're glad to hear that you were able to see two orcas on your tour! Our catamarans are among the largest whale watching vessels in British Columbia, and we always keep them clean and well maintained. Thank you again for your review, and we hope that you decide to join us for another Prince of Whales tour!
star-5
Great time. Very professional.
Cheri_P
, Jul 2022
They took good pictures of the whales and the other animals for us and sent them to everyone to download.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Cheri_P, Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the pictures from your tour. They're a great way for catamaran passengers to put their cameras down and to enjoy the experience! Thank you again for your review, we appreciate it!
star-5
World class service and environment, amazing experience
David_T
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience, the staff was absolutely professional and very friendly, I can only recommend this, it's guaranteed that the beautiful memories will stay with you for the rest of your life. A big plus that the staff sent us the good quality photos, so you can just enjoy the view, the beautiful orcas and the landscape.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi David_T, Thank you for this review! We are so happy to hear that our staff were able to provide such friendly service for you. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us and hope that you can enjoy those photos too! We hope that you will join us again soon!
star-5
Great Day Whale-Watching
ShawnDrury
, Jun 2022
We had an amazing time. Highly recommended!!! Trip left on time, crew/staff was very helpful and friendly.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
ShawnDrury, Thank you so much for your kind review! We're so glad you had an amazing time and that our staff was able to enhance the experience! We hope to see you out with us again in the future.
star-5
Worth the money!
Greg_R
, Jun 2022
This trip was awesome! We saw whales, sea lions and bald eagles! The staff was great and the trip was very relaxing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Greg_R, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It sounds like you had an excellent time on the water and we are so happy to hear you were able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the wildlife. We hope to see you again in the future!
star-5
Great tour 👌
Olga_M
, Jun 2022
Was a sunny beautiful day, knowledge stuff, amazing scenery. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Well worthed tour to take. 🙂
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Olga_M, Thanks for leaving time to write a review! We truly appreciate it. We are so glad that you had fun on your sailing and saw some beautiful sights. We would love to welcome you back in the future!
star-5
Whale watching
Pam_C
, Jun 2022
We had a blast! Great scenery! The staff was very cordial. The naturalists were exceptionally knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Pam_C, Thank you so much for the five-star review! So fantastic to hear that you had a great day on the water with our crew - their enthusiasm for the whales and wildlife really shines through and makes the experience extra-special! It was great sailing with you and we hope to see you again for another adventure soon.
star-4
Saw family of orcas - nuff said!
Bryan_R
, Jun 2022
Yes, it’s a bit cold. Yes, I forgot to put suntan lotion on my face and I got a bit burned. Yes, my kids complained a little. But we got to see a family of orcas in the wild which is a once in a lifetime experience (at least for us). It would have gotten five stars if they did a little more ‘tour talk’ during the dead travel times (3 hours). Maybe some explanation of the islands or history of the area. Maybe even am just an app that kind of tells you some interesting facts. We ended up being on the boat for 5 hours - which was a lot of time, but the whales were worth it. Liked the free photos they sent afterward.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Bryan_R, Thank you so much for the review and the helpful feedback! Seeing a family of orcas swimming free in the beautiful Salish Sea is incredibly magical, especially when it's your first encounter with whales in the wild. We really appreciate your suggestions as to how we might enhance the experience, and will be sure to pass your comments along to the team. Thanks so much for joining us, and hopefully we'll see you again soon so we can turn your four-star experience into a five-star one!
star-5
Fun filled adventure day!
kulmohan_s
, Jun 2022
I loved the whole experience of the boat, having the open layout to walk around from front to the back of the boat. Saw some activity of Orca in the water, seals on mile post deck in the ocean, great views going to the location, nice guided tour from the staff. It was great experience overall, and staff was super friendly and informative.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
kulmohan_s, Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed how spacious our catamaran is and that you had a great experience! Our staff are very friendly, informative, and passionate, and they help make our tours a lifetime experience. Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Do It you won’t regret it
Roger_P
, Jun 2022
The crew were welcoming and very informative, we saw humpback whales and orcas as well as seals and sea lions. A really worth while trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Roger_P, Thank you for this review! We are glad that our crew were able to help make such an enjoyable trip for you. Sounds like a fantastic trip to have seen so much wildlife! We hope that you will join us again!
star-5
Nice trip with plenty of opportunity to see whales
Georgios_P
, Jun 2022
We had a nice experience on the boat and on the day we visited, we were lucky enough to see plenty of whales! The people on the boat were experienced and gave us alot of information about what we were seeing. A tip to future visitors: You will be informed that on the boat it will be cold. Be assured it will so dress much heavier than you would in Vancouver...
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Georgios_P, Thank you for your review! We're happy you were able to see whales on your tour and that you had a great experience! Temperatures on the water can feel much cooler than on land, so we definitely recommend that passengers dress warm for their tour. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a review, and we hope to hear from you soon!
star-4
Good trip even without sightings
Kimberly_B
, Jun 2022
Overall a good trip. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales. Just a quick glimpse or two but no significant sightings. We did see seals, eagles, a deer and stunning scenery. The captain and crew worked very hard to locate whales but luck was just against us. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. Seas were pretty choppy at times and they made sure everyone was comfortable. The morning vessels do the whale scouting so an afternoon trip may have been better. The company guarantees sightings so we are able to repeat the trip for a small fee.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Kimberly_B, Thank you so much for your kind review! We'll make sure to pass your comments on to the crew - they love what they do and strive to provide every guest with the most memorable and educational experience possible, even when the whales don't make an appearance. We're sorry to hear you didn't see whales this time around, but we look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure soon - it'll be extra special when you finally see the whales pop out of the water!
star-5
Once in a lifetime
JAMES_J
, Jun 2022
The male orca breached several times! It was amazing. The entire crew made sure that our experience was a once in a lifetime experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
JAMES_J, Thank you so much for the kind review! How lucky to see an orca breaching - that really is an experience you'll never forget! We're so glad to hear that the crew made your tour such a positive experience, and we hope to welcome you back for another adventure someday.
star-5
Wonderful trip highly recommended
Paul_K
, Jun 2022
Great half day trip captain spent time to find the best whale spotting area. We never left disappointed we seen humpback whales and identified the whale by its fluke as it dived.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Paul_K, Thanks so much for your review! That's awesome that you saw some humpbacks, how magical. Maybe on your next trip you will see some Orcas too ;) we would love to set sail with you again one day! Thanks again for joining us.
star-5
We really saw the whales....
Sock_S
, Jun 2022
We really saw the whales. Along the way we also saw many other wildlife. It’s really guaranteed. My kids are so in awed for what they have witness
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sock_S, Thank you for your five star review! We're so happy to hear we could create lifelong memories for the whole family. We hope our included photo package helps to look back on the amazing tour for years to come.
star-5
Great Humpback Show
Isabelle_R
, Jun 2022
This was one of the best whale watching I’ve been on. The team found the whales and they kept us relatively close but were respectful of the whales. We watched Big Mama and her calf for nearly 1 hour. We the saw a 3rd humpback. It was a great trip with a knowledgeable crew. I would totally recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Isabelle_R, Thanks so much for the five-star review. It is great to hear that you got to see the infamous Big Mama and one of her calves! You can see why our crew are so keen to talk about them all day. We are so glad that you enjoyed your sailing with us, we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Best Excursion!
Kathleen_T
, Jun 2022
Seeing humpback whales in nature was absolutely spectacular! Wilma,?the naturalist on board, was amazing. She taught us so much about all the animals we saw and their impacts on humans and the environment.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Kathleen_T, Thank you so much for your five star review! We're very proud to have Transport Canada certified marine naturalists on board to provide lots of amazing information to our guests and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed it. We hope to see you tour with us in the future!
star-5
Whale watching.
DAVID_B
, Jun 2022
Seeing a pod of orcas. Potted history of orcas by Wilma, enlightening. The boat was comfortable, hot drinks essential.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
DAVID_B, Thank you so much for your review! Seeing a pod of orcas is so exciting! We're so glad you enjoyed learning all about them from Wilma. We agree, having hot drinks on board is lovely! We hope to see you tour with us again in the future!
star-5
Whales of fun
Sylvain_G
, Jun 2022
Great experience! Lots of whales , scenery was awesome, great friendly staff very involved! Sharing lots of information about marine life . Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sylvain_G, Thank you for your review! We're so glad you had a great experience on our catamaran boat, and that our informative naturalists on board were able to share their knowledge about whales and other marine wildlife in the Salish Sea. Thank you for recommending us, and hopefully you'll return soon for another whale watching tour!

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