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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover the natural wonders of Vancouver and Victoria an exhilarating whale watching excursion! Delight in lovely aerial views on the crossing of the Strait of Georgia by seaplane—the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria. From the island capital, set off on an exciting cruise through Haro Strait, native home to orcas (killer whales), sea lions and seals, followed by a return flight to the mainland.
  • Whale watching cruise by boat to spot Southern Resident killer whales
  • Two flights between Vancouver and Victoria are included
  • See seals, sea lions, seabirds, and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island
  • Small group tour ensures personalized service
Roundtrip scenic seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria
Whale-watching cruise
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Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Harbour Air Seaplanes, Unit #1 Burrard Landing 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Kick off your oceanic adventure from downtown Vancouver. Choose your departure time, meet your pilot, and board the seaplane for a thrilling water take-off.

Leave behind Vancouver’s bustling harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Straight of Georgia. You have plenty of air time to soak up great aerial views of snow-capped mountains and verdant coastline before landing in Victoria. From there, board an open-topped Zodiac or covered Ocean Cruiser (please make your boat selection at time of purchase) for the whale-watching cruise. 

Set off into Haro Strait, an area flush with salmon—a natural attraction for orcas during migration! Spot whale pods, as well as seals, sea lions, sea otters and more. Throughout your ride, your guide shares fascinating facts about the resident marine life, and explain the area’s unique oceanic ecosystem.

After your cruise, choose to head directly back to the mainland by seaplane, or stay in Victoria to visit great attractions like the Butchart Gardens or the Empress Hotel, known for its fabulous traditional English tea service. Please check with your guide for the last flight time of the day. 

This tour is seasonal, operating from March to October.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Harbour Air Seaplanes
This tour is seasonal, operating from March to October.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Haro Straits
Orcas frequent the waters of Haro Strait between March and October to feed on the salmon passing through on their migratory route. See these magnificent marine animals in their natural environment for an experience no aquarium can rival. The underwater kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest ocean ecosystem also provide a rich food source for other wildlife such as seals, seabirds and sea-otters, all of which may be spotted during your tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not handicap accessible
  • Duration of tour may vary
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Service animals can be accommodated on covered vessel tours only and not zodiacs
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Zodiac option minimum age 6 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harbour Air Seaplanes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be prepared for a long boat ride, and bring a jacket." See review
  • "Let alone the wonderful experience of Orca watching, definitely recommended!" See review
  • "Take layers with you as it is windy if you are viewing up top, great touch that we could help ourselves to hot beverages on board and purchase a snack." See review

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Amazing
juliadarby76
, Aug 2019
What an amazing experience ! Would definately recommend this to anyone, we are so pleased we opted for the Seaplane both ways rather than boat. From checking in for our flight through to landing, the friendliness of the staff was fantastic. The views from the plane were breathtaking. We had an all femail crew on our whale watching cruise who were really informative, helpful and fun. They were very attentive and the passion of their work really shone through. We were so lucky to see Orca and whilst our photos didn't do the sightings justice we were so pleased that they had also taken 'official' pictures that you could view a matter of days later along with a blog of our trip. Take layers with you as it is windy if you are viewing up top, great touch that we could help ourselves to hot beverages on board and purchase a snack. In my opinion this is a must do experience ! Thank you we had an amazing time
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Excellent experience
E8831QJjuliaa
, Jul 2019
The entire experience was smooth and satisfying. The booking experience was accommodating, the seaplane agents and pilots were helpful and pleasant, and the guide for the tour was fantastic (Derek Lowe, thank you!) 10/10 would recommend. We didn’t get to see any orcas but I blame that on mother nature, not the agency.
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Great Experience.
Atanu_Maulik
, Jun 2019
Right from the time I checked in for the sea plane ride at Vancouver, to the time the return flight landed, everything went smoothly. The flights offered great views and the whale watching trip in between was equally fruitful. Sighted humpback whales as well as orcas, while enthusiastic guides kept everyone engaged. Both Harbour Air and Orca Spirit Adventures appear to be well run agencies and coordinated their schedules well, ensuring that a lot of action was packed in a day. Recommend this tour very highly.
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Found orca pod and one humpback
KathyN554
, Sep 2018
Visited w my daughter she is in 30’s. Harbor air was on time Erica good over, Chris and Ben not friendly.
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My son fell in love with this...
Russell H
, Jun 2018
My son fell in love with this experience. This is one we plan on doing again very soon.
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While the whale watching is...
Courtney J
, Jan 2018
While the whale watching is amazing....it is a long way out there to find them. Be prepared for a long boat ride, and bring a jacket. Very friendly crew.
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Both the seaplane and whale watching...
Renee F
, Oct 2017
Both the seaplane and whale watching were excellent trips. It would be great to have small map given to us on the seaplane so we can identify the little islands we go over. However, the star was friendly, professional, and care was taken with our safety. The whale watching crew extended our trip 30 minutes so we could see an additional pod of whales that were spotted. I would highly recommend this.
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More than happy to choose this one...
黄 涛
, Oct 2017
More than happy to choose this one of the most convenient way to visit victoria island. Let alone the wonderful experience of Orca watching, definitely recommended!
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An experience not be missed out on...
Sandra M
, Oct 2017
An experience not be missed out on, it was brilliant. The seaplane flew low over Victoria and its islands with beautiful views all around.The guide on the rib was very informative, even though there was heavy mist at sea we saw the whales, a family of 3 then some individuals. We had so much fun in the rib boat which added to the experience. Definitely recommend this experience and good value for money.
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Great experience, the seaplane is a...
DAVID H
, Sep 2017
Great experience, the seaplane is a must we did whale watching as well. The whale watching boat and the guides were great we did see some whales but not sure we would pay too see them again.

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