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icon3 to 5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
  • Whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Look for orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and more!
  • Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan island chains
  • Accompanied by a professional naturalist
  • Shuttle option for round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver
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Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option selected)
Restroom on board
Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
12240 Second Ave , 12240 Second Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8, Canada

Our office is located on the second level of the building suite #210.

This activity will end right where it started.We have 9 central locations that we pick up from in Downtown Vancouver, as well at most Richmond Hotels. Zone 1 – On the corner of Beatty Street and Robson Street, in front of the Hampton Inn & Suites (outside Sciué Café). Zone 2 - On Canada Place Way at Burrard Street, across the street from the Tourist Information Centre (on the water side of the street). Zone 2A - Across the street from the TD Bank on Howe Street (Vancouver Art Gallery Side by Tour Bus Sign). Zone 3 – Outside Shenanigans Pub (1227 Robson Street). Zone 3A – Westin Bayshore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore Drive. Please wait outside the main entrance, in the driveway (by valet stand). Zone 4 – On the corner of Denman Street and Comox Street, outside the 7-Eleven Convenience Store (1055 Denman Street). Zone 5 – Outside the Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard Street. Please wait outside the hotel, by the “Passenger Loading Zone.” Zone 5A – Outside the Ramada Inn & Suites Hotel, 1221 Granville Street. Please wait by the “Passenger Loading Zone.” Zone 6 – On the corner of Broadway and Fir Street, outside the Kohler Building (1606 W. Broadway). Please note we do not pick up from all of these zones everyday so please arrange your shuttle pick up with us directly.
Explore the incredible marine life near Vancouver during this half-day whale watching cruise in search of orcas and much more. If you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a way to immerse yourself in the scenic beautiful of the western coast of Canada, this excursion is a great option.

Start your whale watching trip with pickup from select Vancouver hotels or by meeting at Steveston Village where your boat departs. A shuttle transports guests from nine convenient hotel locations in Vancouver, and free parking is available for those arriving by car. Depending on the option you select, your cruise may leave in morning or afternoon. Check with your tour operator during reconfirmation on your exact schedule.

Then climb aboard your sleek, modern whale watching vessel. The high-speed zodiacs used on the trip offer both an open-air deck and a covered cabin, ensuring a comfortable ride no matter the conditions. On-board hydrophones also allow you the chance to hear the whale calls of any orcas encountered along the way, and handy photo ID charts help you identify different species of animal.

Soon your boat cruises out into the waters of coastal British Columbia. The area for your excursion is renowned for the killer whale pods that come to feed on the spawning salmon in the area between May and October each year. During your ride, listen as the naturalist shares insights into orca behavior, and helps you spot for a variety of creatures. Three pods of killer whales, totaling around 80 animals, reliably return to this area annually, making it more likely you have a sighting. Keep your eyes peeled for the orca old-timer named ‘Granny,’ who many believe is more than 100 years old.

Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free.
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Vancouver Whale Watch
This is our office where you can get information about our excursions, and also check in for your tour.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vancouver Whale Watch
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.

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

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whale-Watching Tour 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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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We saw seals and one...
, May 2022
We saw seals and one whale briefly In 3.5 hour trip - very disappointed- were given vouchers for a free future trip- we were only in area for one day -
Great Experience!!! Saw several whales!
, May 2022
The experience was amazing. We saw two orca pods T101 and T134. It seems as if the whales were performing for us. The came up close to the boat and lept out of the water several times. Bring binoculars and a good camera with zoom and video. Will do again! Definitely worth it and we we were out on the water an extra hour watching the whales! Staff and crew extremely nice and knowledgable.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for sharing your amazing experience! At Vancouver Whale Watch we emphasize conservation while maintaining a fun and professional atmosphere. We observes the guidelines established by the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA). We are allowed to get within 200 meters from Transient Killer Whales and 100 meters for Humpback Whales. At this distance you get an excellent view of the whales.
We went we saw we enjoyed.
, May 2022
We found the entire experience positive and client-focused. The online reservation process worked smoothly and the exchanges of waiver & Covid declarations worked well for the multiple folks in our party. On the water Sue was engaged with and available to all the passengers.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! We are so happy to hear of your positive experience. Our knowledgeable staff and wildlife guides are on board to provide an adventure of a lifetime.
Fantastic Whale Watch Tour
, May 2022
Video of Orca fully out of water and seeing family of Orca’s. Picture of bald Eagle and flying off of rocks. Guide Sue was great!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
What a spectacular day to be out on the water with our knowledgeable wildlife guide seeing these wonderful unpredictable animals in their natural environment. So great to hear of your wonderful trip.
The boat ride was fun and...
, Apr 2022
The boat ride was fun and guide was friendly and knowledgable. Did not have sight of whale though, probably how nature has its way. The tour issued complimentary non expiring tickets for future tour. Will see that materializes or not .
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Vancouver Whale Watch works with a network of whale watching operators and share sighting information; this gives us a sighting success rate of 95%. Guests can see a variety of wildlife including Orcas, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Porpoises, Bald Eagles and more. As these animals are in their natural environment every tour is a different experience. Vancouver Whale Watch guarantees a whale sighting. Should you not see a whale (Orca or Humpback), come again for free until you do, for life, no expiry.
After an elusive first try the orcas came out to play!
, Apr 2022
I would really recommend using this company if you are looking for a whale watching experience in Vancouver. The bus driver Levi is great at providing interesting and funny stories about the city on the journey to and from Steveston. The guides on the boat are also really informative and tell you all about the animals that you see. Unfortunately on the day I originally booked the tour we did not see any whales however the company gave everyone their tickets back so that we could rebook for free if we had any spare days in Vancouver or if we ever came back to the city (the tickets last for life). Luckily I had a spare day so rebooked and was able to see some orcas! I found this to be a really generous touch from the company and I was very happy to come back and spend another day with them.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! We appreciate your kind words about our knowledgeable staff. We are happy to hear that you used your free return pass and saw killer whales! Every trip is different as these are unpredictable animals traveling in the wild. In addition to whales and breathtaking scenery, we also see eagles, sea lions, seabirds and various wildlife.
Wonderful tour. Beautiful...
, Apr 2022
Wonderful tour. Beautiful landscape. Recommend for watch the whale at vancouver. It was a great trip.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for choosing Vancouver Whale Watch! We appreciate your comment and hope to see you again.
Great to keep a...
, Apr 2022
Great to keep a respectful distance with engines off and in-water mics. Great guide too...good sized boat and great bus transfer...highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you for your kind comments and noting our respect for the marine environment.
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Great Day
, Apr 2022
We saw lots of wildlife. The guide was engaging. Well organized and operated. Glad we were in a covered boat.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We take pride in providing a wonderful wildlife adventure with our experienced guides. Our boats are covered until mid June for your viewing pleasure. Thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you again.
Incredible Experience
, Apr 2022
Whale were so amazing playing to each other and came really near to our boat, max 1 meter, it was a great experience
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Wow, we are glad you had such a great experience! That type of encounter is very rare as the whales are in their natural environment and very unpredictable. We always take the marine mammal guidelines very seriously on our tours. Thank you & we hope to welcome you again soon.

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