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Itinerary
Board an open-air zodiac-style vessel at the Victoria harbor and settle in for your 3-hour whale-watching cruise. These boats are equipped with bright yellow inflatable collars and a stable design that cushions your ride and guarantees maximum buoyancy even if the sea conditions are rough. These specially powered boats can cover over 100 miles in one trip, maximizing the distance you can travel on your tour and the amount of time you are ultimately able to spend viewing whales and other marine wildlife.

On your 3-hour cruise, travel along the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, making stops at several points of interest. The boat will be positioned parallel to the animals, so you can enjoy fantastic photo opportunities. All the while, you will be fully entertained and educated by the industry’s best marine adventure guides.

All passengers must wear a Mustang Survival flotation suit for their entire cruise. These suits are designed to protect from cold weather and use closed-cell foam to offer flotation in the event of an emergency. There is a large inventory of flotation suits of varying size and can accommodate all ages. There are also changing facilities and lockable storage on board for your convenience.
Locations visited
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Overview
Admire native marine wildlife in the waters of British Columbia on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your open-top boat in Victoria Harbour and cruise out into the rolling waves with your guide. Your vessel, a zodiac speedboat, is built with stability in mind and remains buoyant even in rough seas. Cruise through the Haro Straight to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Watch the water for sightings of humpback whales, minke whales and orcas breaching the waves, and learn of their life cycle and migration habits.
Highlights
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Amazing Guide (Jasper) and a fabulous adventure

My wife and I chose the Zodiac because you can get closer to the action quicker. We met Jasper, our guide, who is young. At first I was a bit skeptical. However, I noticed impeccable manors and patience. He gave thorough safety instructions. He made...More

Thank Doak S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great day on the water!

We signed up for the whale watching tour after seeing the kiosk by the pier. We chose the zodiac tour because we wanted to be closer to the water and felt that it was a good choice. It was a little difficult to hear the...More

1  Thank Anniefrodeman
Taira P, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Anniefrodeman! Zodiac whale watching is a lot of fun, but you are right it is definitely more of a bumpy zippy tour! We always make sure to check if guests have any pre-existing neck or back injuries due to the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience.

While visiting the island, I saw on my Facebook that the Southern Residents were back around the area so I had to jump on a whale watching boat to see them. It has always been a dream of mine to see them as they are...More

1  Thank Sherrie W
Taira P, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Sherrie W! So glad we were able to help you fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing our Southern Resident Killer Whales on one of our evening tours. We do aim to educate our guests about the plight of our local...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Super fun!

It was a very hot day onshore yet we were glad of the survival suits and toques once we got zipping along in flat waters. We were fortunate to have Rush as our experienced guide for the first trip out in the morning. He was...More

1  Thank rt52270
Taira P, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review rt52270! It is a lot colder on the water than most people expect, especially on a zodiac where you are exposed to the open air for the entire 3 hour tour. The suits and the toques definitely help mitigate this,...More

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Orcas and feeding Humbacks - what more could you want!

Quite rough seas, so a very bumpy, back-jarring journey out from Victoria (worth checking what conditions are like if you don't enjoy roller-coaster rides!), but we saw migrant seal-hunting Orcas and two feeding Humpback whales - a great experience that we would certainly do again...More

2  Thank peter s
Taira P, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review peter s! Based on your review I'm assuming that you chose to join one of our Zodiac whale watching tours. You are right, when it is windy out the zodiac can definitely be a bumpier ride. We do recommend to...More

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