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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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    What to Expect
    All aboard Victoria’s whale-watching flagship! The 62-foot, semi-covered Ocean Magic II was custom designed and created right here in British Columbia for the purpose of premier West Coast whale watching. Its streamlined design allows it to push through waves with ease while maintaining speed. This maximizes the distance you can travel and the amount of time you are able to spend viewing whales and other marine wildlife.

    Ocean Magic II’s twin engines produce an industry-leading 1,650 horse power! But don’t be fooled by all of that power; it uses less fuel per passenger than any other vessel in the harbor, plus its surface-piercing propellers reroute intermittent engine noise above water to limit the disturbance to nearby marine mammals.

    The vessel has a large heated indoor cabin and two open air sun decks ideal for photography. You can also enjoy the added comfort of two washrooms and a snack bar.

    Your tour will last a minimum of 3 hours and will include various stops at different points of interest within the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Your captain will position the boat parallel to the animals, which allows for excellent photo opportunities. Throughout your cruise, you'll be fully entertained and educated by up to three of the industry's top marine naturalists.
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    Departure Point
    812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 74-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin and two open air decks
    • Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
    • Live commentary
    • Educational materials on board
    • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate + light snacks for purchase
    • Two airplane-style washrooms
    • 93% Whale Sighting Success Rate
    • Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - new free tour from Vancouver or Victoria until you see whales!
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • 2 per person Salish Sea Conservation Fee (1% For The Planet Initiative) is included in price
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • 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
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews captain chris humpback whales whale watching race rocks top deck ocean magic ii fantastic trip free hot drinks knowledgeable staff entire crew these beautiful creatures transient orcas amazing experience answer any questions killer whales salish sea half day tour
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    We had an extraordinary outing with Prince of Whales, saw 9 orcas feeding, a humpback willing to surface several times for us, several groups of harbour porpoises, and sea lions galore at Whale Rocks! All of this with sunshine and a wonderfully educational commentary from...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank GDWParis
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    I visited Victoria with my mother and we selected Prince of Whales to have a half day tour for while watching. Please be sure to leave for extra time - because the company may generously take the group out for a longer period- depending on...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank chrissy2901
    Bryttni_POW, Marketing at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hello chrissy2901, thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We appreciate your comments and will share them with the crew. Great suggestion to leave extra time just in case the whales are farther away, we understand that it is an...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    although the weather did not cooperate we had an amazing time. the crew: Chris, Joe, Lili, Jennifer and Seanie were terrific. we got to see some humpback whales, 2 varieties of sea lions, harbour seals and apparently a very rare brown pelican. Lili was very...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Corrie J
    Bryttni_POW, Marketing at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hello Corrie J, thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, and that you got the chance to see a rare brown pelican!!! Thank you from your kind words about...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This is was the best boat trip I have ever taken. We were on the very comfy and spacious fast catamaran with tons of room inside and outside, free hot chocolate and most importantly and amazing crew. In addition to the captain and first officer...More

    1  Thank Disposelp
    Bryttni_POW, Marketing at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hello Disposelp, thank you for taking the time to review your experience! We are glad that you enjoyed your time aboard the Salish Sea Eclipse with our rock star crew! They are very passionate individuals who work hard to provide a meaningful and memorable experience...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Such a fantastic trip - definitely worth the money! The crew were all so knowledgeable and friendly. Lili was our crew guide and was so good at pointing all the wildlife out and explaining all about their ecology. Her passion really shone through! We saw...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank MrsKellyH17
    Bryttni_POW, Marketing at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Hello, Thank you MrsKellyH17 for taking the time to review your experience with us! We are very glad that you had the opportunity to encounter seals, sea lions, Ollie the otter and a humpback!! Lili is a very dedicated and passionate individual and we are...More

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    Liz K
    13 September 2019|
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    Response from Mike L | Reviewed this property |
    The Victoria cruise ship terminal is a litte way from the inner harbour at Victoria, so you would need transport to the inner harbour for the whale watching boats. Most cruise lines will have complementary transport from... More
    Leigh C
    10 July 2018|
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    Response from Michelle L | Reviewed this property |
    If you don't see any whales, your guarantee will grant you a voucher for another trip. If you see 1 whale, that counts and you will not be given a voucher for another trip. We saw 2 whales on our trip and we saw them... More
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