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Vancouver, BC: Whale Watching Tour

1. Vancouver, BC: Whale Watching Tour

Experience the awe and inspiration of seeing whales in their natural environment on this unique whale-watching excursion from Vancouver. Cruise along in an open zodiac boat on the Salish Sea, and get the chance to spot orcas, humpback, minke, and gray whales, as well as porpoises and seals. Depart from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver on a high-speed, custom-built, luxury catamaran that takes you on a 3- to 5-hour fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife tour. As you set out from Vancouver, choose whether you want to stay inside the heated cabin or head outside and pick from 3 different viewing areas on 2 levels that are perfect for photography. Marvel at the beauty of the Strait of Georgia on this outdoor adventure. As you sail, learn about the history of the area and the local marine wildlife from your knowledgeable crew. Immerse yourself completely in this incredible experience while we take free high-resolution photos of the wildlife, yourself, and your loved ones! It is the quintessential whale-watching experience for every adventurer. Select the half-day cruise, or opt for the sunset option to watch the sun go down over the water.

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

2. Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

Experience the thrill of the high seas as you embark on the search for the famous Killer Whales. Benefit from the experience of your tour guide and sighting chances of around 90%. Keep an eye out for the notorious Killer Whale, grey whales, seals, dolphins, sea lions, bald eagles and many other aquatic animals. Professionally trained naturalists and guides will provide more information and facts about the wildlife you will see. Before you set sail, enjoy pick up from your accommodation in Vancouver and drive to the place where the covered boat is docked. Enjoy the adventure onboard the boat, equipped with many facilities including toilets. Drinks will be served on board. Marvel at the magical islands of the Canadian Pacific coast as you travel and experience a truly spectacular natural event. A visit to Vancouver's Granville Island is also included.

From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

3. From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see killer whales with your own eyes! Become a real explorer on this full day air safari including a 3-hour whale-watching trip. Guests meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal. From here you will fly from Vancouver Harbor to Victoria. This is an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of the Gulf Islands from above. With over 50 aircrafts, Harbor Air Seaplanes operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. Guest will take part in a unique whale watching expedition from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Led by expert guides, you will learn about this ecologically diverse area and the whales that inhabit it. See these magnificent creatures in their own waters. This is an experience that no aquarium can provide. You can also spot seals, birds and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

4. From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

Discover the picturesque and popular old town Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on this all-day tour from Vancouver. Enjoy a spectacular seaplane ride through the scenic Gulf Islands headed to Victoria, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy 3 hours of whale watching adventure and your own hours visiting some of Victoria's most popular points of interest. This tour includes all transportation, pick-up from your hotel, private residence or Airbnb in Vancouver. Return by seaplane arrives at downtown Vancouver. Sample Itinerary 7:00 am - Meet your driver at your place 8:30 am – Meet your pilot and depart on a seaplane to Victoria 9:30 am – Arrive for check-in at Orca Spirit Adventures 10:00 am – Embark on a three-hour whale-watching tour by boat 1:00 pm – After your whale watching tour, enjoy free time exploring downtown Victoria. Recommendations will be provided. 4:30 pm – Return to the seaplane terminal to check in for your return flight to Vancouver 5:05 pm - The driver will meet you at the arriving gate and bring you back to your accommodation. Upon your request, you can adjust your return flight to Vancouver by 6 pm flight.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

That was my first whale watching tour. And I was really excited. The guides do their job with full dedication and joy. And you don't feel in a "mass processing". We had to "search" for whales a little longer but actually found them. And you always acted with a lot of respect for the animals. Informed us a lot and also diligently looked in your "book" whether it is a whale you know. I would do it again at any time and the price-performance ratio is more than reasonable. We were on the road for a full 5 hours. And we didn't have the best weather because we had a lot of fog banks. But they knew how to avoid them.

What an amazing excursion!! From the crew to seeing the whales it was awesome. We were fortunate enough to see humpback and orca whales with harbor seals along the way. The crew were engaging and took every opportunity to make sure we were able to see the whales and stayed for awhile at the site to enjoy the whales. Anthony, Sandy, Luke, Stephen and Wilma were very knowledgeable and were able to identify what whales we were seeing. Would recommend this excursion. The ride was smooth and comfortable. Great day!! Also a great bonus was getting the pictures from the day at the end. I wasn’t able to get a lot so having those sent were so helpful.

Great guides, you can see that they are not doing at just to have a job, they do it with passion. We also saw seelions and a beautiful sunset, which made the tour even better. Highly recommend!

The boat ride was pleasant with free hot drinks. We saw orcas, humpback whales and sea lions/seals! Was very cool!

Experienced guides, after the trip they send you there pictures for free!