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This 4-hour whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the ‘Ocean Magic,’ a 62-foot flagship vessel, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound.

Highlights

  • 4-hour whale-watching tour from Vancouver
  • Board a comfortable vessel equipped with several viewing areas
  • Explore the waters for sightings of whales, seabirds and other marine life
  • Gain insight into the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule

What You Can Expect

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

Ocean Magic

Fall in love with the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this 4-hour whale-watching adventure. Informative crew will share their stories and knowledge about the history of the area, industry fun facts and of course, the marine wildlife.
 
The tour departs from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Step aboard the Ocean Magic, a 62-foot (19-meter) vessel built for whale watching and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. Settle inside or outside, from one of three viewing areas on two levels, or move about the boat to try out all the vantage points.
 
Have your camera out and ready as you scan the waters for different species of whales, as well as an array of seabirds and other marine life.

Customer Reviews

daynasbemail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What a day! The girls that checked us in were very helpful and pleasant. They even reminded us to get food to take on the trip! Cody explained the safety rules and was very helpful telling us where we were along the trip and explained what wildlife we were seeing. We got to see harbor seals, sea lions, huge walrus. The we happened upon 6 Orca whales going up the coastline! The were swimming along and eventually went into the middle of the ocean and had a feeding frenzy! It was amazing! The we saw Mama Humpback whale and her baby! The sun was shining and it was a Beautiful day! I would definitely recommend The Prince of Whales! The boat had seats inside and out and you were somewhat protected from the environment.

Rob B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Great experience. Friendly and knowledgeable crew.

Stacy G

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Successful trip. Caught up with a family of orcas.

pctoh

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2016

Seeing wildlife is always problematic. Not the tour operators fault but all we saw were a few humpbacks from quite a distance away. Our aim was to see black and whites orcas but unfortunately none seen on this zodiac outing. we were in Victoria late September so probably just too late in the season.

Roy T United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2016

Didn't see any whales and while crew were fantastic couldn't help be disappointed - didn't have the option of a repeat visit

Rita E

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2016

Well, the crew was great!! It took 2 hours to get to where the whales were for 25 min.of viewing and 2 hours back . Not a great experience.

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