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Spend the day scouting for an incredible array of marine life during this 3- to 5-hour Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including killer whales (orcas), seals, porpoises and eagles, among others. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver also includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.

Highlights

  • 3- to 5-hour whale-watching tour
  • Discover orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and more!
  • 90% success rate of sighting whales
  • Shuttle option for round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver
  • Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan island chains
  • Accompanied by a professional naturalist
  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

Whale Watching Tour

Explore the incredible marine life near Vancouver during this 3- to 5-hour whale watching cruise in search of killer whales 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 at either 9am, 11am or 2pm. 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 will also allow you the chance to hear the whale calls of any orcas encountered along the way, and handy photo ID charts will 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’ll 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.

Customer Reviews

tajathome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great day out

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very informative guides. A great experience

John O R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic as we were very fortunate to see a wonderful pod of killer whales and the lady who accompanied us was very forthcoming with terrific information.

Paula B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

saw alot of whales

Patricia L Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely gorgeous day and experience! Great Whale Watching experience

M W C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very accommodating where the tour was cancelled and I was transferred to another tour that weekend. The tour guide was extremely helpful and knowledgable, happy and it was a pleasure to gain so much from her forgive me I forgot the tour guides name. The added complimentary bus was very useful and informative. Got to see 4 generation of whales, so all in all an excellent tour.

Alistair M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An exccelent day trip superb weather knowledgeable staff with Orca's sea lions seals and various bird life to see I would highly recommend this trip to anyone coming to Vancouver on holiday 10 out 10 for everything about it and really friendly local staff

Sergio G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Even if we could not see any whales, the staff made everything possible to make it. At the end we received a voucher to make the to same tour in the future for free!!

Loree T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Weather was really nice and we were able to see several orcas and take pictures. The guide was pleasant and very informative.

Troy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had an excellent time. The guide was very informative and fun. We saw two different types of whales and we saw an orca breech, which is not common.

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