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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

By Prince of Whales Whale Watching
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Watch for orcas, humpbacks, and other marine wildlife on a half-day whale-watching tour from Vancouver. Unlike open-air speed boats, this heated catamaran has indoor and outdoor viewing decks so you’ll enjoy a comfortable trip in any weather. Onboard naturalist guides will fill you in on animal identification, natural history, and more, all while you soak up the idyllic Pacific Northwest scenery.
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Ages 0-99, max of 95 per group
Duration: 5h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Snap wildlife photos from the open-air viewing decks
  • Stay warm in the boat’s interior, heated cabins
  • Sip included tea, coffee, and hot chocolate on the boat
  • Convenient downtown departure point close to top sights
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2024

  • Free photo package of your trip & wildlife, with personal photos of you and your loved ones
  • Educational materials on board
  • Complimentary tea, coffee & hot chocolate
  • Two washrooms
  • Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee - return tour from any of our locations until you see whales!
  • 95-passenger vessel featuring indoor, heated cabin with floor to ceiling windows and open air decks
  • Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists
  • Digital Language Guides available (German, Dutch, Spanish, English, French) More coming soon...
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Excludes taxes and fees for Lifetime Whale Sighting Guarantee


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  • 1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y1, Canada
    Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure, At 1666 Duranleau st on Granville Island behind Bridges restaurant. We will not hold the boat for late guests.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5882P9

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Service animals allowed with proper documentation and life jacket
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5882P9

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    • Prince of Whales Whale Watching
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    • paris2050
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best whale watching tour!!
      Hands down this is the best whale watching tour I have ever been on. I have been on 4 and this was my most favorite. I have never seen a whale breach before!!! It was fun to see the staff rescue a stranded kayaker too. The staff was amazing and very knowledgeable about what we were seeing and making sure we had a great time. Plus the bonus of getting the photos without having to pay extra was a great bonus. I will be telling everyone this one is the one to go on. My only complaint was with the girl who checked us in. We got there at 3:55 because it said to be 30 minutes early. She told us to come back at 4:15. So we went and grabbed food. Then when we came back at 4:15 she said the boat was almost done being boarded and we were the last group to board. I don't know why she sent us away. Don't leave if that happens to you. Instead of getting the best seats we had the worst but when the whales show up it doesn't matter. Just don't leave if they tell you to.
      Written 12 July 2024
    • K9612ABvictorial
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience! Whale breaching!
      It's an amazing experience. The crew is very knowledgable and professional (Tobin and his crew). We saw a humbpack whale doing whale breaching twice! and pec salp as well. The whole tour is about 4 hours and very memorable. Highly recommended.
      Written 12 July 2024
    • SarahF969
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Whale Watching Experience
      The knowledgeable crew (Lucas, Tobin, Karl, Roisin, and Graham) took us on a fantastic tour in which we saw three species of whales: orcas, humpbacks, and a gray whale! I loved that they make sure all passengers are able to get a view by switching sides when whales were spotted. What made the trip different from other experiences was that the crew also took pictures during the excursion and posted them for free so we could have great photo memories of the experience!
      Written 11 July 2024
    • lhbartley07
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful, respectful, informative and close enough to hear the whales breathing!
      We got lucky with the weather and had a gorgeous evening out on the water. Our naturalist guide, Amanda, was amazing and did a great job answering our 11 year old daughter's questions. She was patient, informative, and even let our daughter look over her shoulder at the catalog of all the whales with their names and distinctive markings. We saw a whole pod of Orcas (that also had a baby with them), sea lions, and a couple of humpbacks too. The humpbacks were particularly active - breeching out of the water, waving and slapping their fins. Our boat captain was able to turn off the engines at one point so we could hear the humpbacks breathing around us because they were so close! I appreciated the way our guides and boat captain also respected and protected the whales, alerting other boaters in the area to change course so the animals would not be disturbed. It was a wonderful and memorable experience!
      Written 10 July 2024
    • ChillaChick
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience
      Fantastic tour. Comfortable boat for viewing whales etc. Very knowledgeable crew. We saw a few different pods of Orcas & viewed a humpback. Had plenty of time watching their activity.
      Written 10 July 2024
    • M7912CKjohnd
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Prince of Whales
      Crew was extremely knowledgeable, professional and fun. We go to see several Humpbacks. Alex, Amanda and Miranda provided a pleasurable experience with lots of useful information. I'll be recommending to all my friends that travel to the area.
      Written 10 July 2024
    • michaelaL3014RA
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great whale watching!
      Amazing amazing cruise. Well worth the money. Tobin, Fawkes, and Rosin were amazing tour guides and hosts. Very knowledgeable. Saw lots of whales and sea lions. So educational. I would do this again.
      Written 9 July 2024
    • Y5267CWpaulp
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I needed to do at least one boat trip while in Vancouver.
      This trip was very easy to get to and to board. The crew and guides were great. The fellow passengers were good company as well1
      Written 8 July 2024
    • davewH7572IE
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Whale watch - Vancouver
      Awesome trip and we'll organised with a great team onboard. We stayed out for just over 4 hours and saw Hump backed Whales, Sea Lions and a bonus Bald Eagle on one of the islands on our return.
      Written 6 July 2024
    • Boltman2008
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great whale watching excursion
      Nice vessel. Very clean and well maintained. Friendly crew and experienced guides. Saw humpback whales, seals, and eagles. Crew had a great photo service where staff took better photos than we could with phones. Emailed link with photos within 2 hours of trip. We'll run. The vessel had food and beverages available. Convenient departure from Granville Island near public market.
      Written 6 July 2024
    • vinkadog
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spectacular! What a wonderful experience
      I didn't really have any expectations going into this tour. My teenaged son asked to go, and I agreed with ambivalence. I think I expected to maybe see a plume of salty spray once or twice and not much more. And it was so much more! From the very first briefing pierside and throughout the journey, the crew was engaging, eager to share their knowledge, and clearly skilled at taking us to the right spot to see humpback whales over and over again. It was such a fantastic experience and a memory I will cherish for years. Huge thanks to Captain Jonathan, First Mate Alex, and Naturalists Roisin, Fawkes, and Amanda (July 5 sunset cruise) for an unforgettable experience.
      Written 5 July 2024
    • gfernet
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth every penny!
      Crew was amazing. Second time attending. Last year we didn't see any whales, so this year we were able to attend again, and only pay a minimal charge of taxation....many whales, humpback, killer, and much more. Thank you!
      Written 5 July 2024
    • 65rdg
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      Amazing Experience
      Amazing experience. Hesitant at first, unsure of what a sunset crews would entail, but in the end it was the best decision. Such a great, unique adventure. 10/10 would recommend
      Written 5 July 2024
    • 801bhavyav
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience!
      The sunset whale watching tour was excellent! We sat in the cabin below, and walked around the boat. We were lucky enough to see orcas very quickly, and a humpback whale afterwards. We also saw bald eagles and porpoise. The staff were very knowledgeable, in particular we spoke a lot to Sebastian.
      Written 4 July 2024
    • Annette H
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      Don’t miss this tour!
      We had an amazing sunset trip. Absolutely awesome. Captain Francois and First Mate Sandy took such good care of us. Marshall, our naturalist, made an incredible experience even more meaningful with his encyclopaedic knowledge. We saw 20+ whales, Ollie the otter, a majestic bald eagle and harbour seals. I highly recommend this company.
      Written 3 July 2024
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    David
    Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    Unbelievable Experience travelling with our Son: the best scenery, and the marine life we saw was just amazing. We saw three sets of humpback whales ( one a mother with her calf ), sea lions, seals, porpoises, and bald eagles. Very impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of the naturalists and crew (very kid friendly). The vessel was a dream riding on the water at eye level, well kept, and extremely clean. The whole experience was so memorable, I will be inviting my elderly mother on a special trip to join us on this excursion again. The whole Whale Watching Adventure from start to finish really showcased that this company really knows what they are doing, and I highly recommend this excursion and Prince of Whales.
    Written 29 July 2020
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    Hello kitscoffee, Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation! We are so happy to hear that you got to see humpbacks, sea lions, seals, porpoise and bald eagles and had memorable experience. A big thank you for your kind words about our hard working crew, we love to hear that our hard work pays off :) Please join us again soon!!
    Written 11 August 2020
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    Bosmanne
    vancouver bc3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    The crew on this adventure was the most awesome Captain Anthony, first mate Sandy and Naturalist Whalema and James.... so much knowledge and the whole time they kept us excited about what we were seeing and doing.
    The captain made sure we saw as much of the humpbacks as possible, he did try to take us where the orcas were but we didn’t get to see any. Whalema and James identified the tails and had stories about each one, it was so interesting. They made sure each passenger was taken care of and during this time of COVID made sure everything was sanitized. We could tell they truly LOVE their jobs and the whales in particular. I would and will pass this on to my B.C. friends.
    Written 13 October 2020
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    Hello Bosmanne, Thank you so much for your fantastic review of the Half Day Adventure! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your trip with our amazing crew and that you felt safe with our Covid-19 protocols. Our crew is so passionate about their jobs and they love what they do and I am glad that translates! We hope to welcome you back out with us in the future!
    Written 23 October 2020
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    Tina Xiao
    Honolulu, HI3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This activity was ok. We were lucky enough for it to not have rained, but I feel a bit disappointed with what we saw. We drove out for about 2 hours with nothing in site. After “seeing” armless seals, the captain turned around to head in another direction (for another hour) because they heard from another boat that there were whales south of wherever we were. We saw two whales’ dorsal fins and tails and watched them for half an hour, but no water from the blowhole and they didn’t surface. I guess I expected too much out of the tour? I’m just a little shocked that this is one of the most popular tours in Vancouver.
    The cruise ship was comfortable and they had an insulated lounge below deck to warm up. They offered complimentary coffee and tea I believe. There were snacks offered for $3 each which goes to a whale foundation.
    Overall, I wouldn’t book again or recommend just because I feel like you could spend 5-6 hours doing something better.
    Written 13 June 2022
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    t_xiao22, Thank you so much for your review! We apologize for your disappointment in the tour, we unfortunately cannot control whether whales breach or not as they are wild animals. We are glad you enjoyed the ship; we do what we can to make the experience a comfortable one for our guests. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months, so we hope you book with us again and that your next tour can be a 5 star experience!
    Written 14 June 2022
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    xerexes
    Vancouver, Canada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Solo
    Highly recommend this tour. Leaving from Granville Island is very convenient and it’s a great day out on the water. Even if you don’t see as many whales as you are hoping for, the scenery is worth it. And, if you don’t see any whales at all, you can rebook another trip for free!

    The entire team were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Wilma, and the other naturalists were very enthusiastic and engaging. They really made an effort to educate everyone about what we were going to see, and what we were actually witnessing, as well as answering questions. They actually went around the boat, sitting with groups and individuals.

    What you should know in advance:
    1. The tours are not allowed to approach the whales, and must stay at least 200m away. This means that the whales are really far off in the distance. Phone cameras aren’t really going to give you the best pictures, luckily, Prince of Whales provides you with professional photos of the wildlife spotted on your trip. If you have a camera with a long lens, go for it. Otherwise, just enjoy the experience and don’t worry about taking photos.

    2. You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks. Do so. It’s a long trip, and there are bathrooms and tables on board. Granville Island has lots of places to pick up food, if you’ve forgotten. There is coffee, tea and hot chocolate available onboard but the snacks were not available on my trip.

    3. It does get cold and very windy if you’re sitting outside. Hold on to your hats! However, the boat comes to a stop, slow cruise once whales are spotted.

    4. It takes about an hour and a half before you reach the first whale spotting location. Enjoy the views.

    5. They had phone chargers onboard, if needed.

    6. Bring and use lots of sunscreen. It’s intense on the water and you can get a really bad sunburn. Take advantage of the covered areas onboard.

    Overall, it’s well worthwhile! Have fun!
    Written 25 July 2021
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    xerexes, Thank you very much for your 5-star, detailed and engaging review!! It means a lot that you took the time to recommend us & to recommend important points to future guests. I'm sure they will be just as appreciative of this review as we are! We hope that you will join us again soon for more fun :) Until then, take care & best fishes!
    Written 26 July 2021
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    Stephen M
    Newport, UK49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great morning out with the Prince of Whales crew on their catamaran. Booking was really easy a day or so before the trip. We turned up at 8am and got on board. Nice welcome and a safety talk then off.

    We saw humpback whales, mainly one in particular with a distinctive tail marking. Lucas our nature guide was able to tell us from their photo book which named whale it was. Lucas talked to us throughout about different aspects of the whale’s life including how it feeds, sleeps, migrates, mixes with other whales and sea life. All really interesting and delivered with great knowledge and a lot of humour. Also a lot of info about nature in the area, and how it was dealing with humans. We had a load of opportunities to see our whale blowing and then surfacing, with its tail fully on show. We then saw other sea life including Steller sea lions and harbour seals, before turning for home.

    The trip took about 4-4.5 hours and was worth ever penny/dollar. The crew were so friendly and helpful. We had one kid who got a bit seasick, and the crew just sorted it all out and looked after him brilliantly.

    We were visiting from Wales, and had been whale and bear watching on a zodiac boat in Tofino the week before. This was different but just as good and I’d highly recommend this trip. Make sure you’re well wrapped up as the boat goes out into exposed waters! Thanks Prince of Whales.

    One really nice touch is that after you get back, they text you a link to the photos the crew took during the trip (far better than anything I could take) so you have a free set of memories from your day.
    Written 16 September 2022
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    Hello, Thank you so much for this brilliant review! We love to hear stories like this, and we love that we could share such a great experience with you! We are so happy that Lucas and our crew could provide such a knowledgeable and humorous trip for you! We hope that you can join us again soon, so that we can have another great trip with you!
    Written 17 September 2022
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    nmcneil0703
    Kitchener, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    My self my daughter and grand son are really glad we went on the whale watching tour. Travelled a says out and were starting to think we would see nothing my daughter and grand son saw the spouting they up came Heather and her calf. That was amazing but they didn't stay long. We turned onto a different direction and it wasn't long before we saw a party of five orcas. Boy it was like a party the bigger ones were splashing their tails onto the water jumping out and flipping over. We watch them for over half an hour and they were still playing when we left. There is nothing like it. People have to book and go see themselves. Crew were amazing and knowledgeable and safety for covid was explained and followed. Thankyou.
    Written 23 July 2020
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    Hello nmcneil0703, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour and got to encounter Heather the humpback and her calf, and a pod of orcas. Sounds like you even got to see some epic surface behaviour - very cool! Thank you for coming out, and we hope to see you again :)
    Written 24 July 2020
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    Chris Jones
    Glyndyfrdwy, UK50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We (me, wife kids 7 & 9)went on this tour on the morning of Saturday 23 August. It was a gorgeous day, but you really do need to wrap up warm if you want to sit out in the deck, as the wind makes it cold. Even though it was a hot day, I wore trousers, a hoodie and a wind proof coat on the coat.

    We had a European lady who was our guide and she was great, bring so knowledgable about everything we saw. We managed to see loads of harbour porpoises, sea lions, seals and golden eagles. However we didn’t see any whales (but the trip was great even without this)! With this tour, you have a listing guarantee that you can keep going on the trip for a small cost (fuel surcharge), so we booked on the very next day.

    The second trip was in the afternoon and our guide was Tobyn who was equally knowledgable as the lady on the first trip. We saw seals once again and this time we saw a hump back whale. We were able to watch it for around 30 mins which was great and exactly what we were hoping for.

    The crewe take loads of photos and email them to your afterwards, so you don’t need to worry about trying to capture a good shot.

    The trip takes between 4-5 hours and according to my GPS watch you cover between 75-100 miles. There is some beautiful scenery and I would highly recommend going if your thinking about it!
    Written 29 July 2022
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    chrisbutch, Thank you so much for this incredible review! We are so grateful you and your family joined us on board. Seeing so much vast wildlife is incredible, and we were so happy you were able to see whales on the second trip out! Thank you again for joining us, and we hope to see you again soon!
    Written 30 July 2022
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    Ka.Reau1973
    Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    After a disapointed trip last year from Victoria, the weather conditions were against us, my daughter and I decided to give a second chance on July 5th, 2020. OMG! we had the most unbelievable whale watching day EVER! We saw two packs of killer whales mingling together and they came so close to the boat, along with not one but two Humpbacks joining the packs. Something rarely seen before. They gave us quite the show!
    Shoutout to the crew, they were amazing! I also want to mention that I appreciated the fact that they are respecting the wild life to the fullest. Stopping the boat motors showed me how professional they were and how much they care. They don't stressed the animals and we can watch as long as possible.
    Unfortunately I can't post any pictures cause all I have is an iPhone. This is one of those time where I wish I'd have a GOOD camera! Took great videos though.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you :-)
    Written 6 July 2020
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    Hello Kareau1973, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are so glad that you gave it a second chance and got to see such a rare interaction between the killer whales and humpbacks - what a great, once in a lifetime experience!! Thank you for you kind comments about our crew and the way we value our wildlife inhabitants:) We hope to have you out again in the future!
    Written 9 July 2020
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    Kenneth dia
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020 • Couples
    What a day it was on September 20,2020. We got to see about 8 orcas, and 3 giant humpback whales and sea lions, overall was about 4-5 hour trip but it was amazing the crew was very welcoming ,knowledgeable and extremely passionate Wilma and James were extremely spectacular with their superb understanding about the whales
    And our surroundings and We couldn’t have been more blessed to have them as our guides. The captain Anthony was great captain and knew exactly where to be. I truly
    Recommended this tour as you will enjoy this experience as I we all have . Make sure to dress properly and bring some snacks along the way due to covid and again thank you for the wonderful experience.
    Written 24 September 2020
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    Hello kenflip988, Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation! We are thrilled that you got to see so many whales, and had a good time onboard with our rock star crew :) Great recommendation to dress warm and bring snacks, it does get cold on deck and because its a long tour snacks will really make a difference! Thank you for joining us and we hope to have you on board again in the future :)
    Written 14 October 2020
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    403dave
    Toronto, Canada6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Friends
    I can't say enough about our experience on the Prince of Whales half day whale watching Adventure. Amazing experience and amazing staff.

    It was supposed to rain all day and yet it was completely Sunny which of course they had nothing to do with but we apparently set three whale watching records on our journey.

    We saw the most whales ever (a total of 7 humpbacks during their pre Mexico Feeding Frenzy), we got the closest they had ever been to a whale (about 20 metres) as the whales kept coming closer and closer to our boat despite trying to get away from them and we saw lunge feeding where the whale a bunch of fish from below and then opens his mouth wide and almost leaps from the water.

    The staff was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and possibly more enthusiastic than the passengers. They were yelling and screaming along with us. I would love to give a shout out to specific staff members but the only one whose name I can remember was Wilma who is from Austria and had an accent that made her sound like Werner Herzog narrating one of his incredible documentaries. It just made the whole thing seem that much more important. The captain had excellent instincts with regards to which direction to face the boat and also had the sense to kill the engine entirely when we were close to the whales. There is absolutely nothing like the silence that is broken by the sound of a breathing whale. Who knew that whales also trumpeted a little bit like elephants to sometimes show their displeasure about what another whale is doing.

    About the boat itself, it is extremely fast and smooth despite choppy Waters and very quiet and comfortable inside. Lots of room on the fore and aft decks for viewing the animals. Extremely convenient departure location on Granville Island. We also got to see sun-basking sea lions and because we were almost bored from seeing so many whales even went to find bald eagles but there were none.

    Simply an incredible experience which had a lot to do with the company, boat and staff but of course it all depends on whales and weather showing up.
    Written 11 October 2020
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    Hello 403dave, Thank you for your glowing review! We are so happy that the weather cooperated, you got to encounter friendly humpbacks and enjoyed your tome onboard with our staff! Thank you for coming out with us and we hope to see you again in the next time you visit :)
    Written 22 October 2020
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