Water activity

Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

From $148 per person

See whales and other marine animals close up on the state-of-the-art catamaran, Salish Sea Freedom. The covered boat has several viewing areas on 3 different elevations, and whale sightings are guaranteed.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Explore the waters off Vancouver for whales, seabirds and more
  • Learn about the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
Full description
Experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. See several types of whales, as well as an assortment of sea birds and other marine species. Marvel at the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this 3-6 hour adventure. An informative crew will tell you about the history of the area and about the marine wildlife. Board the Salish Sea Freedom, a 62-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. You can choose to be inside or outside, and can choose from 3 viewing areas on 2 levels.
  • Live commentary on board
  • Driver/guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Whale sightings guaranteed
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Granville Island (1666 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC)

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  • Please check in 30 minutes before the scheduled start of your tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 136 reviews

Review summary

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The boat was absolutely immaculate! The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. It is always so nice to see people loving what they do. We saw orcas, humpback, seals and amazing birds. We also really enjoyed the water ride- I was very surprised at how smooth it was, even when going fast. My husband and I and our two young boys were very happy. Thank you!

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July 8, 2021

Excellent experience

We had a rather rough and choppy boat tour out but the crew on board looked after us very well and made sure everyone was ok at all times. Especially James deserves a mention for handing out an endless supply of ginger sweets. We saw a couple of bald eagles, plenty of harbour seals and just as we headed back to Vancouver a humpback whale made a brief appearance for us too.

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October 11, 2019

Fascinating tour over the sea, exciting looks in all directions and some sightings. A gray forest name has shown itself very close - unbelievable. Not everyone will be able to do that, but there is a chance and the captain will do his best. Good organization, great crew, fascinating animals. Recommendation: dress warm and windproof :-) Many thanks to Captain Ian and his husband / wife

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September 29, 2019

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