Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise
from £316.31
Fly from Vancouver to Victoria on a 35-minute flight by seaplane and search for Orcas on a whale watching cruise on Haro Strait. Be kind to the environment with the most environmentally friendly form of transport between Vancouver and the mainland - carbon offset levy included! Upon arrival in Victoria set off on an exciting 3-hour cruise through Haro Strait, native home to orcas (killer whales), sea lions and seals, followed by a return flight to the mainland. This unique opportunity to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat will bring you insight that no aquarium can provide.
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In Brief

Vancouver, Canada
3 hours

March to October

Important InfoInfo
Orcas frequent the waters of Haro Strait between March and October to feed on the salmon passing through on their migratory route. See these magnificent marine animals in their natural environment for an experience no aquarium can rival. The underwater kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest ocean ecosystem also provide a rich food source for other wildlife such as seals, seabirds and sea-otters, all of which may be spotted during your tour.

This tour is seasonal, operating from March to October.


  • Roundtrip scenic seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Carbon offset levy
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)


  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Harbour Air, Unit #1 Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not handicap accessible
  • Duration of tour may vary
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

What an amazing experience ! Would definately recommend this to anyone, we are so pleased we opted for the Seaplane both ways rather than boat. From checking in for our flight through to landing, the friendliness of the staff was fantastic. The views from the plane were breathtaking. We had an all femail crew on our whale watching cruise who were really informative, helpful and fun. They were very attentive and the passion of their work really shone through. We were so lucky to see Orca and whilst our photos didn't do the sightings justice we were so pleased that they had also taken 'official' pictures that you could view a matter of days later along with a blog of our trip. Take layers with you as it is windy if you are viewing up top, great touch that we could help ourselves to hot beverages on board and purchase a snack. In my opinion this is a must do experience ! Thank you we had an amazing time
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
The entire experience was smooth and satisfying. The booking experience was accommodating, the seaplane agents and pilots were helpful and pleasant, and the guide for the tour was fantastic (Derek Lowe, thank you!) 10/10 would recommend. We didn’t get to see any orcas but I blame that on mother nature, not the agency.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
Right from the time I checked in for the sea plane ride at Vancouver, to the time the return flight landed, everything went smoothly. The flights offered great views and the whale watching trip in between was equally fruitful. Sighted humpback whales as well as orcas, while enthusiastic guides kept everyone engaged. Both Harbour Air and Orca Spirit Adventures appear to be well run agencies and coordinated their schedules well, ensuring that a lot of action was packed in a day. Recommend this tour very highly.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Visited w my daughter she is in 30’s. Harbor air was on time Erica good over, Chris and Ben not friendly.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2018
My son fell in love with this experience. This is one we plan on doing again very soon.
• Submitted 23 Jun 2018
Both the seaplane and whale watching were excellent trips. It would be great to have small map given to us on the seaplane so we can identify the little islands we go over. However, the star was friendly, professional, and care was taken with our safety. The whale watching crew extended our trip 30 minutes so we could see an additional pod of whales that were spotted. I would highly recommend this.
• Submitted 12 Oct 2017
More than happy to choose this one of the most convenient way to visit victoria island. Let alone the wonderful experience of Orca watching, definitely recommended!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
An experience not be missed out on, it was brilliant. The seaplane flew low over Victoria and its islands with beautiful views all around.The guide on the rib was very informative, even though there was heavy mist at sea we saw the whales, a family of 3 then some individuals. We had so much fun in the rib boat which added to the experience. Definitely recommend this experience and good value for money.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
Efficient and professional
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
Great experience, the seaplane is a must we did whale watching as well. The whale watching boat and the guides were great we did see some whales but not sure we would pay too see them again.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
The whole day was fantastic. The float plane gave you fabulous views over the islands and you land right in the harbour at Victoria. Great town with lots to see and then exciting whale watching in a rib with an expert to find and talk about the orca. We had great weather and it might have been a different story if it had been a bit rough but all in all a fabulous day!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
worth every cent such a beautiful place to visit and so much to do
• Submitted 17 Sep 2017
Well worth it. Highly recommend returning by seaplane after being out for three hours on whale watching trip which was fun and exhilarating
• Submitted 13 Sep 2017
The seaplane offered a wonderful scenic tour and the whale watching on a Zokiak was a great way to whale watch.
• Submitted 17 Aug 2017
Sea Plane was a wonderful experience - totally different flying to a normal jet. You flew low over the islands and water ways between Vancouver and Victoria. The whale watching was amazing where we saw a pod of four Humpback whales . Add to this the other wild life seen it was very good value for money. There was even time to have a meal and look around in Victoria its self. Will try to go again and stay longer
• Submitted 01 Aug 2017
The whole trip was amazing from start to finish. Well planed and well executed. Our guide on the Zodiac speed boat was well informed and made the trip interesting and fun. Whilst we did see some Humpback's it was the Sea Otter, Bald Eagle and Sea Lines that made it for me. We were a family of three including my teenage daughter. Skimming along the sea at speed was fabulous fun as was the sea plane journey. Highly recomend. Very good value.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2017
Exceeded my expectations. Expect to get wet and enjoy the ride to see Orca's in their own environment. They provide heavy gear to keep you warm and somewhat dry depending on if the water is rough or calm but bring your own coat for underneath if you can. if you have the time do this trip it is well worth it.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2017
The whole experience was amazing and well worth every penny. All the staff were friendly and professional. I would definitely do this excursion again.
• Submitted 06 Oct 2016
The whole package was fantastic. We were lucky enough to have a warm clear day. The Seaplane trip was fantastic with great views and on the Whale watch saw a Humpback as well as Killer whales, Seals and otters .... and a US Submarine!
• Submitted 10 Aug 2016
Absolutely amazing... The seaplane to Victoria was fantastic, amazing views of Vancouver! The whale watching trip was truly a trip of a lifetime. We saw a pod of orcas and a hump back whale! The guide was professional and very knowledgable. Victoria itself is beautiful. Loads to see and lots of fine places to eat. Just wished we could have stayed longer! Would recommend this trip to anyone who is short of time, you won't be disappointed.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
I surprised my wife with a Journey that upheld everything and more. Firstly the Staff at the seaplane terminal were impeccable and they also allowed us earlier flight due to availability. The flight over to Victoria faultless. Victoria Spectacular only wish we had of organised an overnight stay. Whale watching Breath taking and the staff again were The Best. Thank you Corey for the passion of your job it is infectious. Thank you again for a wonderful memory never to be forgotten. Helen and Rod
• Submitted 31 Aug 2015
Loved it - all went seamlessly , just make sure you contact Harbour air early and carry a photo ID ... But overall 5 Star, would recommend to anyone who wants to go whale watching and if you do get the chance grab the co-pilots seat often offered to passengers on full flights
• Submitted 26 Aug 2015
Incredible experience....We were late getting to the plane but were able to take the next flight and meet our whale watch group on time. The whales were out and about and our guide Brad was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely use this site to book in the future.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2015

In Brief

Vancouver, Canada
3 hours

March to October

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