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Frequently Asked

General Inquiries

How long has Seabreeze Adventures been in operation?

Seabreeze Adventures has been operating since 1998, bringing over 25 years of maritime expertise to the world of marine tourism.

Are reservations required? How far in advance should I book?

We do accept walk-ins, although we can’t guarantee that there will be space. We strongly suggest making a reservation, especially during our peak summer months (June-August). Making a reservation 4-5 days in advance will ensure that you and your guests get the exact day and time of your preferred trip.

Are tours suitable for children and families?

Absolutely! Seabreeze Adventures welcomes families and children aboard our tours. Our semi-enclosed whale watching tours and fishing charters are designed to be family-friendly, offering a memorable and educational adventure for all ages. Please note, only our zodiac whale watching tours have the restriction of no children under the age of 8.

Where are you located and how do I get there?

We are located in Steveston, BC which is in south Richmond, about a 35-40 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver and only 15 minutes from Vancouver International Airport. There is limited free street parking, but all are walking distance to our office.

You can also easily take Transit via the Canada Line (Richmond–Brighouse) and bus (Routes 401, 402, 406, or 407).

You will find our office at the end of the dock across the street (No. 1 road) from the Starbucks Coffee. Feel free to call our office anytime to ask about specific directions!

Do you provide transportation services?

Yes, we do! When booking your whale watching eco-tour, add on our shuttle service to enjoy hassle-free pickups from various locations within downtown Vancouver as well as hotels in Richmond. Our premium, air conditioned shuttles can fit up to 24 passengers and cost $20 per person round trip.

How far in advance should I arrive?

We ask that you be here at least half an hour before your departure time so that you can check-in and receive a boarding pass. You will often have some extra time to grab some food and a coffee, or just sit and enjoy the scenery of the Fraser River.

Where can I park?

There is limited free street parking all throughout the Steveston Village area, all are walking distance to our office. There are also multiple paid parking lots within walking distance as well.

What is the special locals pricing deal?

At Seabreeze Adventures, we offer special locals pricing on Whale Watching eco-tours to all BC residents. It’s a great opportunity for local residents to enjoy our whale watching adventures on our comfortable semi-enclosed vessels at a special discounted rate, providing you with a memorable experience close to home.

To qualify for discounted rates, individuals typically need to provide proof of BC residency, such as a valid ID with a current address. Depending on our season and the number of individuals in your group, you can receive up to 20% off your ticket price. Bookings can be made by phone and all individuals in your party will be required to provide proof of BC resident status.

Check out our For Locals page for discount rates, and please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have. We hope to see you soon!

Will tours take place in any weather?

Our tours run in all weather conditions, rain or shine! Safety is our main priority, and in the event of extreme weather or high winds, our crew may decide to cancel adventures. Rest assured, we will be the first to contact you should this be the case.

Whale Watching

What types of whales are typically spotted?

The main whales we see on our tours are orcas and humpback whales, although we do on occasion see minke whales, and grey whales.

How close do you get to the whales?

We strictly observe the guidelines established by the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) and maintain a respectful distance of 200 meters from transient orcas and 100 meters from humpback whales. This distance ensures a fantastic and unobtrusive view of these magnificent creatures.

When is the best time for whale watching in Vancouver?

There is no "best" time to see whales, as they are in our local waters all year round! We operate between April and October every year and our success rate is 97%. Each trip is unique and the wildlife you spot just depends on the day. Orcas are here year round, grey whales can be spotted in Spring and humpback whales are seen from April until October, along with other cetaceans.

Is it better during the morning or afternoon trip?

There are the same chances to see whales in the morning tours than in the afternoon tours. However, if you are planning on enjoying the charm of Steveston we recommend you join the morning departure to ensure you have plenty of time when you get back!

What happens if we don't see any whales during the tour?

Our success rate is exceptionally high, with whales spotted on approximately 97% of our tours! In the rare event that you do not see a whale, take advantage of our 100% Whale Sighting Guarantee. Come back again for free–no expiry! Please keep in mind, this voucher is not transferable and has no cash value.

How long do whale watching tours typically last?

Our tours can last anywhere from 3-5 hours. As we observe animals in their natural habitat, the unpredictability of their location means that trips will vary in length.

How should I dress? What should I bring?

Just as the whales can be unpredictable, so can the forecast! We highly recommend you dress comfy and warm as it can be up to 10 degrees colder out on the water. Don’t forget to layer up and wear waterproof windbreaker jackets; long pants; closed-toe, flat shoes; gloves & hats for cooler days; sunglasses & sunscreen. We also recommend that you bring a reusable water bottle, a camera/GoPro, and binoculars.

Can I bring my own food and beverages on the boat?

Of course! Given the potential for extended excursions, having your own light snack or packed lunch will keep you fuelled. However, for your convenience, we offer lunch options for just $15 CAD per person. Simply choose your preference during the booking process, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Complimentary snacks and water are also provided onboard to keep you refreshed and enjoying every moment of your eco-tour adventure.

Can I bring cameras and drones?

Drones are not allowed in our boats. The usage of them around whales is illegal as it can disturb and harm them. However, cameras, cellphones and GoPros are all welcome aboard!

Is there a washroom on board the whale watching vessels?

Yes, we have washrooms available on both the zodiac and semi-enclosed vessels.

What safety measures are in place during tours?

Aside from experiencing the thrill of whale watching, ensuring the safety of our guests is our top priority. We have comprehensive safety measures in place during all tours, including the presence of experienced and certified crew members, and adherence to guidelines set by maritime authorities. Our vessels are equipped with life-saving devices, and we conduct routine safety drills to ensure preparedness in any situation.

Can pregnant people go on whale watching tours?

For individuals in the early stages of pregnancy (first trimester), we advise consulting with your doctor before booking a trip. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate individuals in their second or third trimester due to safety considerations. As conditions on the boat can be unpredictable, with the potential for rough weather and extensive travel to find whales, we prioritize ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for all our guests.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

While we strive to make our tours as inclusive as possible, we regret to inform you that our current vessels do not offer wheelchair accessibility. We understand the importance of accessibility, and we are actively exploring ways to enhance our offerings to accommodate a broader range of guests. If you have specific accessibility concerns, please feel free to contact us, and we'll do our best to assist you in finding suitable alternatives for your enjoyment.

What is the cancellation policy for whale watching tours?

Cancellations made within 48 hours of your tour incur a non-refundable penalty fee equal to the full tour price. If you need to cancel or change your tour, please let us know at least 48 hours before your departure time. No-shows will be charged the full tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel due to weather or mechanical issues, and trips may be canceled if minimum person requirements are not met. We cancel very few trips but it's important to check your email the morning of the trip to ensure no cancellations have been made. In the unlikely event that we do have to cancel due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances there is no charge to you.

My group can't decide between Whale Watching or Fishing, can we split up and do both? 

Yes! With our Whale Watching and Fishing Bundle we are happy to cater to any group that's looking to split up and have individuals within their party experience either an exciting whale watching eco-tour or a relaxing fishing charter. Please contact us to schedule in your trip.


What is included in a fishing charter package?

Our fishing charters offer a comprehensive experience for anglers of all levels. Included in the package are the services of our expert guides who will take you to prime fishing spots, the use of quality fishing equipment, and a comfortable and safe trip aboard our vessels. Additionally, your catch cleaning and packaging are part of the package, ensuring you can take home your fresh catches.

Do I need to bring my own fishing equipment, or is it provided?

You do not need to bring your own fishing equipment. In addition to our expertise guidance, we will supply you with rods, reels and lures.

Are there specific clothing recommendations for the trip?

Yes, we recommend dressing appropriately for your day out on the waves. We suggest wearing comfortable layers, as weather conditions on the water can change and are generally cooler than on land. Bring a waterproof jacket, sturdy footwear with non-slip soles, and consider a hat and sunglasses for sun protection. It's also a good idea to bring sunscreen.

Are fishing licenses provided, or do I need to obtain my own?

To participate in our fishing charter trips, guests are required to obtain their own fishing license. You can acquire the necessary license by visiting the official website of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Fishing License Website. Please ensure you obtain your fishing license before the trip to comply with local regulations. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

Can I keep the fish I catch, and is there a limit?

Absolutely! Yes, you are allowed to keep the fish you catch during our fishing charter trips, following the specific regulations outlined by the British Columbia fishing authorities. These regulations detail the allowable size and quantity for different fish species. Our knowledgeable guides will provide information and guidance to ensure you adhere to these BC regulations, promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices.

What types of fish are commonly caught on fishing charters?

Common catches include Rockfish, Lingcod, Greenling, Cabezon, and Flounder. Keep in mind that the specific types of fish you'll encounter may vary depending on the season and location of the charter.

Do you do crab/prawn trips?

Yes, we do offer crab/prawn trips. If that is something you are interested in, please request this when booking your fishing charter. Keep in mind it will take two hours out of the fishing time.

Are food and beverages provided, or should I bring my own?

While our fishing charters are focused on providing an exceptional fishing experience, we do not provide food and beverages as part of the charter package. We recommend bringing your own snacks, drinks, and any personal refreshments you may need to stay comfortable during the trip.

Is there a washroom on board the fishing charter vessel?

Yes, we have washrooms available on all fishing charter vessels.

What safety measures are in place during the trip?

Our vessels are equipped with modern safety features, including life jackets and other essential safety equipment. We adhere to all maritime safety regulations and closely monitor weather conditions. Additionally, our guides provide thorough safety briefings before departure, ensuring that all guests are aware of emergency procedures and have an enjoyable, secure fishing experience with us.

How far in advance should I book a fishing charter?

We advise making your reservation well in advance, preferably a few weeks before your desired date, to guarantee your preferred time slot. Popular times, such as weekends and peak seasons, tend to fill up quickly. Booking well in advance allows us to prepare for your fishing adventure, and ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for you and your group.

What is the cancellation policy for fishing charters?

If you need to cancel your fishing charter, notifying us at least 72 hours before your scheduled departure ensures a full refund. However, cancellations made within 72 hours of the trip will incur a 50% penalty fee. We appreciate your understanding, and this policy helps us manage reservations and provide the best experience for all our guests.

My group can't decide between Whale Watching or Fishing, can we split up and do both? 

Yes! With our Whale Watching and Fishing Bundle we are happy to cater to any group that's looking to split up and have individuals within their party experience either an exciting whale watching eco-tour or a relaxing fishing charter. Please contact us to schedule in your trip.

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