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Ocean Outfitters

368 Main Street, Tofino, British Columbia VOR 2ZO, Canada
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Ranked #26 of 42 Activities in Tofino
Type: Tours
Owner description: Tofino's award winning whale watching company- voted #1 Readers Choice Award for six years! Join Ocean Outfitters for adventures in Clayoquot Sound... more » Owner description: Tofino's award winning whale watching company- voted #1 Readers Choice Award for six years! Join Ocean Outfitters for adventures in Clayoquot Sound including guaranteed whale watching, bear watching, coastal hotsprings tours, private charters, sea to sky tours and Meares Island walks. Comfortable covered vessels and zodiacs equipped with washrooms. Free parking. On site gallery and espresso bar. Open year round for hotsprings tours. Book online and save! « less
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We had a fantastic trip to the Hot Springs Cove on our honeymoon. Our informative captain Ron took us out to sea to see a pod of Orca, which we were over the moon to see! Another highlight was seeing a sea otter chilling out on his back. A highly recommended trip. In fact we loved it so much that... More

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Melbourne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife and I went whale watching and then bear watching with Ocean Outfitters and both trips were great! We place much of the credit for our successful and enjoyable excursions with the Ocean Outfitters staff and particularly our skippers - Misty for whales and Tom for bears. Not only were these individuals highly skilled and knowledgeable but very importantly... More

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Victoria, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My wife and I have had three experiences with this company. Two were fine and one was a disappointment. Our first experience several years ago was the Hot Springs Cove tour aboard their covered boat. On this trip one of the tour members became seasick and spent most of the ride throwing up off the aft end, but the tour... More

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OOMgr, Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

Dear Mike, Once again we are sorry that you did not have a picture perfect trip. It is left to our Captain’s discretion whether a trip is turned around for medical reasons and it was my Captain’s assessment that this was the best call for this particular ill passenger. He was concerned that she would next go into shock. I... More

Derby
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My husband and I are from the UK and had booked a zodiac trip months before our visit to Tofino. Imagine our disappointment to wake up on the morning of the trip to torrential rain, it was slamming it down...but this is the Pacific Northwest! Ocean Outfitters were very good however and offered us the one pm trip in a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Fun trips on Zodiacs with our children. On our first whale watching trip we didn't see any whales (although we saw plenty of other wildlife) so Ocean Outfitters offered to book us onto a trip the following day free of charge - we very impressed by this gesture and fortunately we did get to see whales the next day. Our... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My husband and I did the Hot Springs tour and had a great time! Although the price was a little steep ($142/pp) we have no regrets. It's about a 6hr excursion anyway! The boat driver was so personable, informative, and fun to chat with. He did his best to try to find animals on the way to the hot springs... More

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The service was great, our guide was very informative (can't remember his name, he was young and well-traveled making for very interesting conversation). Saw a few whales which was great, the water was pretty rough which made them harder to see but overall not bad. Can't blame the company for unplayful whales! Haha (Remember they aren't Orcas! These animals are... More

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Whistler
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16 reviews 16 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The first whale watching activity was not good because of the fog, we tried again the day after and no whale but only some orcas from very very far... There were other zodiac by different company, just a bit closer... After a while our time was over and we came back to harbour... The other zodiac remained in the area,... More

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OOMgr, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We are disappointed to learn that you were unhappy. It is our sincerest desire to provide all guests with a memorable experience and our guides do their best to find whales and other marine life which are abundant on our coast. We do experience varied weather conditions which can provide challenges on certain days. This... More

Morrison, Illinois
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119 reviews 119 reviews
30 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Ocean Outfitters was recommended by our B&B hosts at Gull Cottage. We were given 10% off because we mentioned their name when booking. We spent our morning on a relaxing boat trip to view bears so we decided to change our afternoon whale watch reservations from boat to Zodiac for a little more adventure. There was space for us to... More

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Calgary
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Firstly, the $119.00 it cost is actually $141.45 after fees & taxes. Yes, we stopped & got great photos of momma bear & her 2 cubs. Very cute to watch. Saw the eagle, a bunch of sea otters, some cool jellyfish floating all over the water. Not enough info regarding the hot springs thou. We thought that since the 2... More

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OOMgr, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the opportunity to address concerns as often, it helps answer questions for other travelers. Our whale watch programs focus on wildlife for 2.5 hours. While we do not promise nor guarantee any wildlife sightings on the Hot Springs Cove tour, most are hugely successful. The focus is on getting you maximum time at... More

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