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Subtidal Adventures

1-1950 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
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Ranked #6 of 31 Activities in Ucluelet
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Ucluelet’s most respected, respectful and experienced whale watching company. Whale and Bear watching surrounded by incredible scenery. Small group cruising since 1978 in Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands. Choose our “fast and fun” Zodiac or our slower paced cabin cruiser. Mainly Gray, Humpback, sometimes Orca whales. Sea Lions, Seals, Eagles, possible Sea Otter. Exciting, innovative boat tours include: spring Gray Whale Adventure; summer Islands Whales and Bears, winter Sunset and Storm (harbour) cruises.

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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I spend a lot of time on the Wildpacific - it's the wild refuge that fills our souls. Have gone out with the big guys and it's safe but nothing spectacular. We tried Subtidal Adventures this last time and oh my, we went places I'd never been. We were able to get so much closer to rocky shores than in... More

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Truro, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went in August but weather was shocking - thick fog and rain! However we went on the Zodiac not expecting much. However we saw seaotters, sealions, bald eagles and a humpback whale. So result. They tried hard when frankly I thought there was little hope! So whatever the weather you might be lucky. Felt really safe and the boat driver... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Took a 4 hour tour on the Dixie IV today. It was very foggy but they went ahead anyway. The wooden boat is reminiscent of the "Minnow" from Gilligan's Island and could not see where we were for the majority of the tour so had to trust that Brian (Shipper) knew where he was going. Saw some wildlife faintly but... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went for the 4 hours whale watching tour with Dixie IV in July 2014. There were no other passengers, so that we enjoyed a quite private atmosphere. We saw some bald eagles, seals, sea otters and sea lions. Although not finding any whale, we were very impressed by the amazing landscape and scenery. Seeing whales would just have been... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had a great time coasting around the Broken Islands with Bob and the Discovery. We saw a pair of Grey Wales, some harbor porpoises, seals, eagles, and a black bear. Bob did say that the whale numbers are down this year but that did not stop us from finding some. Definitely suggest a pair of binoculars if you have them,... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful tour on a beautiful day around the coast of Ucluelet seeing two grey whales, dozens of bald eagles, harbor seals and sea lions galore. Our boat was the Dixie IV a 36 foot former Canadian Coast guard search and rescue boat. Captain Brian gave us a wonderful tour through Barkley Sound, taking us close to the... More

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

When visiting Vancouver Island we did a few whale watching and wildlife tours. This one was least. The skipper didn't seem very enthusiastic about the wildlife. If you would like to make pictures and have a good view make sure you sit in the front or at the side. When they have a full boat they will fit three people... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Brian and his crew at Subtidal Adventures are amazing!!! The ridged-haul inflatable Discovery is the perfect platform for taking in everything Barkley Sound has to offer. Steller and California sea lions dot the numerous islands of the Broken Group. Countless species of birds can be seen - everything from bald eagles to black footed albatross. Black bears roaming the intertidal... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

My wife and I took a trip aboard the 'Discovery' RIB with Brian of Subtidal Adventures and it was superb. It was wet weather and Brian provided Ocean waterproof survival suits to keep us warm and dry, which were excellent. Brian's local knowledge and expertise along with his humour and enthusiasm made the experience fun and unforgettable. Despite the rain... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We say that but I certainly hope one day we get to go again. Brian so kindly agreed to sail even though there was just me and my husband. We could not believe how lucky we were, they were so accommodating. So off we sailed, his knowledge and experience is second to none, he found bald eagles, kingfishers, sea lions... More

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