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Address: 1-1950 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-726-7336
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Description: Ucluelet’s most respected, respectful and experienced whale watching...
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" and "Bears and Birds", winter Sunset and Harbour tours.
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It was fun

Wendy was a good captain, informative and fun. We saw 4 whales, no bears, and a few Eagles. They give you big warm suits to wear. The zodiac was a blast to ride!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Wendy was a good captain, informative and fun. We saw 4 whales, no bears, and a few Eagles. They give you big warm suits to wear. The zodiac was a blast to ride!

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Spent a lovely afternoon on a four hour tour with Captain Brian. Knowledgable and friendly. We saw whales, bald eagles, an otter, and even baby deer. Kathleen also booked zip line for us with another company. Very helpful. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We choose the Zodiac tour following advice on here and weren't disappointed. What a fabulous time we had. We actually stayed out longer than the 3 hours as we saw so much. Our skipper was fantastic (Brendon or Brandon I have a poor memory for names!) and had an amazing knowledge of the local wildlife and area. We saw bears,... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It was worth starting our 'Bears and Birds' trip at a very misty 6am - we saw 5 bears (including a mother with 3 small cubs), harbor seals, loads and loads of bald eagles plus a fantastic bonus - sea otters!! Brian was an excellent guide aboard the Dixie IV and we had a truly memorable trip. Thank you Subtidal... More 

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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great trip with Brian on Dixie IV cruiser. We weren't lucky enough to see bears this trip, but took in lots of islands and skerries, and got a good sense of the place. Lots of bald eagles seen. You could be battered around on their fast rib, but Dixie IV is a more leisurely experience. Use sunblock - a lot... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My wife, baby, and I enjoyed our trip through the Broken Group Islands through Subtidal Adventures. The Broken Group Islands were amazingly peaceful when you entered into the heart of them. Wherever the islands had a sandy beach, the water had beautiful green tint. We saw harbor seals, jellyfish, and very friendly humming birds on our trip. We also saw... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We planned our Vancouver Island visit around bears, birds and whales, with valuable help from Brian at Subtidal Adventures. We could never have guessed we would end up following for 45 minutes a male black bear slowly ambling along below the high tide mark, turning over boulder after boulder, and feasting nonchalantly while we absorbed the wonderful sight. Then suddenly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

A must do when in town! Brian the captain is a lovely knowledgable man and his genuine affection and enthusiasm for the animals is infectious. We saw bald eagles. otters, grey Wales, orca Wales, black bears, sea lions and seals! We also took our 5 month baby along for the ride and the boat Dixie IV was sturdy and safe.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had few expectations going out that we would see any whales because there hadn't been any sightings recently. We didn't mind because we just love to be on the water exploring. Captain Brian was amazing. We exited the harbor and almost immediately we came upon a mother gray whale and her calf. We actually ended up seeing another mother... More 

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Ladner, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

4 hours of enjoyment on the Dixie 1V touring the Broken Islands.Guide and Captain Brian was down to earth,friendly and informative and took us out with only my friend and I on board.Saw a sea lion eating eating an octopus and mother with baby otter.Both rare sightings.Incredible experience I will never forget.

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Brian C, Owner at Subtidal Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you. It was exciting for me too. I have never in almost 40 years seen a sea lion eating an octopus nor a baby sea otter. You didn't mention the fact we did not see a whale that day. It definitely was a great trip anyway. A whale would have been "icing on the cake". More 

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Address: 1-1950 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-726-7336
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Barkley Sound  >  Ucluelet
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Monday 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Tuesday 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Thursday 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Friday 6:00 am - 6:00 am
Saturday 6:00 am - 6:00 am

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