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“Got messed around” 2 of 5 stars
Review of West Coast Aquatic Safaris

West Coast Aquatic Safaris
101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0 , Canada
1-877-594-2537
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Ranked #22 of 48 Activities in Tofino
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Tofino! Wild By Nature…Tour Tofino’s wild side with West Coast Aquatic Safaris. Enjoy the West Coast’s premiere wildlife and sightseeing tours aboard our All Weather Boats, WASCO and NANUQ, both Transport Canada safety certified. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will make your Tofino experience one to remember. Get off the beaten path and experience ecotourism that is environmentally responsible, safe, and fun for the whole family with West Coast Aquatic Safaris. We look forward to welcoming you aboard! First Class Adventure, Excellent Value.
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Got messed around”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

Booked a hot springs trip with this company. Was expecting to leave first thing in the morning as per their web site but was told it would not be until 12.30 pm - fair enough we had a days notice and gave us the chance of a lie in.

We were then called on the day of the tour at 10.15am to be told that we were now leaving at 11am, hardly ideal if we had been any further away. Obviously at less busy times they have to juggle their numbers etc but for the price I expected much better service.

We were swapped to a tour run by Ocean Outfitters as they had a nearly full boat. That trip was excellent - I'd book with them next time for sure.

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“Excellent Everything!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2009

GREAT TRIP out to see the whales and wild life!
Awesome staff so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Nice having locals on staff informing and answering everyone’s questions. They had tons of great information that I have never received with other tours I have taken through different companies.
The boat was amazing and so nice to have the option to warm up inside the covered area and enjoy the view from there. The view from on top of the boat was spectacular! Nothing in the way of your view, wind in your hair and being able to look down into the water.
Everything was clean and well maintained. AMAZING VALUE and I will be returning to West Coast Aquatic Safaris on each trip to Tofino!

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Vancouver
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“Wet and Wild in Tofino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

Just had a great trip to the Hot Springs with West Coast Aquatic Safaris. Loved the boat WASCO ! It was a 1.5 hour boat trip each way to a Provincial Park and about a 20 minute walk to get to the hot springs. It was beautiful. The hot spring waterfall was definitely memorable. Just a note to first time visitors to the hot springs there is a $3 fee for visiting the park so make sure you have the correct change for the drop box.

One of the best things about West Coast Aquatic Safaris boat is that you can be outside or inside, which is great. Most people managed to stay inside on the way to the hot springs and then otter watch on the way back riding on the top deck. The otters were fabulous, soo cute and curious. The guide was knowledgeable and informed everyone that otters were endangered, something most people had no idea about. Overall a great way to experience Tofino and the West Coast of BC.

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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2008

As someone who lives on the westcoast and has visited Vancouver Island several times I must say that this whale watching trip was amazing!! The whole experience of being on the boat (both inside when it was cold and outside to see the whales!!), tracking down whales, seeing eagle's nest, and checking out the stellar sea lions was incredible. The kids loved it, as did the adults. The captain was very informative and fun and we highly recommend this company to others looking for this Tofino experience!!!!!!!

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“So Many Bears!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

Recently my parents came to visit me in Tofino and wanted to go bear watching. We chose West Coast Aquatic Safaris in part because the boat is so unique, allowing viewing from a lower and an upper deck. In fact my step-dad stayed on the upper deck the entire tour, despite the cool May weather.
Happily we saw saw three separate sightings, two male bears and one female with her two cubs. We were all quite satisfied, and some of our group declared that the boat ride alone was worth the money and the two and a half hour tour!

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