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West Coast Aquatic Safaris

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101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Bear Watching but no bears.

Disappointed we saw no bears, whilst I accept nature does not appear to order at end of the trip... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Andy003857
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Whale watching

This was the ultimate for me, seeing whales. After an aborted morning trip with Jamie's company due... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maree H
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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! West Coast Aquatic Safaris is accessible for all. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
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  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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"hot springs"
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"stay inside"
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"amazing photos"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Disappointed we saw no bears, whilst I accept nature does not appear to order at end of the trip the crew said the bears were now probably staying in the forest as the "bear berries" were now in season (trip was on June 20th) and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the ultimate for me, seeing whales. After an aborted morning trip with Jamie's company due to mechanical issues, Jamie's rang around and were able to secure places for 6 of us with West Coast Aquatic Safaris, we were very grateful as our time...More

Thank Maree H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m a bit late in writing this review! We visited Tofino in April and decided to book with west coast aquatic safaris because of the great reviews I’d read. I cannot recommend booking with this company enough! On both our tours we felt safe and...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018

We recently traveled to Vancouver Island and drove up to Tofino. While there we went on two tours with West Coast Aquatic Safaris, one in the morning to see bears and one in the afternoon to see whales. The morning safari was on a smaller...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

We picked West Coast primarily because they had the biggest and most stable boat, as my daughter can get seasick. What we also got was an excellent whale watching experience, with very a friendly and knowledgeable crew and skipper, in comfort and safety, with no...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Can’t say enough good things about our experience yesterday. It was a cool, rainy day in Tofino so we decided to take a tour out to the hot springs north of Tofino. We booked with West Coast Aquatics. Best choice - right from walking into...More

1  Thank NanaLee16
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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thank you for the review!! Diondra, Aaron and the rest of the West Coast Aquatic Safaris team is always friendly and ready help. Our guides love the area and are extensively trained in both history and wildlife. They enjoy staring information, so please ask lots...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Our Inn gave us discount coupons to patronize Aquatic Safaris located on 4th Street. This company has tours to view the whales, bears and hot springs. The woman in the office was friendly and informative. We booked a day in advance to see the whales....More

Thank Marty B
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

We had a Safe Fun and Informative whale Watching experience first thing to do in Tofino is book a tour with West Coast Safaris! Derek Orr from LaFontain Ontario.

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Hi Derek, Thanks for the review! We love taking guests out on the tours and happy you could come along. Come visit again! Cheers, Keith

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Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

As a family of 4 with 2 very young children (2 yrs and 5 months) we didn’t think that our trip to tofino would include a whale watching trip. But after thoroughly researching ALL of the options in Tofino, it was clear that Aquatic Safaris...More

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thank you for the review. We love having families on board because it is very rewarding seeing 2 or more generations getting excited about the wildlife we are showing them. WCAS prides itself on just informing guests about the wildlife, but also about the area's...More

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Reviewed November 4, 2017

We went out on a very late season "eco" tour and Captain Jackie managed to find grey whales, sea lions, and lots and lots of otters. She was relaxed and cheerful, and it is obvious that she loves where she lives and what she does....More

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thanks so much for the review! Sounds like you had a great pre-winter tour. All I can say is YES - Jackie and entire team loves being out on the water as eco-ambassadors. Hopefully, you can visit and tour again. Thanks Keith

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Carina F
June 11, 2018|
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Response from WhaleSafaris | Property representative |
Good morning Carina, We are excited to have you join us in October. We will need you to book both of you to tour onboard. Thanks Keith
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sms753
March 25, 2018|
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Response from DiondraA | Property representative |
Hi there! Yes, we can offer you 10% off your whale watching tour when you book a hot springs tour with us. If you would like to add on the second tour, please call our offices at 250 725 9227. September is one of my... More
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Susanxu131
January 10, 2017|
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Response from WhaleSafaris | Property representative |
Hi there! We do not operate tours at this time of the year due to unpredictable seas. We will be starting up again for all trips in March when the whales start migrating back to our region (weather cooperating!). If you... More
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