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Address: 101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 877-594-2537
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Tofino! Wild By Nature…Tour Tofino’s wild side with West Coast Aquatic...

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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Best whale watching and adventure

Great trip whale watching we saw alot of bayleen whales or grey whales. They were massive. Lots of sea lions and aquatic animals. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Ask for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 8, 2016
Jevon A
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Barrie, Canada
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Barrie, Canada
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Great trip whale watching we saw alot of bayleen whales or grey whales. They were massive. Lots of sea lions and aquatic animals. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Ask for captain Jackie super nice girl. Her deck hand Adam (i think) was great too. It was well worth the money and it was a fun afternoon.

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review;) Great news on seeing all the whales!! Grey whales are massive - about the same size as our catamaran, NANUQ. Thanks for pointing out that do see more than just whales on our tours. I will pass on the message to Jackie, Aaron and the rest of the team at West Coast Aquatic Safaris.... More 

Sudbury, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

We had a great trip out from Tofino to find and watch whales today. Very competent and knowledgeable staff who were very accommodating. We saw an eagle, sea otter, seals and sea lions, as well as spectacular scenery. But the whales were the highlight of the trip - several in two locations, that kept surfacing and blowing. It was a... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review ;) Tofino provides large gamut of wildlife and West Coast Aquatic Safaris is lucky enough to help feature them. Yes, indeed the staff love touring the west coast are happy to bring out guests aboard our purpose built vessels to feature the beautiful wildlife. As mentioned weather can be a wet and that is... More 

Vancouver
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91 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

We knew we were taking a chance booking a bear watching tour at the end of the season, but we were told that by the person taking reservations that 5 bears had been seen the previous day. We saw none. We understand that wild life is unpredictable, but I'm not sure that the company should be promoting this tour at... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. It always is a let down when bears are not found on the tour and I know it does soften the situation to know bears where seen all the days before. However, I hope you were still able to enjoy the beauty of Clayoquot Sound a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve aboard our purpose build vessel with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I can't say enough good things about this tour operator. Every interaction with staff was positive from booking, to the tour itself. We had beautiful weather and encountered sealions, gray whales, sea otters and seals! The tour was 3 hours in length as our captain allowed us to stay where there were 4 gray whales feeding for a very long... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review, I will make sure the entire team reads this review as we all try to make your experience with West Coast Aquatic Safaris seamless. It sounds like the tour was amazing as well, with all the wildlife you able to see in 3 hours. Hope to see you again. Thank you. Best, Keith More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Excellent knowledge of the area and wild life. The boat and amenities were worth the higher cost over other tours without onboard washrooms being exposed to the elements. Excellent experience. Saw pod of whales, otters, seals.

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Whenever, we see "Excellent experience" it always makes us smile;) Yes, our boats do have the amenities and knowledgeable team - that's what makes the difference! Thank you for the review and hope to see you again. Thank you. Best, Keith More 

New Westminster, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

We booked with West Coast because my mom has mobility issues & this was the easiest boat for her to board & we wanted her to be part of the experience. We got WAY more than we bargained for! Our naturalist Rumi was personable, fun & amazingly knowledgeable with a really approachable way of presenting the information. Our Captain went... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

We pride ourselves as accessible to all company and love to hear stories like this, so thank you for taking the time to write a review. As you can tell, Rumi, Captain Jack's and the rest of the team at West Coast Aquatic Safaris aim to provide guests with most wildlife available in the amazing Clayoquot Sound (just off of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

This was my first whale watching tour & basically had to talk myself out of going for seconds the following day. Captain Jack & Rumi(I believe this was his name..) were amazing! Interactive, approachable, great stories to start off the tour, followed by a knowledgeable review of what we had just seen to end it. The boat was comfortable, spacious,... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Captain Jack and Rumi (yes, you are correct) love touring people aboard NANUQ our catamaran and showing off the beautiful sights of Clayoquot Sound. Great news on viewing the Grey Whales! Thank you and hope to see you again in Tofino!! Cheers, Keith More 

Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Made a day of it after long but beautiful drive from Victoria and booked both the Bears and Whales trips. Bear trip was fantastic up close plus other wildlife like Sea Eagles feeding. The second trip to see Grey Whales was challenging in white topped waters but Captain Jac (lovely lady) was capable of task and continued hunting the whales.... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Watching Bald Eagles feed is amazing, glad you got to see it on board! Captain Jack will do her best to find you whales and more, while keeping you safe. We will pass it on that Jack and Aaron made your day!! Thank you and hope to see you again in Tofino! Cheers, Keith More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The service and the experience were terrific. The boat was large and very seaworthy, which was important to me if the seas were going to be rough outside the islands. We saw some whales and enjoyed the scenery.

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review. We are glad you noticed seaworthiness our vessels. Both our boats WASCO and NANUQ were purpose designed and built in the Pacific Northwest for eco-touring. And it sounds like you had a good time. Thank you. Cheers, Keith More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

A seamless booking experience. We went for both the whale and bear tours. Captain Jack, Rumi, and Jenn were absolutely fabulous. Their knowledge and welcoming personalities is what made the tours! My husband and I have been on a lot of tours but none have impressed us so much that I actually wrote a review. Best way to celebrate a... More 

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MrKRP, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Congratulations on the anniversary!! And thank you for the wonderful review. West Coast Aquatic Safaris is proud of its amazing team and we are happy to pass on your message to them. We look forward to welcoming you aboard on your next visit to Tofino. Thank you. Cheers, Keith More 

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