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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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Bears, Whales, Sealions, Eagles

We took their 3-hour bear-watching trip which journeyed back into Clayoquot Sound behind (east of) Meares Island. The vessel was stable, modern and comfortable and there was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tootsall
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Lethbridge, Canada
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Lethbridge, Canada
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49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took their 3-hour bear-watching trip which journeyed back into Clayoquot Sound behind (east of) Meares Island. The vessel was stable, modern and comfortable and there was ample opportunity to photograph the bears. Safety is important and all guests are required to wear inflatable life vests which do not impede your mobility at all. The vessel was very stable and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I did either whale and bear watch tours, as well as hot springs cove. Before booking it, I had contacted all the most known companies in the village and West Coast gave me the best deal when booking all of them. Also, Theresa was very helpful and helped me to pick the best days to do each activity. Overall all... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked these 2 excursions whilst in Tofino in early August. The office staff were really helpful and our Skipper and staff on both the trips were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Would thoroughly recommend this company.

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Thank The_Beatties
Captain_WCAS, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the fabulous review and glad to hear you enjoyed your time with West Coast Aquatic Safaris;)! Are goal is to provide a safe, fun and memorable experience - check, check and check... Enjoy the rest of your trip our west! Thank you again. Best, Keith More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I had wanted to do some sort of water adventure when we visited Tofino, but hadn't gotten our act together in time to pre-book something prior to getting to Tofino. Once we saw the amazing, rugged coast line when we arrived, we just knew we had to get on the water. We checked trip advisor and saw... More 

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Thank Emma R
Captain_WCAS, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and glad to hear our vessel WASCO won your vote;) As you mentioned it is the best boat for Hot Springs as you can be inside (warm & dry) or out (wind in your hair) and of course the on board restroom is key. Great feedback about about wanting more information. As a guide myself,... More 

Victoria, Canada
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65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our whale watching trip, beautiful day in a very scenic little town, worth the drive, the staff is friendly and helpful, although the guide was very knowledgeable, since he's alone to inform us about our surroundings, it's difficult to understand or follow the stories being told for the entire group to hear...nonetheless this was a positive experience and... More 

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

Thank you for review. Great to hear you loved your whale watch trip. As you mentioned our guides are full of information, but I will pass on the message that at points it was difficult to follow the stories from the guide. Thank you for your review and hopefully see you next time you are on the west coast. Best,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent trip whale watching ....despite thick sea mist managed to see grey whale, sea otter, bald Eagle, lions mane jelly fish .....it was ace ....even if we'd not seen any wildlife it would have been lovely the sea spray, the wind in our hair (for those of us with hair lol) and the stunning scenery as we moved in and... More 

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

Lol.... I'm also one who always loves a great west coast boat trip!! Yes, wind in the hair - you can't beat it;) Thanks for the review. We look forward to you join us again Cheers, Keith More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great boat and crew, very knowledgeable and even though a foggy start, we felt very safe and saw a whole bunch of sea life, including a very friendly whale that kept popping up!!

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Thank Annette J
Captain_WCAS, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thanks the review;) We are always so happy to bring guests out to view our wildlife. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers Keith More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There a lots of tours to choose from in Tofino and it is hard to pick between them. The driver and guide for West Coast were knowledgeable and good at spotting wildlife. They gave a good safety briefing and the boat seemed well up to the job with options to sit in or out and plenty of room.

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Thank 241bobsp
Captain_WCAS, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review West Coast Aquatic Safaris (WCAS). Safety is priority for our team, followed closely in 2nd with your experience and YES our boats were purposed built as west coast eco-touring vessels making it easier for our guides to find and show the amazing wildlife off Tofino coast line. Thanks again for the review and... More 

Lantzville, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I have been to the other main whale watching tour operator in Tofino and I can honestly estly say this was the better experience. The boat is smaller, so the experience is more intimate and the whole experience is less 'touristy' so don't expect the usual over inflated gift shop. From booking over the phone to checking in to the... More 

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1 Thank Ali M
AquaticSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Ali, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are very honoured that you consider our service ranks higher. We will definitely share your message with our team and continue our quest to exceed our valuable customers' expectations every day. Please take care and hope there is chance to see you again in Tofino! Warm regards, More 

Hamburg, Germany
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Thank you, guys! It was great!!! Did not expect to see a baby bear playing with its mother. And even if we did not see a bear ( go in a zoo if you need a garanty!) it would have been a fantastic trip!

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1 Thank Martin B
AquaticSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Martin, Thanks so much for your kind comment. Glad you had a great time. Take care! More 

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