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Address: 101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 877-594-2537
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Amazing experience!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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New Westminster, Canada
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New Westminster, Canada
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Lethbridge, Canada
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49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank you fro the review! From what I read it sounds like you really had a fun day with West Coast Aquatic Safaris. I think you traveled on WASCO (12 passenger vessel) on the Bear Watching tour and NANUQ (36 passenger vessel) on the Whale Watching tour. As you mentioned safety is our priority and I am glad it is... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank you for the review and I am happy to hear you had great experiences with both Theresia and Rumi (I think that is who you mean). I will pass on the compliments to both of them. The middle of the ocean tour sounds like you are referring to our Whale Watch tour - they are for sure a popular... More 

Watford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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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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70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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