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West Coast Aquatic Safaris

#10 of 46 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Tofino Features Animals
101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 877-594-2537
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Hot Springs Cove Tour

It was an absolutely magical experience! Very friendly, helpful staff that knew lots about the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Airies H
Early morning bear watching

My wife and I enjoyed a well-organised early morning boat ride to several remote beaches where we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was an absolutely magical experience! Very friendly, helpful staff that knew lots about the local culture and area!!

Thank Airies H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I enjoyed a well-organised early morning boat ride to several remote beaches where we saw a total of eight black bears. The boat was a motorised vessel with an enclosed cabin and a toilet. A safety talk was given and we were...More

1  Thank geoffs609
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

8 Bears spotted - Now that is a way to start a great day! Thank you for the review and compliments. We aspire to provide a well organized eco-tour and glad it shows. Hope to see you two again. Thank you Best, Keith

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on two outings with West Coast Aquatic. The first day was in rough seas, but nice sunshine. We found a pod of gray whales and stayed with them quite a long time. Unfortunately, they weren't very active, just breaking the surface every now...More

Thank John G
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Right on team!! Thank you for the review - I could not agree with you more the Crew makes the tour along with superior vessels to handle some rougher seas and the sometimes rainy conditions. West Coast Aquatic Safaris loves to have photographers aboard, helping...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip to the hot springs was fabulous. We saw quite a lot of wildlife on the trip.. A sea otter, some seals, eagles, a black bear and two grey whales.. Jackpot! The boat was really great because the main sitting area is a closed...More

Thank Mykel M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked our tour with West Coast Aquatic Safaris and had a jammed pack schedule prepared. They DID NOT disappoint!. We wanted to see the waters surrounding Tofino, a visit to Stubb Island, the Hot Springs and then do some bear watching. There were 7...More

2  Thank 87nancym87
Reviewed May 17, 2017

Warm coats, an indoor cabin and an onboard washroom made for a comfortable trip. In addition to seeing three gray whales we had a front row seat to see 5 killer whales hunting sea lions. Tony and Dani where great guides and the experience has...More

Thank AJ Mc B
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2017

Thank you for the review! West Coast Aquatic Safaris prides itself on safety, comfort and amazing guides. Your tour sounds like one for memories - 2 different species of whales: Greys and Orcas. And the Orcas were hunting - now that is real West Coast...More

Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

We booked to go with these guys on a bear watching tour in the morning. It was very professionally organised and Captain Jacks knew all the best places to go to see the bears. We saw about four or five including a mother with cub...More

Thank stagman86
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2017

Thank you for the review! Yes, zodiacs are not the way to view Tofino's waters. The West Coast Aquatic Safaris team and boats - NANUQ & WASCO makes the difference. It sounds like Captain Jacks provided you some amazing experiences and I will make sure...More

Reviewed May 1, 2017

My husband and I were visiting for a few days, and on the spur of the moment decided to go out on this bear watching adventure. We had a fabulous time on the boat and Captain Jackie and 1st Mate Aaron really made our trip...More

Thank debandharry
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2017

Thank you for the review - I will make sure that Jackie and Aaron hear about this review, as they love to provide guests with memorable experience. Your reviewed nailed our team and boats make the difference - friendly, roomy, and great views!! Hope to...More

Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

Great whale watching tour! Saw more whale than i expected and the staff was helpful and informative.

Thank craig_527
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2017

Always great to hear that West Coast Aquatic Safaris delivered more than you expected! Thank you for the review and hope to see you again. Best, Keith

Reviewed April 20, 2017

Really enjoyed the trip, friendly and knowledgable staff! Very safety conscious. The boat was ideal, offering indoor seating and several viewing spots on lower and upper decks (more seating). As luck would have it we didn't get a good look at any whales, a few...More

Thank Linda C
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2017

Thank you for the review. Yes, West Coast Aquatic Safaris designed and built the fleet in the Pacific North West as eco-touring boats and from your review it shows;) Hope to see you again. Best, Keith

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Susanxu131
I'm going to Tofino in end January and I'm wondering if it's ok to take a boat trip at that time? Thanks.
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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