Tofino has a long whale watching season, running from March through to November.  It starts with a mind boggling 20,000 Grey Whales swimming past our shores in spring on their annual migration from birthing waters by the Baja Peninsula north to the Bering Strait by Alaska. Some of these massive mammals stay in our waters for the summer, giving ample opportunities for viewing. We will also have the opportunity to observe different species of whales, sea birds and other marine wildlife in the waters of Clayoquot Sound. 

Our 2.5 hour fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife tour will connect you with the west coast elements, wildlife and nature. You will be equipped for an adventure in red Mustang floaters suits to keep you warm and safe on board our Open Boston Whaler vessels. If an open Boston Whaler is not your boat, ask us about our covered + heated vessel options. Enjoy the views of rugged coastline, whales, marine wildlife and so much more. We venture to common feeding areas near Long Beach, Vargas Island and Flores Island to view cetaceans in their natural habitat. You will also see sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, seals and more. Ask us what whales we are seeing when you book your tour! 

WHALE WATCHING TOUR - OPEN BOSTON WHALER BOAT

TOUR DURATION: 2.5 Hours

DEPARTURE TIMES: 

10:30 am
2:00 pm 5:00 pm (June - August)

WHALE WATCHING RATES:

Adult: $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18): $99
Children (4-12): $79
Ages 3 & Under: FREE

*Read our Cancellation Policy.

*Read our Guarantee for Sightings


WHALE WATCHING TOUR - COVERED CABIN CRUISER

TOUR DURATION: 2.5 Hours

DAILY DEPARTURE TIMES:

10:00 am
1:00 pm 4:00 pm

WHALE WATCHING RATES:

Adult: $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18): $99
Children (4-12): $79
Ages 3 & Under: FREE

Prices do not include tax (5% GST) + fees

*Read our Cancellation Policy.

*Read our Guarantee for Sightings.

Whale Watching Tour Details: 

  • Grey Whales highlight our Whale Watching Tours. We view Grey Whales from early March to November!

  • We see Humpback Whales and Killer Whales on our whale watching tours too but not every day.

  • Humpback Whales are in Clayoquot Sound May - September, depending on where their food sources go.

  • Killer Whales are a wild card and will randomly show up. We see mostly see Transient Killer Whales in Clayoquot Sound.

  • Fully guided whale watching and wildlife viewing tour.

  • Experienced, qualified and passionate skippers to answer all your questions.

  • Departure times are 10:30 am, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

  • We use open 12 passenger Boston Whaler vessels with twin high horsepower engines.

  • You are provided with protective Mustang floatation suits, gloves and toques.

  • This tour travels through both protected and open coast marine waters in Clayoquot Sound.

  • We follow the Whale Wise Viewing Guidelines to protect marine mammals and be respectful of their space.

What to bring on your Whale Watching Tour:

  • Dress warmly, it can get cold on the water! We suggest a warm sweater, long pants, closed toed shoes and a toque/warm hat.

  • Bring your sunglasses, camera, video, binoculars and your sense of adventure!

  • We will provide you with a Mustang Survival Suit for warmth and floatation but these suits are not waterproof if it rains.

Important Information

  • Make sure you read our booking policies before processing your reservation.

  • Check in time for the Whale Watching Tour is 30 minutes prior to departure time at our office at 411 Campbell Street. 

  • An eco wildlife conservation fee of $3 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound.  

  • Add 5% GST tax to all tours. 

  • We reserve the right to add a fuel surcharge (currently $4.00).

  • Multi-tour discounts, 10% off second and additional tours, contact us to book your tours so you receive the discount. 

  • Group rates available for 8 or more. 

  • When booking online you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of your booking. 

  • Reservations are recommended.

  • This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. 

  • Prices are subject to change.

  • Parking is available on our property but if the lot is full here is some parking information. 

Vessel Information

Our open air 12 passenger Boston Whaler vessels are excellent for viewing and photographing wildlife. With twin high horsepower engines you are ensured a safe and exhilarating ride through the waters off Tofino. The driver is located in the centre of the boat to ensure they can communicate with guests. Tofino Whale Watching Tours are available March to November. As long as the whales and weather cooperate we will offer tours!


 TOFINO WHALE WATCHING 


GUEST TESTIMONIALS

They say they have the best boats for whale watching and they do. We had the opportunity to jump right in the front and ge the two seats with an unobstructed view. As our skipper Howie said these were the bumpy ones but it’s really fun if you like a small boat...
We saw sea otters, seals, sea lions and two impressive grey whales and felt like seeing all big mamals you could meet in the area ;=) We spend a long time with them and got to see the whales very closely without disturbing them.
Howie is an amazing skipper and we even had a very interesting conversation with him afterwards about the region and the first nation. He genuinely loves his job, showing people around in the area he was born and has a deep connection to nature.
— Esther