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West Coast Aquatic Safaris

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101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 877-594-2537
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A fabulous day with the grizzlies

It was such a thrill to be really close to a beautiful grizzly with her cubs but we felt very safe... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MissEckles
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Geelong
awesome wildlife!

We did the whale watching cruise with these guys and still managed to see grey whales, porpoise and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
elopedinvanuatu
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Wollongong, NSW
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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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  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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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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+1 877-594-2537
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was such a thrill to be really close to a beautiful grizzly with her cubs but we felt very safe and well looked after. Congratulations to the staff for their knowledge and concern for the bears and their clients. A day i will always...More

2  Thank MissEckles
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review! It warms my heart to hear that West Coast Aquatic Safaris was able to be part of day that you will treasure. Bear tours are fun and so exciting as the boat rounds the corners of the inlets with guests...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the whale watching cruise with these guys and still managed to see grey whales, porpoise and otter despite the lousy weather and bad sea conditions. The black bear cruise was absolutely phenomenal! My first glimpse of bears in the wild and they did...More

Thank elopedinvanuatu
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review! Great news on all the wildlife you were able to view and even greater news on the number of bears you saw on the Bear Tour! I will make sure to pass on the shout out to the team. The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the 11am Hot Springs Cove tour. It's a good 6 hour commitment, pack a lunch, water, a towel and change of clothes. Aaron was a top notch skipper, funny but professional and knowledgeable. We stopped a couple of times to look for whales when...More

Thank Kari L
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Kari, Thank you for the thorough review and for the suggestions - water shoes could be useful indeed. The boardwalk is an amazing feature to the park and the trail. I will make sure to pass on your "top notch" review to Aaron. Cheers,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the whale watching tour but saw so much more than just whales. We were able to see sea otters, sea lions, harbour porpoises, seals, grey whales, bald eagle, black oyster catchers. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Remillian
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Remillian, for your review! Your description of the whale watch is why were refer to our tours as "Aquatic Safaris"! As you pointed out guests see much more than just whales.... Hope to see you on board again. Best, Keith

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We checked out the reviews on all the companies providing whale watching tours in Tofino. West Coast Aquatic Safaris won the day with their twin-hull boat which provides excellent viewing opportunities as well as shelter and stability. We didn't need the latter two as the...More

Thank NNescio
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review!! A "Hat Trick" is what we call it when you visit with Orcas, Grey Whales and Humpback Whales all on one trip - amazing! Yes, our vessels, NANUQ and WASCO provide the best service for viewing wildlife on the west...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff are friendly and competent, ensuring passenger safety and comfort. The boats are bigger, with enclosed seating and desk viewing areas. The seas can be rough and the enclosed area and larger craft handle them better than the inflatable and smaller boats. We saw...More

Thank Michael F
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments Michael. We appreciate it when guests highlight the staffs friendly and professional demeanor along with noting the high comfort and safe levels of our vessels: NANUQ and WASCO. As West Coast Aquatic Safaris is proud to state that all crew...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this company is perfect. we have been to hot springs with them and i deeply recommend west coast aquatic safaris. Eirin (hope i spelled his name right) was very friendly nice guy and thank him we could see whales and otters too. thank you very...More

Thank bibianaja
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. Aaron and rest of the team at West Coast Aquatic Safaris enjoy their job and it shows with the friendliness and enthusiasm while on trips. We call tours Aquatic Safaris as you see many animals aboard the tour! I will...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the tour company you want! 10 of us girls went with Aquatic Safaris to the hot springs and it was awesome. From the booking, to the boat ride, to the return trip, everything was great. Customer service was on point. Captain Aaron was...More

Thank Mya N
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a fun adventure for you girls!! Great news about seeing both Orcas and Grey Whales on the Hot Springs - that's why we call them Safaris. I'll make sure to pass on your awesome review to Aaron! Hope to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went on the Hot Springs Cove Tour last week and had a wonderful experience. The place has its own parking lot, but space can be tight later in the day, so be prepared for that. The staff that checked us in was very friendly....More

Thank Claire P
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review - I will make sure to pass on your kind words to Aaron! It pleases me about your fantastic day with West Coast Aquatic Safaris and Aaron, not to mention the grey whales, the board walk and of course the...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We booked online the day before, which was seamless and easy. We're given shell jackets on check-in which turned out to be a lifesaver although we had dressed warm to begin with. Very friendly staff, they took care to make sure everyone gets their fill...More

Thank Ines W
WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review! Our guests and our team loves the convenience and ease of online booking. Even though our vessels provide inside seating for all and outside view for all, we believe it is best if everyone is dressed for the weather -...More

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Susanxu131
11 January 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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