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Address: 51 Wharf Street | Big Red Boathouse Bottom of Wharf St, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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+1 250-725-3330
08:00 - 21:00
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WHALES, BEARS, HOT SPRINGS, SEA KAYAKING, MEARES ISLAND 'Big Tree Trail'. Small group experience for those serious about wildlife. Remote Passages Marine Excursions is a wildlife viewing operator based in Tofino, BC on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Specialize in whale & bear watching, Hot Springs Cove, Meares Island and sea kayaking tours. Educational programs for all ages gives this company a different feel. From the documentary presentations through the on water experience people are invited to explore the marine environment with their guide. Remote Passages aim is to have participants leave Tofino with lasting memories and an understanding of this remarkable environment that sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

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We've had tours with Remote Passages twice most recently this past weekend. We had the opportunity to take a tour of the Lemmens Inlet Oyster Farm as part of the Clayoquot Oyster... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2016
Hell, Michigan
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Hell, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We've had tours with Remote Passages twice most recently this past weekend. We had the opportunity to take a tour of the Lemmens Inlet Oyster Farm as part of the Clayoquot Oyster Festival. The people were friendly when I made the reservation and again the day of the tour. The captain pointed out a sea otter and some harbor seals... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I've been on both the Big Tree Trail adventure and the Hot Springs Cove tour with Remote Passages and had so much fun on both. Everyone I recommend use this company has a great time too. Their guides are so knowledgable about the area and marine life, you can ask them anything. If you only have time for 1 tour... More 

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Hagen, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I shoud start out saying that it was alright. We did see grey whales - but only grey whales - which is nothing compared with our tour in Prince Rupert. Our boat was pretty small so the vantage point was too low to see properly. Since I happen to like roller coasters - I did enjoy the ride. Sadly, that... More 

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Remote-Passages, Owner at Remote Passages Marine Excursions, responded to this review

When departing from Tofino we are headed out in search of Gray whales. The Gray whales found here represent some of the 18,000 Gray whales that return each year from the Baja Lagoons in Mexico. The migration passes our shore during the months of March and April. After this spectacle many Grays spend the summer feeding near Tofino. In late... More 

Heysham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Once the safety briefing has ended, you put on a survival suit, yellow jacket, hat and gloves. All of which are provided. You then waddle down to the zodiac. Joking aside, there is a real need to have several layers as although it seemed a beautiful day once out at sea you are glad for having the various layers. I'm... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were provided with a survival suit and hats and gloves which were needed even on a sunny day in October. Our guide was knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife, we saw three black bears in total, the first of which we watched swim from one side of the channel to the other, our guide said it was very... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Fantastic crew. Felt very safe with our tour guide Andrew. Very nice tour with added stops along the way to learn about the area. It was nice to learn a bit about the history of the area. Must do!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We've been on tours like this before when you see no more than a ripple on the water, but this was awesome. Seems that they see whale on most outings, in fact you would be unlucky not to see whale. We saw whale, yay 🐳. Not only whale, but seals, seal lions, sea otters and a variety of bird life.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We just got back from BC. One place we stayed was Tofino. We wanted to visit the hot springs in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, which is only accessible by boat or seaplane. AAA decided us on Remote Passages. A whale watching trip in a zodiac on the Bay of Fundy, decided us on an enclosed aluminum boat. The boat left... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We booked a trip to the hot springs in a zodiac. We were a little nervous about the trip as I tend to motion sickness but it was an amazing adventure all around. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and we say grey whales, orcas, sea lions, puffins, harbour seals and bald eagles. The walk through the rain forest was amazing.... More 

Thank PatMike2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We went on the coastal bear tour with Don and it was amazing. We went out on a zodiac and were able to get close to the shoreline to get great views of the bears in their natural habitat, which was one of the highlights of our Canada trip. Don was fantastic and his love and knowledge of the area... More 

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