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West Coast Aquatic Safaris

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Address: 101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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+1 877-594-2537
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Mississauga, Canada
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Mississauga, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 people in our group and we chartered the boat to ourselves. We started off with... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stayed with us for days. I highly recommend West Coast Aquatic Safaris.

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

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 experience! Hope to see you again. Thank you. Best, Keith More 

Yatton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 foraging along the shoreline. We were able to get in really close to see the... More 

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

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 she see your review. Hope to see you again. Best, Keith More 

Kirkland, Washington
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 so enjoyable. We found not only one bear but two bears, and since we love... More 

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

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 see you again. Best, Keith More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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

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 More 

Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 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 blowing in the distance and a quick glimpse of a tail surfacing but we did... More 

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

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 More 

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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Wow - these two trips were brilliant. The weather was wild for our whale watching on Tuesday afternoon, but with fun and expert team on board we found grey whales out at sea, sea lions, seals and sea otters, all pretty close up. Boat felt comfortable in big seas, so we all felt safe and kids loved it! Next day,... More 

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

Fab review - Thank you! I will make sure the team read this review. The West Coast Aquatic Safaris team and vessels make us different from the operators in town - safe, friendly and dry. I was so happy to hear to that bear watch was had that bonus of Ocras. Orcas often are found in the inside waters of... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great time! Staff were very helpful and made sure everyone was safe and having a good time. We saw sea otters, sea lions and a group of 10-12 gray whales. Very memorable trip!

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

Thank you for the review Carol!! We strive to be the best and from your review it shows. All that wildlife sounds like memorable trip for sure. Hope to see you again in the future. Thank you . Best, Keith More 

Maccabim-Re'ut, null, Israel
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92 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We took the trip to the hot springs - an hour and a half on the boat - another half hour hike through the rainforest - and you arrive at the hot springs. You get to stay 2 hours before heading back. All in all a really enjoyable full day. You are on your own when not on the boat.... More 

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

Thank you Guy for the review!! It really is a "must do" activity, weather it be the Hot Springs tour or shorter tour - Bear or Whale Watching tour. Getting out a marine tour and experience what Tofino has has to offer is a "Must Do" while visit the west coast. Thank you. Best, Keith More 

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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Went whale watching. Super friendly and knowledgable staff. The boats used are bigger and more comfortable than the competition. Plenty of seats inside and out.

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

Hi Rebecca W, Thank you for the glowing review. Yes, we believe our guests experience, safety and comfort on the water are the key to their amazing experience - and our staff and vessels lead the competition in all aspects!! Hope to have you tour with us again. Best, Keith More 

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