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Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour provided by Vancouver Island Whale Watch

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 20-06-25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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Departure Point
5-90 Front St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H7, Canada
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide with academic background in marine biology
  • Captain is certified by Transport Canada
  • Snacks onboard
  • Toilets onboard
  • Anti-expusure suit provided
  • Sunscreen available
  • Binoculars onboard (shared between guests)
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include parking, which costs around 3-4 dollars CAD for the day.
  • Lunch is not included.
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from office
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Minimum numbers apply. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation, in which case an alternative date or full refund will be offered.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
37Reviews
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tinahu89 wrote a review Sep. 2020
6 contributions13 helpful votes
We love our tour guide who was very knowledgeable and you could tell genuinely is interested in the animals. The boat journey itself is worth the $$ and it was extra special to see sealions, humpback whales, and orcas!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Marine Naturalist at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you got to see a ton of wildlife during your tour and were lucky enough to see both species of whale as well! We also agree that the boat ride itself is pretty fun getting to see all of the scenery while out searching for the wildlife. Thanks again for taking the time to review us!
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cmariec wrote a review Sep. 2020
Vancouver, Canada129 contributions48 helpful votes
This trip was amazing! We were very lucky to see so many awesome animals & to learn tons about marine life from our naturalist Val. The highlight was definitely being able to watch humpbacks Kappa & her calf for a full hour! Captain Tino & Val tried their hardest to find Orcas,
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Marine Naturalist at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the amazing review! It's great to hear that you got to spend some time with Kappa and her calf during your trip as well as some other wildlife. We will pass on to Val and Tino that you had a great time out with them!
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Jess N wrote a review Sep. 2020
Nanaimo, Canada2 contributions
Went with a group was easy booking and flexible times. Our tour guide, Ryan was amazing very knowledgeable and didn’t talk to much which was nice I was expecting a lot more talking.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Marine Naturalist at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the great review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your trip out with us!
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Steven F wrote a review Sep. 2020
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
The entire time was magical. The team in the office and on the boat were informed and courteous. We saw four humpbacks, including a calf, and we all learned a great deal about the ecology of the area. The route back along Gabriola Island was hauntingly beautiful.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Marine Naturalist at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Steven, thank you for your great review! We are glad to hear that you learned about our local ecosystem while out with us and enjoyed the views of the islands and the whales!
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CourtneyJB92 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Calgary, Canada18 contributions2 helpful votes
I had such a great day today out whale watching! I know there is a lot of luck and chance involved because no one can guarantee what nature will or will not do, but both our boat driver and our guide were excellent. The driver did a great job of searching our animals for us, and
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Marine Naturalist at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Courtney! We are very happy to hear that you had a good time while on your tour with us! It sounds like you were very lucky and got to see a lot of wildlife out there! We will be sure to pass on to Ryan that you enjoyed your trip with him. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!
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By: Vancouver Island Whale Watch
Hpeacock33
Hpeacock33
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YOU HAVE TO TRY! SO WORTH IT
Rebekah (our tour guide) and Rodrigo, (our captain) were absolutely amazing! We spotted 12 whales total and identif
Brad K
Brad K
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Great Whale watching Tour!
First off, shout out to the crew. Val our Naturalist for the day was super friendly, and gave us tons of awesome in
Mezzacorona
Mezzacorona
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Beautiful and Worth It!
Fantastic day out! Exciting and safe. Staff were professional and informative, had a lot of good facts about whales
Pastorash
Pastorash
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Amazing visit, so much to see
I saw so much on our 4 hours on the water, a variety of different sealife, the crew was fantastic, and just a great
Scott C
Scott C
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An amazing adventure
Amazing, fun, informative & friendly. Our captain was great. Traveled from site to site with tremendous success a
E9537LStracyt
E9537LStracyt
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Amazing afternoon spent with great people
We were so so pleased with this tour and I can't recommend it enough! Our boat was comfortable and we located humpb
Marshall_Mangan
Marshall_Mangan
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Great day on the water!
We got lucky, admittedly, but it was a fabulous experience! Beautiful weather, great staff. We saw seals, sea lions
whirleybennett
whirleybennett
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Whales and Other Marine Life
You can choose between an open boat (you have to wear a survival suit) or the covered boat, which was our preferen
Departure594850
Departure594850
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Orcas!
Ryan our guide and Mike the Captain did not disappoint...and neither did the orcas! We saw three orcas hunting sea
TheRanj
TheRanj
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Great experience
We were recently planning a trip to the central Island and did not realize that Nanaimo had whale watching tours le
N5826WTcharlesc
N5826WTcharlesc
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A good afternoon on the ocean.
A very enjoyable afternoon on the water. We did see a couple of whales, but one that breached was at least a quarte
478ravinderd
478ravinderd
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Great experience for kids and adults
Such a great experience!!! We went as a family group ranging in ages from 4-65 years and had the entire boat to
NatureloverSue
NatureloverSue
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What a blast
I would recommend this tour to anyone. Very knowledgeable staff and we saw enough whale action even though it appar
Amber Y
Amber Y
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Fabulous!
I went with my husband and father during our vacation, and we had an amazing experience. We saw hump back whales wi
D C
D C
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Humpbacks!
Despite rainy conditions, the tour was an exciting adventure. No Orcas to be seen this trip but a cow/calf Humpback
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  • Duration: 4h
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