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West Coast Aquatic Safaris

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101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Saw Bears and Grey Whales

We recently traveled to Vancouver Island and drove up to Tofino. While there we went on two tours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tgkav
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Caledon, Canada
Great whale watching experience

We picked West Coast primarily because they had the biggest and most stable boat, as my daughter... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Andy G
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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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: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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101A Fourth Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently traveled to Vancouver Island and drove up to Tofino. While there we went on two tours with West Coast Aquatic Safaris, one in the morning to see bears and one in the afternoon to see whales. The morning safari was on a smaller...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

We picked West Coast primarily because they had the biggest and most stable boat, as my daughter can get seasick. What we also got was an excellent whale watching experience, with very a friendly and knowledgeable crew and skipper, in comfort and safety, with no...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Can’t say enough good things about our experience yesterday. It was a cool, rainy day in Tofino so we decided to take a tour out to the hot springs north of Tofino. We booked with West Coast Aquatics. Best choice - right from walking into...More

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thank you for the review!! Diondra, Aaron and the rest of the West Coast Aquatic Safaris team is always friendly and ready help. Our guides love the area and are extensively trained in both history and wildlife. They enjoy staring information, so please ask lots...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Our Inn gave us discount coupons to patronize Aquatic Safaris located on 4th Street. This company has tours to view the whales, bears and hot springs. The woman in the office was friendly and informative. We booked a day in advance to see the whales....More

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

We had a Safe Fun and Informative whale Watching experience first thing to do in Tofino is book a tour with West Coast Safaris! Derek Orr from LaFontain Ontario.

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Hi Derek, Thanks for the review! We love taking guests out on the tours and happy you could come along. Come visit again! Cheers, Keith

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Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

As a family of 4 with 2 very young children (2 yrs and 5 months) we didn’t think that our trip to tofino would include a whale watching trip. But after thoroughly researching ALL of the options in Tofino, it was clear that Aquatic Safaris...More

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thank you for the review. We love having families on board because it is very rewarding seeing 2 or more generations getting excited about the wildlife we are showing them. WCAS prides itself on just informing guests about the wildlife, but also about the area's...More

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Reviewed November 4, 2017

We went out on a very late season "eco" tour and Captain Jackie managed to find grey whales, sea lions, and lots and lots of otters. She was relaxed and cheerful, and it is obvious that she loves where she lives and what she does....More

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thanks so much for the review! Sounds like you had a great pre-winter tour. All I can say is YES - Jackie and entire team loves being out on the water as eco-ambassadors. Hopefully, you can visit and tour again. Thanks Keith

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Reviewed October 15, 2017

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

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2017

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

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Reviewed October 10, 2017

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

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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2017

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

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Reviewed October 6, 2017

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
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WhaleSafaris, Manager at West Coast Aquatic Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2017

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

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sms753
March 25, 2018|
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Response from DiondraA | Property representative |
Hi there! Yes, we can offer you 10% off your whale watching tour when you book a hot springs tour with us. If you would like to add on the second tour, please call our offices at 250 725 9227. September is one of my... More
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Susanxu131
January 10, 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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