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Address: 368 Main Street, Tofino, British Columbia VOR 2ZO, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-725-2866
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Tofino's award winning whale watching company- voted #1 Readers Choice...

Tofino's award winning whale watching company- voted #1 Readers Choice Award for six years! Join Ocean Outfitters for adventures in Clayoquot Sound including guaranteed whale watching, bear watching, coastal hotsprings tours, private charters, sea to sky tours and Meares Island walks. Comfortable covered vessels and zodiacs equipped with washrooms. Free parking. On site gallery and espresso bar. Open year round for hotsprings tours. Book online and save!

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Visit to hot springs cove

Ocean outfitters did an excellent job organizing this day trip. I was worried about a boat trip and visit to a hot springs in January but I'm so glad I went. The 30' boat (Miss... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ocean outfitters did an excellent job organizing this day trip. I was worried about a boat trip and visit to a hot springs in January but I'm so glad I went. The 30' boat (Miss Chief) was roomy, enclosed and heated. The captain was knowledgeable and gave an interesting running conversation about the area, history and traditions as we went.... More 

Thank jowelsh
Hasselt, Belgium
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452 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The people of Oceanoutfitters are very nice and very well organised. We did a whale watching trip with them. They did their very best to find whales for us and they did. Unfortunately we only saw grey whales from a distance and in shallow water so you could sometimes see a part of their back but never a tail as... More 

Thank traveladdict3500
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly and capable staff, We thoroughly enjoyed this 6 hour experience to Hot Springs Cove which consisted of a 2 km hike on a boardwalk, wonderful hot springs and a boat ride (1.5 hours each way) with stops to take pictures of sea otters, Eagles and other sea life. Because of the time of year" the boardwalk was very icy... More 

Thank Kimmopa
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We booked a last minute trip with ocean outfitters to Hot Springs Cove and had a fabulous time. We went on their second trip of the day and there were only 4 of us on the boat plus the skipper. The boat was small but comfortable (I can imagine even at full capacity it would be comfortable) and undercover and... More 

Thank Hope G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Great boat, awesome captain, whales, seals, otters, beautiful scenery and the hot springs (+ the trail) where amazing!

Thank Floris K
Powell River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Four of us, two seniors and two young adults went with Ocean Outfitters on a whae watching trip. We went on the Sea Star, a covered boat much like a water-taxi. The skipper was courteous & knowledgeable about the area and the whales, sea lions sea otters etc we saw along the way. My wife & I had and extremely... More 

Thank GerryB39
OOutfitters, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

What a fabulous photo you took of one of our coastal wolves! Thank you for sharing that with other Trip Advisor readers and for the great feedback. More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

In August 2016 I booked a whale watching tour for November 2016 via the Ocean Outfitters website. Weeks later, following my email to request confirmation, I was advised by email that my requested 4:00 PM tour was not available and that a 2:00 PM tour was available on that day instead. I advised the alternative time was OK. However, I... More 

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OOutfitters, Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

Dear Friends, I apologize, this should have never happened to you! We have a new reservation system. The person who set it up had the dates for whale watching extended much longer than they should have been. A 4pm program would have been too late in the day also because of sunset times. No one should have been able to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We decided to take a trip to hot springs cove, We took the boat there and sea plane back and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. The guide (Sorry I can't remember her name ) was AWESOME

Thank RyJMoore
OOutfitters, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

We love AWESOME! Please join us again and thank you for sharing your experience. More 

British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Our family enjoyed a great afternoon with Ocean Outfitters on their Whale Watching Tour. We opted for the exciting Zodiac tour which was a blast! Our experienced Skipper and Guide was excellent, keeping us informed throughout the Tour. His passion and knowledge of the area definitely showed, making the trip that much better. We enjoyed viewing the Grey Whales feeding,... More 

Thank Robert T
OOutfitters, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

We are thrilled you had such an amazing time with us and enjoyed our guides. We try to hire only the best, most passionate and experienced guides. Local knowledge adds so much to each person's experience. I had a chance to check out your blog. What a fabulous resource. I highly recommend to other readers! More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We took the boat adventure with our teenaged granddaughter and it was a great success. On the way to the hot springs (1.5 hr boat ride), we were out in the open Pacific Ocean with 3-metre high swells... Coming back was easier on the tummies, taking an inside route. We saw whales, seals, porpoises, and sea otters galore. Our guide,... More 

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