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Address: 368 Main Street, Tofino, British Columbia VOR 2ZO, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-725-2866
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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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Amazing Trip

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Hope G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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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 

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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 

Australia
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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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2 Thank Viet-tripper
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

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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 

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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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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We did 2 trips with ocean outfitters and both were awesome and did exactly what it said on the can! Bear watching first and after watching a couple of bald eagles up close we then found 3 bears down by the shoreline and our skipper Misty got us real close She was very knowledgeable having been brought up in the... More 

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Thank ib2468
OOutfitters, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

Such great feedback! We really appreciate the kind words. Your review reinforces we're on the right track! Thank you. More 

Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Initially I thought this was going to be a great tour, but it left me wanting more. We finally did find one bear mom and her cub, but it seemed a stretch to even get that. Maybe I'm a bit disappointed because I was not about to get any good pictures of them, but I did expect more information about... More 

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1 Thank Karen P
OOutfitters, General Manager at Ocean Outfitters, responded to this review

Dear Karen, We are really disappointed to read your review. We do have days every season where wildlife doesn't cooperate the way we hope but our guides are usually quick to make up for it. If you are ever returning to Tofino, please let me know as I'd love to take you out again and leave you thrilled with your... More 

Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Calm, easy understanding, concerned, enthusiastic, relaxed explanatory. roles and responsibilities given before going out together on adventure. New material. Staff is paying attention to the interests of the customer and acts where possible to meet the requirements

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

This looks like an A+ review! We do care about our visitors. So happy to hear that's being translated loud and clear! More 

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