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Sea Otters, Whales and much much more !

I guess we should have realised we’d hit the jackpot, when 5 minutes into the trip we came across a... read more

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
This is the wild north island

My first nature and wildlife trip out of Port Hardy. It was tremendous as the weather cooperated... read more

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Reviewed September 22, 2020

Our day on the water with guide Tommy Child was amazing - his professionalism, traditional knowledge, and the abundance of wildlife made for an epic day. We set out of Port Hardy in a fog bank but were quickly clear of it and learning about ancient First Nations use of all that the land and waters had to offer.

We were mesmerized by Dall and Harbour porpoises, sea lions, large numbers of sea otters (our main attraction) and we finished off the day being entertained by humpback whales. I really appreciated that Tom ensured that we were leaving ample room between the boat and the animals and at no point did I feel like we were harassing them.

The open zodiac tour was a lot of fun and by providing us all with buffs it ensured that we all wore masks when we weren't able to keep distant from each other. Just a stunning trip that I look forward to taking in again in the future.

I strongly recommend this company.

Date of experience: September 2020
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Paradise26713280119, Owner at Coastal Rainforest Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2021

We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour with us and thank you so much for your hearty recommendation of our company. We do our best to ensure any animal encounters are done with the animals comfort and safety in mind, so we are glad you appreciate our efforts with that. We will pass along your kind words to Tommy and we look forward to serving you again in the future.

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Reviewed September 11, 2020

Loved the small boat experience, only 8 of us passengers and it was perfect - we all had prime seating, and the ability to move around and to chat with the guide. Our guide (/owner) Andrew was incredibly knowledgable about the area, the wildlife, the history, and daily life. He led us on a 6-hour tour through open channels and small inlets, checking in regularly to make sure the experience was tailored to us. We ended up seeing 15+ orcas rubbing on the beach (so rare to see!), and with Andrew's hydrophone in the water, we had such a surreal experience as we stood in awe for almost an hour while listening to their noises and the sound of the stones. We also saw a lot of sea otters, and a couple of humpbacks from the distance. Lunch was more delicious than I could have expected - it was all fresh and healthy, with homemade cookies for dessert, and with nearly zero waste which was impressive. The weather wasn't great but it didn't matter - it's a west coast experience and these guys do it right!

Date of experience: August 2020
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Paradise26713280119, Owner at Coastal Rainforest Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2021

Thank you so much for the enthusiastic review of your tour. Your trip was definitely one for the books. Witnessing orca rubbing is an exciting and unique behaviour that we are so glad you could experience! We are also pleased to hear that you appreciated your lunch and the steps we take to reduce environmental waste. We hope to host you again soon!

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Reviewed August 24, 2020

We had a fabulous wildlife tour with Andrew! We saw dozens of sea otters, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, seals, and orcas! Andrew is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, who went the extra mile (many miles, actually!) to locate a large pod of orcas that had been spotted in the area. It was such as bonus to see them as part of this tour. Thank you - we heartily recommend this tour!

Date of experience: August 2020
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Paradise26713280119, Owner at Coastal Rainforest Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2021

Thank you for your amazing review and recommendation! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour and that you were able to encounter Orcas during your trip, as well as the other wildlife. Come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed August 10, 2020

I took the 6hr tour from 10-4 and it was great. I don't expect any guides to produce wildlife for guests. I just expect that they put us in a position to see wildlife using their knowledge of the area. In this case our guide fully delivered. We saw a large pod of orcas, sea otters, 5-6 humpback whales, pacific white-sided dolphins, bald eagles and a sea lions. Everything you could want in 6hrs. Also very knowledgeable about the indigenous cultures and traditions in the area. The boat ride was really smooth as well and a great lunch was provided.

Date of experience: August 2020
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Paradise26713280119, Owner at Coastal Rainforest Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself and that we were able to showcase such an array of local wildlife. Visit us again soon!

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Reviewed August 10, 2020

I had an incredible day on the water viewing wildlife with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! I enjoyed the scenery and all the amazing wildlife, especially the whales. The staff were knowledgeable and followed all the recommendations for COVID-19 protocol. Lunch was delicious and I felt comfortable and safe on the water. It was a wonderful day and I highly recommend this trip!

Date of experience: August 2020
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Paradise26713280119, Owner at Coastal Rainforest Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2021

Thank you for celebrating your birthday with Coastal Rainforest Safaris and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed all the wildlife that came to celebrate with you. Guest safety is very important to us and we are glad you felt safe both on and off the water. We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review and look forward to hosting you again soon.

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