Calling all adventure seekers and nature dwellers: this tour connects you with the rugged West Coast waters. Take in scenic vistas on your way to whale-feeding grounds near Flores, Vargas and Long Beach. Spot cetaceans, and learn about the region’s dynamic ecosystems. The Pacific Ocean brims with orcas, grey and humpback whales, as well as harbour seals, sea lions, sea otters and porpoises—plus, an abundance of birdlife from puffins and blue herons to bald eagles.
95% of our tours result in a whale spotting. Considering the wild and unpredictable nature of Vancouver Island’s West Coast, we are really proud of this.
If luck, weather, and the almighty universe conspire against us—and you don’t see the wildlife you came for—we will give you The Tofino Promise, a raincheck that guarantees you can come back for free to see the wildlife you deserve, whether on the same day or later in the year.
If there’s an open spot on the boat, it’s yours.
The White Raven
Zodiac, Uncovered Boat
We invest in your experience which means we have brand new whale watching vessels.
Our spacious but intimate 12 seat boats ensure you are not fighting the crowds to get a glimpse of whales. We guarantee a stress-free and intimate experience making your trip unforgettable.
Please note, the Zodiac boat is not suitable for children under 145cm or pregnant women.
The Black Fish
Covered Boat, up to 12 passengers
The whales don’t mind it when it is a little wet outside and neither do our boats. If you prefer, you can enjoy the trip in our covered boat.
The Ultimate Adventure is the best value for a private group of up to 12 passengers. You get your own little boat, drop some crab traps on the way out, and depart on the quest for an intimate experience with all sorts of whales. This trip will not only take you on a journey to find whales, but also is one of the best ways to see the Clayoquot sound. Miraculous coast lines, rugged points and exciting weather make this a trip that you will not forget. Most common wildlife to see are grey whales, sea lions, sea otters, harbour seals, eagles, and more. Once you have experienced the coast line, retrieve your crab traps on the way back to the dock.***
Winter pricing 2023: $800 (+ taxes + fees) for 4 adults. Additional passengers will be $50 per person. Winter pricing applies from September 2023 to March 2024.
Capacity: 12 Adults max.
Crabbing + Prawning: Retrieve your crab or prawns traps on the way back to the dock and if the fishing is good, enjoy fresh crab for dinner. Please help us sustain future fish stocks by retaining only what you need.
***Crabbing and prawning subject to weather and season.
- 1% Tribal Park Allies supports the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in the restoration and guardianship of their lands.
- 1% eco fees supports the protection and conservation of wild salmon populations in Clayoquot Sound.
- 5% GST
Whale Watching FAQ
- Warm clothes (layers are best)
- Snacks + Water
- 15-30 minutes to get to destination
- 1-1.5 hours to for wild life viewing
- 20-30 minute trip back to dock
We are respectful of the current regulations and stay at a 100 meter distance. Sometimes though, as whales are curious animals, they swim closer to us but we always try our best to not disturb them if we can.
From October 15th to March 31st, we invite you to our winter wildlife tours: Traverse along the inlet waters —minutes from the dock— and explore the sights and sounds of Clayoquot Sound. Riding in covered boats gives you the best possible opportunity for sighting wildlife while staying warm and dry on rainy winter days. You may come across a variety of wildlife including sea lions, seals, otters, a variety of bird life and our knowledgeable guides are the resource for all your questions. This tour stays in the inlet, so waters will be flat and calm. Great for all ages!
Book your own private tour with our Ultimate Adventure. Drop some crab traps on your way out, enjoy nature at your own speed, pack a picnic to enjoy along the way and really make the most of your time on the water.