Whale Watching Tours

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.


Book in Advance! Available May – October

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Sara, August 2019

“The tour was absolutely stunning! We saw about a 6 or 7 different grey whales, maybe more! And sea lions! And our tour guide Ike was so informative. I felt like I was in a National Geographic magazine!” 

Tofino Whale Watching

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 will not expire, and guarantees you can come back for free to see the wildlife you deserve, whether on the same day or decades later.

If there’s an open spot on the boat, it’s yours. You can also trade it for a appetizer or drink in The Hatch Waterfront Pub.

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Tofino Whale Watching

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

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.

crabs and clams

This is the best value if you can gather up 3 of your buddy’s. 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 whales to see are Grey Whales, Humpback Whales, Proposes and Orca also Known as Killer whales. Once you have experienced the coast line, retrieve your crab traps on the way back to the dock. 

Cost: $600

Capacity: 4 Adults max

Cook Your Catch:

Retrieve your crab or prawns traps on the way back to the dock and if fishing is good, enjoy your fresh crab cooked at the 1909 Kitchen restaurant for dinner with the only Cook Your Catch option in town. Let our chefs create a meal with your own sport caught fish + seafood. Please help us sustain future fish stocks by retaining only what you need. Includes sides + sauce.

+ $ 49 pp

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Tour Facts

  • Tour Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Availability May - October


  • Adults $129 + fees*
  • Senior + Youth $119 + fees*
  • Children (3-12) $109 + fees*
  • *Fees: 2% Clayoquot Sound Eco Fee per person + Fuel surcharge $5.50 per person

Daily Schedule (March 15th - Oct 1st)

  • 10:00am
  • 1:00pm
  • 4:00pm

Whale Watching FAQ

What to bring
  • Warm clothes (layers are best) 
  • Lunch or your own snacks  
  • Camera 
  • Binoculars  
What you'll see
  • Grey Whales (Read more about them here)
  • Killer Whales  (Read more about them here)
  • Humpback Whales  (Read more about them here)
  • Fish Life
  • Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Eagles
  • Dolphins (porpoise)
  • Eagles
  • And a lot more

If you want to get intimate with the natural surroundings of Tofino you will not be disappointed. 

Trip Timeline
  • 15-30 minutes to get to destination  
  • 1-1.5 hours to for wild life viewing 
  • 20-30 minute trip back to dock 
When is the best time to see whales

Whales can be viewed year-round, but the strongest season begins in May, when a mind-blowing 20,000 grey whales swim past Tofino’s sandy shores. They’re intent on their annual migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait. You can expect to see whales until the end of October.

How close do we get to the whales

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.

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Whale Watching + Crabbing + Cook Your Catch

Let us know once you’ve booked that you would like to add a Cook Your Catch for an additional $49 per person. Contact our marine adventure centre team at 778.841.0186 or email marina@tofinoresortandmarina.com.