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.

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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  guarantees you can come back for free to see the wildlife you deserve, whether on the same day or a year later.

If there’s an open spot on the boat, it’s yours.

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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, 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.

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: $750 + taxes + *fees

Capacity: 4 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.

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Tour Facts

  • Tour Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Availability March - October


  • Adults $149 + fees*
  • Senior + Youth $139 + fees*
  • Children (0-12) $129 + fees*
  • *Fees: 1% Tribal Park Allies per person + 1% Eco Fees

Daily Schedule (March 15th - Oct 31st)

  • 10:30am
  • 1:30pm
  • 4:30pm (peak season)

Whale Watching FAQ

What to bring
  • Warm clothes (layers are best) 
  • Snacks + Water  
  • Sunglasses
  • 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 
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.