Latitude / Longitude: 49.15376, -125.9057
Our Locals' Tip: Their interpretive tours are a great platform to learn about the Clayoquot Sound, and the team's passion at Ocean Outfitters is infectious in encouraging stewardship. As they've said to us, "our Captains are chosen because they LOVE this place!'--and it shows.
Located in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Ocean Outfitters offers nature lovers and adventure seekers the opportunity to experience spectacular scenery of the Pacific Rim and enjoy the beauty of Clayoquot Sound. With a total of four boats, all with state of art navigation equipment, the marine and wildlife tours include whale and bear watching aboard new covered family vessels and an open Zodiac for an unforgettable fun ride. Trips are accompanied by knowledgeable guides and skippers.
Tours & Excursions:
The Whale Watching tour is a 2.5 hour exciting trip offering guaranteed sightings which may include gray whales, humpbacks, transient killer (orca) whales, seals, sea lions, black bears, harbour porpoises, sea otters, wolves, eagles and a number of seabirds such as tufted puffins and cormorants. Daily departures are available March to October.
The Bear Watching tour is a 2 hour adventure trip along the Clayoquot Sound and the surrounding calm waters of Meares Island viewing resident black bears, and sometimes their young, that forage at low tide. The trip includes other marine sightings such as bald eagles, harbour porpoises, seals, river otters and blue herons to name a few. Daily departures are available May to September.
The Hot Springs day trip is the ultimate 6-7 hour tour with whale and bear watching, and disembarking at Hot Springs Cove to enjoy a 1.5 km (little less than one mile) walk along a cedar boardwalk through the enchanting rainforest to the cascading waterfalls and natural geothermal hot spring pools - be sure to bring a bathing suit and towel. The trip may include the option to take the covered vessel one way and a float plane the other. Tours are available year round.
The Wildlife Extravaganza is the definitive of all packages for nature lovers and includes the Hot Springs Cove, whales, bears, and other west coast marine life and a guided bird walk with the international birder George Bradd. Departures are available May to September.
The Meares Island trip takes 10 minutes by boat from Tofino passing a variety of small islands on route to Meares Island's Big Tree trail. The Meares Island became a hot topic in the early 1980s when it was slated for clear cut logging. With trees ranging between 800 and 1300 years, the Tofino residents, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and environmentalists banded together for its preservation and today stands as an attraction enjoyed by many. The Big Tree trail starts as a boardwalk guiding through 1.5 hours through the forest with special interests along the way such as the Hanging Garden Tree, which has a circumference of 18.3 metres (60 feet) and a height of 42.7 metres (140 feet). A longer hike is also accessible though the looped trail. Trips available year round.
The Ocean Outfitters Gallery offers an assortment of gift items and souvenirs made from local wood and rock art to wild salmon products, as well as organic Creekmore coffee from the espresso bar.
Contact Ocean Outfitters about daily departure schedules and to book your tour. Reservations are always recommended in advance to avoid disappointment.
Getting Married? Organizing a Stag/Staggette Party? Travelling with a Tour Group? Hosting a Reunion? Book the entire boat or several boats and SAVE! 12 or more passengers and you qualify for 20% discount (excluding programs during August). Ocean Outfitters will customize your adventure to suit your needs.
Valid From: 01 Jan 2013
Valid To: 31 Dec 2013
Restrictions: Discount not valid during August. Discount not valid on Hot Springs Cove Tours. Maximum discount off Hot Springs Cove 10%. Does not apply to Meares Island or Sea to Sky programs.
Prebook online for multiple tours during June and July and save! Book one tour at regular price and get your second program at 10% discount and third program at 15%. Reservations can be made by phone or through Ocean Outfitters secure online reservation page.
Valid From: 01 Jun 2013
Valid To: 31 Jul 2013
Restrictions: Hot Springs maximum discount 10%. 48 hour cancellation policy. Does not apply to Meares Island Taxi service or/ Sea to Sky packages.
PRE PAY ONLINE & SAVE
Use Ocean Outfitters secure Online Reservation System to book a Whale, Bear or Hot Springs Cove Explorer Tour between September 1st and June 30th and you will save 10% off the ticket price! Discount is applied when we process your reservation. You will receive an email confirmation with details.
Valid From: 01 Sep 2012
Valid To: 30 Jun 2013
Restrictions: Credit cards are charged at the time of reservation. Cancellation policy is 48 hours. Does not apply to Meares Island Taxi service or/ Sea to Sky packages. Excludes tours during July and August. Only valid for one tour per person. If booking multiple tours, alternate promotions apply. Please inquire.
- Moderately Priced
Best For Whom:
- Families With Children
- Families With Teenagers
Best For What:
- The Local Experience
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