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Whale Watching in Tofino

Head out on the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound in search of mighty Gray and Humpback Whales. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.

This cruise heads out into the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound to view the beautiful scenery and wildlife and, with a little luck, a whale or two!

In fact, Gray Whales and Humpback Whales are in such abundance they they are usually spotted every day on this strip of Pacific coastline.

Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, seals, puffins, sea otters, killer whales, porpoises and a variety of seabirds who also visit these parts regularly.

The cruise takes place on board a 12-seater zodiac speedboat and all passengers are kitted out in a full-length Mustang floater suit (with 'built in' life jacket) for comfort and safety at sea. Hats, gloves, and other gear are provided as needed.

Whale seasons

  • March to May - annual Gray whale migration
  • June to November - 'resident' Gray & Humpback whales in local feeding areas

Choice of Vessel

You have two options of boat to choose from:

  • Zodiac Speedboat - An open-backed speedboat which cruises at speeds of 25-30 knots. Hold on tight and be prepared to get wet.
  • Covered Vessel - Offers more protection from the elements with a heated cabin and all-around glass for unobstructed viewing. A great option for families.

Please note despite being regularly spotted whale sightings can't be 100% guaranteed.

Experience Includes

  • 2.5-3 hour whale watching cruise
  • Chance to see Gray and Humpback whales and much more
  • Choose to travel in either a Zodiac or Covered Boat
  • Services of an experienced captain/guide
  • Use of full-length water proof suit (with "built in" life jacket), hats and gloves if needed

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Refreshments


Daily from 1 March to 31 October.

Departure location

Marine Centre, 51 Wharf Street, Tofino.

Start times

Morning departure although the exact time depends on tide.


Between 2.5 and 3 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • The exact departure time is based on tidal times and will be advised locally upon reconfirmation but will be in the morning
  • Present your voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.
  • The route is subject to change depending on local conditions.
  • Sightings of whales cannot be guaranteed.
  • Neither vessel is recommended for children under 3 years old and there is a minimum age of 5 years old on the Zodiac Boat.
  • Please note: tour is 100% non-refunable in the event of cancellation within 14 days of departure date.