A Day With The Locals

August 18th, 2010

With So many people finding their way to the West Coast, there is always a great deal of interest in seeing the Orcas.  While they are a fascinating spectacle when they are around, we cannot take for granted the beauty and grace of the Stellar Sea Lions which are regulars to the area as well as the Grey Whales. These amazing creatures are so common to the Tofino area they could be considered locals.   Some areas of the coast are reporting that the Grey’s have moved on, West Coast Aquatic Safaris is fortunate to have been seeing Grey Whales since mid February this season and if things go as they did last year we hope to continue to see them well into November.  Some of the other usual suspects that are seen on our tours are Bald Eagles, Cormorant, Harbour Seals, Sea Otters and Porpoise not to mention some of the most spectacular landscapes in North America. Part of the lure of the adventure is that you never know exactly what you will see until it emerges from the water or perhaps flies over or under the boat.  Contact our office to find out how to get on board

West Coast Aquatics Safaris Merchandise

August 16th, 2010

Our office on fourth street.

While waiting to board the boat for your adventure with us check out some of the items that we have for sale in the office. One of our newest arrivals is our West Coast Aquatic  Safaris baseball caps. They’re are great for keeping ths sun off your face on our Whale Watch Tours. We have other souvenirs as well for a keepsake of your tour with us. There are colorful stickers for the kids, travel mugs for your coffee on the ride home and our beloved West Coast Aquatic Safaris hoodies. We have hoodies for both men and women in a wide range of sizes. Our hoodies are high quality. They zip right up to the chin, have thumb holes, and extra lining for those brisk morning Bear Watches.

Unbeatable Conditions

August 14th, 2010

Our recent days of fog have lifted in the last couple of days to reveal some absolutely stunning views and colours.  While Whale and Bear Watching on the overcast and foggy days are still excellent the sunshine makes the colours more vibrant and crisp.  We look forward to our guests photo submissions for our photo of the week contest.

Family Friendly

August 13th, 2010

West Coast Aquatic Safaris is the perfect adventure company for families. We specialize in first-class boats with a comfortable price. For the month of August we are offering a special price for families: One free child (12 and under) rides for free for every two paying adults. NANUQ, our thirty-six passenger Catamaran is the ideal vessel for both whale and bear watching in the waters surrounding Tofino. There are restrooms on board, a heated cabin, and three separate decks to view the wildlife and nature from. Our seats are soft and supportive and there is plenty of room to get up and move about the vessel. As a passenger with us you will also be pleased to experience our hands-on involvement in our tours, with experienced, friendly captains and knowledgeable naturalists on board to answer any questions you may have and improve the overall enjoyability of your tour with us. Whale watching tours occur daily, usually with multiple sailings, and offer guaranteed whale sightings along with regular appearances from other types of wildlife; Humpback Whales, Harbor Dolphins, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Bald Eagles, and even Puffins. Bear watching tours occur regularly, usually daily at seven in the morning depending on low tide conditions. Bear watching with Aquatic Safaris has been quite fruitful lately, with several bear and cub  sightings, and even wolves with pups of their own! Everyday provides a new exciting experience aboard NANUQ, cruising the Clayoquot Sound waters of Tofino. We also offer a daily sailing to Hot Springs Cove, an eye-catching day-trip of an experience not soon to be forgotten. Don’t miss your chance for a life-altering experience.

Your Experience Matters

August 12th, 2010

At West Coast Aquatic Safaris we go out of our way to make the most of your experience.  Me often feel that a larger vessel means a less intimate experience.  These photos were both taken aboard NANUQ yesterday during our 7:00am Bear Watch tour.  Not only did our passengers have an excellent view of 6 or 7 Black Bears but there were also wolves, Sea Lions, otters and many other incredible things to see.  A couple of our younger guests had a rare chance to join Keith, the Captain in the wheel house for an up close and personal look at the electronics and the custom Captain’s chair from NANUQ’s builders at Armstrong Marine.  In our other photo on the right we can see Jeff who is also one of our Captains but on this day he was acting as one of our naturalist team.  Jeff and his group are out on the bow of NANUQ getting a great look at a couple of Black Bears.  One of the other benefits to using a larger vessel such as this is that there are no limitations or restrictions around the age or height of our passengers making it an ideal choice for families wanting to share in the experience.  A larger Transport Canada Safety Certified vessel means that you can also dress to your own comfort level and take advantage of our complimentary Helly Hansen Rain jackets for wind or rain protection and not be required to wear the bulky survival suit. At West coast Aquatic Safaris we do have First Class Vessels With a Comfortable Price but most importantly, First Class Memories

Orcas Are Back

August 11th, 2010

Our conditions and weather have been fantastic this past week for West Coast Aquatic Safaris and today we were fortunate to have both sunshine early in the day and at the same time several Orcas.  It has been a few weeks since having the Orcas in the area as we are mostly seeing Transients so it is a great treat when they are around.  On a day like today we had the opportunity to see the Orcas hunting in around the Leonard Island Lighthouse near to the Tofio Harbour.  We are still continuing to have an abundance of Grey and Humpbacks in our waters which have provided a terrific show in the last month.

Whale Anatomy

August 9th, 2010

There is always something to be learned when observing Whales. These spirits of the sea have more to them than meets the eye. Their mystery intrigues us. Here is an interesting discussion on the anatomy and function of the whale respiratory and digestive system. http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/archives/09-10/qq-2009-12-26.html This is an episode from Quirks & Quarks on CBC Radio One. Enjoy. If you’d like to have a close encounter with a few whales, whether it be a gray whale, a humpback whale, or an orca; reserve your seat on one of our Whale Watch Tours! If you book online you receive 10% off.

We Appreciate Your Comments

August 8th, 2010

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has been having a great season.  The wildlife viewing has been spectacular and so have our guests.  We have recently been encouraging our customers to offer feedback so that we can get an idea of how you think we are doing.  We would love to hear your thoughts about your excursion on the water, your experience with our office, our website and our team on the water.  To make things easy we have added a guest book comment section to our website where everyone is able to review past comments as well as post your own about our tours, vessels and the team. For those that have been out with us and are still in the area then we have a suggestion box in the office where we can receive your feedback and ideas.  My personal favourite it to spend time with everyone after they return from their adventure and hear first hand how you feel we have done and of course we are very open to your ideas on how we may improve.  West Coast Aquatic Safaris offers “first class vessels with a comfortable price and always strives to provide the very best  guest experience possible.  For those who are not already fans of WCAS on Facebook, we offer special deals, rates and promotions over the off season for people who are following along.

Ocean Adventure

August 6th, 2010

The action out on the water has been endless for the past couple of days. There is a lot of whale activity in Clayoquot Sound right now. Our guests had quite the experience yesterday on our Whale Watch. Nine Humpback Whales were spotted approximately 4 miles off-shore. To the delight of our crew and passengers, the feeding and fluking Humpbacks swam up quite close to our 36 passenger catamaran, NANUQ. The Gray Whales are not in short supply either. This morning, on our Whale Watch, our guests enjoyed the company of eight Gray Whales and a very friendly Sea Otter. We’re excited to see what the rest of the summer holds for us here in Tofino.

Expect The Unexpected

August 5th, 2010

As I was saying yesterday, sometimes what you are not expecting to see can be the highlight of the trip.  This morning we had a group head out on a Bear Watching tour on NANUQ and the end result of the trip was 6 bear sightings which included 2 females and 4 cubs.  Many of the passengers commented that the most impressive sight was the 2 adult and 4 wolf pups.  We don’t see these magnificent creatures on every tour so it is a very nice treat when we do and a quiet foggy morning it is even more special.  The day in general has been fantastic with many Grey whales throughout the day and and a couple of Humpbacks joining us late in the afternoon as the sun came out.  West Coast Aquatic Safaris continues to be the first choice in family adventure with the ideal boat for all ages and abilities and the price to match.  Our children ride for free promotion continues throughout the month of August but don’t forget to make your reservation as the news of this event has traveled fast and seats are going quickly.  Hassle free reservations can be made online while saving an additional 10% when booking more than 24 hours in advance otherwise contact our helpful office staff to schedule your tour.