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the west coast advantage

Tour Tofino’s wild side with West Coast Aquatic Safaris!  The temperate rainforest of the Clayoquot Sound presents the perfect environment for feeding multiple species of birds and animals including marine wildlife.

We wanted to create these curated wildlife tours of Tofino to give you the ultimate West Coast experience. Our Tofino wildlife tours focus on the natural environment without disturbing the ecosystem, giving you a safe viewing experience for whales, harbour sea life, black bears, eagles, and all of the sights of Tofino nature.

So come join us aboard to view the multiple species of whales feeding in our water; or watch black bears from the safety of our boat. Get off the beaten path and experience eco-tourism that is environmentally responsible, safe, and fun for the whole family!

the west coast advantage

Tour Tofino’s wild side with West Coast Aquatic Safaris!  The temperate rainforest of the Clayoquot Sound presents the perfect environment for feeding multiple species of birds and animals including marine wildlife.

We wanted to create these curated wildlife tours of Tofino to give you the ultimate West Coast experience. Our Tofino wildlife tours focus on the natural environment without disturbing the ecosystem, giving you a safe viewing experience for whales, harbour sea life, black bears, eagles, and all of the sights of Tofino nature.

So come join us aboard to view the multiple species of whales feeding in our water; or watch black bears from the safety of our boat. Get off the beaten path and experience eco-tourism that is environmentally responsible, safe, and fun for the whole family!

as seen in

as seen in

the boats

the boats

wasco

WASCO is our 12-passenger high speed Coastal Cruiser. It was designed to provide guests the opportunity to cruise inside the cabin or outside and with 20 seats onboard there is room for guests to move around throughout the tour.

WASCO was purpose-built in the Pacific Northwest for the specific function of eco-touring these waters. It offers inside seating for all guests in her Heated Cabin with a Restroom on board. There is additional Outdoor Seating available on the upper deck and ample space for guests to move around throughout the tour without needing to worry about being confined to a single seat. A unique feature is the 360-Degree Walk-Around Decks that circle WASCO so that every guest has a front row view of the wildlife regardless of your height or size.

The name WASCO means Sea Wolf, a prominent sea creature from Haida mythology. It is described as a giant sea monster – half wolf and half killer whale, but for West Coast Aquatic Safaris, WASCO means a First-Class Transport Canada Safety Certified vessel outfitted with a knowledgeable and certified marine crew.

wasco

WASCO is our 12-passenger high speed Coastal Cruiser. It was designed to provide guests the opportunity to cruise inside the cabin or outside and with 20 seats onboard there is room for guests to move around throughout the tour.

WASCO was purpose-built in the Pacific Northwest for the specific function of eco-touring these waters. It offers Inside Seating for all guests in her Heated Cabin with a Restroom on board. There is additional Outdoor Seating available on the upper deck and ample space for guests to move around throughout the tour without needing to worry about being confined to a single seat. A unique feature is the 360-Degree Walk-Around Decks that circle WASCO so that every guest has a front row view of the wildlife regardless of your height or size.

The name WASCO means Sea Wolf, a prominent sea creature from Haida mythology. It is described as a giant sea monster – half wolf and half killer whale, but for West Coast Aquatic Safaris, WASCO means a First-Class Transport Canada Safety Certified vessel outfitted with a knowledgeable and certified marine crew.

tofino whale watching tours

nanuq

NANUQ — Polar Bear in the Inuit language — is our 37-passenger with over 50 Seats throughout the vessel. It is an all Weather Vessel, built and designed with our guests’ experience in mind! Three Viewing Decks with Seating, Inside Seating for all, more available seating than allowable passengers, and a clean Restroom are just a few of the characteristics that help provide an amazing experience. In addition, the catamaran design delivers a fast, efficient and stable journey.

It and its crew are Transport Canada Safety Certified providing a First-Class Experience. Accessibility for all is a priority for West Coast Aquatic Safaris with a gangway to board NANUQ allowing for wheelchair accessibility. Not to mention it has a heated cabin with large windows so all can stay warm while enjoying the wildlife, and it is spacious enough to allow guests to move around throughout the trip. Click the link learn more about NANUQ’s wheelchair accessibility ♿

tofino whale watching tours

nanuq

NANUQ is our 37-passenger twin-hulled all weather catamaran with over 50 seats for guests to choose from while touring.  It offers guests the most stable and comfortable experience on the west coast as NANUQ was designed and constructed in the Pacific Northwest to tour these waters with guests’ experience in mind.  NANUQ boasts three Stable Outdoor Viewing Decks (offering the perfect platform for photography equipment) and provides Indoor Seating for All guests in heated cabin.  There is a clean Restroom onboard and additional Outdoor Seating for those guests who prefer to move around during the voyage.

Accessibility for all is a priority for West Coast Aquatic Safaris and we are proud that NANUQ offers wheelchair accessibility with a boarding gangway, a heated cabin with large windows so all can stay warm while enjoying the wildlife.  Click the link learn more about NANUQ’s wheelchair accessibility ♿

The name NANUQ means Polar Bear in Inuit language.  She was aptly named so given her square and solid shape is akin to a broad bear.

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the features

the crew

the crew

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