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Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour provided by Vancouver Island Whale Watch

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 25/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 25/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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Departure Point
2-70 Church St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H4, Canada
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide with academic background in marine biology
  • Captain is certified by Transport Canada
  • Snacks onboard
  • Toilets onboard
  • Anti-expusure suit provided
  • Sunscreen available
  • Binoculars onboard (shared between guests)
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include parking, which costs around 3-4 dollars CAD for the day.
  • Lunch is not included.
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from office
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Minimum numbers apply. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation, in which case an alternative date or full refund will be offered.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
28Reviews
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Connector565400 wrote a review 3 Aug
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This was the best experience of my life !! So good our group went again!! Everyone should do this once in their life !!! Truely amazing!!! They also have if you don’t see whales you can go again for free. However whales you will see. Also they are very knowledgeable about all
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Date of experience: August 2020
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catrick wrote a review Jul 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
I loved this. I booked the seaplane package to come over from vancouver and was pleased with how easy it was to book. I checked in fine at the office and came back later to get suited up in our survival suits for the boat. I wasnt entirely sure what kind of boat to expect when
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Manager at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your 5 star review and for choosing our seaplane and whales package! I'm glad you enjoyed sitting at the front of our fast boat - it is a lot of fun! Thanks again for joining us and have a great rest of your summer.
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Jennetta F wrote a review Jul 2020
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Wow - what a trip! Saw 6 orca hunting and then catching/eating seals. Was non-stop action!! Best trip I have taken!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Manager at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for your 5 star review and for saying it was the best tour you've been on! Watching orca hunt never gets old and I'm glad you got to witness this first hand. Thanks for coming out with us!
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Guy Hartwig wrote a review Jul 2020
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Captain Mike and guide Val took is on an amazing trip. The boat ride was smooth and exhilarating. We were able to see a family of transient Orcas. It was our lucky day as the family found a seal and we were able to see how they hunt. Val was very knowledgable and able to explain
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Manager at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your 5 star review! Sounds like you had a pretty incredible day watching some of our local apex predators take down a seal! Val is one of our senior naturalists and is very knowledgeable about local wildlife. Thanks again for joining us!
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Clarence P wrote a review Jun 2020
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Our guide was very knowledgeable about the activities of whales, and shared with us anecdotes about whales and other sea mammals. Our pilot on the boat was experienced and took great care as he took us out and back in comfort.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Vancouver Islan... C, Manager at Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour
Responded 5 Jul 2020
Thanks for leaving us a 5 star review! We are so happy you enjoyed not only the amazing whales but also the information your marine naturalist provided. Our captains and naturalists are so passionate about the animals on our coast and I'm glad that showed. Thanks again for joining us!
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About the operator

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By: Vancouver Island Whale Watch
Departure594850
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Orcas!
Ryan our guide and Mike the Captain did not disappoint...and neither did the orcas! We saw three orcas hunting sea
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TheRanj
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Great experience
We were recently planning a trip to the central Island and did not realize that Nanaimo had whale watching tours le
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N5826WTcharlesc
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A good afternoon on the ocean.
A very enjoyable afternoon on the water. We did see a couple of whales, but one that breached was at least a quarte
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478ravinderd
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Great experience for kids and adults
Such a great experience!!! We went as a family group ranging in ages from 4-65 years and had the entire boat to
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NatureloverSue
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What a blast
I would recommend this tour to anyone. Very knowledgeable staff and we saw enough whale action even though it appar
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Amber Y
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Fabulous!
I went with my husband and father during our vacation, and we had an amazing experience. We saw hump back whales wi
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D C
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Humpbacks!
Despite rainy conditions, the tour was an exciting adventure. No Orcas to be seen this trip but a cow/calf Humpback
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clareb996
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A wonderful experience,
We put on our suits and goggles provided and walked down three flight of steps into the red zodiac. It holds 12 par
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Michelle H
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Vancouver Island Whale Watch, Nanaimo, BC
The Vancouver Whale Watching experience was simply amazing. The guide was great, very knowledgable, very pleasant.
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Staceykemp123
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Incredible Tour
The trip with Vancouver island whale watch was amazing from start to finish. Being on the super fast zodiac boat wa
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L L
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Awesome trips.
This is the second time I have gone whale watching this month with Vancouver Island Whale Watch and both times have
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CLG4444
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Great tour!
We had a great time on the whale watching tour. Very professional and informative. Was able to see Orca, Humpback w
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rebecca d
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A magically experience
On July 29 my mother and I enjoyed an amazing afternoon of whale watching with the Vancouver Island Whale Watch. We
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Paradise270773
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Nature at its best
We were delighted to see a killer whale pod hunting a harbour porpoise and then celebrating their meal with tail wa
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IsabelFM1
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Very nice experience
Very well organised activity. The staff are super friendly. The zodiac is very confortable. A very nice experience.
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  • Duration: 4h
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