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Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour

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Nanaimo, Canada
Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Head out into the Salish Sea from Nanaimo in search of the abundant wildlife who inhabit the area. Your guide is an experienced marine expert who will take the time to help you learn about the sea life around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. This 3-4 hour tour takes you to the habitats of killer whales (orcas) humpback whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and eagles.
  • Head out from Nanaimo for a half day of marine wildlife sightings
  • Guaranteed whale sightings, or your next trip is free
  • Stay dry and warm in the provided anti-exposure suits
  • Learn more about the area and its wildlife from a marine life expert
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Professional guide with academic background in marine biology
Captain is certified by Transport Canada
Toilets onboard
Anti-expusure suit provided
Sunscreen available
Binoculars onboard (shared between guests)
The listed price does not include parking, which costs around 7-8 dollars CAD for the day.
Lunch is not included.
Transportation to/from office

Departure Point

90 Front St #5, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H7, Canada

Our office is located on Front Street, the seawall along downtown Nanaimo's waterfront.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vancouver Island Whale Watch
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching Nanaimo Open Boat Tour.

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Great experience and I would recommend it
, Oct 2021
My most memorable parts of this trip where definitely the time where we watched the whales and the boat drive (we had the seat in the front) which was pretty wet and cooled but still pretty cool 😁
Awesome 🤩
, Aug 2021
Had the best time ever. The naturalist answered all questions and had a close up encounter with the whale. Would recommend anyone to go ahead and book a tour Thank you Cheyenne for a wonderful trip that I’ll never forget Barb Traynor
Great day!
, Aug 2021
We had a wonderful experience with the tour. Saw lots of whales and had a very knowledgable guide. Would 100% use this company again!
Saw many whales
, Aug 2021
My son loved the experience and got to see 5 orcas and some humpbacks. He loved it the boat ride out was a bit rough for him he needed to change seats to back of the boat.
Very special and exciting!
, Jul 2021
An outstanding experience! How often does one see Orca pods and two Humpback whales at one time accompanied by helpful and inspirational comments by very knowledgeable naturalists!
Orcas and Humpbacks
, Jul 2021
The naturalist was very knowledgeable and excited about her job and the whales. We got to see two species of whale and even had some time left to see sea lions. It was a great experience. Highly recommend
, Sep 2020
i am SO heartbroken to say that my husband paid for this whale watching trip as a graduating gift to celebrate my nursing school completion. i have been an AVID Orca lover my entire life and went on the hope that i would catch a glimpse of these beauties. we didn’t see anything for the first nearly 2 hours of the 3 hour trip. when we did, it was little glimpses of humpbacks from a major distance (beyond the required distance). the website and advertising screams at guaranteed orca sighting but this was not the case. the captain and tour guide were fabulous, i am just overwhelmingly sad and disappointed
Amazing trip!
, Aug 2020
Natalie was really knowledgeable and gave us a fun and informative experience. We stopped and watched a pod of orcas for quite a while, where she shared interesting facts with everyone. The orcas were pretty close to was amazing seeing them hunt together (as we were told they were). We also saw a bald eagle scanning for food, and some harbour seals relaxing on a little island. We would definitely do this again!
A truly worthwhile experience, and good value for money
Nick H
, Aug 2019
My wife and I went out with company to watch whales, which we did indeed do. We were suited up with all the appropriate safety gear, well briefed on safety matters, and about how and what we should see that day. On the boat the tour guide, a professional naturalist, gave fantastic and erudite explanations about the behaviour that were witnessing from the whales, and the other animals and birds that we were very close during the trip. We both loved it, and so glad that we booked with this company.
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