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Whale Watching Open Boat Tour | Nanaimo
Whale Watching Open Boat Tour | Nanaimo

Head out into the Salish Sea from Nanaimo in search of the abundant wildlife that inhabits 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 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


What’s Included

  • Professional guide with an academic background in marine biology
  • Captain is certified by Transport Canada
  • Toilets onboard
  • Anti-exposure suit provided
  • Sunscreen is available
  • Binoculars onboard (shared between guests)

What To Expect

Your day begins by checking in at our office 45 minutes before your departure time and then you’ll head down to the boat as a group. You’ll then be introduced to the Salish Sea ecosystem and wildlife as you cruise through the Gulf Islands archipelago in search of whales and other marine life. You’ll learn about the different types of whales that use the Salish Sea, including their natural history and their roles in the marine food web.

Throughout your adventure, your captain will be in touch with other whale-watching companies over VHF radio and will plan your route to maximize the area covered between vessels. You’ll spend a full hour viewing whales, and your marine naturalist will provide real-time insights into their behaviors.

Onboard catalogues are used to identify individual whales, and this data will be collected throughout the season and sent to the Centre for Whale Research, Keta Coastal Conservation, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network. Your tour will wrap up with an educational talk on marine conservation focusing on threats to BC orca, and conservation initiatives will be discussed.