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Whale Watching Semi-Covered | Nanaimo
Whale Watching Semi-Covered | Nanaimo

See whales and all manner of marine life on this whale-watching expedition. From Nanaimo, head out into the Salish Sea on a semi-covered vessel. Humpbacks and orcas can be found off the coast of Vancouver Island, as well as sea lions, porpoises, eagles, and many more species. Your marine naturalist guide is there to answer any questions you have about what you see.

  • This tour guarantees whale sightings. If you don’t, come back for free
  • The seating area of the boat is covered, with an open deck on the back
  • During the summer months, choose from a morning or afternoon departure
  • You’ll cruise through the Salish Sea in comfort and style onboard Kula, our 12-passenger vessel

What’s Included

  • Professional guide with an academic background in marine biology
  • Captain is certified by Transport Canada
  • Toilets onboard
  • Sunscreen 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 behaviours.

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Whale watching is often at the top of visitors’ bucket list. Don’t miss out on this popular experience! Everything you need to know about whale watching off the coast of Vancouver Island.