Whale Watching ToursThe Whale Centre
Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Whale Watching Tours at The Whale Centre in Tofino. Offering an incredible opportunity to witness marine life in their natural habitat, these tours provide a glimpse into the majestic world of whales and other fascinating sea creatures.
Whale Watching Experience
The ultimate way to immerse yourself in the breathtaking marine life and scenic beauty of Vancouver Island's west coast. Tofino boasts a rich whale watching season, stretching from March to late November. During this time, an impressive migration of Gray Whales, numbering up to 20,000, passes through Tofino's shores on their journey from birthing waters near the Baja Peninsula to the Bering Strait near Alaska.
During the 2.5-hour tour, experienced guides offer insights into whale behavior and ecology, enhancing the educational aspect of the journey. Whether on an Open Boston Whaler Boat or a Covered Cabin Cruiser, guests are provided with a comfortable and safe environment to enjoy their whale watching experience.
Whale Watching Tours take place on the open ocean and may experience some swell, ensuring an exhilarating adventure. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, bring rain gear if needed, and wear enclosed shoes for comfort and safety. Binoculars, cameras, and a sense of adventure are also recommended to fully enjoy the experience. Guests are required to arrive 30 minutes before departure time for outfitting in safety gear and signing waivers. Participants must be at least 19 years old or have a parent or guardian sign on their behalf.
A Variety of Whales
In addition to Gray Whales, Tofino offers opportunities to encounter Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Fin Whales, and Minke Whales. The Whale Centre's tours venture to common feeding areas near Long Beach, Vargas Island, and Flores Island, providing guests with a chance to witness these magnificent cetaceans in their natural habitat.
While whale watching takes center stage, guests on these tours also have the chance to observe other marine life, including sea otters, seals, sea lions, and a variety of seabirds, adding to the richness of the experience.