Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Coastal Rainforest Safaris - Whale Watching and Wildife Viewing Tours

Coastal Rainforest Safaris delivers exciting wilderness experiences rooted in the culturally rich territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Hop aboard “Big Red”, our rigid hull inflatable (RHIB) wildlife viewing boat and explore the diverse wildlife of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, on the wild West Coast of Canada. Departing from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, we offer guests an immersive nature experience that explores our connection to the land and sea, the wildlife, and the First Nations people who have lived here since time immemorial.

Climb aboard our vessel and step into a world of rugged and untamed coastal waters and shorelines. Under the surface or around the next cove, nature awaits to inspire and amaze. Experience and connect with the diverse species of wildlife that inspired the myths and legends of the local First Nations, from the giant humpback whale to the vast rookeries of Stellar sea lions.
Enjoy your trip with the peace of mind that our knowledgeable and experienced staff are putting your safety first. Coastal Rainforest Safaris is pleased to offer limited seating for the 2021 season – 8 guests per tour, and up to 12 guests per private charter tour. Smaller tour group sizes and the ability to steer clear of high traffic areas mean each tour is catered to the guests and that no two tours will be the same.

We are unique in our vision of building a team of people from the territory that we are guiding in. We share our local history and culture with adventurous visitors.. Authenticity is at the heart of our company and is present in everything that we do.

Sea otter tours

Departs daily at 10:00 am
From June 1 to October 3
5 ½ to 6 Hour Tour

Humpback Whale Watching Tours

Departs daily at 5:00 pm
From June 1 to August 31
3 to 3 ½ Hour Tour

Whales, Otters, & Grizzly Bear Tours

Two night weekend package
Fridays to Sundays

Killer Whale Watching Tours

Birding Tours
Wildlife Photography Workshops

  • 5 star ratingLifetime experience I highly recommend doing a tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! They obey the Covid-19 rules and It was a pleasure to listen to Mike. Beside the tour he also told us more about life in the sea and Indigenous history. We really enjoyed and Mike made sure we took great photos!

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  • 5 star ratingIncredible day on the water! Loved the small boat experience, only 8 of us passengers and it was perfect - we all had prime seating, and the ability to move around and to chat with the guide. Our guide (/owner) Andrew was incredibly knowledgable about the area, the wildlife, the history, and daily life. He led us on a 6-hour tour through open channels and... read more

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  • 5 star ratingOtters Everywhere!! Our day on the water with guide Tommy Child was amazing - his professionalism, traditional knowledge, and the abundance of wildlife made for an epic day. We set out of Port Hardy in a fog bank but were quickly clear of it and learning about ancient First Nations use of all that the land and waters had to offer.

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  • 5 star ratingOutstanding sea otter and wildlife tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! We had a fabulous wildlife tour with Andrew! We saw dozens of sea otters, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, seals, and orcas! Andrew is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, who went the extra mile (many miles, actually!) to locate a large pod of orcas that had been spotted in the area. It was such as bonus to see... read more

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  • 5 star ratingSpectacular wildlife experience Wow, did this trip deliver! Although the weather did not fully co-operate, we saw 2 black bears, hundreds of sea lions, 20+ sea otters, 2 minke whales, 28 northern resident orcas, 4 humpback whales, and Dall porpoises .
    Organization of the trip was very good and their equipment excellent.
    Covid-19 practices were also very good.
    Spectacular trip!

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  • 5 star ratingAmazing!! We had a great afternoon trip with CRS, and would highly recommend it to all of our family and friends. We saw sea lions, porpoises, eagles and lots of Sea Otters which were what we were most hoping to see! The boat was comfortable and our driver was awesome!!

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  • 5 star ratingFun, informative and professional We had a wonderful time today with Andrew our guide, visiting the islands, coves and waters around Port Hardy. Andrew (one of the owners of the company) was a terrific host and guide, as he was very safety oriented, respectful of the wildlife and knowledgeable about the area. We saw Humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, bald eagles and... read more

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  • 5 star ratingBe awed and inspired by the beauty of nature What an amazing experience. We were treated to sightings of numerous humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoises, and sea otters. Our guide was knowledgeable of the area and wildlife. If you get the opportunity to go on a tour, I recommend you don’t pass it up!

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  • 5 star ratingAn amazing birthday present! I had an incredible day on the water viewing wildlife with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! I enjoyed the scenery and all the amazing wildlife, especially the whales. The staff were knowledgeable and followed all the recommendations for COVID-19 protocol. Lunch was delicious and I felt comfortable and safe on the water. It was a wonderful day and I highly recommend... read more

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  • 5 star ratingA great tour of local wildlife! I took the 6hr tour from 10-4 and it was great. I don't expect any guides to produce wildlife for guests. I just expect that they put us in a position to see wildlife using their knowledge of the area. In this case our guide fully delivered. We saw a large pod of orcas, sea otters, 5-6 humpback whales, pacific... read more

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Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing Tours

We are located in Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island.

Today we brought out students from the Gwasala Nakwaxdaxw School here in Port Hardy! We love bringing kids into their homelands! #schoolkids #fieldtrip #territory #homelands ...

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Watching whales in humpback city:) we are now open and doing whale and sea otter tours! To learn more visit our website link in the bio. #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #gonorthisland #vancouverislandtourism ...

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Celebrate National Indigenous History Month ❤️..
In celebration of this, Indigenous Tourism BC is giving away a trip for two to experience the magic of Northern Vancouver Island including two nights at the @kwalilashotelporthardy, a $100 dining credit to the @naxidpub_, as well as an otter viewing and whale watching tour package with @CoastalRainforestSafaris ($1,000 value).

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All geared up for a great wildlife day! #wildlifewarrior #bakwamstyle #wildlifeaddicts ...

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