Explore the Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island
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Sea Otter and Whale Watching
5 ½ to 6 Hour Tour
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Whales, Otters, and Grizzly Bears
Two Day / Two Night Package
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Sea Otter and Whale Watching
5 ½ to 6 Hour Tour
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Puffins and Sea Birds
9 to 10 Hour Tour
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Explore the Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island
.
Learn More
Sea Otter and Whale Watching
5 ½ to 6 Hour Tour
Learn More
Whales, Otters, and Grizzly Bears
Two Day / Two Night Package
Learn More
Puffins and Sea Birds
9 to 10 Hour Tour
Learn More
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Coastal Rainforest Safaris - Whale Watching and Wildife Viewing Tours

Join us for an unforgettable journey exploring the wildlife-abundant waters, islands, and shores of northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent Great Bear Rainforest on Canada’s rugged West Coast. Our tours are deeply rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. More than just wildlife sightings, we offer a profound exploration of the land, sea, and enduring indigenous traditions that have thrived here since time immemorial.

Departing from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, our tours are conducted aboard our custom-made rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), designed to navigate the rugged and untamed coastal waters in comfort. Each excursion offers a deep dive into the natural habitats of British Columbia’s varied wildlife and stunning landscapes.

Every adventure presents opportunities to witness majestic humpback whales, playful sea otters, vast colonies of Steller sea lions, perhaps even the rare sight of an elusive coastal wolf, among other wildlife. These waters are not just a habitat for a variety of species; they are a vibrant tableau reflecting the rich traditions of the local First Nations.

At Coastal Rainforest Safaris, authenticity is more than a philosophy—it’s the foundation of everything we do. We take pride in assembling a team that has deep roots in the territories we visit, offering our guests authentic insights into the local history and culture. Our dedication to genuine experiences ensures that each tour is not only enjoyable but also profoundly enriching.

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

Two night packages

Sea Otter and Whale Watching
Grizzly Bears of the Wild
Two nights at the Kwa’lilas Hotel

Departs at 7:30 am
9 to 10 Hour Tour

Scheduled Saturday departures in June and July

Private charters available throughout June, July on request

Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing Tours

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

The coastal rainforest of British Columbia, particularly on Vancouver Island, is a lush and biodiverse ecosystem teeming with life. Characterized by towering ancient trees, including Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and Western red cedar, this rainforest is a vital habitat for numerous species of plants and animals. The mild, wet climate supports the growth of dense vegetation, from ferns and mosses to unique fungi and lichens. It’s also home to iconic wildlife such as black bears, cougars, bald eagles, and salmon, which rely on the rich resources provided by the forest and nearby ocean. The Indigenous peoples of the region, the Kwakwaka’wakw, have inhabited and stewarded these lands for thousands of years, with deep cultural connections to the rainforest and its resources. Despite facing threats from logging, urbanization, and climate change, efforts to conserve and protect this valuable ecosystem are ongoing, recognizing its ecological importance and intrinsic beauty. #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #rainforest #coastalrainforest #vancouverisland #mystic #mystical #healthyecosystem ...

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Humpback whales, renowned for their majestic presence in the world’s oceans, exhibit fascinating social behaviors that highlight their affinity for companionship and connection. These charismatic giants are known to form intricate social structures, often congregating in groups to engage in various activities and interactions.

One remarkable aspect of humpback whale socialization is their tendency to form alliances and friendships within their pods. These pods, typically consisting of individuals with familial ties, provide a supportive environment where whales can forge bonds through communication, play, and cooperative behaviors.

During the breeding season, male humpback whales are particularly social, competing for the attention of females through elaborate displays of acrobatics and vocalizations. These competitive yet cooperative interactions emphasize the dynamic nature of humpback whale societies, where individuals collaborate and compete for reproductive success.

Beyond breeding activities, humpback whales also engage in communal behaviors such as feeding cooperatively using bubble-net feeding techniques. This cooperative feeding strategy involves a group of whales working together to corral and trap prey within a bubble net, allowing them to efficiently harvest vast quantities of food.

Furthermore, humpback whales are known for their captivating songs, which play a crucial role in socializing and communicating within their populations. These intricate vocalizations are thought to serve various functions, including mate attraction, navigation, and maintaining social bonds within pods.

Overall, the social lives of humpback whales offer a glimpse into the complex and interconnected nature of marine mammal societies. Through their shared experiences, cooperative behaviors, and expressive communication, humpback whales exemplify the importance of social bonds in the vast blue expanse they call home. #humpbackwhales #humpback #whales #gonorthisland #vancouverislandwildlife #majestic
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🦅 Majestic Bald Eagles 🦅 Did you know that bald eagles are not actually bald? Their name comes from the Old English word “balde,” meaning white, referring to the bird’s striking white head. These magnificent creatures are not only a symbol of strength and freedom but also play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. Let’s celebrate the beauty and resilience of these incredible birds! #BaldEagles #Nature #Wildlife #Freedom #MajesticBeauty 🌿 ...

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🌊🐺 Dive into the fascinating world of sea wolves with these fun facts! 🌟 Did you know...

1. Sea wolves are coastal specialists, uniquely adapted to thrive in the rugged landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. 🏞️

2. Unlike their inland relatives, sea wolves are exceptional swimmers, often traversing between islands in search of prey. 🏊‍♂️🐟

3. Their fur is lighter in color, providing perfect camouflage against the coastal rocks and cliffs. 🌿🌊

4. These coastal predators play a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by controlling prey populations. 🦌🐬

5. While they face challenges like habitat loss, efforts are underway to study and conserve these majestic creatures for generations to come. 🌎💙

Join us in celebrating the beauty and importance of sea wolves in our coastal ecosystems! 🌟🐺 #SeaWolves #CoastalAdventures #WildlifeFacts 🌊🐾 #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational
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Capturing moments between two indigenous gems; Coastal Rainforest Safaris and Sea Wolf Adventures! ...

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Sitting there with authority waiting for the right moment. Watching every movement of salmon swimming by making their way up to spawn! #blackbear #wildlifeplanet #bear #vancouverislandwildlife #gonorthisland #explorebc #explorecanada #kwakwakawakwterritory ...

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year from our team! Looking forward to meeting and greeting you in 2024. Happy holidays! #charliebrowntree🎄 ...

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Many great sightings of whales, while on our safaris. If you’d like to check out our website, please click the link in the bio! ...

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Hanging out in the Great Bear Rainforest can be exhilarating! 🎥 - @taylormichaelburk ...

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Capturing Magical Moments! Hanging out with the brothers was absolutely amazing! @downtofilm @noahshumka @seawolfadventures ...

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